Live Music & Porch-Hoppin’ in Mt. Rainier!

Singer-Songwriter Sam McCormally & Musician Maureen Andary 

Checked out Mt. Rainier’s Intentional Blackout Porch Night this past Saturday. As you wise ones can deduce from the name, this was an afternoon-into-evening filled with live music performed by musicians local to Mt. Rainier, Maryland. Over nine different sets played for about thirty minutes on the porch of people’s homes (sometimes their own porch, sometimes a bud’s porch).

When one performance would wrap up, all would gather and walk together to the next scheduled set. Super-cool way to expose oneself to the local music scene and the bevvy of local musicians who we call neighbors.

The scene outside Jodi Beder’s abode

With bouncing young’ns in tow, we managed to catch Sam McCormally & Jodi Beder do their respective thangs. Sam’s a singer-songerwriter with the band Fellow Creatures.  They’ve played at the Black Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel, DC9, the Brentwood Arts Exchange & tour nationally. Put another way, we got to check out a show, on a porch, in Mt. Rainier, by a musician who lives in Mt. Rainier and plays at awesome clubs – pho free & with a bunch of awesome neighbors! 👏 Sam was up there with Maureen Andary, who’s played with The Sweater Set for many years, and also plays solo a bunch on both guitar and ukulele. Their harmonies were beautiful. So nicely woven together. Here’s a snippet captured by my wee phone video:

We then headed to catch Jodi Beder, a classical cellist whose Kennedy Center bio notes: “Her performances on baroque and classical cello have included work with Berkshire Opera, Opera Antica, Fuma Sacra, and the Washington Bach Consort.” Jodi played a number of tunes, including Bach’s  “Air on the G String,” highly recognizable as one we’ve all heard at weddings. A bit of that performance (and my son conducting…) here:

Although we didn’t get a chance to check out all of the musicians on Saturday, I did check them out – virtually – today and am sharing links to their sites / Facebook / Soundcloud pages so that we may all give them a listen and maybe check them out next time they’re on tour, be it at DC9, the porch or otherwise! Check ’em out and do what you can to support out local musicians and our loverly local music scene!

Bruce Hutton, Old Time American Folks Music. Explore here!

Gabe Popkin, Traditional Appalachian Fiddle and Old-Time Guitar. Check him out, here!

Sam McCormally of the band, Fellow Creature, self-described as “[A] swampy
indie rock band from swampy Washington, DC. They like guitar synths, vocal harmonies, and putting pickups on toy pianos.” Learn more about Fellow Creatures here!

Jodi Beder, experimental, classical cellist and member of the band Zen for Primates.

Kirsten Lies-Warfield, first female trombonist ever selected for the U.S. Army Band! You may have heard her play with the gypsy rock band, Black Masala. Check her out, here!

Mansutus Jones. I wasn’t able to find this band’s website but I did find this interview featuring the band and their music. Give it a listen, here!

Sunrise Review. A solar powered music project inspired by nature, recorded in nature, blending eastern and western style. Check out their site, here! 

Alex Martin, New World Jazz Guitar. Give a listen, here!

Bus Howard, Actor, Artist, Musician & Bluesman! Check him out, here!

Have you heard any of these bands before? If not, check ’em out and share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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