Jumpin' Jupiter and The Grandsons
Virginia & The Blue Dots, Dingleberry Dynasty
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM
Jumpin' Jupiter and The Grandsons
Jumpin' Jupiter, long hailed by many as one of Virginia's premiere rockin' and rollin' rockabilly outfits, landed in the Falls Church area sometime in the summer of '92. Since then, they have played from N.Y.C. to North Carolina, unleashing some of the most powerful and energetic performances ever seen on the East Coast!
This four-piece outfit has pulled up rock + roll by its roots and propelled it far into orbit with fuel to spare! Louie Newmeyer (Rockville, MD) on upright bass and Doug Hoekstra (San Antonio, TX) on drums lay down a solid rhythm that'll make any average human get to slammin', swingin', or just fhufflin' around the room. Guitarist Patrick Cavanaugh flies his twangin' Telecaster in and out and all around that crazy beat with the force of a runaway locomotive. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Patrick has played along-side such local favorites as Billy Hancock, Johnny Seaton and the legendary Danny Gatton. The band is fronted by Jay Jenc (Washington, D.C.) who delivers some of the most sincere yet frantically kinetic vocals ever witnessed.
Whether playing at a backyard bar-b-que or with some national act in a great big fancy club, these stripped-down, psychobilly cowpunks have found a home here on Earth. A home in the hearts of all of those folks out there who haven't forgotten how much fun good ol' American music is, even when you're not paying attention!
Things are going great for roots rock quartet The Grandsons as they move and shake into their 32nd year in the world of rock and roll. Recently, the group released their first ever holiday EP, “Christmas with The Grandsons,” and last year they released their first kids’ record under the name “the grandsons, Jr.” The kids’ album, “One Big Orooni” won critical praise from the Washington Post, and one of the songs has been in regular rotation on the SiriusXM show Kids’ Place Live. The roots rock quartet has performed extensively throughout the US, and has even toured internationally in Germany, France, Canada, Taiwan, and the British & US Virgin Islands. And in 2012, the band received an Arts Envoy grant from the State Department to perform for a week in El Salvador.
A fan aptly described The Grandsons exuberant sound as “American music in a blender with the lid off.” The more prominent elements in this eclectic whirlpool are New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two steps. The Grandsons bring with them a pawn shop of instruments. Vocalist-guitarist-trumpeter Alan MacEwen charms audiences with his sly wit and winsome original songs; DC blues veteran Matthew Sedgley locks in the groove on drums and percussion. Saxophonist-accordionist Chris Watling puts out
a sound so meaty and memorable that he is in demand all over as a guest artist and session player. The Grandsons employ first-call bassists to hold down the low end, including Moe Nelson (Hula Monsters, Dan Hicks), John Young (Spottiswoode & His Enemies), Eric Bowers (Bombpop, I Like Dinner), Jim Faris (Jelly Roll Mortals, Charlie Chesterman), and Steve Sachse (Lloyd Price, Ben E King, Jerry Butler).
The Grandsons’ popularity with so many different audiences has landed them on bills with national acts such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Huey Lewis & the News, the Iguanas, Terrance Simien, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mighty Blue Kings, and Royal Crown Review. In the studio, the band has backed R&B legend Ruth Brown, Lester Chambers and Texas’ Evan Johns for nationally distributed compilations. Based in Washington, DC, The Grandsons travel to perform in New York, Texas, and every state in between. In the Summer of 1999,
the Grandsons made their first overseas performance; they were invited to play a three-week engagement in Taipei, Taiwan. The group has performed sold-out shows at the Barns of Wolf Trap, appeared at Austin’s South by Southwest music Festival, The Rocky Gap Festival, The Bethlehem PA Musikfest, The Kennedy Center, and North Carolina’s popular Black Mountain Festival and Bele Chere Festival, both in Asheville. The Washington Area Music Association has awarded The Grandsons several WAMMIEs since the band started in 1986, in categories such as Artist of the Year, Best Roots Rock Group, Best Roots Rock Recording, Best Album Design, and Best Pop Group. No wonder the Washington Post called The Grandsons “the hardest working band in DC.”
Virginia & The Blue Dots
I always knew I was going to sing.
I started singing at the tender age of six, with encouragement from my grandmother Virginia who was also a vocalist who sang gospel music on the radio. My father, Joseph was a musician who played drums in various bands while I was growing up. As my parents divorced while we were all still young, my mother often found it difficult to make ends meet, but usually managed by working several jobs waitressing and bartending. My mother would later attend the University Of Maryland and receive a Psychology degree. I had Uncles who were musicians who would sneak me into gigs (usually through the kitchen) into whatever bar they were playing at, and there I got to sing with the bands.
By my Senior year of high school, my mother Betsy had bought and purchased a restaurant/bar called The 19th Amendment in Dupont Circle where I would come in and sing and play my guitar to the patrons. I also sang in various church choirs, and began playing the drums in elementary school, continuing through high school. My first job was at Baskin Robbins scooping ice cream to pay for my own vocal lessons, studying classical and opera. Through High School, I involved myself in broadcast production, acting and in the various choral groups at Northwood High. If you look closely, you might catch me in various films, such as "He Said,She Said" with Kevin Bacon, or America's Most Wanted"...
After graduating, I attended Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) where I studied television and production. I eventually, formed a band that would put us the map, both regionally and nationally. Virginia and The BlueDots' debut CD "Games Of Love" featured the late, legendary guitarist Danny Gatton on several tracks... Games Of Love did well, and provided the opportunity to travel and share the bill with acts such as Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Reverend Horton Heat, The LeRoi Brothers, Southern Culture On The Skids and Webb Wilder, Asleep At The Wheel just to name a few. Virginia And The BlueDots have played The Kennedy Center, The Barns at Wolftrap, and The 9:30 Club as well as countless other venues. Games Of Love also took us to New York and Philadelphia, The Hard Rock Cafe-both Dallas and in Austin TX, also in Austin we were showcased at the Continental Club, Gruene Hall, Waterloo Ice House, and La Zona Rosa. A successful showcase in Nashville took Virginia And The BlueDots to Douglass Corner, 328 Performance Hall, and 12th & Porter.
This led to a Writers/Publishing agreement with BMI-Nashville, by the hands of Jody Williams, and Clay Bradley. After going nonstop the band was burned-out and tired and the decision was made to take a break. During that time, I continued my education studying at NIH Medical Center after obtaining a scholarship. After which I volunteered with the American Red Cross for two years.
By court order Dingleberry Dynasty performances within the state of Maryland cannot "exceed two per annum" (see Maryland v. Dingleberry Dynasty). Therefore, each performance is a very special thing to behold.