The Last Waltz Tribute
The Band’s historic farewell concert in 1976 is honored in grand autumnal style, as 40 of the area’s finest performers join together to play iconic songs performed by The Band, and their guests, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, & Ronnie Hawkins.
Performances By; Bob Margolin, Tom Principato, Jonathan Sloane, Tommy Lepson, Julia Nixon,Mike Clem, Ruthie & The Wranglers, Margot MacDonald, Black Betty (Jenny Langer) Bill Baker, Kirk Philips, 40 Dollar Fine, Bill Starks, Greg Hardin, Bill Williams Featuring; Robbie Magruder, Steve Wolf, Trevor Specht, Justine Miller, Craig Considine, Wayne Sulc, Scott Giambusso, Andy Rutherford, Tom Fridrich, Ronnie Smith, Bruce Harrison, Spencer Hoopes, Helen Hausmann. John Hurd, Ron Newmyer
This year marks 41 years since The Last Waltz was performed at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving night. Turkey dinner was served to all of the attendees and in that fashion The Hamilton has created an instant legend “Turkey Dinner In a Mason Jar” which is included in the admission fee and is served during intermission to all guests. This year marks the 6th performance of Newmyer Flyer’s ‘Last Waltz’ Tribute which debuted there in 2012 as a BandHouse Gigs show.
Newmyer Flyer is the 2nd music production company founded by Ron Newmyer, co-creator of BandHouse Gigs. Newmyer specializes in creating unique tribute shows that showcase the great wealth of talent found throughout the area. Past performances have included the Dream Discs album tribute series, A Southern Soul Tribute, Love Songs; The Beatles, The Everly Brothers Tribute & Laurel Canyon: Golden Songs of Los Angeles 1966-73
Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin is a Blues guitar player and singer, carrying on the deep Chicago Blues style and creating his original music today. His shows are known for deep Blues, a wide variety of Blues-based styles, and a friendly good time for his audiences.
From 1973-1980, Bob played guitar in the band of Chicago Blues legend Muddy Waters, touring worldwide and recording, and learning to play Muddy's powerful music directly from him. He appears beside Muddy with The Band in the 1978 legendary music film The Last Waltz.
In 1980, Bob started his own band. He has won Blues Music Awards for Guitar in 2005 and 2008.
Touring full-time today, Bob works with flexible groups of fine musicians, including The Bob Margolin Blues Band and The VizzTone Blues Revue — a flexible revue of artists from the VizzTone Label Group. In 2011, they headlined Blues festivals with Matt Hill (winner 2011 BMA for Best New Artist Debut), Gaye Adegbalola, and Mac Arnold.
Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, D.C. In the 1970's, Tom was leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, an East Coast phenomenon who released an album "Night Life" to critical acclaim. Tom also did a one year stint with Geoff Muldaur and recorded an album "I Ain't Drunk" with the band Geoff Muldaur and His Bad Feet members of which included Andy Stein (Asleep At The Wheel), Mark Kazanoff (Earl King) and Sarah Brown (Lou Ann Barton).
In addition to winning first place in the WHFS/Harmony Hut "Guitar Talent Hunt", Tom has won a total of 22 "WAMMY" Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.
WAMA Hall of Fame and multi award winning vocalist and instrumentalist, has been performing since the mid 1960s and has toured the US,, Canada and Europe. His musical associations include: Nils Lofgren, Rootboy Slim, Danny Gatton, Jimmy Thackery, Tom Principato, and DCs own SoulC rackers. Currently writing and recording with former Allman Brothers Band member Johnny Neel,a nd Dave Chappell.
Julia Nixon has been one Washington’s finest and most popular singers for more than 30 years,
going back to a decade long residency at Mr. Henry’s. She had a lead role on Broadway in ‘Dreamgirls’, and won a Helen Hayes award for her work in Studio Theaters ‘Caroline or Change’.
Her longtime pianist Dave Ylvisaker leads a superlative 12 person band complete with horns, strings and backing vocalists to capture the magic found in Bacharach’s arrangements. The band includes some of the area’s most accomplished musicians including Chuck Underwood, Robbie Magruder, Scott Giambusso, Al Williams, Zack Smith, Mike Mills, Nicholas Nixon, Margot MacDonald, Deeme Katson. and Elizabeth Lademan
Mike Clem (of Eddie from Ohio)
Born in Atlanta on January 6, 1966. I'm the middle of three boys, with all the middle child hang ups. The family moved to Northern Virginia in 1968, and with the exception of the college years, have been there ever since. Since 1991, I've been playing bass, guitar, harp, and singing and writing songs for the folk-rock quartet, Eddie from Ohio. We've played all but 13 states in the U.S., and have even dipped our toes in Canada & Mexico. We've made nine CDs and a gazillion t-shirts.
Ruthie & the Wranglers
Azalea City Recordings' Artists, Ruthie & the Wranglers, play rockin' American Roots music (also known as FUN!) and after celebrating 25 Years of Wrangler twang, they remain a cornerstone of the Washington, DC area roots music scene.
From original Americana Country and Rockabilly to rousing Surf instrumentals, their clever lyrics, high energy and spritely hillbilly harmonies set them apart from the rest.
