The Bumper Jacksons
Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. Country swing, old-time blues, brassed-up bluegrass - these high-spirit wonders do and love it all. Powerhouse vocals are flanked by a dextrous pedal steel and a brassalicious horn section, all supported by dynamic drums and bass. The beloved DC/Baltimore group returns to The Hamilton this May to release their new single "White Horse," written by frontwoman Jess Eliot Myhre.
Just a little over a year ago, women all across the globe took to the streets to assert their collective strength and political power. The Women's March was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history, and its enormity lead to a deepened national conversation about the role of women in society and the oppressions they face within it. That weekend, as the first protesters in Tokyo hit the streets, Jess Eliot Myhre was in labor with her first child, who arrived after 75 hours of natural labor as the final protesters in Hawaii made their way home.
The symbolism was not lost on her either.
2017, for anyone who was paying attention, was a tumultuous year. In the midst of the #metoo movement, Jess reflected on her own past experiences, as well as her blossoming new motherhood, and sat down and penned White Horse. It is an anthem to the feminine experience and the powers within, to be sure. But it is also a rallying cry to the power of collective action, eschewing the idea that any savior character is ever needed to drive a movement.
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop.
In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song. besteadwell.com
Letitia VanSant is a singer-songwriter known for her distinctly intimate voice and sincere stage presence. Whether she is performing solo or backed up by a three-piece band, VanSant's sound ranges from stripped-down indie folk to gritty Americana. Her lyrics ask spiritual questions about human nature and justice.
After the creation of her debut album in 2012, she became a favorite of local Baltimore radio station 89.7 WTMD. Listeners voted her the winner of the Baltimore Band Block Party, and placed her song song "Rising Tide" among the most popular of the year. She won the gold medal for the folk/acoustic category in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.
She is currently in the process of recording her third studio album, Gut it to the Studs.