May 11:   We're About 9
with Dave Farah
Doors at 7:30 pm, Music at 8:00 pm

"On one end of the county we have guns. On the other end, we have the Jahva House." Howard County Sheriff's Department 

So begins the story of We're About 9. Brian and Katie's weekly open mic at the Jahva House in Ellicott City, MD captured the attention of the Sheriff's Department not for disorderliness, but rather for regularly breaking fire codes with attendance flooding both floors of the cafe and spilling out into the street. After the open mic ended each week, the music would continue outside in the parking lot. It was in the magical location of Parkling Lot D that Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf, and Pat Klink first started sculpting their distinctive vocal harmony arrangements. 

Emerging in a scene where they would play shows to everything form high school kids to mature folkies, they were inspired to forge both a sound and a songwriting style that would appeal to both. The traditional "family music" vibe wouldn't have worked. We're About 9 knew they needed to be edgy, charming, dissonant and robust. And while they needed to work hard and take the craft seriously, the presentation needed to be all about fun. That was the secret to defying the age gap. 

Fast forward two years to 2002, and We're About 9 has just won the emerging artist showcase vote at The Falcon Ridge Folk festival. Within another two years, We're About 9 will have played the main stage at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Clearwater Revival, Bele Chere, Green River Festival, Four Corners Folk Fest, Mountain Stage New Songs Fest, and many more--at the same time touring east coast folk clubs, coffeehouses, house concerts, and college venues. 

In 2008 We're About 9 released Paperdust: Stardust, an album that shows off the duo (Katie and Brian) on some songs, the trio (Brian, Katie and Pat) on others, and is also loaded with special guests. Look for members of Girlyman, Red Molly, Andy and Denise, and Naked Blue on this album. Amalgam, a collection of 14 previously released songs, plus 2 enhanced recordings, and one brand new song was released on July 24, 2010 at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. 

Their music is notable for its "soaring harmonies" (Washington Post) and their "clear warm voices, comfortable music, and lucid lyrics." (Baltimore Sun). 

Dave Farah, a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from McLean, Virginia, will open for this show. In early high school, Dave picked up a guitar and before long was writing and performing original music. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Miami, Florida, after double-majoring in Video Production and Creative Writing. Dave's currently in the process of recording his first EP, which aims for release later this fall. His influences vary greatly but some of his favorite musicians are Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, Mat Kearney, Chris Ayer, Maroon 5, and many others. For now, Dave is keeping busy up and down the east coast between Boston and DC, but eventually, he's looking to move out to Nashville to keep writing, playing, growing in his music.


June 2: Roy Schneider 
w/Justin Trawick  Bikenetic  (7 pm)
June 22: Nicolette Good 
Stone Room Pre-July 4th
June 29: Patrice Pike 
 with Lea Morris  
June 30: 3 Penny Acre  
(7 pm)
July 20: Jeff Campbell  
with Megan Slankard
Sept. 7: Phoebe Hunt  
with Justin Trawick
Sept. 21: Laura Tsaggaris
Sarah Clanton Schaffer
Sept. 22:  The 9 Songwriter Series 
Bikenetic  (7 pm)
Oct. 19: Luke Brindley /Alameda  
October 26:  Edie Carey 
with Gina Chavez
Nov. 6: Liz Longley
with Chatham Street