Loretta Lynn & Wanda Jackson are Ruthie's greatest influences and the high energy of rock and roll were infused from the start!
Six album releases, national touring, and Americana radio airplay have kept Ruthie and her Wranglers in the spotlight and the band has won 30 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
The musicianship of this group is not to be outdone—their stage banter alone can be worth the show!
Ruthie Logsdon (vocals, rhythm guitar); Greg Hardin (bass, vocals); Andy Rutherford (guitar, baritone guitar, lap steel); Bill Starks (piano, vocals); Tom Fridrich (mandolin, drums)
"...songwriting flair... nothing short of brilliant"
"I Got a Rocket in My Pocket"...is the kind of rootsy, high-spirited crowd-pleaser in which the Wranglers have long specialized."
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Kindred spirits: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen, Asleep at the Wheel and Delbert McClinton"
–The Washington Post
Featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Voice of America and TEDx; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. A long time guitarist and pianist, Margot’s instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created live thru the use of a loop pedal. Haunting, powerful and indie-pop driven, Margot’s performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies.
Margot is Washington City Paper's "Best Singer" of 2014, a three-time winner of the Washington Area Music Association 'Artist of the Year' award, a recipient of DC’s Power 30 Under 30 award, and an Artist-in-Residence alumna at the Music Center at Strathmore. Now 23, her latest album, Canvas, is quickly gaining critical acclaim.
Margot began her music career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 12 was releasing her first album of original material. Since then, she has put out a second, third and fourth album (funded through the gracious support of her fans, raising $15,000 via IndieGogo), opened for national acts, and played both the SXSW and CMJ Music Festivals, and such venues as the Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, Wolf Trap, The Birchmere, Strathmore, Rams Head Live, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall 2 and the United Palace Theatre in NYC. She hosted the official BMI showcase series in DC, served on the board of directors for the Songwriters’ Association of Washington, and has led GRAMMY U and other songwriting workshops.
In her spare time, Margot supports nonprofits such as Musicians on Call and More Than Me, regularly performs at charity events, and advocates for the arts in DC. She has also been known to roast individual marshmallows, anytime, anywhere.
Bill Baker is a familiar name in the Washington DC music scene. His award winning and critically acclaimed songs and voice have made there way across the States and onto main stage venues at Kerrville Folk Festival, Merlefest, Kennedy center, Strathmore arts center and Barns at Wolftrap as well as performances in Europe
40 Dollar Fine
40 Dollar Fine is raucous roots rock, alt country, with a tablespoon of '60's rock 'n' soul and a pinch of the blues. Now in their 10th year, the band runs like a well-tuned V-8 engine. They come from diverse backgrounds, with lengthy resumés in the local DC music scene, and possess a fanatical dedication to serious groove, strong 3 and 4 part vocals and a commitment to communicating with their audience. When gigging around the DC Metro area, you'll hear songs that haven't been run into the ground - some you'll know and some you won't - a fine tuned mix of new surprises and forgotten classics.
After 30 years playing sideman in DC based bands such as Junior Cline & the Recliners and the Cathy Ponton King Band, and the last 10 years as a member of Americana/Country band Ruthie and the Wranglers, and as a featured performer on BandHouse Gigs concert productions, Bill Starks recently released his first ever CD of original music "I See Trouble"
With a lovable, lived-in voice, amazing piano chops, and a distinctive Blues-infused style, the new cd is a long awaited treasure of eclectic tunes showing Bill Starks’ versatile and charming songwriting style.
Bassist, singer, songwriter, designated hitter and presidential hopeful, Greg Hardin has worn many hats. After 20 years with Jr. Cline and the Recliners, Greg currently is a member of Ruthie and the Wranglers and one of the core members of BandHouse Gigs.
Jonathan Sloane is a multi-talented lifelong musician, music instructor and lyricist based in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. His unique sound is deeply rooted in Blues, R&B, Rock, Funk and Soul. He has toured the country playing to sold-out audiences in dozens of popular music venues nationwide.
Jonathan is currently a member of four bands: Yellow Dubmarine, Jamison and Double-O-Soul, the Jonathan Sloane Trio, and Jonathan Sloane and Wayward Dog.
Black Betty (Jenny Langer)
To date, Jenny Langer-aka Black Betty- has sung on over two hundred recordings, performed live in front of audiences from Coast to Coast, won over one hundred awards for her talents, and is now one of Boston's biggest Pinup models.
In 2002, Jenny received an "Outstanding Musicianship Award" for her vocals and World Tour Scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She now hosts her own internet radio Blues show- "Black and Blues"- for BIRN, interviewing local artists and playing all forms of the blues. In addition to being a session vocalist in Boston, she now leads her own original band, singing and playing harmonica in Black Betty and The Bad Habits. You can currently hear her music on several major, college, internet and XM stations.
Jenny is a California girl at heart, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. The daughter of a beautiful belly dancer, she grew up on stages starting at the age of two when she won her first Beauty Pageant. Over the years, she went on to sing and dance for audiences, act in commercials and theater, and won National Talent awards throughout the country. She was even a model in Vogue at the age of five.