Dream Discs: Van Morrisons “Moondance” and Bruce Springsteens “The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street
Performances By; Eric Scott, Brian Simms, Billy Coulter, Tony Denikos, Kirk Philips Tommy Lepson, Greg Hardin, Margot MacDonald, Deeme Katson, Peter Nissen, with Chuck Underwood, Dan Hovey, Bill Starks, John Hurd, Helen Hausmann, Scott Giambusso, Ronnie Smith, John Zidar, Trevor Specht, Wayne Sulc, Zack Smith, Tom Fridrich, Owen Danoff and Daryl Jr. Cline.
Newmyer Flyer debuted in May 2013 with ‘Dream Discs’ featuring full album tributes to two of rock and rolls’ most cherished classics- Van Morrisons “Moondance” and Bruce Springsteens “The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle."
The show featuring stunning vocal and instrumental performances by some of the areas best was a sensation, and entirely sold out The Hamilton. On September 15th the popular show that the performers affectionately call “Van Bruce!” will return to The Hamilton for a special 5 year anniversary performance. These two albums released in the early 70’s established Van Morrison & Bruce Springsteen as FM radio favorites and catapulted them to their rightful places among music’s greatest songwriters. These records have long been both critics and popular favorites and contain some of Springsteen and Morrison’s best loved songs including ‘Rosalita’, ‘Kitty’s Back’, 4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy) from Springsteen and Caravan, Into The Mystic and Crazy Love from the Moondance record. Dream Discs is a rare opportunity to experience two career defining albums with all the trimmings.
Newmyer Flyer is the 2nd music production company by BandHouse Gigs co-founder, Ron Newmyer. Past shows have included, Laurel Canyon; Golden Songs of Los Angeles 1966-72, The Songs of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, A Southern Soul Tribute, Last Waltz Tribute, A Tribute to Carole King: Tapestry & Best of Goffin-King, Love Songs, The Beatles, and A Tribute to The Everly Brothers among others.
Washington, DC bassist and soul/pop artist Eric Scott has toured throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Latin America. A thirteen-time Wammie winner, Eric has drawn sell-out crowds with his neo-soul & folk influenced pop, his brutally honest and soul baring lyrics, and his powerful, soulful voice. His four previous albums have received critical acclaim and strong airplay throughout the US and Europe, and have appeared on many network and cable TV shows, and in several major motion pictures. His song "My Heart Belongs To You" was featured in the summer 2013 Lionsgate film "The Frozen Ground" starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and 50 Cent.
His live show is funky, soulful, and uplifting, and his new album promises to be the same, with a generous helping of old school soul and funk sprinkled in.
"...with a voice like his, he can do no wrong..." Strutterzine, The Netherlands
Brian Simms is a Keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer. He is bandleader of Junkyard Saints and performs and records regularly with multiple groups including Chopteeth, Natty Beaux, and 2009 Grammy nominees Milkshake. He has been awarded WAMA's Musician Of The Year award. Brian has performed on 7 BandHouse Gigs shows and was a featured performer on Newmyer Flyer's first Dream Discs show.
Blending diverse influences from Bob Dylan to David Bowie, Billy Coulter’s authentic sound is a familiar--yet refreshing--mix of American Roots rock and British Pop melodies. His distinctive voice and unique songwriting have earned 10 Washington Area Music (WAMMIE) Awards including Album, Song and Songwriter of the Year. Coulter’s inspired live performances have graced stages at some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s top venues and his recordings are available in all the usual online outlets.
American singer and songwriter
Kirk Philips has been playing the Mid- Atlantic region for a few decades now. He has performed solo and with the Radio Caroline Band from Baltimore. His sound and energy draws comparisons to Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen in the 70’s. Ironically DC’s Newmyer Flyer Productions recruited Kirk to sing a few tunes for the inaugural ’Dream Disc’ shows. Dream Discs covered were Van Morrisons ‘Moondance’ and Springsteens ‘The Wild the Innocent and the E St Shuffle. It was a natural fit. He has also appeared in the Last Waltz Tribute.
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.
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.
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.
Deeme Katson first came to the music scenes attention with The Essentials during the mid 1980's. She has also performed with Groovy, The Cactus Liquors .
Deeme Katson Band and is a sought after backing vocalist performing with Jon Carroll and others.
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.
Tom Fridrich is a member of DC's Americana act Ruthie & The Wranglers and Annapolis' swamp blues act The Racket led by Dean Rosenthal. Along with his performance on drums he has perfected the Jambourine style of percussion playing adapted from The Subdudes Steve Amadee. He remains actively on call for a variety of roots music acts in the Mid Atlantic region along with his producing and engineering projects at Studio 33.
Washington DC native Owen Danoff wrote and recorded his first song - complete with drums, bass, guitar, and piano - at age fifteen. Since then he has graduated Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring, released an EP and a full-length album, and performed in multiple states and venues across the country.
In the DC area alone Owen has performed at nearly every major venue including the Birchmere and the 9:30 club, been selected as a Strathmore Artist in Residence, won three Washington Area Music Awards (pop/rock vocalist 2014, pop/rock album 2014 for Twelve Stories, pop/rock instrumentalist 2014). He also won the first Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Grand Prize, and been mentioned multiple times in local media outlets such as the Washington Post.
Elements of Owen’s music have been likened to that of Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson, John Mayer, and the Wallflowers, among others – though the end result is all his own. Growing up listening to rock and roll bands such as Green Day before discovering a love of folk and singer/songwriter music, Owen’s music boasts a current of energy as well as catchy melodies and a definite lyrical emphasis.
Owen’s first full-length album Twelve Stories is a testament to both his songwriting and instrumental abilities. Released in May 2014, Twelve Stories features Owen on both bass and guitar alongside a band that includes guest musicians such as Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters.
In August of 2015, Owen released his award-winning song "No Such Thing" (American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Writing Contest first prize) as a single on iTunes.