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

Upcoming Shows

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

    More atjillianmatundan.com

    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.

    More at elenalosfulanos.com

    AND just added: opening act Nelly's Echo!
    Nelly’s Echo is based on the premise that music is a two-way street; “It’s a give and take.” Nelly refers to the musician creating the ambiance and & Echo refers to the audience’s response to, and appreciation of the ambiance. Nelly’s Echo’s captivating storytelling and high energy performances have made him a sought- after musician all across the United States and overseas.

     

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


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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