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

Upcoming Shows

    • 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

    • Saturday, January 09, 2021
    • 7:30 PM (EST)

    Webcasting Live on focusmusic.org's Facebook and YouTube (no account required) at 7.30pm ET. We ask that you donate generously to the performers at www.focusmusic.org/donate/ and treat it as if you were purchasing a ticket to the event! Thank you in advance!


    FocusMusic and the Sandy Spring Museum are excited and proud to launch our collaborative relationship with Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway’s  presentation of “Deeper Than the Skin”. Sandy Spring, founded by Quakers, was a station along the Underground Railway.  A steward of the area’s rich legacy for over 40 years, the Museum has evolved as a cultural arts center, supporting the arts, promoting education and mirroring Focus’ mutual values of community, education, collaboration and inclusion.

    Deeper Than The Skin is an absolutely amazing experience. Not a performance (although these are two fine performers) but an experience. If you are anywhere within reach of this, don’t miss it.

    -Selma Civil Rights activist Rev. Gordon Gibson, author of Southern Witness, Knoxville, TN

    Celebrating and promoting justice and equality, “Deeper Than the Skin” is the story of a decades-long friendship that merged disparate backgrounds of black/white, North/South to discover common ground and  inspire others to do the same.  Reggie and Greg are committed to reaching across the racial divide with words and music to promote, inspire and celebrate justice and equality.

    “Deeper Than the Skin” is an interactive, engaging invitation to take a step into a new reality. It’s an affirmation of the notion that a more perfect union begins…. with us!


    • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    • 7:30 PM (EST)

    Chuck Brodsky is a storytelling, songwriting, modern-day troubador whose genuine warmth and quirky, finely-crafted songs touches hearts, funny bones, and a nerve or two. With irony and wit, his twelve CDs celebrate the eccentric, holy, courageous, inspiring, and the beautiful, while poking fun at what needs poking.


    After a few years busking in Europe and picking fruit, Chuck began performing around northern California in the late 1980’s. Over the past 28 years he’s played concerts all across the USA and in eleven countries. Several of his songs have appeared in movies and on tv, while others have been covered by artists as diverse as David Wilcox, Kathy Mattea, The African Children’s Choir of Uganda, and Frogwings (with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks). The National Baseball Hall of Fame, where he’s performed 3 times, has dubbed him “Baseball’s Troubadour Poet Laureate.”


    • Saturday, March 13, 2021
    • 7:30 PM (EST)


    • Saturday, April 10, 2021
    • 7:30 PM (EDT)


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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