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The Gimmicks are an alternative rock band from Washington, DC consisting of founding members Duncan McDonald (producer, drums), David McCallum (keyboard, guitar, bass), Christopher Peranich (vocals, guitar), and the newest member Matt Walter (bass). Growing up in DC, the band started when they played in their school talent show. Inspired by classic rock as well as modern pop music, The Gimmicks recorded and released their debut, self titled album, in the summer of 2017.
Civic Duty is a young band based in Washington, DC with a match lit under their asses. We have a variety of influences but we prefer 60’s, 70’s , and 90’s rock and roll. Chief among their influences are Mac DeMarco, Nirvana, and the Beatles. However, Civic Duty tries to create something new when they are writing originals that anyone could enjoy.
In 2018, their close friend and frontman Raymond “Ray” McGavin (Right) tragically passed away after the release of their debut album “Funny Sad Songs”. After almost a year and a half of recording, Ray, being the genius and mastermind behind “Funny Sad Songs”, had narrowed down his large variety of originals to the 17 songs he felt were the strongest and most unique for the album. Although Ray will no longer be playing with Civic Duty, the remaining members know he would push them to continue recording music and playing whatever gigs they could get a hold of.
Started by Mike Mullally, Ray McGavin, Zeb Dempsey and Brendan Lamb, Civic Duty has been playing for a long time and they are ready to get out there. It is their civic duty to do so.
Franzia is an alternative rock band based in Middlebury, Vermont, inspired by Rex Orange County, Phoenix, and Bad Suns. Began in February 2019 by Red (keys and vocals), Ben (lead guitar), Thea (Violin), and Zack (Guitar), all from different parts of the country and with backgrounds from many parts of the world, Franzia searched for a unique indie rock sound, hoping to tell their own story through their style. Franzia’s music represents who they are and hopes to connect all types of people.
Aidan Ryan is from Vienna, VA. He is 19 years old and has been playing the guitar for about three years. Before that, he used to play the drums in a rock band. The type of music he plays is a blend of folk and country with some elements of pop. Some of his musical influences include the Arctic Monkeys, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Paul Simon, and Oasis. He has written and recorded his own songs and has played at Open Mic events around Northern Virginia and D.C. He has also played at venues such as Jammin Java. he is currently a contestant of Vienna Idol which is a music contest similar to American Idol.