Featured Performer: Dan Navarro
Dan Navarro has had an eclectic 40+ year career as a songwriter, recording and touring artist, session singer and voice actor spread over 17 acclaimed albums, thousands of concerts, singing and voice acting in films like Oscar-winners Coco and Happy Feet, The Book of Life and Pirates of the Caribbean 5, TV series American Dad, Prison Break and Mr. Iglesias, hit games Fallout 4 and Red Dead Redemption II, hundreds of commercials in Spanish and English, and writing songs for Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”), The Bangles, Dave Edmunds and more. In early 2019, after 20+ years with Lowen & Navarro, he released his first studio-recorded solo album, “Shed My Skin”, to rave reviews.
He’s the personification of the engaged Renaissance artist, even in COVID lockdown, with over 200 housebound live streams since March. Dan insists that art is food, music is love, and sleep is for babies.
Featured Performer: Crys Matthews & Heather Mae
Already being hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie,” DC resident Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers . A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality,” Justin Hiltner of Bluegrass Situation called Matthews’s gift “a reminder of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides.” She is made for these times and, with the release of her new, hope-fueled, love-filled social justice album Changemakers, Matthews hopes to take her place alongside some of her heroes in the world of social-justice music like Sweet Honey in the Rock and Holly Near. Of Matthews, ASCAP VP & Creative Director Eric Philbrook says, “By wrapping honest emotions around her socially conscious messages and dynamically delivering them with a warm heart and a strong voice, she lifts our spirits just when we need it most in these troubled times.
Unfazed by what a typical pop artist today is “supposed” to look or sound like, Heather Mae, an award-winning songwriter whose evocative vocals and rhythmic piano style call to mind artists like Stevie Nicks and Sara Bareilles, creates intoxicating music that tackles complex topics surrounding mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, self-love, racial injustice, social inequality, and women’s rights. Inspired by her own personal experiences and identities – a queer, plus size woman living with Bipolar Disorder – Mae is an on-fire musical and emotional experience. In her most sonically adventurous project yet, GLIMMER (Sept 2019) – her second produced record and first full length album – breaks the stigma surrounding mental health, reminding us all that we are not alone.
Featured Performer: Bob Beach with Meghan Cary & Peter Farrell
Bob Beach is a harmonica maestro who swaggers into a solo with a calm fierceness that brings a huge sound and a big talent to the tiniest of instruments. He packs 50 years of living and musicianship into every note of every solo. Meghan Cary is a masterful music storyteller with powerfully personal songs.
Featured Performer: Alice Howe and Freebo
Freebo and Alice Howe present a unique study in contrasts, bringing together a venerable music icon and a young artist with an old soul. Each a compelling performer in their own right, they both lead and support each other in their well-crafted songs with flawless harmonies and tasteful instrumentation.
Fresh off her recording session at iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, singer and songwriter Alice Howe is a rising voice in American Roots music. With her soulful, impeccably tuned vocals and crafted poetry, Alice has been marked as one to watch since the release of her 2017 EP You’ve Been Away So Long. The record debuted on the Folk Radio Charts with a #1 Most Played song, “Homeland Blues.” In 2019, Alice released Visions, a modern love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues, garnering critical acclaim from gatekeepers such as Billboard and local press alike. Her forthcoming album, recorded in Muscle Shoals and due out in Fall 2022, is a collection of ten new original songs produced by former long-time Bonnie Raitt bassist Freebo and backed by a world-class band.
Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the ‘Best Folk Artist 2007’ by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. His compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.