The DC Music Review wrote:
“Washington DC finally has a band that truly captures the wonderful sounds of New Orleans, and its name is The Beat Hotel. They’ve taken the heritage of New Orleans carnivals, parades and back street bars and turned it all into their own identifiable, body-rocking brand of rough and tumble party funk. They perform a high energy set rich in great songs, fabulous harmonies, creatively tight arrangements and a kicking horn section while remaining lovingly anchored in New Orleans tradition.”
The band’s lead singer, Lauren Cattaneo is one of the city’s premier lead vocalists with a fierce touch that can bring out the juice in the funk. Andrew Ratliff, a veteran member of the DC music scene adds vocals & syncopated percussion.
Drummer Francis Thompson teaches percussion at the Duke Ellington School of Arts. Justine Miller from the multi-award winning band Chopteeth is on trumpet. Bruce Swaim on tenor sax has won 2 Wammy Awards for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year and has worked with Danny Gatton, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops and The Temptations among many others.
Other veteran musicians in the band include Doug Elliott on Trombone and Ariel Francis on guitar and vocals and Mercedes Mill. And Bill Starks, master of the keyboard will be playing piano, with band-leader Bruce Blaylock on lead guitar.
The Beat Hotel has now been working in the DC area for several years and built a loyal following playing the wonderful music of New Orleans. Come on out and enjoy some real New Orleans swamp funk music!
This is an all ages outdoor show. Capacity is very limited. Entry is first come, first served, so we strongly suggest showing up early.