Micah, Amanda Lee,
Jen Miller, Jeff Waters
Ebenezers Coffeehouse – 201 F St. NE Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Micah’s music is a touch of folk mixed with some soul and topped off with a little bit of heartbreak. The last 3 years have brought him coast to coast and back again playing clubs, colleges, living rooms and everything in between. With his strong affinity for bacon and flannel, some have deemed him the Ron Swanson of singer-songwriters. Picture the soulful powerhouse vocals of John Legend behind a guitar with a laid back style like Ray LaMontagne. Micah is a new buzz artist not to be missed. Check out the new album Just a Little Heartbreak!
For more information to keep in touch and updated with Micah please visit: www.facebook.com/micahmusic & www.twitter.com/micahmusic.
Born in Towson, MD and raised in Northern VA, Amanda Lee has minimal experience beyond the east coast realm of life. Her aching and yearning for more is apparent in her music and may just be the drive that takes her to far places.
Amanda was the 1st place winner of the KBN’s Talent Competition in 2002, where she met her bass player (now bandmate/husband), placed 2nd in the first annual Kollabortion DC competition in 2010, has played in notable venues in the Washington DC and Northern VA area (The Hamilton Live, The Howard Theatre, Jammin Java, Gibson Guitar Showroom, Iota Club & Cafe), and her YouTube videos have accumulated over half a million views.
With the ambition of wanting to put her music in people’s hands, Lee partnered with Pledge Music to campaign the funding of her first EP. With much success, her fans prevailed and thus Lee started recording with Kevin Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios in Vienna, VA. Lee co-produced the album with Gutierrez and her bass player, Posido Vega. The album was released digitally in April 2011 and is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDbaby.com, and Bandcamp.
I am here to tell you who I am, and you can decide whether it matters or resonates with you. I am a mere 22 years old, and grew up near Columbus, Ohio. I spent most of my childhood with my incredible family, playing and excelling at every sport I ever played. On week days, I had a few hours in between getting out of school and the beginning of my sports practices that I was home alone. I used to blare all different kinds of music from my parents 80s speakers and get down with the get down. I had MOVES, I tell ya! Something about the way music could get my blood moving touched me unlike anything else.
It wasn’t until high school that I started trying to make some music of my own. I blew out my knee my junior year in high school playing soccer, and my dreams of a DI scholarship at Indiana University were shattered. I tried to rehab the knee and ended up getting injured yet again my senior year, at which point I really understood that someone was against me following that path. In the time I had to myself (partially given by a knee brace, and partially through my self-wallowing), I found love in a ukulele and an old out-of-tune piano in my parents’ living room. I began posting videos on YouTube as wretched as this one. Don’t share this video. I will end you.
ANYWHO…Long story short, I began finding all sorts of kind-hearted music-loving folk on the Internet that truly liked what I was doing. I set up my very first Kickstarter campaign to fund my first EP, Forget the Dirty Hearts, which was (to my surprise) a huge success, and was released May 1st, 2012. It debuted at #15 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart for two consecutive weeks. I am still utterly humbled by that. I don’t know how that was a thing. Sometimes I think that it wasn’t; It was something I imagined in a weird, long, childish dream.
I spend the consecutive two years and summers touring with an incredible group of guys who are the most talented, golden people I have met. Marc Secoy, my guitarist, is one of the very first people to believe in my music; he believed in it before I did. Jarrett Kelley, my bass player, is currently awaiting a beautiful baby and is cool as a cucumber…He has been in and out with us on gigs (given his job and family), but is incredible for always being there on the drop of the hat. Rusty Spoonz, as I call him, or Russel P. has been jamming on that banjo with us since the summer of 2013, and he absolutely brings us together. Rusty is the kind of guy that can make any experience a hilarious one, and his talent is unparalleled. I’ll fight you if you think you know a banjo player better than him. Our drummer, Dennis the Menace is really at the heart of it all. Dennis is always there being the incredible people person that he is, making sure everyone is comfortable and having a good time. He is the life of the party, but also one of the most observing, kind-hearted humans to roam this earth. And they all have a lot of facial hair…Like a whole lot. Hipster girls SWOON!
We turned to Kickstarter again this past winter to (hopefully) fund another EP. Admittedly, I was so hesitant to do so that I almost didn’t. While the past two years were the most successful I had ever been musically, I had lost touch with why I started writing music in my bedroom in the first place. I had lost touch with why I danced around the family room to Third Eye Blind. At the age of seven, I remember the moment I first knew something could be sad and beautiful at the same time. I listened to “Narcolepsy” by Ben Folds Five, and wept without knowing why. That’s why I started writing music. Music moved my soul without me understanding why, and that got lost in the jumble of life.
So, I posted the Kickstarter with a rice-sized grain of hope, and held on. Nearly $8,000 was raised in total, and the incredible strangers/acquaintances/friends and family of mine that had contributed turned this damn thing into an album. We haven’t set a date yet, but we think it will be out late Spring/early Summer. Utterly floored. Keep in touch here for more on my music + my life. This is my diary and you are my little siblings.
Jeff Waters is a singer/songwriter/pianist living in Washington, DC. Jeff, who is an accomplished pianist and songwriter, recently released “Stations”, his highly-praised debut LP which features his song “Philadelphia”, which the Philadelphia Magazine and Philly Post hailed as “melancholy perfection”.