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Focus at Rockville, DM

Concerts are Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Tickets $15 in advance (and for members) or $18 at the door.

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Mount Vernon
                                          Alexandria


NOTE: This show will be held at Ted's 355 Diner, 895 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Megon McDonough,
plus Len Jaffe




Megon McDonough began to focus her energies on her passion for music at the age of 11 after tragedy struck her home twice in one year. First, she lost her father, and three months later her college-bound sister died in a car accident. The nuns at her Catholic school encouraged Megon to be still and “listen for the calling.” She opened her heart and divine inspiration rushed in from Liverpool in the form of the “Fab Four,” immediately followed by an all-out British Invasion. As Megon professes in her song Beatle Love, “The Beatles saved my life.”

Megon found a home in the folk world, and by age 14 had a record deal with Mercury Records after winning the WLS Big Break Contest. At age 17, she left home for Los Angeles to join the John Denver tour, including Carnegie Hall, a deal with RCA, and eventually 13 albums and a stint as an inaugural member of the folk group The Four Bitchin’ Babes, which allowed her wit and folk sensibilities to comment on the ups and downs of everyday life.

Megon also has appeared in numerous theater productions, including Pump Boys and Dinettes, Beehive and Always, Patsy Cline, for which she was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award. She won an ACE Cable TV award for singing the theme song of an HBO Olympic ice-skating special and has recorded for a Danielle Steel TV movie.

A native Washingtonian, Len Jaffe has had a 40-year career as a singer/songwriter/guitarist. He is a founding member of the Songwriters' Association of Washington, a former representative for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), produced a house concert series in Charlottesville, and has worked as a freelance writer for various music publications as long as he has been performing.







NOTE: This show will be held at Ted's 355 Diner, 895 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Roy Zimmerman


Roy
Roy Zimmerman is a satirical songwriter in the Tom Lehrer/Phil Ochs tradition. He tours almost constantly, taking his funny songs about fracking, creationism, marijuana laws, government shutdown, same-sex marriage, guns, taxes and abstinence across the country, often playing in some of the least Progressive places in America for the most Progressive people there - the “Blue Dots” he calls them.

In 13 albums over 20 years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and social justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views, and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

His latest release is the documentary DVD “Vote Republican: a 50-state musical odyssey” following Zimmerman and his wife and frequent co-writer Melanie Harby on their 2012 tour. In every state they visited, they wrote a new verse for their tongue-in-cheek song “Vote Republican.” The film weaves all 51 verses together with additional footage and music to create a funny, yet poignant portrait of election-year America.





“Roy Zimmerman simultaneously inspires me
and makes me laugh my ass off.”
- Paul Krassner, author/comedian


“Zimmerman is a guy on the left skewering folks
on the right with rapier-sharp lyrics ...
underneath the caustic satire is a man
who is surprisingly optimistic.”
- Sing Out! magazine







NOTE: This show will be held at Ted's 355 Diner, 895 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Spuyten Duyvil



Hailing from the Hudson Valley, Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced "SPITE-en DIE-vil") brings soaring vocals, traditional jug-band energy, slide guitar and Chicago-style blues harp that propel the listener on a barn-burning romp through the last 100 years of American roots music. According to WFMT-Chicago's Rich Warren, listening to this joyous band for the first time is like "throwing a cherry bomb into a lake." It wakes you up.

Since its release in October 2013, Spuyten Duyvil's third CD "Temptation" has reached the #7 position on the International Folk DJ Chart, with "I'll Fly Away" clocking in as the #2 song. Their 2011 release "New Amsterdam" landed on a dozen DJ Top 10 lists and received a nomination for the Alternate Root TV's "2011 Top American Roots Album."

Recent stops on their journey include the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, Caramoor's American Roots Music Festival, Muzikfest, the Turning Point, and Caffe Lena.





"They are the hottest new band in folk music ...
and one of the best."
-Gene Shay, WXPN



"They're a mighty powerhouse....All the playing is hot."
- Stephen D. Winick, The Huffington Post