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The Garden Open Mic featuring Jess Eliot Myhre (hosted by Elena Lacayo)


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The Garden Open Mic featuring Jess Eliot Myhre (hosted by Elena Lacayo)

Join us for DC's only weekly variety open mic (poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, etc-ing) where the show is appropriate for all ages (please and thank you to performers), the vibes are healing, the sharing is offered without pretention, and the audience as nurturing as you'll find. From first timers to established artists - all are welcome in The Garden. Plant your seed. Watch it Bloom! The Garden now LIVE STREAMS (and is archived) on BloomTV. https://www.youtube.com/user/BloomBars/videos

Sign-up list opens at 8:00pm
Show starts at 8:30 pm
$5 donation
Featuring: Jess Eliot Myhre

A native Floridian, Jess Eliot grew up singing in church and swinging from banyan trees. She's called DC home since 2009. She is primarily a vocalist and clarinetist, known best for the swing-roots band she formed here in Washington DC in 2012, the Bumper Jacksons, with whom she performs all over the country (soon to be internationally!!). Jess loves having her toes in many musical ponds - she sang in hip hop and funk bands at Wesleyan University; she plays washboard in the string band Sligo Creek Stompers (also a DC treasure), and loves thumping upright bass at old time and bluegrass festivals and in rowdy house jams. Tonight will be a rare and special instance of Jess performing solo on piano and guitar, as she shares with you how her songs begin before she passes the parts off to her bandmates and picks up her clarinet. Jess is a two-time winner of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest in the jazz category.

Elena Lacayo is a singer-songwriter and leader of the DC-based bilingual folk-rock band - elena & los fulanos -. Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, Lacayo identifies herself as both American and Nicaraguan and her music, which ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin rock reflects this dual identity. Her band’s Wammie-nominated debut album, Miel Venenosa, was released in 2014. In 2015 she became Artist in Residence at BloomBars where she facilitates a monthly Songwriting Workshop (last Saturday's of the month, 3:30-5:30 pm), hosts the Garden Open Mic (second Monday's of the month) and curates the Central American Culture and Justice Series.

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