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

Upcoming Shows

    • Sunday, June 13, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you simultaneously want to dance, sing and change the world.” 
    Georgia Voice, USA

    One of the world's most successful LGBT singer songwriters, SONiA disappear fear (born Sonia Rutstein) is loved for her beautiful voice and songs that illuminate truth passionately delivered. Born in Baltimore and cruising relentlessly across the USA in the early 90s, SONiA has grown to be loved around the world. To see her is to believe her.

    SONiA disappear fear released both a career-spanning retrospective album (Love Out Loud) and the composer's cut of her first musical (Small House No Secrets) in 2020. Her previous studio album was her highly anticipated 19th CD By My Silence in January 2019. Currently, SDF has 21 award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries. "Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations", writes Don Kening Chicago Daily Herald, "her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time."

    Ertugrul Erkisi is a singer and composer of classical and Sufi Turkish music and is the Director of the Nirvana Music & Art School in the Greater Philadelphia Area. His albums include Safahat'tan Şarkılar and Teşekkür Ederim Allahım." 

    Ertuğrul Erkişi is a renowned singer, composer, instrumentalist and producer of traditional Turkish classical and Sufi music. He’s performed on the Turkish Radio and Television station and has made more than 20 guest appearances on national and international television programs. In addition, he hosted his own music show on television and radio for many years.

    Ertuğrul Erkişi has given concerts in the United States, Germany, Austria, Holland, İtaly, Cyprus, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Tatarstan, Indonesia, Egypt, Romania and Belgium. Mr. Erkişi is also a prolific composer of music. His first album was published in 1994 at the age of 22. Since then, he has successfully published a total of 14 albums over the course of more than 20 years and has sung on 13 albums. He has also composed songs and albums for other professional singers for the past 18 years.

    Mr. Erkişi has received several awards including the National Music Award, one of the most prestigious music awards in Turkey. He has sold over one million copies of his albums worldwide. He plays Turkish Picked Tambour, Oud and Bowed Tambour.

    Currently, Ertuğrul Erkişi has been working on new compositions based on the poetry of Rumî.

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

    Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk singer-songwriter whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She currently plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas.

    Kipyn celebrated several milestones in January 2017 including the release of Dance Across the Sky, a solo project following up her debut Undercover Muse, and winning the coveted Gold Award in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Open category) for God is Love, her third MASC Gold adding to previous wins in 2013 and 2014.

    Additional accolades for Kipyn include being honored by the Washington Area Music Association with their WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year in 2015 and multiple nominations the following year for Songwriter of the Year and Folk Contemporary Vocalist.

    Recovering reporter, performance poet and fairy tale collector turned songwriter, Heather Aubrey Lloyd has co-fronted Baltimore’s ilyAIMY for nearly two decades. Traveling the country playing everything from bait shops to clothing-optional resorts, Lloyd’s lyrical collection of stories became her first solo studio effort, “A Message in the Mess.” Populated by Hippie Tooth Faeries and Jackson Pollock reincarnated as a flock of scatological pigeons … each narrative is offered up in her passionate, “sing-me-the-phone-book” alto. Her finger-picked guitar says folk. Her lyrics show the influence of Baltimore's slam poetry scene. Her hand percussion says world music. "Janis Joplin ... and Joni Mitchell blended together," says The Montgomery Caller.

    With its inventive arrangements and delightfully bizarre percussion (yes, that really is recorded bubble wrap), “Mess” received the Director's Award for Album of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and the awards haven't stopped since: 2018 No Depression Magazine Songwriting Award Finalist, 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival MOST WANTED Artist, 2018 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist, 2017 Telluride Troubadour Top 4. She is also the reigning Grand Prize winner of the prestigious Bernard Ebb Songwriting Award. While the current socially distanced climate has cancelled most of her live shows, Lloyd is planning to release new music in 2021, featuring songs about mental health, the plight of refugees, and aging gracefully.

    • Saturday, August 14, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    Details coming soon!

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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