Homegirl Songstress: Ali Marcus

Ali Marcus If you took an early Alanis Morissette, added a dash of Lisa Loeb, a pinch of Jo-Dee Messina and mixed it up with a big ol’ dose of Jennifer Nettles, you’d hear Ali Marcus’ dulcet tones floating through the air. Ali Marcus, in her Lisa Loeb-esque glasses is a Seattle based alt-country, folkster singer-songwriter, but there’s no denying that she’s a D.C. native at heart. She draws you into her music by referencing such idols as Dylan, of the Bob fame and songsters Rilo Kiley in one song but captures you by waxing lyrical about the beltway on her The Most Autobiographical Song. No, not just any beltway, the dreaded D.C area beltway that we’ve all been a slave to during tourist season/local sports franchise game/rush hour.

Whereas people from the Pacific Northwest probably don’t understand her lyrical reminiscing, she’s received plenty of love from Dylan W. over at Seattle Metblogs, so why do I feel the need to give our transplanted native some D.C. Metblogs exposure?

That’s because Turtle Rock Records, (which is of course named after that rather large rock in the middle of Black Pond, on the western bank of the Potomac River and is Ali’s very own label), recently released her fourth album, Miles And Miles And Miles. Ali’s been featured on NPR’s All Song’s Considered, and she’s back home in D.C. as a featured artist at the Singer Songwriters of Washington Showcase.

SAW, a non-profit corporation established in 1979 assists aspiring, as well as established singer-songwriters and performers by providing all the benefits of a professional association at the cost of a lawn ticket at the Pavilion. Throughout the year SAW hosts monthly open mic nights in Springfield, a weekly cafe series in Frederick and a plethora of ways for our local musicians to get out there and be heard. Support your local music scene by checking out the Oneness School Songwriters Showcase and hearing some mighty good tunes.

Who: Ali Marcus

When: April 6th @ 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Suggested donation of $10

Where: SAW Showcase
The Oneness School
St. John’s Episcopal Church
6701 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Featured line-up:
7:30 p.m. – Dominica Knapp
8:00 p.m. – Ali Marcus
8:30 p.m. – Mark Austin
9:00 p.m. – J&B Blues Project
9:30 p.m. – Andrew Kutt and Band
10:00 p.m. – Jen and Amy

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