Rachel Levitin with Special Guests Griefcat and Jonny Grave
Doors at 7:30 | Show at 8
Rachel Levitin is an independent music producer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and performer best known for writing “hook-filled [pop songs] with an engaging voice and positive spirit,” hosting the Union Stage Open Mic, and volunteering with ProjectHERA to support women and girls of all ages in their musical pursuits. When she’s not taking long walks in Rock Creek Park or watching excessive amounts of television to keep up with pop culture, Levitin is likely to be found hanging out, working, or playing a show at one of DC’s many infamous independent music venues.
A new to-be-titled, self-produced album from Levitin is currently in production with an anticipated release date of late 2023. While you wait, three songs from the album have been released including the melancholy ballad “Heavy” as well as 2022 Wammie Best Pop Song Nominees “Off My Mind,” and “Hear Me.”
Jonny Grave is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, bandleader, teacher, musical historian, and photojournalist from Washington, D.C. Growing up in a musical family, Jonny Grave was introduced to the sounds of American traditional folk music early on. At age fifteen, he found himself learning slide guitar techniques from old Blues records, and by seventeen he was performing them live. Grave has performed at hundreds of venues all over the world from the red dirt floor of Gip’s Juke Joint, to the red carpet of the Kennedy Center.
Lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, often with a wink or quirky twist, await you with the brilliant award winning singer/songwriter duo: Griefcat. Described as “Local Favorites” by Washington City Paper, Griefcat is comprised of veteran singer-songwriters Louisa Hall and Annie Nardolilli. Annie and Louisa met behind the scenes at a variety show in 2015, and felt an immediate kinship after Annie sang about a Hot Park Ranger, and Louisa about her Barista Boyfriend. They reunited to play the 9:30 Club in 2018 and vowed to form a band: Griefcat. They scheduled their first rehearsal in 2019, wrote a song about vaccines and egg rolls, and the rest is (recent) history.
Griefcat’s songs range from hilarious to sincere with a unique sound akin to Flight of the Conchords, mixed with a little Dolly Parton and an indie flair. Griefcat entertains with music about the trials, joys, and tribulations of modern life. As one concert goer said, seeing Griefcat was “the most fun I’ve had since Lizzo.”