The Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C. presents
Hungarian Heritage Blues Festival featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler, John Nemeth, and Little G. Weevil
Thursday Mar 15
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
This event is all ages
A benefit concert in support of the Martin County Historical and Genealogical Society Inc. to restore Martin Himler’s home in Beauty, KY
The event is made possible by the generous support of the Hungarian American Cultural Association and the Magyar Foundation of North America.
For any wheelchair or ADA needs, please contact the Box Office in advance of the performance at (202)-769-0122.
Please note that the front row of tables and chairs will be cleared for this show to create a general admission Pit. Be advised that there may be some seated areas where vision of the stage is obstructed.
Hungarian Heritage Blues Festival
Proceeds from the Hungarian Heritage Blues Festival will benefit the restoration of Himler House, the 1920s Himlerville, Kentucky, home of Hungarian immigrant, Martin Himler, as a future United States national landmark. Colonel Martin Himler served Hungary and the United States as a member of the United States Office of Strategic Services, now Central Intelligence Agency, in World War II. The restoration of Himler House is a collaborative effort of the Martin County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., Inez, Kentucky, and the Embassy of Hungary, Washington, D.C.
Hungary is famous for its creativity. Hungarian musicians and musicians with Hungarian roots are building the bridge of music between the two countries. The first Hungarian Heritage Blues Festival will gather a fantastic group of Hungarian-American musicians including Little G. Weevil, John Németh and Grammy Award winner John Popper of the Blues Traveler. The Festival celebrates the integrity of music, exceptional talent and promises a very special journey to the spring of happiness.
Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar – so they could hone the groove and finish building the album as a group. Under the simpatico guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), FEELIN’ FREAKY emerges as a modern personal masterpiece.
Little G Weevil
Little G Weevil was born with a soul for adventure. He always had such a drive and passion to perform that after seeing him jamming on three different stages on a single night, a fellow musician dubbed him "Little G Weevil. "He said, "like a damn weevil, you just pop up everywhere!". He formed his first band in 1998 and began touring mostly in European countries before moving to the South of the United States in 2004. He spent time in Birmingham, AL and Memphis, TN doing any jobs he could to get by as he absorded the music. He washed dishes, cleaned rooms, and did construction work as he tried to establish himself on the local scene. Finally he got his break with a steady gig on Beale Street in Memphis and his reputation started to grow. Today Weevil is a highly esteemed member of the worldwide blues community. He won the Blues Foundation`s International Blues Challenge in 2013, and has been nominated for a Blues Music Award and a Blues Blast Music Award. He has released five well-received albums and toured across the globe. His debut solo work "Southern Experience" was released in 2008. His second album "The Teaser" followed four years later and wowed critics worldwide. It was ranked one of the best blues albums of the year by Mojo magazine the elite England based publication, and topped the blues chart for an entire month in France. In 2013 his first full length acoustic record "Moving" was a Top 10 album on the global internet blues radio airplay chart for two months in a row, Mojo Magazine ranked it Top 3 "Best Blues Album of the Year" and it was nominated for Blues Blast Music Award "Acoustic Album of the Year". In 2016 "Three Chords Too Many" has received an Independent Blues Music Award nomination in the "Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year". category. His latest album "Something Poppin`" was released in November, 2017 through Vizztone Label Group. This is a groundbreaking work that shatters preconceived notions of style and genre. This record has everything that blues music had influence on - Rock n Roll, Soul, Funk, R&B even Hip Hop and Rap elements mixed together with the essence of what they all come from: Blues. During his travels Weevil has shared the stage with legends such as the Neville Brothers, Johnny Winter, Anson Funderburgh, Sam Myers, Lee Oskar, Denise Lasalle, Big Jack Johnson, Willie King and many more. Little G Weevil is based out of Atlanta, GA, USA and continues to perform as a solo artist as well as with his long time duo partner on drums Daniel Harper, and a world class electric band.
The harmonica virtuoso and rotund frontman for jam band favorites Blues Traveler, singer/harpist John Popper was born in Cleveland, OH, on March 29, 1967. While attending high school in Princeton, NJ, he befriended drummer Brendan Hill; together, the two -- in combination with guitarist Chan Kinchla and bassist Bobby Sheehan -- would go on to form Blues Traveler, earning a fervent grassroots following during the early '90s on the basis of their relentless touring schedule and a sprawling blues-rock sound that aligned them alongside other neo-hippie outfits including Phish, Widespread Panic, and the Spin Doctors. All of the aforementioned joined Blues Traveler in 1992 on the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour, which was originally conceived by Popper and band manager Dave Frey and went on to become one of the most successful annual tour packages of the decade. The group's momentum was derailed in the fall of 1992, however, when Popper was severely injured in a motorcycle accident; returning to the road, he played a number of dates while confined to a wheelchair. Released in 1994, Four was Blues Traveler's mainstream breakthrough, launching a major hit with the single "Run-Around." After completing his 1999 debut solo effort, Zygote, Popper -- who'd been experiencing chest pains for months -- was forced to undergo an angioplasty; the record's eventual release that September was further overshadowed when Blues Traveler bassist Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans home on August 20. But following his record's release, Popper took his backing band out on the road for the first time through that winter. Still struggling with health problems (and obese for quite a while), Popper underwent gastric bypass surgery the next year, which led to a significant weight loss. The sixth Blues Traveler album, Bridge, then appeared in May 2001; Truth Be Told followed two years later. When BT decided to take a break at the end of the year (to accommodate Chan Kinchla's growing family), Popper wasn't ready to sit around and so hooked up with bassist Rob Wasserman (of RatDog fame), playing a random show together in San Francisco. Turntablist DJ Logic happened to drop by for that set, and next thing anyone knew, Popper and Logic had formed the John Popper Project together in early 2004. The group, which also includes Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla and Mosaic drummer Marcus Bleeker, went on to tour sporadically in between BT's schedule, eventually releasing their first album together in October 2006. BT reunited for the 2008 recording North Hollywood Shootout on Verve's Forecast imprint and once more toured heavily in support of it. The last two years of the 21st century's first decade found Popper in demand as a session player, contributing to albums such as John Oates' 1000 Miles of Life, ZO2's Casino Logic, and Lisa Bouchelle's Blue Room with a Red Vase. In 2010 Popper assembled another band called John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours. He described it as "a scrappy roots rock alter ego to Blues Traveler," though they sound directly influenced by the music of the Band. Besides Popper, the group consists of guitarist/producer/keyboardist Jono Manson, bassist Steve Lindsay, drummer Mark Clark, and guitarists Kevin Trainor and Aaron Beavers. They issued their self-titled debut album on 429 Records in early 2011.