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Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo has been bringing acoustic rock and old-time country to the Washington DC Metro Area since 2006. Whether performing original music or classic material, Alex’s voice is “reminiscent of Johnny Cash, though often sung with Jello Biafra’s inflection” (Matthew Stabley, NBCWashington.com) and “sounds like Nick Cave reinterpreting the early songbook of Bill Callahan” (The Big Easy - MetroMusicScence.com). “El Rojo” to his friends, Parez takes inspiration from epic troubadours Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and local balladeer John Bustine amongst various other artists. In trio mode, Alex is flanked by accomplished harmonica sideman Terry Boes and prolific bassist Derek Evry who is also a fantastic songwriter, singer, guitarist and band leader. Alex has also performed with several other local musicians for various tribute shows.

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Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights Hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, March 20th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm is Eric Sommer!

https://ericsommer.com/

"Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.

Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene in the ’80s with a vengeance, a Folk guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt and Brit Folk legend Davy Graham. But Boston was also a hotbed of New Wave, Power Pop and Punk at that point, and Sommer absorbed those influences as well, creating a Byrdsian jangle sound that earned him opening slots for national touring acts and regular bookings at the renowned Paradise Theatre.

Sommer eventually relocated to Europe where he scored tours with Bram Tchaikovsky, Wreckless Eric and Nick Lowe, calling Denmark and the Netherlands home for awhile. After honing his personal songwriting style and playing every conceivable club on the European circuit, Sommer returned to Boston homeless and broke.

Living on the streets and in abandoned squats, Sommer played every available open mic and picked up guitar tips from David Landau and Gary Burton/Steve Howe sideman Mick Goodrick, which led to the formation of a trio called The Atomics, which offered up an American version of Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Nick Lowe during its run. While The Atomics opened for the Dead Kennedys and Gang of Four and became one of Boston’s best local New Wave outfits, Sommer was finding constant inspiration in the works of Jeff Beck, Pat Martino, Joe Pass and Charlie Christian.

With The Atomics’ dissolution, Sommer’s wanderlust took him to New York, Atlanta and finally the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he founded the Georgetown Film Festival and embarked on a phase of independent film scoring. Since then, Sommer has been a troubadour with no fixed address, playing well over 250 gigs a year and slowing down just long enough to record a handful of brilliant albums, including Rainy Day Karma with his band, Solar Flares, and his latest solo effort, Brooklyn Bolero.

If there’s any lingering doubt about Sommer’s supernatural versatility, consider that he’s opened for Old 97’s, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, Bluegrass icon Jerry Douglas, Mates of State, Dr. John, Leon Redbone and Built to Spill. Whether in band or one-man form (which nakedly showcases his amazing acoustic Blues guitar stylings), Sommer is a living history of contemporary music and a musical force of nature."

Don't miss Eric's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights Hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, March 13th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 9:00pm and 10:00pm!! Please note that we'll have a much shorter first signup at 9:00pm for this night due to a private party happening prior to open mic night, thank you.

Featured at 10:00pm is Frankie Sturm!

https://www.facebook.com/FrankieSturmMusic/

About Las Casas is based on Bartolomé de Las Casas’s A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Each song represents a chapter from the book.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1_cOef2Y5mJC8sERjLnOZQ

Don't miss Frankie's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Alex The Red Parez and The Hell Rojos Featuring Terry Boes and Derek Evry Live! at Marx Cafe! Sunday, March 10th, 10pm! www.alexparez.com

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Marx Cafe, 3203 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC

Alex The Red Parez and The Hell Rojos Featuring Terry Boes and Derek Evry Live! At Marx Cafe! Sunday, March 10th, 2019, 10pm-12am!

www.alexparez.com

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights Hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, March 6th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm is Erik Bradford (of Short Lives)!

https://www.facebook.com/thefaceoferik

https://www.facebook.com/shortlives/

Band Members Erik Bradford Kate Rears Burgman Jeff Miller

About Gloom prog, goth blues, post-hardcore, post-punk, shoegaze, grunge/alternative, 70s singer-songwriter, desert rock, spaghetti western, folk rock, free jazz.

Biography The Domesticated technically started with this lineup in DC (2006-2007), but was taken to Austin, Texas (2007-2011) where it solidified into something tangible (Lo, Apollo LP, and Long Lost Direction EP). After Erik Bradford's move back to the East Coast, a sense of rebirth was needed in order to move forward and this is that new life. A short one probably.

Current Location Washington DC Metro Area

Influences Nick Cave, Wovenhand, Swans, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Bill Hicks, Television, Failure, Chavez, Jesus Lizard, New Order, Smashing Pumpkins, Nels Cline, Elvis Presley...the king.

Don't miss Erik's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights Hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, February 27th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Kosi!

www.kosi-sings.com

"Kosi (née Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.

She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influences, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she's-sweet-now-she's-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. "I am not creating anything," she says, "nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough." She's more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing... if you can handle it.

Kosi's fifth and latest album, Stranger in Every Town, a concept album about the joys, pains, and existential terror of touring independently, is currently available for preorder on Bandcamp and will be released on all other platforms on Nov 4, 2018. Her fourth album, I Know Who I Am, is also a concept album telling the story of guilt, absolution, love, and self-actualization through original jazz and negro spirituals. Along with her third album, Ghosts Appearing through the Sound, which is a tribute to Abbey Lincoln, and her first two albums, Pictures of Us and One More Cup of Coffee, each of which is comprised of eight of Kosi's original songs and two jazz standards, it is available for purchase or download on Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and on her website: kosi-sings.com."

Don't miss Kosi's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights Hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, February 20th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Solly's! Alex The Red Parez and the Hell Rojos featuring Terry Boes and Derek Evry!

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Solly's, 1942 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Come get down once again with Alex The Red Parez and the Hell Rojos featuring Terry Boes and Derek at Solly's! Friday, February 15th, 10:00pm-1:00am! www.alexparez.com

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights Hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, February 13th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: The Feed!

https://www.facebook.com/thefeeddc/ https://twitter.com/thefeeddc https://instagram.com/thefeeddc

Genre Indie rock

Band Members Audrey White, Manuel Santillana, Ben Rowny

Hometown Washington, DC

About We are a rock band from Washington, DC.

Biography The Feed plays an original mix with elements of folk, indie rock, 90s alternative, and 60s/70s classic rock and psychedelia. A nuanced but powerful rhythm section lays the foundation for textural guitar, keyboard and vocal harmonies. With members that collectively play in The NRIs and Bearshark. The Feed is a DC/MD/VA band.

Influences Ingrid Michaelson, The Eels, Florence and the Machine, Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Heart, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam.

Don't miss The Feed's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!