The Carroll Café

The Carroll Café A roots music and original songwriters concert series at Seekers Church. Information at www.carrollcafe.org

Roots, folk, blues, international music the second Friday of every month, September to May.

Culinary Team: Volunteers

Attire: Casual

04/04/2020

We were so incredibly sad to have to have cancelled the In Process... concert. We have also cancelled the April concert featuring Pierce Pettis, and the May concert with IONA. We are holding on to hope that we can return in June to close out the season and end sheltering in place with Scott Ainslee.

Covid-19 is taking its toll on so many aspects of our lives, and it is a testament to our resilience that the music will go on. It is going on now in our hearts.

03/23/2020

Due to Covid-19, the April concert has been postponed. Please all, enjoy music at home.

03/12/2020

Due to COVID-19, the In Process concert has been cancelled. If you had already reserved your spot, you will be reimbursed.

03/09/2020

In Process' blended repertoire includes spirituals, gospel, jazz, blues, and historic and original contemporary songs of love, freedom, peace and justice. In Process… has two CDs, IN PROCESS… and MISSION: LOVE.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruQFvKY6yuQ

IN PROCESS…, an African American women’s a cappella ensemble, originated in the DC Metropolitan Area from a Sweet Honey ...
03/05/2020

IN PROCESS…, an African American women’s a cappella ensemble, originated in the DC Metropolitan Area from a Sweet Honey workshop. For over 30 years the rhythmic, harmonic, consciousness-raising music messages of In Process… have been heard locally and in venues from Arizona to West Virginia.

The Carroll Café's cover photo
02/29/2020

The Carroll Café's cover photo

02/08/2020

From headlining major festivals, to the relative obscurity of a recording studio, Tom continues to mature as an artist. That work blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as cuts (his songs covered by other artists). Tom's 2014 release "ADAGIO" features bass guitar legend Chuck Rainey and piano virtuoso Julie Bonk, all masterfully produced by Jagoda. He has performed with Janis Ian, Peter Yarrow, Michael Hedges, Ani Difranco, Odetta, and many others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taGn5al4SYs

02/07/2020

"The most moving, pointed and memorable songs reflect Prasada-Rao's indebtedness to Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, and Richard Thompson, and other singer songwriters who have something to say, and a distinctive way of saying it."
--Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rir-DbMoIX4

02/06/2020
Whispering Hope

Cancer touches so many people. It has touched Tom as well. The Carroll Cafe's proceeds will help Tom with expenses. Here's a song that Tom posted after a treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96Z3GeYQ8AY

Whispering Hope 4/29/19 Friday was my last day of radiation. Patty and I pulled into the parking lot by Swan Lake and who would be there waiting for me on th...

02/03/2020

In the fall of 2007 Tom quit the road to produce records, raise two stepdaughters, and walk a rather large Golden Doodle named Thurman twice a day. In addition to producing, he took a job teaching music at White Rock Montessori in Dallas. He was formerly the songwriting teacher at the University of Virginia's Young Writer's Workshops, where he created the songwriting curriculum. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE6chDMN6Oc

Spend Valentine's Day with your partner in the enjoyment of music! TOM PRASADA-RAO, a musician's musician, an unassuming...
01/27/2020

Spend Valentine's Day with your partner in the enjoyment of music! TOM PRASADA-RAO, a musician's musician, an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early '90s, sharing his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi's Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom's music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=apok5diab&oeidk=a07egjvz46l607772a1&oseq=https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=apok5diab&oeidk=a07egjvz46l607772a1&oseq=

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01/14/2020

The Carroll Café's cover photo

01/07/2020
Victoria Vox sings "Summertime"

Vox's original, Summertime, has been part of both movie and commercial productions. This recording includes her mouth trumpet:
https://youtu.be/JGpqBqtdxTs

An original Vox composition, with melaniejane on cello. Victoria plays a "mouth trumpet." Recorded at Martin Park, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. For the complete ...

01/06/2020
Supermoon - LIVE solo performace by Victoria Vox w/ mouth trumpet

On a lighter note, Victoria also has perfected the Mouth-Trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of "beat-boxing". Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius, Chet Baker, solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent, nonetheless, landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015).

Listen at around 2 minutes in on this one: https://youtu.be/qBe8HS5w4gg

Written and Performed by Victoria Vox. Filmed by Stewart Dean at the Ashokan Ukulele Festival at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY on Friday, May 27. Sup...

“Gorgeously applied vocal harmonies are layered over [Vox’s] sparse and effective ukulele chords and melodies, and with ...
01/03/2020
Victoria Vox

“Gorgeously applied vocal harmonies are layered over [Vox’s] sparse and effective ukulele chords and melodies, and with her inspirational and warm lyrics, you’re bound to find yourself humming them long after listening.”
–Ukulele Magazine

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Victoria Vox is an award-winning, ukulele-toting songwriter and performer. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.

01/02/2020
All About Love - Victoria Vox w/ Jack Maher

Vox straddles the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.
https://youtu.be/3rLeJxGDmEU

It's what it's all about. You can support the making of new music and videos at www.patreon.com/victoriavox Words and Music by Victoria Vox and Jack Maher.

VICTORIA VOX is a ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10...
12/30/2019

VICTORIA VOX is a ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10 (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music and, in 2003, took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment. Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006, Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene. Come on out and hear her yourself on Jan 10.

The Carroll Café's cover photo
12/23/2019

The Carroll Café's cover photo

Just over a week out from the wonderful concert with Crys Matthews, and those of us lucky enough to be there were treate...
12/22/2019
Carroll Cafe | The Second Fridays Coffeehouse

Just over a week out from the wonderful concert with Crys Matthews, and those of us lucky enough to be there were treated to a wonderful array of songs. Crys' lovely partner Heather Rae, provided rich harmonies and her lovely presence.

