Gypsy Sally's Presents
Vim & Vigor
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
"I was raised on blues and soul music. When I look at the core of myself, my name is Luther and I'm a 68-year-old black guy with one green eye and a couple gold teeth and I play harmonica in a blues band that plays at a dump in the ghetto. Nobody comes to the gigs, and I'll have played there my whole life—like, five days a week my band plays there. One night, Keith Richards is in town and he comes in and jams with me. Word gets around and someone recorded it and then that record gets released, and I die the day before it gets released. When it's released, it's the biggest blues hit since Stevie Ray Vaughan. On the inside, that's what I look like."
Justin Jones is "rock and roll....No Auto-Tune, no gimmicks—just a songwriter with a guitar and a crack band," says The Vinyl District's Jennifer Carney. With a musical career that spans more than a decade, Virginia native Justin Jones is taking his soul-stirring brand of rock and roll on the road for his I Can Feel It Tour 2013 of the U.S.
Weaned on the sounds of southern soul, blues, and rock, Jones started playing open mike nights in Charlottesville near his hometown in his early teens. His first album, Blue Dreams - recorded in 2004, is the cornerstone of what turns out to be this prolific singer-songwriter's catalog of albums, including Love Versus Heroin, and I Am the Song of the Drunkards, and The Little Fox, that express both the lows and highs of love and life. "The songs I write and the music my band and I play, in my mind, is quintessentially American... It lives and breathes in the landscape that is America... sometimes soulful and sometimes stark... sometimes hard and sometimes lush. I like to think I write beautiful songs about death, sad songs about love, and hopeful songs about life. What I consider a kind of secular spiritual music." Fading Light, Jones' fifth album, was released in 2012. Produced by Jamie Candiloro, best known for his work with Ryan Adams and R.E.M., Fading Light is a collection of songs written over a two-year stretch.
In 2012, Jones took his emotionally charged live show on the road. His busiest tour to date, Jones played 130 shows across North America, including stops at Virgin Mobile Festival, Floyd Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). It is no wonder Speakers in Code names Justin Jones one of the top-ten performances at ACL 2012, and Bob Boilen of NPR's All Songs Considered lists Justin Jones "as one of the top performances of the year." And all signs point to Justin Jones surpassing this momentum in 2013, with a new album and documentary on the way, an upcoming U.S. tour, and his highly anticipated European debut.
Vim & Vigor
Vim & Vigor is an ensemble pop-folk band from Washington, DC. With influences ranging from Amy Winehouse to Mumford & Sons to The Head and The Heart, Vim & Vigor produces a sound that is unique and earnest, with rich harmonies and layers of instrumentation.
Vim & Vigor is a band full of team players, often switching leads on vocals and instruments.
Gabi Schulte: Vocals & Guitar
PJ Tabit: Vocals & Piano
Tiffany Shanta: Vocals & Violin
Alex Porteous: Bass
Adam Schilpp: Drums
Quickly gaining traction in the DC music scene, Vim & Vigor has performed shows at popular venues such as Jammin Java, the Black Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel, IOTA Club & Cafe, and DC9. They have also played at Rockwood Music Hall and Pianos in New York City and The Grape Room in Philadelphia.
Vim & Vigor released its debut self-titled EP in 2016 and the "Coming Home" EP in 2018.
Advance $10/DOS $12 + Fees
Justin Jones: Rock, Soul, Mountain