Stone Driver is a critically acclaimed rock band from Washington, DC that harnesses grunge, blues rock, progressive, and psychedelic influences to create powerful and soulful rock music that resonates with fans both on the stage and from the studio. In addition to writing, recording, and performing original music, Stone Driver continues to be actively involved in supporting multiple charitable organizations in the DMV community (Per Scholas, Lever Fund, Rolling Thunder, and the Joe Strummer Foundation).
The band released their third full length album “Chasing Demons” in May 2018. Mixed by Grammy award winning engineer John Seymour (prior clients include Santana, U2, Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix, and the Dave Matthews Band) it is an explosive follow up to their prior two LPs, Rocks (2016) and Descent (2015).
2018 & 2017 have been breakout years for Stone Driver that included being voted as “The Best Original Band in 2018” by readers of the Washington City Paper, being endorsed by Rolling Thunder, Inc for their album release and veterans charity fundraiser at Union Stage, winning the local New Belgium Brewing Co. battle of the bands to open for Vintage Trouble at the Tour De Fat outside Nationals Park, organizing and headlining the Joe Strummer Foundation charity benefit concert at the Black Cat, being selected as one of the bands to represent DC at the 9:30 Club at the first DC Music Rocks Festival, and sharing the bill with the Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Good Charlotte, Everclear and Bush at the Celebrate Fairfax 2018 & 2017 festivals. Notable past shows also include playing at the National Archives (with the US Constitution as their backline!), and the SXSW Showcase with the Young Pandas.
Stone Driver has been fortunate to gain over 86,800 fans via social media, and been featured on a variety of local, national and international radio stations. Stone Driver is currently working on their fourth full length album, and scheduling select shows for Summer and Fall 2018.
Cosmic Romp is an all-original band based in the Washington, DC area best described as a sonic blast of hip-hop, funk, rock, and space sounds. Cosmic Romp draws inspiration from a wide variety of artists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, James Brown, Nas, and Outkast, into a unique blend that’s unlike anything else in the DC scene.
Originally formed in 2014, founding members Eric Taylor, David Rothman, and Ben Trajtenberg all met each other playing Flashband showcases and discovered instant musical chemistry with one another. The band was a featured artist for the inaugural Audioteka Fest in 2017 and was featured on Song Po Radio on WERA 96.7 for an interview and in-studio performance. Cosmic Romp’s music has also been played on WAMU 88.5.
Cosmic Romp will release its debut EP, entitled “Alien Funk”, on May 8, 2018 with an EP Release Party on 6/22 at The Ugly Mug. The EP will be available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, etc.
Cosmic Romp is: Eric Taylor on vocals, David Rothman on guitar, Joseph Wood on drums, and Ben Trajtenberg on bass.
Dope Francis is a band from DC that formed in the fall of 2015, playing mellow, lush, modern rock with jazz and hip-hop influences, experimenting with ambient textures and complex rhythms. The band consists of Dylan Joyce on vocals, John Haylor on bass, Jeremy Padow on guitar and Andrew Carlson on drums. We’ve played shows in and around Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and recently, New York City. We released our first EP, “Good For”, in December 2017.