No Small Children
The Love Load, The Dusty Stars
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
No Small Children
rockin chicks by night, school teachers by day.
Three teachers from Los Angeles who love rock music. These women sing songs about everyday things that everybody knows about. They have a powerful sound that is loud, melodic, and irreverent. Their lyrics are honest, thoughtful and funny.
No Small Children is Lisa Parade, Nicola B., and Joanie Pimentel. They are kick-ass, rockin' chicks by night and schoolteachers by day. This trio of women has a friendship rooted in rock, respect, and a straight talking strength that comes through in their music loud and clear.
The Love Load
Dischord veteran, ALKEM creator, and drummer extraordinaire Ben Azzara picks up his sticks and hits the skins behind singer/songwriter Ted Watts, and aided by musical and technical prodigy, Blaine Misner, created the impulse debut album by The Love Load entitled The Human Resourceful. While the band and record are new, the players are neither new to the game or each other. Watts and Azzara have composed the rhythm section of D.C. based Pup Tent for the last five years. Both Azzara and Watts have extensive resumes.
Ben Azzara, simply put, has performed on numerous albums and played countless shows across the globe with an eclectic group of artists. Some include The Sarah Azzara Band, D.C.I.C., Junction, Delta 72, Pup Tent, Capital City Dusters, The Caution Curves, Joe Lally, Sean McArdle, Candy Coated Pain Pills, Chris Grier, and Stella Schindler. – Just to name a few! Ted Watts has worked mostly as a bass guitarist with the occasional crack at lead. He has worked with D.T. and the Shakes, The Burnt Ernies, Girl Train, Disco Inferno, Spoonfed, Skelp, and Pup Tent. Musical frustration hit critical mass for Watts in the spring strumming through his back catalogue of unrecorded songs one night. He made a decision and a phone call, and things moved quickly from there. Two rehearsals in NYC and ten hours of studio time later the essential foundation was laid. Enter Blaine Misner the recording engineer and a blessing from the God of Rock. Blaine got it immediately on an almost psychic level. “His role can not be overstated” says Watts. Blaine is a powerful force in his own right. He performed a substantial amount of guitar work as well as some percussion work. Furthermore, his interest and active involvement with the project and sensitivity to budget restraints created a fantastic working environment says Watts. When not working in the studio, Blaine plays in the grindcore band, Three Faces of Eve.
When interviewed the often taciturn but periodically demonstrative Watts stated, “I wanted to tell a story in 33 minutes and to entertain people”. When asked if he accomplished this goal he answered, “I don’t know. I am far too close to it, but I had a wonderful time working with two geniuses. And the process was cathartic”. When asked how he would describe the record, smiling stated, “Survival rock, maybe concept rock. No wait, I hope this rock record has its own unique experience in the mind of each unique individual who cares to give it a listen”.
The Dusty Stars
From the little river in their hearts, they will ride the rapids of family, work & self-determination down to the tranquil waters of good clean upbeat family friendly music. This is not your grandfather's folk music; this is the evolving folk tradition of the New 21rst Century America, contemporary "People' Music" about taking a walk through the now & then . . .
Walking the line between folk & punk, between citybeat nightpop & sunshine field twang, between roses & flash, between the briar & the road . . .