Rachel Levitin, Andres Gallego, Michael Mattice, Emily Henry @ Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
January 9, 2015 Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
Rachel Levitin is a Chicago-born singer-songwriter and award-winning multi-instrumentalist currently based in Washington, D.C. Having over a fifteen years of live performance experience under her belt as well as an unwavering passion for storytelling through song, Levitin continues to create an intimate show — no matter the stage — across the country. Levitin’s style ranges from folk-influenced rock songs to country storytelling with a dash of blue notes thrown in for good measure. Fans of American rock, soul, and jazz will find hints of their favorite genre’s history combined with Levitin’s emotional performance to make for quite the compelling live show.
Raised in Arlington, VA, Michael Mattice knew exactly what he wanted to do at the age of 8 when he told his father he wanted to play music. His first instrument was flute, in which he studied for 6 years and was invited to perform a solo piece at The National Flute Convention. After flute, Michael took on both bass (Upright, Double and Electric) and piano. On bass, he quickly rose to 1st chair in his high school’s award winning orchestra and county youth symphony. He performed with the Regional Youth Symphony and District Symphony Orchestra during high school. After successfully completing high school with an advanced diploma and performing in the country’s most prestigious concert venues on the east coast and mid west, Michael was accepted and attended Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music, where he created his own major, fuzing Jazz Composition and Music Business. While at college, he performed six nights a week with numerous bands/projects. In months following graduation, he co founded the successful progressive metal band, Yantra, who were signed to a branch of Sony Music called Sony IODA. After a successful run with playing Massachusetts’ biggest venue with Sumerian Records, Michael decided to take a solo route. Releasing his first solo album, Comin’ Home, in June 2013 brought worldwide recognition. The album held the number one spot on Amazon’s Hot New Sellers list for blues music and Michael toured the country for 10 months in support of the album. It has gotten airplay and acclaim in Europe, Africa, and Australia. More recently, as Michael creates his sophomore release, he has built his own music teaching business, kids camp called Jam Buddies, made a name as a producer/engineer, continue to perform as solo act and co create with other artists. For Michael, it seems the journey has only just begun.
Emily Henry is an acoustic folk-pop singer-songwriter whose exquisite voice and depth of feeling will make you ache. A writer first, her songs are delicate, complex constructions that tell intimate stories about the heart and the ways we communicate it – or fail to. With catchy melodies and a strong pop sensibility, her music will leave you humming, and thinking, all day.
Henry began singing at a very young age, writing songs at eleven, and put the final piece of the puzzle together by learning guitar at fourteen. Ever since, she has been performing and honing her craft. In 2005 she was a finalist in the 22nd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for her song “Las Vegas” and she received an honorable mention in the acoustic/folk category of the 10th Annual UniSong International Songwriting Contest for her song “Birds Without Wings”. From 2006 to 2009 she spent summers assistant teaching songwriting at the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop, an intensive, highly accoladed writing program for teens. With 2009 came college graduation and travel, and Henry has now performed her music in England, Spain, and most recently South Korea, where she lived for a year.
Having returned to the United States and recorded a full-length demo, Henry currently plays out regularly in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area and is in the process of gathering musicians for her first fully produced album.