"Iota has a full night of Americana music planned for Thursday August 10 with three great acts. Local rock legend Alex Parez, who is frequent at Iota, will play with his band The Hell Rojos bringing acoustic rock and old-time country. Joining them are the alt-country and Americana band from DC area The Walkways. Headlining the night is the "bourbon infused Americana" sounds from the husband and wife band The Crooked Angels. Cover is $10 and doors open at 7:30pm with music usually starting around 9pm."

http://clarendonnights.blogspot.com/2017/08/crooked-angels-at-iota.html

 "On Monday April 17 you can catch Alex The Red Parez and The Hell Rojos will be headlining at Galaxy Hut for their 4th Annual Earth Day Show. Alex Parez is one of the most active players in the local Clarendon music scene, with Alex hosting Iota's open mic night every Wed, manning the door at Iota, and playing frequently in the area. Also playing that night will be Sunchild. Music starts at 8:30pm with the usual $5 cover." - Bill Ryan, Clarendon Nights Blog

http://clarendonnights.blogspot.com/2017/04/alex-parez-at-galaxy-hut.html

 “Last Thursday night Iota hosted its second Haiti Relief Benefit. The line-up advertised was "The Torches with Adrian Hardkor, Wes Tucker, Alex the Red Parez, and more." Unfortunately the extensive trek across the Potomac caused me to miss the first two acts - Adrian Hardkor and Alex the Red Parez. Those who managed to get to the show before me were able to hear both of the acoustic acts and said they enjoyed them. Both bands play tons of shows in the DC metro area so if you missed them on Thursday you can catch them again in the coming weeks. Hats off to all the bands for playing quality music to help Haiti and making it worth the trip out of DC for the evening.” - Kris, The Vinyl District

 http://vinyldistrict.blogspot.com/2010_02_03_archive.html

 “Alex the Red at Solly's: "Next we get a jam session submission featuring sights and song. Singer songwriter Alex the Red Parez aka El Rojo says a great crowd came out for a show at Solly's on U street. It's a great example of the community supporting our local artists.” - Angie Goff, WUSA9.com

http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=326052343001#/Alex+the+Red+performs+at+Solley%27s/326052343001

“Alex "the Red" Robert Parez is an acoustic performer who sounds like Nick Cave reinterpreting the early songbook of Bill Callahan (Smog).” -  The Big Easy, MetroMusicScene.com

 http://www.metromusicscene.com/search?q=alex+parez

 “Also deserving a bigger audience was local singer-songwriter Alex the Red Robert Parez, armed only with his voice and a guitar. His interpretation of Americana was a sort of loungey take, and his voice was reminiscent of Johnny Cash, though often sung with Jello Biafra's inflection. And he betrayed an affection for Bruce Springsteen, closing his set with a couple of Boss covers, "because I've been listening to him a lot lately." Check him out Wednesdays in August at Polly's Cafe.” - Matthew Stabley, nbcwashington.com

http://www.nbcwashington.com/the-scene/archive/The_Foundry_Field_Recordings_At_The_Red__The_Black.html 

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For the love of John Prine

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AIM - Arlington Independent Media, 2701-C Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

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Twelve Songwriters have come together here in the Washington DC area to contribute their thoughts and play songs in memory of John Prine, this goes out to those who took the call and for those who care, hello in there. David Davol, Alex Robert Parez, Matthew Hunt, Melissa Elizabeth Wright, Ryan Walker, Zachary Ryan Parkman, Luke James Shaffer, Nancy Lisi and her Jazz Trotters Sam Cochran, Matt Ryan Lester and Gary Terbush and an episode to follow featuring Joe Uehlein

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill 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 11th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Daniel Corum!

Don't miss Daniel Corum'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 Parez hosting Songbyrd Open Mic Night!

Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2475 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo hosting Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe open mic night!

www.alexparez.com

Featured Artist at 9:00pm: Oz Malik!

https://soundcloud.com/osmanmalik

"Osman Malik (Oz, Os, MoshWave, M05H.WAV) is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Musician from the suburbs of Washington D.C. Osman has a solid musicial background including songwriting, composition, production and performing experience, plus a broad style which incorporates classic rock, folk, blues, jazz and soul. He led the psychedelic indie rock band Spectral Vision from 2006 till 2012, and has performed with several notable acts (Stars of The Track & Field, Lake Trout, Sainthood Reps, Fools & Horses, Midnight Spin, The Flying Eyes, Margot MacDonald and Tomas Motta) He has drawn influence from artists such as Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, David Bowie, Wes Montgomery, Elvis Presley, and Paul McCartney. From rock to pop music, Osman touches many styles and genres with his recordings [Thoughts are Endless Statements EP, 'Cold' single, 'Delusions of Grandeur' demo]. He is now performing as a solo artist (The Truth band, solo acoustic sets), and always looking to collaborate."

