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; Big Joe Maher, Tom Principato, Tommy Lepson, Julia Nixon, Bobby Thompson, Mike Clem, Ruthie Logsdon, Margot MacDonald, Bill Baker, Kirk Philips, 40 Dollar Fine, Bill Starks, Greg Hardin, Bill Williams, Pete Ragusa, Robbie Magruder, Steve Wolf, Ronnie Smith, Bruce Harrison, Andy Rutherford, John Hurd, Helen Hausmann, Tom Fridrich, Trevor Specht, Justine Miller, Craig Considine, Scott Giambusso & Ronnie Newmyer
This year marks 42 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 7th 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
Big Joe Maher
Drummer, singer, and songwriter Big Joe Maher has been plying his craft in Washington, DC area clubs for more than three decades. With his band the Dynaflows, Maher has toured most of the U.S. Big Joe & the Dynaflows specialize in a kind of shuffle-heavy, swing-based blues that you can dance to. Big Joe was raised in suburban Washington, DC, listening to records his father liked to play on the family stereo. This included recordings by B.B. King, Little Milton Campbell, and Louis Jordan. By his late teens, he was out hearing live blues at nightclubs in D.C., as he had started playing drums in his early teens. As a drummer and singer, Maher takes his musical cues from a host of influences, including Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Roy Brown, B.B. King, Little Milton Campbell, and Wynonie Harris.
After graduating high school in the DC area, Maher went on the road with his own blues-based jazz trio and over the years, he's accompanied the likes of Jimmy Witherspoon, Bull Moose Jackson, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Nappy Brown, Otis Rush, Earl King, Duke Robillard, and other guitarists and singers.
Back home in the DC area, he spent several years on tour with the Tom Principato Band and then formed his own five-piece jump blues group, Big Joe & the Dynaflows. After some touring with that group, he took a job that would keep him home more often as musical director for Fleetwood's, Mick Fleetwood's nightclub in Alexandria, VA.
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
Bobby Thompson Trio
Based in Washington DC, Bobby has gained near legend status for his reputation as a solid, soulful singer, and world-class guitarist, and a powerful songwriter. Whether touring as a sideman with DC-renowned singer-songwriter Justin Jones, touring solo, or fronting the blues-rock group Blueheart Revival, Bobby puts a premium on a high-level performance.
Ruthie Logsdon has been at the forefront of the Americana scene in the DC area for more than twenty five years now. Ruthie and The Wranglers’ albums have consistently ranked high on Americana, Folk and Roots music radio charts around the world. Their clever songwriting skills were penned by Billboard Magazine as “...nothing short of brilliant,” Dirty Linen, No Depression and The Washington Post raved about their previous CD “Americana Express.”
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
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.
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.
Bill Williams is a DC-based guitarist, songwriter, singer and arranger who has performed and recorded extensively with Last Train Home, Kevin Johnson and the Linemen, the Tone Rangers, Jelly Roll Mortals and Little Pink, among others. His 2007 solo album, "Handful," earned a handful of WAMMIE nominations as well.
After performing and traveling around the world for 35 years with the Nighthawks Pete Ragusa is now working as a successful freelance drummer around the Washington, D.C. area and is principal percussionist with the Arlington County Orchestra.
Steve Wolf, bassist, has been a fixture on the Mid Atlantic music scene since the late 60s. During that time he has performed at major festivals and venues throughout the United States and Europe with such D.C. area notables as Danny Gatton, Tom Principato, The Nighthawks, Catfish Hodge, Big Joe Maher, Deanna Bogart, and a diverse group of national artists ranging from Chuck Berry, The Coasters and Bo Diddly to Doctor John, Danny Gatton, Brian Auger, The Marvellettes and Springsteen sax man Clarence Clemons. His well-respected work in the blues arena has led him to back Chicago blues legends Sunnyland Slim, Pine Top Perkins, Bob Margolin, Charlie Musselwhite, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Jimmy Thackery and many others.
Steve has also garnered an impressive list of recording credits as both a performer and producer. He played on and produced the legendary recording “Danny Gatton – Redneck Jazz Explosion” (Live At The Cellar Door). He is on at least a half dozen recordings and compilations with guitarist extraordinaire, Tom Principato, and produced the “Tom Principato Band, Live In Europe 1988” CD release. You'll also frequently see him with Linwood Taylor, Mark Wenner's Blues Warriors, Dave Kitchen and the legendary Phil Wiggins.
Guitarist Andy Rutherford is regarded as one of D.C.'s most accomplished , and has performed with The Thrillbilly's, Little Pink, Cathy King, and many others as well as on numerous BandHouse Gigs shows.
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.