Tickets are now on sale for Victoria Vox! Go to http://carrollcafe.org to get tickets for the January 10th show - likely to be a sell out. CONCERT TICKETS MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS.

The Carroll Cafe committee wishes you all a joyous holiday season and new year.

Matthews is a prolific lyricist and composer who finds inspiration in her surroundings, from driving through the Blue Ri...
12/10/2019
Crys Matthews

Matthews is a prolific lyricist and composer who finds inspiration in her surroundings, from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heartbreaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of a generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
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A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Herndon, Virginia home, Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics.

12/07/2019
NewSong: Crys Matthews - Millennium Stage (August 22, 2018)

Equally at home in an acoustic listening room and on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as the Sundance Film Festival, 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.
https://youtu.be/4uZHHqkKmgw

NewSong presents Crys Matthews, a singer-songwriter who is nothing if not ambitious. A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Herndon, Virginia hom...

12/03/2019

From the most heart-rending songs to those dedicated to getting you on your feet to do what's right, Crys brings a fresh and beautiful voice and musicianship to her artistry.

Carroll Cafe responded with joy to Cathy Fink's and Marcy Marxer's introduction to Crys. It is Cathy and Marcy who encouraged us to book her, and we encourage all of you to come out and see Crys. You will not be sorry!!!!

12/01/2019

Crys Matthews is a songwriter with a powerful message and voice to match.

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A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Herndon, Virginia, home, CRYS MATTHEWS blends Americana, folk, jazz, ...
12/01/2019

A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Herndon, Virginia, home, CRYS 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 2017, 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.
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11/24/2019

The Carroll Café's cover photo

Greg is an articulate musician who pays attention to life's lessons. Those lessons inform his songs. Here's a snippet fr...
11/03/2019
Deeper Than The Skin: Part II – The Land is Blameless

Greg is an articulate musician who pays attention to life's lessons. Those lessons inform his songs.

Here's a snippet from one of his musings:

A descendent of slaves, and, most probably, a son of indentured servants have come here to hear you and bear witness – and to tell you that one of your children’s children’s children will one day stand on the steps of the Capital, before a newly elected president, and refute hundreds of years of lies and oppression with what you carried inside you and passed on.

…History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced
With courage, need not be lived again…

From “On The Pulse of Morning” by Mya Angelou
https://c9tuning.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/deeper-than-the-skin-part-ii-the-land-is-blameless/

Friday, the day of so much anticipation, has arrived. The cornerstone of our 1,400 mile journey lay an hour away. We drove across miles of low causeway over murky Lake Pontchartrain, through the lo…

“Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, com...
10/27/2019

“Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres, and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.”

— Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

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GREG GREENWAY has been described as “one of the strongest and finest voices in folk music,” and his singer/songwriter tr...
10/26/2019

GREG GREENWAY has been described as “one of the strongest and finest voices in folk music,” and his singer/songwriter tradition traces it roots to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over – gospel, rock, blues, jazz, and world music – but Greenway’s central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of his own humanity and affinity for the audience. His legendary energy, good humor, and high-spirited give and take ensure that his audiences walk away uplifted. The Boston Globe wrote,“Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=apok5diab&oeidk=a07egjsrliv0bf4498e&oseq=

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10/24/2019

The Carroll Café's cover photo

10/08/2019
I Love Pie by Marcy Marxer

https://youtu.be/vrjoXGUgZBg
Not sure there will be pie, but...

We invite you to enjoy delicious sweets and savories, which are available before the show and at intermission. Always vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options most months, all lovingly provided by Sandra and Okima.

From the GRAMMY nominated CD "Scat Like That: a Musical Word Odyssey" available at www.cathymarcy.com and better online stores!

10/03/2019
Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Tom Paxton - On The Last Day of the Year (Hudson Harding Happy Holidays)

Cathy and Marcy have performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Tom Paxton, Patsy Montana, Riders in the Sky, and a wide range of musical luminaries. They have entertained the Queen of Thailand, been keynote singers for the AFL-CIO, appeared on the "Today Show" and on National Public Radio. The Washington Area Music Association has recognized the duo with over 60 WAMMIE Awards for folk, bluegrass, and children's music. Cathy & Marcy advocate in Washington for unions, health care for children, and the rights and livelihoods of artists.
https://youtu.be/tC_H-PTykzg

Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Tom Paxton - On The Last Day of the Year (Hudson Harding Happy Holidays, Volume 12) -------- Photo by Michael G. Stewart -------- S...

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276 Carroll St NW
Washington D.C., DC
20012

Open 2nd Fridays of the month only! Takoma Metro on the Red Line 62 to Georgia Ave - Petworth 62 to Takoma Station 63 to Federal Triangle 63 to Takoma Station F2 to Cheverly Station F2 to Takoma Station Ride-On Bus 12 to Silver Spring Station Ride-On Bus 12 to Takoma Station Ride-On Bus 14 to Silver Spring Sta Ride-On Bus 14 to Takoma Station Ride-On Bus 16 to Silver Spring Station Ride-On Bus 16 to Takoma Metro Station Ride-On Bus 18 to Langley Park Ride-On Bus 18 to Silver Spring Station (probably others as well)

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Just saw the food truck ladies put at Dutterer Park. You helped so many. Thank you for all you do!! ❤
Claudia and I hope you'll join us on May 18th for our return to the Carroll Café! What a fine room to listen to music and it's one of our favorite places to sing. And YOU can be part of the audience! We look forward to singing with you very soon! Get your tickets now!
You guys clean up nicely.