Don't miss Oz' 30 minute set at 9:00pm!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill 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 4th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: The Sharpened Flats!

https://www.facebook.com/thesharpenedflats/

Bio:

"The Sharpened Flats are an all original Northern VA Rock Band made up of three local boys with a dash of west coast drummer. Jesse plays rhythm guitar and harmonica and is the lead singer/songwriter, Steve lays down the bass and backing vocals, Chris jams lead guitar, and Ben plays drums. The music is a mixture of standard American Rock & Roll genres, with a dominating Classic Rock flair and powerful lyrics. The band has been a collaborative effort in the making for almost a year now, with Jesse writing the songs and everyone coming together to find our sound. We’ve been polishing our chops, rehearsing hard, embracing opportunities to play, and we are ready to rock!"

Don't miss The Sharpened Flats' 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!!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill 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 26th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Cameron Pulley!

Don't miss Cameron Pulley'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!!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill 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 19th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Max Redding and the Dogwood Gospel!

https://dogwoodgospel.com/

Genre Americana/Alt-Country/Alt-Rock

Band Members Max Redding - Guitars/Lead Vocals Vic Alvarenga - Bass Kyle Jackson - Drums

Hometown Lucketts, VA

About Max Redding & The Dogwood Gospel is a hard driving energetic blend of Americana, alt-country, and hard rock hailing from Furnace Mountain, Virginia.

Influences Uncle Tupelo, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Son Volt, Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, The Get Up Kids, Gaslight Anthem, Hot Water Music, The Wallflowers, Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Dylan, Sturgill Simpson, Rod Melancon, Dax Riggs, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

Don't miss Max Redding and the Dogwood Gospel'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!!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill 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 12th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Cassie Urbany!

https://www.cassieurbanymusic.com/

"Cassie Urbany combines country, blues, and rock n’ roll to create a unique sound and relatable songs with depth, attitude, and optimism. Her songs are the collaborative work of a mother-daughter songwriting team and performed by Cassie at songwriter showcases, coffee houses and clubs in the Washington D.C. area.

Cassie began writing melodies in high school, but transformed her guitar playing into songwriting after a college breakup. Cassie wrote her first two songs in 2013, then returned home to visit her mother in New England, who had also experienced a recent breakup. The two began co-writing during the visit, and have been writing together ever since, cowriting 11 of the tracks featured on Cassie’s album “Carousel”, scheduled for release on Feb. 7, 2020.

“We have similar minds, so we don’t have to explain anything to each other,” Cassie said. “She’s like a brunette me.”

“So true,” said her mother, Deborah Straszheim. “It helps that we’re practically clones.” The two write by sending melodies and lyrics back and forth via text message, sometimes singing to each other over the phone. Cassie lives in Washington, D.C., while her mother, a former newspaper reporter for 25 years, lives in Connecticut. ​

“I love how my love of music and my mom’s love of words have combined into relatable songs,” said Cassie.

“It’s such a great bonding experience,” said her mother.

First, the two will discuss an idea for song. Then, Cassie will send one or more melodies to her mother, who will reply with lyrics. Despite the general arrangement, both offer thoughts about melody and lyrics, sometimes singing them differently to one another or adding words, making the songs true collaborations. Both give each other veto power over melodies and lyrics they don’t like.

“I always know she’ll be honest with me and tell me if something doesn’t sound right, and vice versa,” said Cassie.

“Carousel” includes melodies with background piano, harmonica, mandolin and saxophone, defying traditional arrangements that would place the music in a particular genre. “I think that’s what gives the songs variety,” said Cassie. “We just write. Then we figure out how to bring out the tone and mood of the song.”

“Carousel” follows Cassie’s first two EPs, “She Can Have Him,” released in 2014, and “Red Flag” released in 2016. The songwriting duo is currently working on new material for a second album."

Don't miss Cassie Urbany'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!!