Occasional House Concerts
Falls Church, VA

Upcoming Shows

Marc Douglas Berardo

Writer, Player, Keen Observer, Performer

Marc Douglas Berardo is the kind of hard working, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. In what amounts to song length works of fiction, Berardo's sharply drawn, award winning song portraits cast a net on unusual and beguiling characters and places. With a painter's eye for detail, and music firmly rooted in the great American sound, Berardo sings about circus retirees, expatriates in Florida rum bars, union iron workers, old poets, aimless New York City debutantes, near death car crashes, hard nosed fishermen and of course, the changes that experience brings to everyone. He does this "simply and well" with what Rambles Cultural Magazine calls: "careful images and great tunes."

"I try to write about people and situations that interest and entertain me. Subjects and places that I feel a connection with and that are unique in a quiet way. Real people and places caught in the moment, almost like a documentary film or a novel. At the same time, I need the music itself to take me somewhere…to make me feel something. The words have to sing and the music has to work. The kind of song that does those things is my idea of a good time."

Berardo's people settled in Rye, NY. He attended the same high school (Iona Preparatory, New Rochelle, NY) as notables Don Mclean (American Pie, Vincent), Frank Mara (co-owner of the NY Giants), Frank Abagnale (bank fraud perpetrator and subject of the film Catch Me If You Can) and actor Bud Cort (Harold and Maude). After a failed attempt at college at Boston's Northeastern University (where he learned to play guitar and performed publicly for the first time), Berardo hightailed it to Florida where he eventually earned a BA in English and Creative Writing (pieced together at several schools Flagler College, U of Florida and The U of North Florida). Berardo's first steady music gig was in a biker bar in Butler Beach, Florida in 1988 and since that day he has never stopped singing made up songs, performing an average of 150 nights a year everywhere from bars and coffeehouses to theaters and national festivals. Places such as the legendary Town Crier Cafe (NY), Narrows Center for the Arts (MA), The Fairfield Performing Arts Center (CT), Tupelo Music Hall (NH),Snapple Sunset Concert Series (RI), Mile High Concerts (CO), The Opening Bell (TX), Cafe Lena (NY) , The Ramshead Onstage (MD),The Katherine Hepburn Theater (CT), The Evening Muse (NC), The Wildflower Art and Music Festival (TX), The Historic Cooper House (MD), The Living Room (NY), Hard Rock Cafe (MA), Anderson Fair (TX), Fiddler's Dream (AZ), The Bluebird Cafe (TN), and St. Anne's Chapel in Vatican City, Italy. Along the way he has shared the stage with a variety of national acts including The Doobie Brothers, Peter Rowan, NRBQ, Guy Clark, Vassar Clements, Ralph Stanley, blues legend Chris Smither, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Buffalo Springfield, Brooks Williams, Martin Sexton, Amy Speace, Buddy Mondlock, Norman Blake (Oh Brother Soundtrack), Steve Forbert, Mcustard's Retreat, Justin Townes Earle, Eric Anderson, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Red Molly, Garnet Rogers, Eilen Jewell Band, Greg Trooper, Cliff Eberhardt, Cheryl Wheeler, Lucy Kaplansky, Livingston Taylor, Catie Curtis, Kate Taylor, The Pousette Dart Band, Kevin Welch, The Kennedys, Eric Taylor, Jimmy LaFave, and John Haitt among others. As a member of The DesBerardo Band with his brother Chris, Marc has been a part of shows with classic rock acts including Little Feat, America, Foreigner, The Marshall Tucker Band, Badfinger, David Allen Coe, Levon Helm, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Reckless Kelly and others. In recent years Marc has participated in several well regarded song workshop and performance excursions in exotic locations including Costa Rica, Islamorada and Bimini, Bahamas.

