Don’t Miss: Porch Fest 2016 @ Rhode Island Ave NE, 4/16/16

The French Admirals

Our friends The French Admirals (vocalist Rob France and bassist The Admiral) reminded us that Porch Fest 2016 is tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, along the “Main Street” of Rhode Island Ave. NE in DC.

The French Admirals themselves perform at 3pm at Public Option (1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE, DC).

“This should be a great event with over 40 bands and performances throughout the neighborhood followed by a post-party back at Public Option at 6pm. If you’re in town, don’t miss it!” said The French Admirals.

Porch Fest occurs along a number of local porches and stoops in addition to some venues like Public Option. It covers an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry in a casual environment. And it’s free to all.

“Through the years, Rhode Island Ave. NE has been home to a variety of live music venues, including what was once Mr. Y’s Jazz Club at 16th and Rhode Island Ave. NE. On Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 2 to 6 pm, the front stoops and porches of several Rhode Island Avenue NE residents and businesses will be transformed into performance spaces where local musicians will play FREE mini concerts for the community!” said Porch Fest organizers.

The event is rain or shine!

Porch Fest released a few handy graphics to help us navigate the street festival, including a map and a schedule card.

Porch Fest 2016 map: Porch Fest 2016 Map

Porch Fest 2016 schedule card:
Porch Fest 2016 Schedule

Other artists performing include: Handsome Hound, Craig Donovan, Drive TFC, Allie & The Side Hustle, Kevin Titty, The Dolly Rockers, Friends, The GLEs, Simone Finally, The Cliffs, The Galaxy Electric, Oh He Dead, Bellwether Bayou, Talya Tavor, Violin Femmes w/ live art by Erica Wang, The Anti-Social Collective, Katharine Key, Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Petunia, Paul Santori’s Random Opponent, Trees., The Boundary Stones, Moose Jaw, Carlos Martin Vizcarra (Shooting Down Asteroids), Accidental Ghost, Dope Francis, Sweater Weather, Higher Numbers, The Goodly Beggars, Our Kansas, Ballad’ve, Kellyn Marie Goler, Dale Holmes, Woody Talley, The Mild Thornberries, The PanTones, The Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers, We Wanted To Be The Sky, and DJ Fusion (FuseBox Radio Broadcast).

Porch Fest is made possible thanks to support from ZipCar, Cultural Tourism DC, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, and Department of Housing and Community Development! For more info, visit Rhode Island Ave. Main Street’s website at

Porch Fest 2016
Rhode Island Ave. NE Main Street, various addresses
Saturday, April 16
Showtimes: 2-6pm
All ages

Music Park: French Admirals w/ Feral Conservatives, Exit Vehicles @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 1/16/15

The Admiral and Rob France (Photo courtesy French Admirals)

French Admirals, the DC power pop trio, headlined a crowded bill of indie rock bands at the Rock and Roll Hotel Friday night.

The room got agreeably about a third full, and the audience danced along and engaged with all of the bands. I unfortunately missed the first opener but the French Admirals, Feral Conservatives and Exit Vehicles gave me plenty to hear once I arrived.

The Admirals opened with “We Will Create Our Own Reality” from their debut LP Closer Than Brothers. It’s a breezy punk song that showcases the guitar and bass work of vocalist Robert France and bassist The Admiral respectively. If there’s one thing you can bet on when it comes to the French Admirals, however, it’s that they are never just going to “sound the same” as the last song. The next song “It’s All There” is really rather reminiscent of the Counting Crows. Later, “Feelings at 4am” evokes a similar vibe of listening to 90s alternative radio rock.

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Don’t Miss: French Admirals w/ Exit Vehicles, Feral Conservatives, Oppo @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 1/16/15


Indie rockers French Admirals headline a Friday night bill at the Rock and Roll Hotel that includes two other DC bands and a Virginia Beach duo.

French Admirals are launching a tour to support their first album, Closer Than Brothers, released last August. The trio of vocalist and guitarist Robert France (Rob Kuczynski), bassist the Admiral (Mike Lashinsky) and drummer the General (Mark Kuczynski) promise a power pop experience blending garage, post punk and alt country.

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DC quartet Exit Vehicles are working on their debut album, expected to be released this year. The band includes twin brothers Brian and Adam Polon, drummer Jacob McLocklin (also of Cake and Calculus), and vocalist Brian Easley.

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The visiting band is Feral Conservatives, fuzz-folk rockers who have an affinity for the 90s. Multi-instrumentalists Rashie Rosenfarb and Matt Francis go for vocal harmonies and moving string arrangements. They’ve released a few EPs and they are poised to release their full-length debut, The Feeling Noise Becomes, on Richmond’s Egg Hunt Records.

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I know absolutely nothing about the very first opener, Oppo, a new indie rock trio hailing from DC (and not apparently a fitness tracker). Oppo promise to “wrap plaintive melodies, textural guitars and thumping rhythms around vignettes of moral crisis, redemption and the invisible world of things beyond language and knowing.” Well, then! Show up early and see if they fulfill that promise.

Tickets are available online and at the door.

French Admirals
w/ Exit Vehicles, Feral Conservatives and Oppo
Rock and Roll Hotel
Friday, Jan. 16
Doors @8pm
All ages