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Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo has been bringing acoustic rock and old-time country to the Washington DC Metro Area since 2006. Whether performing original music or classic material, Alex’s voice is “reminiscent of Johnny Cash, though often sung with Jello Biafra’s inflection” (Matthew Stabley, NBCWashington.com) and “sounds like Nick Cave reinterpreting the early songbook of Bill Callahan” (The Big Easy - MetroMusicScence.com). “El Rojo” to his friends, Parez takes inspiration from epic troubadours Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and local balladeer John Bustine amongst various other artists. In trio mode, Alex is flanked by accomplished harmonica sideman Terry Boes and prolific bassist Derek Evry who is also a fantastic songwriter, singer, guitarist and band leader. Alex has also performed with several other local musicians for various tribute shows.

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Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill Hosted By Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, March 11th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Daniel Corum!

Don't miss Daniel Corum's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Alex Parez hosting Songbyrd Open Mic Night!

Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2475 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo hosting Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe open mic night!

www.alexparez.com

Featured Artist at 9:00pm: Oz Malik!

https://soundcloud.com/osmanmalik

"Osman Malik (Oz, Os, MoshWave, M05H.WAV) is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Musician from the suburbs of Washington D.C. Osman has a solid musicial background including songwriting, composition, production and performing experience, plus a broad style which incorporates classic rock, folk, blues, jazz and soul. He led the psychedelic indie rock band Spectral Vision from 2006 till 2012, and has performed with several notable acts (Stars of The Track & Field, Lake Trout, Sainthood Reps, Fools & Horses, Midnight Spin, The Flying Eyes, Margot MacDonald and Tomas Motta) He has drawn influence from artists such as Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, David Bowie, Wes Montgomery, Elvis Presley, and Paul McCartney. From rock to pop music, Osman touches many styles and genres with his recordings [Thoughts are Endless Statements EP, 'Cold' single, 'Delusions of Grandeur' demo]. He is now performing as a solo artist (The Truth band, solo acoustic sets), and always looking to collaborate."

Don't miss Oz' 30 minute set at 9:00pm!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill Hosted By Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, March 4th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: The Sharpened Flats!

https://www.facebook.com/thesharpenedflats/

Bio:

"The Sharpened Flats are an all original Northern VA Rock Band made up of three local boys with a dash of west coast drummer. Jesse plays rhythm guitar and harmonica and is the lead singer/songwriter, Steve lays down the bass and backing vocals, Chris jams lead guitar, and Ben plays drums. The music is a mixture of standard American Rock & Roll genres, with a dominating Classic Rock flair and powerful lyrics. The band has been a collaborative effort in the making for almost a year now, with Jesse writing the songs and everyone coming together to find our sound. We’ve been polishing our chops, rehearsing hard, embracing opportunities to play, and we are ready to rock!"

Don't miss The Sharpened Flats' 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill Hosted By Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, February 26th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Cameron Pulley!

Don't miss Cameron Pulley's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill Hosted By Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, February 19th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Max Redding and the Dogwood Gospel!

https://dogwoodgospel.com/

Genre Americana/Alt-Country/Alt-Rock

Band Members Max Redding - Guitars/Lead Vocals Vic Alvarenga - Bass Kyle Jackson - Drums

Hometown Lucketts, VA

About Max Redding & The Dogwood Gospel is a hard driving energetic blend of Americana, alt-country, and hard rock hailing from Furnace Mountain, Virginia.

Influences Uncle Tupelo, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Son Volt, Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, The Get Up Kids, Gaslight Anthem, Hot Water Music, The Wallflowers, Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Dylan, Sturgill Simpson, Rod Melancon, Dax Riggs, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

Don't miss Max Redding and the Dogwood Gospel's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill Hosted By Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, February 12th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Cassie Urbany!

https://www.cassieurbanymusic.com/

"Cassie Urbany combines country, blues, and rock n’ roll to create a unique sound and relatable songs with depth, attitude, and optimism. Her songs are the collaborative work of a mother-daughter songwriting team and performed by Cassie at songwriter showcases, coffee houses and clubs in the Washington D.C. area.

Cassie began writing melodies in high school, but transformed her guitar playing into songwriting after a college breakup. Cassie wrote her first two songs in 2013, then returned home to visit her mother in New England, who had also experienced a recent breakup. The two began co-writing during the visit, and have been writing together ever since, cowriting 11 of the tracks featured on Cassie’s album “Carousel”, scheduled for release on Feb. 7, 2020.

“We have similar minds, so we don’t have to explain anything to each other,” Cassie said. “She’s like a brunette me.”

“So true,” said her mother, Deborah Straszheim. “It helps that we’re practically clones.” The two write by sending melodies and lyrics back and forth via text message, sometimes singing to each other over the phone. Cassie lives in Washington, D.C., while her mother, a former newspaper reporter for 25 years, lives in Connecticut. ​

“I love how my love of music and my mom’s love of words have combined into relatable songs,” said Cassie.

“It’s such a great bonding experience,” said her mother.

First, the two will discuss an idea for song. Then, Cassie will send one or more melodies to her mother, who will reply with lyrics. Despite the general arrangement, both offer thoughts about melody and lyrics, sometimes singing them differently to one another or adding words, making the songs true collaborations. Both give each other veto power over melodies and lyrics they don’t like.

“I always know she’ll be honest with me and tell me if something doesn’t sound right, and vice versa,” said Cassie.

“Carousel” includes melodies with background piano, harmonica, mandolin and saxophone, defying traditional arrangements that would place the music in a particular genre. “I think that’s what gives the songs variety,” said Cassie. “We just write. Then we figure out how to bring out the tone and mood of the song.”

“Carousel” follows Cassie’s first two EPs, “She Can Have Him,” released in 2014, and “Red Flag” released in 2016. The songwriting duo is currently working on new material for a second album."

Don't miss Cassie Urbany's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!

Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights at Rhodeside Grill Hosted By Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

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Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night hosted by Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo Wednesday nights! Please do come join us once again Wednesday night, February 5th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm: Killtonik!

https://www.facebook.com/killtonik/

Don't miss Killtonik's 30 minute set immediately following the 2nd signup at 10:00pm!!

And open mic night is FREE, NO COVER! All ages til 10:00pm then 21+ after 10:00pm. See you all again this Wednesday!!!! Yay!!!! Can't wait!!!! :-) For more information please visit http://www.alexparez.com/ and http://www.rhodesidegrill.com/ Thank you!!