Kerri Powers + Ryan Harris Brown + Calista Garcia – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – June 7th, 2018

Kerri Powers + Ryan Harris Brown + Calista Garcia

Kerri Powers + Ryan Harris Brown + Calista Garcia

Ryan Harris Brown, Calista Garcia

Thursday June 07, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Kerri Powers
Kerri Powers
“Powers is something of an anomaly.  She’s like the music scene’s version of the protagonist in the film, “The Natural,” having spent the “prime of her career” out of the spotlight -- in her case, tending to her family -- only to return from absolutely nowhere to wow and amaze.  Where Robert Redford made all the fans sit up and cheer with mammoth home runs, Kerri Powers is going to make people listening to this album do the exact same thing with exceptional song writing and equally exceptional delivery.” -- Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise
 
Kerri Powers was destined to be a musician from the start. While most kids her age spent their childhoods following frivolous pursuits, she spent hers reading, painting, writing stories, learning guitar and composing her first songs at the tender age of nine. By her own admission, she was a shy child, but her creative pursuits gave her an appreciation of the larger world around her. Those instincts seemed to have been bred naturally, given that there was undeniable talent embedded in her genes. Bing Crosby was a distant relative on her father’s side, while her mother’s relatives were said to be descended from author Herman Melville. Notably too, Powers’ paternal grandmother made her living by playing piano and providing musical accompaniment for silent films, making her a show business standby back in the day.
 
Not surprisingly then, Powers was encouraged to pursue her own creative ambitions while still in adolescence. Her mother, a talented visual artist in her own right, owned an extensive record collection, which gave Kerri her initial exposure to irrefutable icons like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and John Prine. “I would sit in a wicker rocking chair by the record player and sing along to the songs,” she recalls. “I remember hearing John Prine’s “Hello in There” for the first time and feeling that something magical was happening. It was a momentary yet memorable trip to a sad but hopeful place of lonely old faces.”
 
Powers started playing professionally in local coffeehouses throughout her native New England, and went on to release several well-received albums in the new millennium, culminating in Faith in the Shadows in 2009. Two of her songs were later featured on the Fox series “Rescue Me” starring Denis Leary. After taking time off to get married and raise her young son she returned to performing, counting among her credits the Boston Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, among other prestigious gatherings. She’s also toured Europe while opening for Canadian singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith in The Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.
 
This flurry of activity recently culminated in a new self-titled album, her first effort in five years. With a track list that includes eight searing self-penned songs along with incisive covers of Janis Ian’s “Jesse,” and The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” it ranks as Powers’ most accomplished collection to date. “The recording was a last minute decision,” she recalls. “The idea was to cut a couple of tracks simply to see how it would go.”  
 
The results – a sound that’s homespun, sparse and understated -- provide another ideal showcase for Powers’ intimate and expressive song writing, as well as her adroit ability to interpret the works of others.
 
Fully reenergized and excited about rebooting her career, Powers is looking forward to a return to touring both here and overseas. Clearly, the creative spark that was ignited so early on is fully fueled once again.
 
Lee Zimmerman
Ryan Harris Brown
Ryan Harris Brown
Hitting the charts with a bang, Stranded in The Present Tense, landed in the top 40 on the Singer/Songwriter charts the same day of its release. This album features acclaimed musicians such as Nir Z on drums (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Geneses), David LaBruyere on bass (John Mayer) and Grammy nominated Sierra Hull on the mandolin. Stranded in The Present Tense was recorded both in Portland and Nashville and was co-produced by Gus Berry.

This album release comes on the heels of a life threatening illness that Ryan began battling the day he was scheduled to begin recording. Fortunately, Ryan was able to get back into the studio a year and a half later to create this intimate and relevant album. Ryan’s fans love him for his personal lyricism, expert musicianship, and personal style which is all at once new and familiar, and Stranded in The Present Tense is his newest example of why. It takes listeners on Ryan’s journey to discover the meaning of belonging and overcoming the natural internal obstacles that everyone faces when searching for self-actualization. While this album is autobiographical in nature, it is undoubtedly relatable and invites listeners to find themselves in the story.

Ryan is excited to begin touring to bring his music to stages across the country. For upcoming shows, visit his website, www.RyanHarrisBrown.com. For inquiries about the album, tour dates, or interview requests, please reach out to hkeisenberg@gmail.com
Calista Garcia
Calista Garcia
DC based performing artist and singer-songwriter, Calista Garcia brings mix of complexity and sophistication to her folk and rock musings that carry a hint of both pop and blues. Her study of human emotion deliver lyrics that surpass her age to reveal stories that are yet to be lived.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180
https://jamminjava.com/