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

Upcoming Shows

    • Saturday, March 13, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)

    Saturday March 13th we're happy to present a unique bill : a musical duo and a comedian from Rockville!

    Ian Foster has been touring his dynamic, character-driven songs internationally since 2007 in Canada, the US and Europe. His duo album with longtime partner Nancy Hynes, ‘A Week in December,’ won both a 2020 MusicNL and East Coast Music (ECMA) Award, and they have toured together internationally since 2010.

    Described as “a great example of what a 21st century folk performer should be doing” (CBC Radio), their latest single, “Voyager,” has garnered praise in Canada and the United States, including NASA engineers at the Jet Propulsion Labratory, and was recently nominated for a Canadian Independent Music Video Award. Find “Voyager” here ( and more at

    And we'll be kicking off the evening with : 

    Carmiya is a singer, social worker, and mom living in Rockville, MD. She produces and performs comedy in the DC area and virtually. She has performed for Flappers Comedy, Laugh Riot, and Improbable Comedy, and was a finalist on the "Behind the Bits Podcast Comedy Contest." You can find her playing hide-and-seek, if you look hard enough. 

    • Saturday, April 10, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    Singer-songwriter Cissa Paz has made a name for herself in Washington DC as an eclectic performer influenced by the local jazz sounds and her Brazilian African-Indigenous background. Nominated for 3 Wammies, her debut album gained great organic momentum. Cissa’s captivating stage presence and soulful voice bring music that is upbeat and engaging. She’s known and loved among the lovers  and dancers of Brazilian music not only as a performer, but as an ambassador of her genre. Her upcoming album promises a combination of Afro-Brazilian base with funky and soulful influences. A musical melting pot of fresh collaborations with highly acclaimed artists from her home country.

    • Saturday, May 08, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, singer-songwriter in Northern Virginia by way of Central New York, where she was trained in classical violin from the age of three. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, she took a fifteen-year hiatus from writing and performing her own music. In 2019, she began playing songs she had only started writing a few months earlier at an open mic and has been on a tear ever since, winning awards and releasing her debut EP in June 2020. She plans to begin work on an acoustic and full-length album in 2021.


    Elena La Fulana : Elena La Fulana is a singer-songwriter and leader of the DC-based bilingual Latin-folk band Elena & Los Fulanos. Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, Lacayo identifies as both American and Nicaraguan and her music, which ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin cumbia reflects this dual identity. Her band Elena & Los Fulanos has twice been nominated for a Wammie-award, and their most recent album, Volcán, was hailed as "a bilingual folk album for the resistance" by the Washington City Paper, a publication that also selected Elena for their People Issue 2017 highlighting notable Washingtonians. Most recently, Elena has begun touring with the Latin-Grammy winning and Grammy nominated band, Flor de Toloache.

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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.

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