Justin Jones

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Justin Jones

The Cowards Choir, Sara Curtin., THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

Fri · November 3, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


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This event is 21 and over

This show is GA seated / Standing


Justin Jones
Justin Jones
“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 mic 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, 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, Justin’s 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 and his band 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 talk of a European debut.
The Cowards Choir
The Cowards Choir
The Cowards Choir is the moniker for Washington, D.C. singer songwriter Andy Zipf. Joining Zipf in this collaborative project are Maureen Andary, Sara Curtin, Logan Lamons, Alissa Moore, Ryan Walker and Dayana Yochim.

Turning to the people, Zipf has consistently utilized his fan-base to support tours, fund albums and share his story. Zipf rewards that loyalty with an unwavering commitment to creating music rooted in honesty. He gets on the floor at shows and sings from the back row. He turns the room into a cinema, coats every surface with colors and old film. Zipf doesn't believe in playing music, rather immersing the audience in it. He is constantly looking for ways to create an experience that taps into equal parts rock and roll and big tent revival.

After a successful PledgeMusic campaign in 2016, The Cowards Choir released NAME THE FEAR, an album and accompanying visual score by Small Creatures.

2017 brings THE SINGING TREE, the first in a live performance series of new material.
Sara Curtin.
Sara Curtin.
Sara records much of her music in her home studio in Washington, DC. "Michigan Lilium" featured drums & bass by Ian Chang & Spencer Zahn recorded at GaluminumFoil Productions in Brooklyn, NY. Jeff Berner also mixed the album (now at Studio G).

Her first full-length solo album Fly Her And Keep Her came out in 2010, but Sara has been singing since before she can remember. A family of professional musicians and rock & roll blasters, the Curtin house was always the loud one on the block, the one you could hear from down the street. Her brother Jeff Curtin is now an accomplished sound engineer (Pitchfork) and drummer (Small Black).

THE SWEATER SET, her Washington D.C. Area Music Award-winning duo with Maureen Andary has released 4 full-length albums including OH VISITOR which won the 2013 Washington D.C. Area Music Award for Best Folk-Contemporary Recording, much of which Sara recorded in her home studio. They have performed at The Kennedy Center, the 9:30 Club, been Artists-In-Residence at Strathmore. The Sweater Set has opened for Dar Williams, Lucius, Pearl and the Beard, Arc Iris, Denyce Graves, and toured the UK, Ireland, and the United States with Michelle Shocked. Sara also performs with Justin Jones and Olivia Mancini & The Mates, and wrote and recorded the current DC Shorts Film Festival theme music.

Sara Curtin is a CMJ.com premiered artist and her album "Michigan Lilium" charted on the CMJ Top 200 charts. That Music Magazine calls her "a gifted songwriter who understands that you don’t write because you want to say something, but because you have something to say and she sure as heck says it exquisitely." Brightest Young Things names her “One of D.C.’s finest.” Sara made a name for herself in the folk scene with her duo The Sweater Set, but NPR’s WAMU Bandwidth describes her solo project led by “Summer”, the first “slow and sultry” single from new album Michigan Lilium, as having more in common “with Sade or Sharon Van Etten than D.C.’s long folk tradition.”American Songwriter recently featured “Summer” as a Daily Discovery. AudioFemme calls her music “smart yet delicious, like a kale smoothie as yummy as a milkshake.”

Sara is also a current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Artist Fellow (2014 - 2017).

Raised on The Beatles, D.C.’s Go-Go music, Michael Jackson & Joni Mitchell, the influences present in her songwriting are eclectic. Classical training in voice and years of choral singing add a refined and complex sense of arrangement.
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024