The Barons and Skyline Hotel @ Gypsy Sally’s
Date(s) - 05/04/2017
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
“IMAGINE CHUCK BERRY AND THE EARLY STONES HAD A KID THAT GREW UP IN THE JOSHUA TREE LISTENING TO BRANDON FLOWERS COVER SONGS FROM KINGS OF LEON’S ‘AHA SHAKE HEARTBREAK’.”
“Fighting night in and night out singing, shouting, dancing, shaking, expressing what unifies you as a human and relating this to those who seek it; this is rock n’ roll. Virginia-based rock band The Barons embody this notion in everything they represent. Fresh into their twenties, frontman Peyton Alley, lead guitarist Josiah Ragland, drummer Ryan Boone, and bassist Kirtland Gray make up The Barons. The band has built a solid following since it’s start in 2013 going on three independent US East Coast tours mainly drawing in the college crowds and headlined major 20,000+ crowd festivals throughout their home state. Towards the tail end of Spring 2015, the band released two singles as a Digital 45, ‘Hands On’ and ‘Crown’ with Sony producer Micah Wilshire out of Nashville, TN. ‘Hands On’ became the band’s first song on the radio bringing much playtime through college radio and XL102 Richmond then spread throughout their home state. 2016 proved to be another promising stepping stone for the band as they released three more singles well played through out home-state stations, ‘Rattle’, ‘Light Up’, and ‘Mary Anne’ and supported the tours of top Billboard Rock artists, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Judah and the Lion, and The Whigs. iHeart Radio Host Jeff Katz acclaimed The Barons opening set for Catfish and the Bottlemen “one of the most fulfilling supporting acts I’ve ever seen”.
Like the landmark from which the band takes its name, Washington, DC’s Skyline Hotel has always tried to embody one thing: escapism. What originated as a personal therapeutic project for singer Jon Lee to deal with his adversity soon became a set of songs his brother and lead guitarist/producer Jeff Lee could not ignore. From bedroom demos to local clubs, the brothers began to cultivate a modern blend of pop and rock that was as fun as it was vital. Expanding to include organist/bassist Zack Be and veteran drummer Alan Slimak, the band has become a full blown pop/rock powerhouse. With two EPs under its belt – including 2016’s Sparks of Light – and a constant gigging schedule that has found the band performing at The 9:30 Club and sharing the stage with nationally and internationally touring acts such as Echo & the Bunnymen, Zella Day, Kitten, and Hippo Campus, this songwriting quartet is only just hitting its stride. Still, Skyline Hotel is, at its core, just four musicians charting an escape from the realities of everyday life, seeking what only music can deliver.