Presenting and Supporting Folk & Acoustic Music
in the Washington, DC Area

Upcoming Shows

    • Saturday, July 10, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
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    Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk singer-songwriter whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She currently plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas.

    Kipyn celebrated several milestones in January 2017 including the release of Dance Across the Sky, a solo project following up her debut Undercover Muse, and winning the coveted Gold Award in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Open category) for God is Love, her third MASC Gold adding to previous wins in 2013 and 2014.

    Additional accolades for Kipyn include being honored by the Washington Area Music Association with their WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year in 2015 and multiple nominations the following year for Songwriter of the Year and Folk Contemporary Vocalist.

    Recovering reporter, performance poet and fairy tale collector turned songwriter, Heather Aubrey Lloyd has co-fronted Baltimore’s ilyAIMY for nearly two decades. Traveling the country playing everything from bait shops to clothing-optional resorts, Lloyd’s lyrical collection of stories became her first solo studio effort, “A Message in the Mess.” Populated by Hippie Tooth Faeries and Jackson Pollock reincarnated as a flock of scatological pigeons … each narrative is offered up in her passionate, “sing-me-the-phone-book” alto. Her finger-picked guitar says folk. Her lyrics show the influence of Baltimore's slam poetry scene. Her hand percussion says world music. "Janis Joplin ... and Joni Mitchell blended together," says The Montgomery Caller.

    With its inventive arrangements and delightfully bizarre percussion (yes, that really is recorded bubble wrap), “Mess” received the Director's Award for Album of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and the awards haven't stopped since: 2018 No Depression Magazine Songwriting Award Finalist, 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival MOST WANTED Artist, 2018 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist, 2017 Telluride Troubadour Top 4. She is also the reigning Grand Prize winner of the prestigious Bernard Ebb Songwriting Award. While the current socially distanced climate has cancelled most of her live shows, Lloyd is planning to release new music in 2021, featuring songs about mental health, the plight of refugees, and aging gracefully.


    • Saturday, August 14, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    Details coming soon!

See a list of past Focus concerts here.


Monday (Virtual) Open Mic Showcases hosted by Rob Hinkal

For now at least, our Monday night open mic has moved to a Virtual Format. Tune in every Monday night from 7pm to 10pm (ET) on either Facebook or Youtube to catch a rotating whirl of musicians and poets and storytellers.

Focus sponsors the Teavolve Open Mic every Monday evening with host rob of the band ilyAIMY and we are honored to have a weekly helping of some of the best local and traveling singer/songwriters, musicians, poets and random whathaveyous all in one spot.

We have a featured artist somewhere in the middle of the night (LIKE the Facebook page for constantly updated listings) for whom we pass a tip pitcher (please be generous) but otherwise the show is free. The drinks are great and the food's even better. The night is videoed and recorded and archived on YouTube.

More information at ilyaimy.com.

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