Presenting and Supporting Folk & Acoustic Music
in the Washington, DC Area

Upcoming Shows

    • Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)


    FocusMusic Proudly Presents a Virtual Evening with Tom Kimmel.

    Webcasting Live at www.focusmusic.org, we ask that you donate generously to the performer at www.focusmusic.org/donate/ and treat it as if you were purchasing a ticket to the event! Thank you in advance!

    Tom Kimmel is a soulful and unique singer and performer who has captivated audiences from Birmingham to Bhutan, from San Francisco to Stockholm, winning fans and garnering critical acclaim in the worlds of folk, rock and spiritual music.

    “…not only one of the finest songwriters alive, but an incredible performer—mixing his songs, humor and story-telling to create an experience that is pure theater.”
    —Pierce Pettis

    Tom Kimmel is an award winning songwriter whose songs have been featured in film and television and recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Nanci Griffith, Randy Travis, Shawn Colvin, Dianne Reeves and many, many others.

    Find out more about Tom at www.tomkimmel.com

    • Saturday, November 14, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)

    FocusMusic Proudly Presents a Virtual Evening with Joe Crookston.

    Webcasting Live at www.focusmusic.org, we ask that you donate generously to the performer at www.focusmusic.org/donate/ and treat it as if you were purchasing a ticket to the event! Thank you in advance!

    Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Resident, he’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. 

    He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

    Find out more about Joe at www.joecrookston.com

    • Saturday, December 05, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)

    FocusMusic Proudly Presents a Virtual Evening with Joe Jencks.

    Webcasting Live at www.focusmusic.org, we ask that you donate generously to the performer at www.focusmusic.org/donate/ and treat it as if you were purchasing a ticket to the event! Thank you in advance!

    “If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks’ hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosopher, Workers & Wanders tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can - with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon! ” - MarySue Twohy – The Village, SIRIUS XM Radio


    Joe Jencks is an 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

    Find out more about Joe at www.joejencks.com

See a list of past Focus concerts here.


Monday (Virtual) Open Mic Showcases hosted by Rob Hinkal

For now at least, our Monday night open mic has moved to a Virtual Format. Tune in every Monday night from 7pm to 10pm (ET) on either Facebook or Youtube to catch a rotating whirl of musicians and poets and storytellers.

Focus sponsors the Teavolve Open Mic every Monday evening with host rob of the band ilyAIMY and we are honored to have a weekly helping of some of the best local and traveling singer/songwriters, musicians, poets and random whathaveyous all in one spot.

We have a featured artist somewhere in the middle of the night (LIKE the Facebook page for constantly updated listings) for whom we pass a tip pitcher (please be generous) but otherwise the show is free. The drinks are great and the food's even better. The night is videoed and recorded and archived on YouTube.

More information at ilyaimy.com.

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