Music Park: Sharkmuffin @ Above the Bayou — 7/20/15

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Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch of Sharkmuffin (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Along the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. NW, several restaurants and bars catering to the local George Washington University crowd dot the street. On the north side, a New Orleans-themed place called the Bayou offers food and live music.

But to the left of the Bayou, you can open a door and walk into a residential building that seems a bit out of place for the upscale surroundings. It’s not exactly a tenement, and it’s not that you would feel unsafe there at all, but it’s odd.

I strode into the creaky building Monday night, walking past young adults eating edamame and drinking PBR along several flights of steps in order to climb to the top of the building for a visit to Above the Bayou, an apartment that has become a firm part of the DC DIY scene hosting “house concerts.” That night, the bill included DC bands Rom and Cool People and New York City bands Lost Boy ? and Sharkmuffin. I came specifically to see Sharkmuffin, a girl punk-inspired duo with some great surf guitar.

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Don’t Miss: Sharkmuffin @ Above the Bayou, 7/20/15

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“First Date” by Sharkmuffin

The do-it-yourself scene for house concerts in DC has been exploding lately, bringing some good talent to town that we otherwise might not see so soon.

Case in point: Sharkmuffin, a female punk duo from Brooklyn, are coming by tonight to perform at Above the Bayou (2521 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC), the living space that is indeed above the Bayou (2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC), the New Orleans restaurant and bar at the border of Georgetown and Foggy Bottom.

Vocalist and guitarist Tarra Theissen and vocalist and bassist Natalie Kirch will bring their rapid-fire punk rock songs and surf guitars to DC tonight in the run-up to the release of their debut album, Chartreuse, due on August 7 via State Capital/Little Dickman Records. So far, they have released two Eps and a self-titled 7”. Check out the video above for the first single “First Date” from Chartreuse.

If you like what you hear from Sharkmuffin, check out their selections on Soundcloud and make plans to go to Above the Bayou for a free show tonight!

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NYC band Lost Boy? and DC trio Rom join Sharkmuffin tonight! No need to buy a ticket; simply come on down. (Donations of course are welcome for the bands.)

Sharkmuffin
w/ Lost Boy? and Rom
Above the Bayou
Monday, July 20
Doors @730pm
Free
All ages