Springbrooke with Eli Lev, Emma G, Darlingtonia

Springbrooke with Eli Lev, Emma G, Darlingtonia

Eli Lev & The Fortunes Found, Emma G., Darlingtonia

Wed · April 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Springbrooke, formed in 2017, is a band based out of Bucks County, PA. Their singalong lyrics and in-your-face melodies are the embodiment of the blue collar spirit. The band consists of Ryan Williams, Matt Amend, Trevor Scott and Sean Clement.
Eli Lev & The Fortunes Found
Eli Lev & The Fortunes Found
At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts.

Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. His latest two-album release, All Roads East and Way Out West, imaginatively and intrepidly connect spheres and generations with a body of work that’s irresistibly uplifting, emotionally resonant, and quietly groundbreaking.

“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

Eli has built a robust profile through wowing audiences whenever he picks up a guitar. Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building at the invitation of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Currently, he maintains a busy schedule performing on what he has playfully dubbed the “Beltway Tour,” which includes an impressive series of appearances at hundreds of venues throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia in clubs, taverns, festivals, house shows, wineries, art exhibits, markets, resorts, and community events. CBS Radio News has featured an interview with Eli, and ReverbNation has spotlighted four of his songs. As a recording artist, Eli has previously issued the live-in-the-studio EP, Shy Desert Morning.

Eli’s current albums represent a very special artistic feat. They offer two distinct viewpoints on one collection of songs. At the most basic level, All Roads East, produced by Jeff Gruber, is a more traditional folk rock album with lush organic instrumentation, and Way Out West, produced by Daniel Scott , is an adventurous futuristic folk album with bold electronic touches and experimental soundscapes.

“To me, folk music represents a tradition of reinterpretation. Before people had a medium to record, they weren’t tied to one version of a song. The music could grow and evolve,” Eli says. “Together, these albums represent an artistic statement about folk music and how songs can be interpreted in many ways.”

To understand these albums, you have to understand Eli’s path in creating them. There is a lot of living in these songs. For two decades, Eli has traveled and lived abroad, soaking up cultures, regional music, and meaningful interactions with strangers who became friends. His songs are his stories and his impressions of the world, and his hopes for the future.

Eli’s global passport includes formative trips to Spain, Israel, Shonto, Arizona to live on the Navajo Reservation, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Andorra, Indiana, and, currently, full circle back to Washington, D.C., where he was born and raised. Along the way, Eli has absorbed the majestic flamenco chord progressions of Andalusia, Spain, Israel and the Middle East’s touch for sublime minor key melodicism, and southwestern United States’ tradition of stirring soulful melodies.

Also signature to Eli’s aesthetic is bedrock grounding in the folk music continuum that has led him to modern explorations like looping and tap-on-the-body-of-the-guitar percussive touches.

Eli grew up in a musical family; his mother sings and his father plays oboe and the guitar. His journey in music, however, has seen him forging his own path. Despite a rich soundtrack at home, and supportive creative types as parents, it would be Eli’s free spirited attitude toward travel that shaped his journey in music. “Meeting so many different people, I found there were common themes in all of our lives, and the way we could connect was through music,” Eli says thoughtfully.

Interestingly, it wouldn’t be until many years into being a globetrotting troubadour that Eli decided to pursue music fulltime. In 2015, he was alone on a beach in Mexico camping when he made that fateful choice. “I felt like I was following a path, trusting myself, trusting in the process, and releasing any expectations I felt society had for me. When I finally made the decision, it felt like everything was possible,” he says.

All of his pathways converge with his pair of album releases. All Roads East is a title that can be interpreted in various ways. It’s a tip of the hat to spiritual Eastern philosophical practices. It’s also a tribute to Navajo culture where being directionally oriented east aligns you with sunrise and the newness of life.

Highlights on this album are the sweetly pensive “Making Space” and the swampy funky folk of “Go Down.”

“’Making Space’ is my manifesto. It’s my vision of the world creating space to be a community and casting aside artificial classifications that separate us,” shares Eli. The song “Go Down” is a snapshot of a series of baptisms Eli witnessed on the Jordan River. It’s a song rife with intriguing metaphors and impressionistic lyrics.

On Way Out West, Eli references the untamed nature of the west as it has been represented in culture. “It’s that fertile area that is unexplored, and, on this album, it’s emblematic of me pushing boundaries in folk music,” Eli shares.

A centerpiece of Way Out West is “One Road." The song boasts intrepid touches like a detuned mandolin and electronic textures that recall Radiohead more than Bob Dylan. “It’s incredible to harness the power of the many sounds in the world like midi, upright bass, and looping software. The bringing together of electronic and organic sounds makes for endless expressive possibilities,” says Eli. The lyrical content of “One Road” addresses the folk tradition and how it’s evolved and has to continue to evolve to stay resonate.

Eli performs as a solo artist and with a full band, The Fortunes Found, featuring DC all-star musician drummer Michael Miraglia; wunderkind bassist Bojan Novevski from Macedonia, and mandolin player Corey Thuro who maintains a folk grounding while exploring the brave tones afforded to him by his expansive pedalboard.

In performance, Eli captivates the audience with a storyteller approach to stage banter through stories of his travel, witty asides, and engaging commentary.

Eli’s infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and his charisma foster an immersive experience for the audience that moves bodies and hearts. Eli says: “The most meaningful thing for me is being able to express what I always felt about humanity and community through my music. I want to bring people in, make them feel special, and break down the walls that keep us apart.”
Emma G.
Emma G.
Emma G hails from New Zealand and is currently based in Washington DC.

Working full time as a singer, songwriter, musician, street performer, vocal teacher, and actor; she plays in various clubs, bars and community events throughout the city – and often far beyond. 2015 included The Whitehouse, The Kennedy Center, The National Cherry Blossom-, and Smithsonian Folklife festivals, and The Atlas Performing Arts Theater. 2016 has included two California tours, the release of her studio singles “SOLD (take a shot)” featuring DMV rapper Tony B, which now has airplay on the West Coast and is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Music, Spotify and SoundCloud; and “King for a Day”.
Prior to heading to the States in late 2014, Emma G, 28, had established a profile back in New Zealand as vocalist for the hard rock band Static Era. She was also a New Zealander of the Year Local Hero award recipient, honoured in 2012 for inspiring others through her music.
She has fast become an established and much-loved personality on DC’s busking circuit, where she is known as the Kiwi girl who plays great songs and gives great hugs.
“It’s great, because the spirit of the city is incredible,” she said in a 2016 interview. “The DC community are super nice, and really supportive of what I do.”
But with her career blossoming and fame surely beckoning, who knows what is around the corner.
“Life is an adventure. The best adventures have unknown outcomes.”
Jake Wortman - Guitar, Ukulele
Mattie Sloss - Vocals, Violin
Gabe Hightower - Cello
Mike Rivera - Percussion
George Heffernan - Bass
Khiya Canadiate - Vocals
Venue Information:
MilkBoy ArtHouse
7416 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD, 20740