Saturday, May 20 at In Bocca Al Lupo in Glover Park (7:00 to 10:00)
(2400 Wisconsin Ave, NW; 202-750-7939) The great people behind the Chevy Chase Italian favorite I'm Eddie Cano, have opened a great new restaurant in Glover Park, not far from the National Cathedral. As you can see from this article, they are serious about their Roman-style pizza. In addition to pizza, there's a wide range of Italian specialties, and a few of the neighborhood favorites have been brought down from Chevy Chase (like the addictive fried zucchini). Best of all, they have built a little stage, and they are now hosting local music!
Unfortunately, Andrew sliced his first finger on his left hand while building a new bass, and that finger is pretty essential for playing upright bass. So he's on the temporary disabled list. So we'll be playing this Saturday as a trio with Aura singing, Lou on Guitar, and Franklin on trumpet. We'll play two sets starting around 7:00 and 8:30ish. So make reservations for 15 to 30 minutes before one of these two sets to ensure you are settled before the music starts. And be sure to ask to sit near the band so you are in the front part of the restaurant with good sight lines. See you there!
Saturday, June 10: Gemeny Winery and Vineyards (5:00 – 8:00 pm)
(8606 Cedarville Rd., Brandywine, MD 20613; phone: 301-442-4670)
This winery is in the southern most region of Prince George's County, quite close to Washington DC. With the winery and vineyards located on a working family farm, Gemeny Winery is a great addition to the agricultural landscape of Maryland and produces wine from grapes grown on the farm. The owner (and good friend of Band Brulee) Bill provides a great setting for music with wine and local food, and we always end up with some of our favorite audiences here. There's almost always a food truck catering for dinner. We'll post details on this when we have them.
The bad news is that most of the local indoor venues we used to play are now closed permanently due to the pandemic (R.I.P. Villain & Saint, Sotto, Harp & Fiddle, Twins Jazz...). We're looking for new spots, and if you have suggestions, let us know.
We also love playing private parties, which is a great way to introduce our music to people who wouldn't hear us otherwise. So if you'd like to host Brulee in your living room, backyard, office, Jacuzzi greenhouse, kitchen, yacht, private jet, safari tent, treehouse, basement, private South Pacific atoll, airport business class lounge, or Neapolitan pizzeria, just let us know. Lou recently acquired a small 1957 Fender Harvard Amp that's not powerful enough for most gigs, but it sounds gorgeous in a living room. If you want to provide the living room and a small audience, we'd love to come over with the Harvard and play for you.
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Brulee has played all over the Washington DC area. Some of our recent and more memorable shows have been at Villain & Saint, Sotto on 14th St, Twins Jazz on U Street, Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, Bossa in Adams Morgan, Lost & Found, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Jammin’ Java, Gemeny Winery, Running Hare Vineyard, Wonderland Ballroom, Republic in Takoma Park, Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, the Takoma Park JazzFest Jazz Brawl (which we won!), the Takoma Park JazzFest main stage, the New Deal Cafe, The Riversdale House Museum Summer Jazz Series, two Busboys and Poets, Mayorga in Silver Spring (RIP), Fireflies, Adams Morgan PorchFest, The Riverdale Spring and Winter Arts Festivals, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Roofers Union in Adams Morgan, Aura & Lisa’s wedding, and Lex & Christine's wedding on a boat in Austria.