DC Music Rocks Festival

DC Music Rocks Festival

Hayley Fahey Band, Throwing Plates, The Split Seconds, Stone Driver, Thaylobleu

Sat, September 2

Doors: 7:30 pm


DC Music Rocks Festival
With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary, and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic backgrounds; abilities; identities; and experiences to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up, and rock out! Following in the footsteps of girls rock camps across the United States, Girls Rock! DC was founded in October 2007 by an all-volunteer collective of DC metro area musicians, teachers, artists and community organizers. We build upon our diverse experiences and musical backgrounds, connections to local youth, and approaches to grassroots organizing to create a week-long day camp, for Washington, D.C. area girls ages 8-18, as well as an after school program. During the week, campers receive small-group instruction on electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, turntables, digital music, or vocals; form bands, and collaborate to write an original song or DJ set, which they perform at a showcase at the end of the week. Campers also learn about the history of women in rock, gender and cultural identity, ways to dismantle systems of oppression, band merchandise and promotion, conflict resolution and other skills young folks need to take over the world of music!

DC Music Rocks is a syndicated FM radio show, a popular podcast, and an extensive website which also features a DC Local Artist Database, a Local Music Calendar, and extensive playlists. DC Music Rocks’ mission is to “shine a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind, the DC region’s local music scene.” The show’s mission is to start organizing the widely-available local music and make it accessible to the community to find, follow, and enjoy! With approaching 10,000 followers, all in the DC region, the community has shown its love in return! The team is confident you're gonna love the local music scene!
Hayley Fahey Band
Hayley Fahey Band

Hayley Fahey is a prolific singer-songwriter, with a voice that captivates audiences: soulful, sweet, powerful. She is a multi-instrumentalist, and has a presence onstage that lights up a room. She draws influence from blues, folk, country and rock, infusing storytelling and appealing to emotion. Hayley’s expertly crafted music and passionate live performances moves music lovers of all ages and makes for a memorable experience at every show.

“Hayley is the real deal and has both the singing and writing chops to back it.” – John Alagia ~ Multi-Grammy nominated producer (John Mayer, Dave Matthews)

“Hayley Fahey is a rising star with a passionate and incendiary voice that delivers the songs and lyrics of a seasoned writer. Her voice is mature and polished, invoking memories of Ella Fitzgerald and a young Bonnie Raitt. She’s got it all; the presence, delivery, attitude and raw talent of an artist that’s rocketing her way from an opening act to a headliner on the national concert stage.” – Scott Shuman ~ Grammy Award winning producer

The one-of-a-kind sound of her world-class band defies boundaries but connects leaving the crowd eager for more. The spontaneity of her shows and energetic interaction with her audience always results in a truly uplifting performance.
Throwing Plates
Throwing Plates

Combining heartfelt singer/songwriter roots with folk-­rock grit, Throwing Plates is becoming a regular act among many venues in the Washington area. Created by three gifted musicians and songwriters, the DC­ based group aptly incorporates fresh musical thinking with memorable melodies.

Throwing Plates was founded by James Britton, Jamie Boyd, and Doug Imhoff; the three crossed paths while performing in DC showcases. Mutually impressed by their talents, they soon began writing songs together. Over the past three years Throwing Plates has independently booked and performed hundreds of shows and have received awards from the Songwriters Association of Washington and Mid­-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.

Through their energetic and interactive stage presence, the trio is accumulating a loyal following. In 2015, well­-known songwriter and producer Mark Williams was impressed with Throwing Plates, leading to work on their recording debut. The self­-titled album was released on July 29th, 2016 and can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and other online retailers.
The Split Seconds
The Split Seconds

Formed in 2015, The Split Seconds exploded onto the DC music scene with their unique style of no-frills classic pop-punk. Rising from the ashes of Dischord Records' The Coastals, frontman Drew Champion sought to put together a project combining the energy of late-70's Punk with undertones of 60's pop, and garage rock.

Joined by drummer Sean Peterson, bassist Stephen Parsons, and guitarist Alex Massi, The Split Seconds took their sound to enthusiastic audiences at east coast punk clubs.

The Split Seconds' debut LP "Center of Attention" was released by Altercation Records Inc. in March 2017 to critical acclaim, featured on outlets including The Washington Post, Punknews, Dying Scene, New Noise, and Idobi Radio.

The Split Seconds are busy in 2017 touring, recording, and performing at festivals including SXSW, The Fest, and Antisocial Camp-Out.

"DC punk-rock sound distilled"

- Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

“sick riffs and raw, throaty vocals”

- Jonathan Goodwin, The Deli Magazine

“they take simplicity and rev it up with a little modern pop-punk - short, simple, and sweet.”

- John Gentile, Punknews.org

“a revival of 1970s era punk with a sound that’s fast, simple, catchy and bold”

- Katie Ebel, UMD Writer’s Bloc

"Fast and heavy pop punk from the nation’s capital. Heavy, catchy, and emotive music. The Split Seconds stand out as a band ready to take the world by storm."

- Jeff Orrence, Glory in Sound

“This is punk... I want to sound like this band: hell, I want to be this band, they are that good. These guys are from DC and it shows.”

- Phil King, Audio Fuzz

"Catchy hooks, hard hitting riffs, and good old fashion punk rock melodies"

- Outcast Magazine

"The Split Seconds release a great punk record, with some subtle but great melodies with big choruses that live will make for some great singalongs in the future - an infectious record with a bounce that continues until the end of their self titled."

- Thinking Lyrically

“set to do the business”

- Steve Janes, WithGuitars
Stone Driver
Stone Driver

"Stone Driver is a critically acclaimed rock band based out of Washington, DC that harnesses grunge, blues rock, and psychedelic influences to create powerful and soulful music that connects and resonates with their audience.

Stone Driver recently released their second full length album "Rocks" with famed London based producer Sefi Carmel, who has also crafted music for David Bowie, Phil Collins, BB King, and Bruno Mars.

Stone Driver has shared billings with Living Colour, the B-52s, Bush, Everclear, and Vintage Trouble, and has an expanding national and international fan base of modern and classic rock aficionados. The band is currently recording their third album slated for a 2018 Q1 release."

Thaylobleu is a DC rocked band based in Anacostia. The group was founded by artist Terence Nicholson in 2010, and performs in the DMV, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. Their sound has been described as “Classic rock with Punk Sensibilities”. Thaylobleu is currently promoting their latest album entitled, “Oscars and Jellyfish”. The band consists of Bill Vaughan, bass / Durl Purry, Guitar/ Joe Hall, drums and frontman Terence Nicholson/ baritone guitar.
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001