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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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Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights 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, April 17th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm, yours truly: Skip Barthold!

www.skipbarthold.com

"Skip Barthold is Guitarist & Songwriter originally from upstate New York. He went to college at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he was a classical guitar student of Aaron Shearer. While in Baltimore he was a member of the Peabody guitar ensemble and a co-founder of the Slim Pickin’s Bluegrass band. Upon graduating from Peabody he moved to New York City. While in New York he was a regular participant in Jack Hardy’s Monday night songwriters exchange was featured on five issues of the “Fast Folk Musical Magazine” including the premier issue (now available through Smithsonian Folkways). He also released an album of original steel string guitar instrumentals called “fingerpainting” produced by Steve Gaboury. He performed solo for many years in clubs around New York City, and with the Irish rock band “The Lookalikes”. While in New York he also studied jazz piano with Jaki Byard. Since leaving New York, he has lived in Little Rock Arkansas, Detroit Michigan, & Chadds Ford Pennsylvania, performing frequently in each of these locations."

Don't miss Skip Barthold'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!!

Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights 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, April 10th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm, yours truly: Heather Grace Evans!

www.heathergraceevans.com

"AN INDIE/FOLK/POP SINGER-SONGWRITER FROM ALEXANDRIA, VA, BLENDS INFLUENCES OF OLD FOLK AND CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH MODERN INDIE/POP MUSIC. HER MUSIC INVITES THE LISTENER TO ENJOY, YET BE CHALLENGED THROUGH THEMES OF FEMINISM, SOCIAL JUSTICE, SATIRE, AND THE PERPLEXING MYSTERIES OF LIFE! SHE PERFORMS SOLO VOICE, PIANO, AND UKULELE, AND REMINDS AUDIENCES OF REGINA SPEKTOR, TORI AMOS, AND FIONA APPLE. RECENTLY, SHE RELEASED HER DEBUT EP "BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL," AND PERFORMED AT THE SHRINE IN NYC."

Don't miss Heather Grace Evan'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!!

Apr8

AIM's Spring Fund Drive! Host: Rob Parrish, Music Guest: Alex Parez and Special Guest: Mary Anne Schneider

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AIM - Arlington Independent Media, 2701-C Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

DAY 8 of AIM's Spring Fund Drive begins tomorrow and we are back with more live programming! Tune in 7 PM with host Rob Parrish, longtime AIM member and 5 time Rosebud Festival winner.

Enjoy a musical performance by Alex The Red Robert Parez, an acoustic rock & old time country vocalist/guitarist who has been in the DC music scene since 2006. Also known as “El Rojo”, Alex Robert Parez pulls inspiration from Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and local balladeer John Bustine amongst other artists.

We also will be welcoming special guest Mary Anne Schnider, Director of the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art. Located in the Ballston neighborhood, the gallery features exhibitions of artists local to the DC metro area, showcasing a variety of different media and styles in a continual turnover of short-term exhibits.

➡️➡️➡️WATCH AIM-TV via: Comcast-69, Verizon-38 and streaming online at https://www.arlingtonmedia.org/programming/video-live-stream

⬇️⬇️⬇️Check out the links below for more info on our guests!

Host: Rob Parrish https://twitter.com/robparrish?lang=en https://vimeo.com/robparrish

Entertainment Act: Alex Parez – Guitar/vocals https://www.alexparez.com/ https://www.reverbnation.com/alexparez

Community Interview: Mary Anne Schnider – Fred Schnider Gallery of Art https://www.fredschnidergalleryofart.com/

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Rhodeside Grill Open Mic Night Wednesday Nights 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, April 3rd! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm, yours truly: Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo!

www.alexparez.com

"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."

Don't miss Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo'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!!

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

 —  —

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 27th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 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!!

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

 —  —

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 20th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm!!

Featured at 10:00pm is Eric Sommer!

https://ericsommer.com/

"Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.

Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene in the ’80s with a vengeance, a Folk guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt and Brit Folk legend Davy Graham. But Boston was also a hotbed of New Wave, Power Pop and Punk at that point, and Sommer absorbed those influences as well, creating a Byrdsian jangle sound that earned him opening slots for national touring acts and regular bookings at the renowned Paradise Theatre.

Sommer eventually relocated to Europe where he scored tours with Bram Tchaikovsky, Wreckless Eric and Nick Lowe, calling Denmark and the Netherlands home for awhile. After honing his personal songwriting style and playing every conceivable club on the European circuit, Sommer returned to Boston homeless and broke.

Living on the streets and in abandoned squats, Sommer played every available open mic and picked up guitar tips from David Landau and Gary Burton/Steve Howe sideman Mick Goodrick, which led to the formation of a trio called The Atomics, which offered up an American version of Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Nick Lowe during its run. While The Atomics opened for the Dead Kennedys and Gang of Four and became one of Boston’s best local New Wave outfits, Sommer was finding constant inspiration in the works of Jeff Beck, Pat Martino, Joe Pass and Charlie Christian.

With The Atomics’ dissolution, Sommer’s wanderlust took him to New York, Atlanta and finally the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he founded the Georgetown Film Festival and embarked on a phase of independent film scoring. Since then, Sommer has been a troubadour with no fixed address, playing well over 250 gigs a year and slowing down just long enough to record a handful of brilliant albums, including Rainy Day Karma with his band, Solar Flares, and his latest solo effort, Brooklyn Bolero.

If there’s any lingering doubt about Sommer’s supernatural versatility, consider that he’s opened for Old 97’s, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, Bluegrass icon Jerry Douglas, Mates of State, Dr. John, Leon Redbone and Built to Spill. Whether in band or one-man form (which nakedly showcases his amazing acoustic Blues guitar stylings), Sommer is a living history of contemporary music and a musical force of nature."

Don't miss Eric'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!!

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

 —  —

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 13th! DOWNSTAIRS!! Two signups at 9:00pm and 10:00pm!! Please note that we'll have a much shorter first signup at 9:00pm for this night due to a private party happening prior to open mic night, thank you.

Featured at 10:00pm is Frankie Sturm!

https://www.facebook.com/FrankieSturmMusic/

About Las Casas is based on Bartolomé de Las Casas’s A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Each song represents a chapter from the book.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1_cOef2Y5mJC8sERjLnOZQ

Don't miss Frankie'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!!