Welcome to Focus Music
An intimate, "up-close" music experience, the opportunity to discover high-quality new artists, personal contact with performers, a community of music-loving friends and time to socialize.
Our online concerts are archived! So even if you missed it you can still watch it!
August 1st at 7.30pm ET we'll be proudly bringing Scott Ainslie to our digital stage (you can tune in below or on facebook.com/FocusmusicDC)! The show will be available to all, but we ask that you donate generously to the performer via Paypal (account not required) or https://cattailmusic.com/donate/ and treat it as if you were purchasing a ticket to the event.
Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep.
“My mother found me at the family piano picking out the melodies from the records she listened to during the day when I was three.
I’m one of the lucky ones: I’ve been a musician all my life”
– Scott Ainslie
Artists to be Enjoyed from a Distance...
Frustrating though it may be, we've had to cancel a number of Focus events. Joe Jencks, Lynn Hollyfield, Scott Ainslie, Jonathan Byrd, Anne Hills, Scott Cook, David Mallett and Buskin & Batteau are all stunning performers and we hope to have them back soon. Take a listen. Support them if you're able with digital or physical merch sales. Thank you in advance!
Become a Focus Member
Your Focus membership makes it easy for you to discover great music and further strengthens our ability to draw the most talented performers. You'll receive advance notice of Focus events, including bios and video links so you can find out more about the performers before the show. Discounts to all shows, invites to special events too. Choose between Fan or Friend Membership Level. See Membership Page for more details.
We appreciate your support! Focus Music is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions of cash or other needed items are tax-deductible (to the extent allowed by IRS regulations). Visit our Donations page for more information.
Tell your friends about Focus
When you discover the pleasure of hearing high quality performers in our quiet venues, don't keep it a secret. Help spread the word about the outstanding entertainment presented each month at Focus concerts.
Duties may include preparing and cleaning up the venue before and after a show, selling tickets at the door, or coordinating special events. We like getting new members involved. So if you have time and a skill to share, please contact our volunteer coordinator.
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