Crys Matthews (full band)

Pearl Street warehouse Presents

Crys Matthews (full band)

Echo Bloom

Sat · March 10, 2018

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


This event is 21 and over

This show is G.A.

Seating is limited and first come first serve.

Tables are meant to be shared.

Crys Matthews (full band)
Crys Matthews (full band)
DC's Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (from a pool of 5,000) in this year's NewSong Music Competition and, after performing at Lincoln Center on November 30th she was named grand-prize winner. Matthews also won the People Music Network's Social Just Songs contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland. Matthews has shared stages with Melissa Ferrick, Chris Pureka and Liz Longley, as well as several regional artists such as Owen Danoff, Eliot Bronson, and Heather Mae.

Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as The Birchmere, The Hamilton, and Jammin' Java. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included BMI's Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.

A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
Echo Bloom
Echo Bloom
"I think it's important to be ambitious," asserts Echo Bloom frontman and founder Kyle Evans. "When I started this band, that was a challenge that I set for myself. I wanted to make something really beautiful, whether it's folk music or rock music or something more experimental. The medium and the people I've worked with have changed, but I've always tried to hold on to that fundamental idea."

Echo Bloom's new album, Green, is perhaps Evans' most accomplished effort yet, with such compelling new compositions as "Fire," "The Duke," "Comet" and "Love and Superglue" exemplifying his distinctively rootsy pop-folk songcraft, as well as his penchant for carefully textured arrangements that amplify the material's musical and emotional depth. Recorded with renowned songwriter/guitarist Kevin Salem producing and Evans' wildly talented band — including vocalist/keyboardist Aviva Jaye, bassist Alex Minier and drummer Cody Rahn — Green is something rare and special.

With an impressive body of work already under their collective belt, and with a variety of fascinating projects in the works, Green points to a limitless creative future for Kyle Evans and Echo Bloom.
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024