Music Makes Life Better for YES feat. Crys Matthews + Keelan Donavan + Jocelyn Faro – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – May 20th, 2015

Music Makes Life Better for YES feat. Crys Matthews + Keelan Donavan + Jocelyn Faro

Music Makes Life Better for YES feat. Crys Matthews + Keelan Donavan + Jocelyn Faro

Wednesday May 20, 2015

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

GA $15 | Premier $18 | Premier Plus $18

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

• Now through May 20th, we are holding a donation drive for YES.

YES (Youth Empowered Society)
YES (Youth Empowered Society)
During the Baltimore riots on Monday, April 27th, the front of the YES office caught fire. While they repair the damage from the fire and smoke, they have been operating out of temporary spaces and continuing to support the youth that depend on them. The proceeds of this event will help repair the damage and continue to fund YES's programs and services.

Now through May 20th, we are holding a donation drive for YES. The following items can be dropped off at Jammin' Java 10am - 8pm everyday:
Snacks (protein bars, fruit cups)
Gift cards to Safeway
Non-perishable microwavable foods (mac & cheese,
cup of soup)
Backpacks, duffle bags
Rain ponchos
Mens/Womens underwear, summer clothing, shoes
Wash cloths
Travel size wet wipes
Feminine hygiene products
Bars of soap, body wash
Toothbrushes, toothpaste


YES (Youth Empowered Society) prevents and eliminates youth homelessness through the synergy of youth and ally partnerships.

YES's vision is for all Baltimore’s youth to easily access supportive services and stable housing to become powerful in their own lives.

Through the operation of Baltimore’s only drop-in center for homeless youth, that is safe, youth-
friendly, peer-driven, and comprehensive, YES:

●Provides urgently-needed direct services to youth experiencing homelessness through trauma-informed peer and ally support;
●Develops the leadership and employment readiness of youth who have experienced homelessness;
●Partners with youth to advocate for systems change.

On an average night at the YES Drop-In Center, 25-35 youth meet their basic needs for food, clothing, hygiene products, laundry, storage, computer and phone usage, and YES provides a dedicated and safe place to receive mail, clean up, and rest. Youth participants establish supportive relationships with Peer Case Managers, allied staff, and health and legal practitioners who support youth to set goals, create Action Plans that break their goals into discrete tasks, and make and sustain connections to long-term resources. During FY 2014 (July 2013-June 2014), YES served 213 unique youth through more than 4,000 drop-ins and contacts.

YES also provides training, leadership opportunities, and employment to youth so they can safely and effectively serve their peers and achieve meaningful, livable-wage employment after their time with YES. Currently, YES employs five formerly homeless youth. YES is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc. a 501(c)3 organization that serves as the fiscal sponsor and provides administrative support and financial management for more than 60 programs working for social justice.
Music Makes Life Better + Operation Smile + Hope for Henry
Music Makes Life Better + Operation Smile + Hope for Henry
Music Makes Life Better is thrilled to once again partner with Mama's Black Sheep & friends to help raise funds and awareness for 2 amazing DMV non-profits, Operation Smile in VA Beach and Hope For Henry in DC. Please join us for an evening of amazing music and giving back!! We'll have a 50/50 raffle in the lobby benefiting Operation Smile. Additionally, If you are interested in donating a new gift to a hospitalized child, please visit the Hope For Henry Wish List, we'll be collecting these items at the door.

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.

Mission statement: Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress and empower children to be active participants in their own care.

For the Drive, this is the "Hope For Henry Wish List"
Keelan Donovan
Keelan Donovan
Portland, ME native Keelan Donovan, now finding his bearings in Nashville, TN, writes songs that are able to captivate fans of all ages. Since moving to Nashville in 2011, Keelan has worked with some of the best in the industry which has led him to his most recent deal with premier publishing company, Big Yellow Dog (Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Jessie James Decker). Keelan writes with a depth beyond his years without pining like a man 30 years his senior. He's lamenting for us all, older and younger, with smiles, honesty, charm, and voice you can listen to all night. Keelan released three EPs in 2014, all under the theme “Happenstance.” Today those three EPs fall under one name & one record: “Happenstance.” In the fall, Keelan will release his new EP produced by Daniel Tashian & Dan Agee (Big Yellow Dog). He hopes to convey his passion for music & songwriting to all who come to listen, dance, and sing along. In 2015 Keelan was on the road full time, which has took him all over the world, including a European tour the entire month of June, and to some of the best venues in the States. Keelan graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a degree in Business Management and now can be found playing in a city near you.
Jocelyn Faro
Jocelyn Faro
A singer-songwriter local to the Annapolis area, Jocelyn Faro draws from pop, blues, and folk. Although new to the music scene, she has had many accomplishments such as opening for Andy Grammer, indie band Hellogoodbye and country artists Chris Cavanaugh and Adam Craig. She can be seen regularly performing in Maryland metropolitan venues, and has also been featured at Tin Roof, AMP at Strathmore, Rechers Theater, and The Ottobar, among others.
Crys Matthews
Crys Matthews
DC’s Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland.

Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as Jammin’ Java, The Hamilton and Busboys and Poets. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included SXSW, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival (which she will be performing at again in January 2016), Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.

When Matthews entered a talent show at Appalachian State University on a whim in 2002 with the first song she ever wrote and won first place, she never expected to one day be performing with artists she used to listen to on her iPod, such as Melissa Ferrick (Out/Loud 2009) and the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams (Folkfest St. Pete in 2010). Matthews has shared stages with Graham Nash, Chris Pureka and Liz Longley, as well as several regional artists such as Owen Danoff, Summer Osborne, and Eliot Bronson.

Matthews’ first studio album, Backroads and Driveways was produced in 2011 by Karen Kane who engineered Tracy Chapman’s first EP. After hearing Crys play at a festival, Kane immediately wanted to collaborate with her. The following year Matthews released her sophomore album A Lesson Learned and an EP entitled The Izzle Ballads. In 2014 Matthews released her fourth studio album Come What May. A departure both musically and lyrically from her earlier works, Come What May bridges the gap between contemporary folk with simple storytelling filled with candor, emotion and history. Then in August 2015, Matthews released a second EP called The Izzle Ballads, vol. II. Just as in the first installment, Matthews sings about hope, love, perseverance and justice with an ease and candor that one might expect from a southeastern North Carolina native whose mother happens to be a preacher.

A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180