By Punch Pep Correspondent Elizabeth Fischer
On Friday I had the pleasure of listening to artists that remind you of a dear friend or your own child; of a time sitting around a camp fire or barbecuing with friends; or a moment ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..
The Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland is the perfect intimate setting to relax, leave your worries behind Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the hustle and bustle of DC – the long hectic week, enjoy a glass of wine or other choice beverage, some art and listen to something for the first time or rather appreciated and old.Ã‚Â It is the comfort of home.Ã‚Â It provides the ease by which you forget all but the artist.Ã‚Â WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s missing?…the comfy chairsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦yet, the ploy behind this is ingeniousÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ because it keeps the snoring at bayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
It is easy to become part of this inspirational venue and I did given my luck in being introduced to two fantastic local artists.Ã‚Â Before tonight I did not know Ted Garber or Max Kuzmyak.Ã‚Â Yet all that changed when I heard each artistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voice Ã¢â‚¬â€œ soon both will become an integral part of my playlist.
Ted on guitar
May 13, 2011 marked the season end of Friday Night Eclectic.Ã‚Â It concluded with a performance and the Live at Strathmore album release party for Strathmore Artist in Residence Ted Garber, son of the late folk/rock musician Holly Garber.Ã‚Â TedÃ‚Â has enjoyed being a member of the prestigious Strathmore Performing Arts Center’s “Artist in Residence” (AIR) program, an annual fellowship in North Bethesda, MD that takes only six artists out of hundreds of worthy applicants.Ã‚Â In 2011, he sold out The Mansion at Strathmore three consecutive times and recorded two of these public concerts that Ã‚Â now comprise the new album released tonight.
The crowd provided the right amount of entertainment from fussy old ladies to star-crossed lovers, to couples comfortable in each otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s space, to the young and single, to those who think whispering is talking in a normal voice during a performance, to those a bit inebriated.Ã‚Â Naturally, this is a product of $2.00 PBR Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but, honestly, I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know people still drank this.Ã‚Â Alas, I digress from the heart of the story Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the artists!
While Ted Garber is a seasoned veteran, the opening artist, Max Kuzmyak, played to his first live audience on Friday.Ã‚Â MaxÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s music combines R&B/Soul/Folk & Electronic.Ã‚Â He plays the guitar beautifully and his lyrics & voice ease you into wanting more.Ã‚Â His composition included Ã¢â‚¬Å“Given BackÃ¢â‚¬Â & Ã¢â‚¬Å“Writing a Letter.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â Ã‚Â While a bit obscure at the moment, Max has the talent to be much much more.Ã‚Â I look forward to watching and listening as his success blossoms.
Ted GarberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s music mixes the smoky blues of Robert Cray, the cool guitar rock of John Mayer, with a dash of international flavor, featuring elements that interest any listener.Ã‚Â He skillfully blends jazz, blues, and roots rock to create a style he calls Ã¢â‚¬Å“BluesAmericanaRock.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â He received the Washington Area Music Award for Ã¢â‚¬Å“2010 Pop-Rock Recording of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬Â recognizing his independently released studio album American Rail. He has performed in such venues as Washington, DCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 9:30 Club, LAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Viper Room, and Nashville’s Bluebird CafÃƒÂ©.
On Friday, Ted was joined by two-time Grammy winners Cathy Fink on ukulele and Jon Carroll on piano and backing guitar, Grammy nominee Scott Abush on electric bass, and Eddie Hartness on percussion and drums.
His set included Ã¢â‚¬Å“Plastic Bag,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sunshine in Your Heart,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Lot Like Me,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Achilles HeelÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhis first love song not apologizing to someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ & Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hula Hoop Girl.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â His show Ã¢â‚¬â€œ dynamic, captivating and mellow, velvety yet upbeat Ã¢â‚¬â€œ encompassing harmonica riffs, bluesy sounds Ã¢â‚¬â€œ backed with horns, organs, a piano, bass, drums and lyrics that make you want to bust a move (and many did).Ã‚Â He not only sings but he performs Ã¢â‚¬â€œ his sense of humor adds a layer of complexity and normalcy.Ã‚Â He is humble, kind, funny & extremely talented.Ã‚Â His personality embodies his roots.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ted delivers that rare combination of craft, content and originality with an earnest and dedicated energy thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s undeniable.Ã¢â‚¬Â–Jon Carroll (Multi-Grammy Winner, Starland Vocal Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter)
I am looking forward to his next local show.Ã‚Â In the meantime, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve added a pep to my step in my routine with Ted Garber!
To hear a sampling of his music Ã¢â‚¬â€œ please visit the following:
Ted Garber next plays on May 19 & 27th in Frederick, MD.Ã‚Â For a list of shows, locations and times, visit www.tedgarber.com.
**Attorney Elizabeth Fischer is Punch Pep Correspondent. She is working as an Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Student (environmental studies), covering events for PamelaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Punch as a generalist correspondent.Ã‚Â When she is not working, studying or playing soccer or tennis, she is walking her pups, traveling the globe, running marathons, and enjoying all DC has to offer.***