Pink Jams! is an awesome non-profit that promotes breast cancer awareness to those under the age of 40. Each year, the organization hosts a number of events in the D.C. area, with one of their biggest shows being the Under 40 Music Marathon at Hard Rock Cafe. Starting this Friday, the event returns with over 60 bands and musicians slated to perform for the 40-hour concert marathon. While you could stay up for all 40 hours and watch each band, you’ll most likely be cherry picking who to see. To help make your decision making easier, here are five performers that you should see:
At this point, Margot MacDonald is a veteran when it comes to performing onstage. With a soulful voice and a distinct look that can effortlessly grab a crowd’s undivided attention, MacDonald’s live performances are truly mesmerizing.
Jonny Grave and the Tombstones
Jonny Grave released his full-length album this summer called The Hammer, which showcased his strong songwriting ability. Grave not only has the talent to produce music, but also puts on one of the best shows in D.C. Notably, his Mardi Gras Carnival at the Black Cat this year was a success- complete with a slew of bands, burlesque dancers and other performers that became one of the biggest parties of the spring. Grave is set to take over the Mainstage once again for his big Halloween show next month, but until then, you can catch him perform this Saturday.
The Dreamscapes Project
Reston-based rock band The Dreamscapes Project could be classified as a hybrid of Arcade Fire and The Decemberists. The band has opened for some notable headliners like OK Go, Blues Traveler and Pat McGee. After celebrating its 16-year anniversary in 2013, The Dreamscape Project at this point knows all the tricks of the trade to putting on a good show.
The three piece punk-pop outfit is comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the D.C. area. While they are just a trio, their live sets feel as if they have doubled the amount of people onstage. If you’re unable to catch any of the other bands on the list, at the very least make sure to not miss their performance.
Another punk-pop group to catch during night one of the music marathon is Accidents. The band consistently delivers a great show, which is the main reason why Accidents has scored gigs at 9:30 Club, Jammin’ Java and other well-known D.C. venues. Before they headline Rock and Roll Hotel this Sunday, score an extra opportunity to see the band perform on Friday.