Berardo's fifth CD entitled WHALEBONE was released in September 2013. Recorded in NYC, Woodstock, NY and rural Connecticut and produced by Brother Chris Berardo, Whalebone is a supremely crafted collection of songs about change, reemergence, strength, and survival. Guests include the legendary Jon Pousette Dart (The Pousette Dart Band), Abbie Gardner (Red Molly), Lincoln Schleifer (Rosanne Cash, Richard Shindell, The Allman Brothers Band, Govt Mule, Donald Fagen).

In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's feature appearance on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners.

When not playing his made up songs all over the place, Berardo lives in a fortified compound on a river by the ocean near Westerly, RI.

Check out some of his videos:

Suggested donation: $20
Julia Othmer
April 2018 — details TBA

"Perhaps the best way to explain [Julia] would be if Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. I'll bring the unfiltered cigarettes, you bring your soul."  –Out of Print Magazine

Julia Othmer is a "captivating" piano-playing singer/songwriter known for her energetic live performances. Tracks from her critically acclaimed debut album, Oasis Motel, have been featured on such shows as Witches of East End, Switched at Birth, The Lying Game, Army Wives, Party of Five, and DeGrassi: The Next Generation and earned her songwriting awards from the Billboard World Song Contest and the International Songwriting Competition. Julia performed on the 2010 Lilith Fair tour (alongside such greats as Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Heart, and Ingrid Michaelson). She has shared the stage with Regina Spektor, Amos Lee, and John Waite among others.

Supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign, Julia has completed her new album SOUND—a collaboration with producer/composer James "JT" Lundie. In December of 2016, a limited release of SOUND was available for her Kickstarter backers, fans and friends and will be officially released in the autumn of 2017.

Julia is passionate about books and libraries, the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle, ancient civilizations and cooking feasts for friends. She lives in Los Angeles. Her true hometown is Kansas City.

Check out some of videos from her fabulous new album:

Website: Julia Othmer
Michael Clem
Saturday, 16 June 2018 — doors at 7:00, show at 7:30

For twenty-five years, Michael Clem has been playing bass, singing and writing songs for the national touring act he co-founded, Eddie from Ohio. Over that time, EFO has amassed a sizeable grassroots following, released nine CDs (all independently) and collected numerous Washington Area Music Association Awards. Since 2008, with the band slowing down, Clem has relocated from Northern Virginia to Charlottesville where he's established quite a foothold in its musical scene, from session work to bluegrass gigs to forming his own acoustic trio.

Ten years after Clem's first solo album, comes the better-late-than-never sophomore release Fifty Clementines. With thirteen previously unreleased songs, Clem brought in 30 friends from all over Virginia to contribute in the fine Charlottesville JLM Studios where he co-produced with James McLaughlin. Both release dates/birthday shows (in the current and former hometowns of Clem) in early January 2016 were full house smashing successes, featuring a killer five piece band combing his trio with his regular Monday night house band from The Local in Charlottesville.

"A songwriter, a guitarist and observational comedian… Think Blink-182 with words by Todd Snider and you get an idea of what Clem does within the confines of folk-rock."

– The Washington Post

"A multi-dimensional performer, Michael Clem's songs touch universal human conditions that expose our doubts without ever being preachy. His dry and sly wit and clever arrangements soothe the soul but include a social commentary bite that encourages us not to take our lives too seriously."

– Aer Stephen ("Folk & Beyond" 91.1 FM WTJU in Charlottesville, VA)

Check out some of his videos:

Website: Michael Clem
Suggested donation: $20

Past Shows

Dan Navarro - January 2018

Ryanhood - November 2017

Rebecca Loebe - July 2017

Michael Clem - June 2017

Cole Nakoa & Treacher - May 2017

Dan Navarro with David Glaser - January 2017

Eric Schwartz - November 2016

Marc Douglas Berardo - August 2016

Michael Clem - June 2016

Dan Navarro with David Glaser - March 2016

Dan Navarro with David Glaser - January 2016

Eric Schwartz - December 2015

Dan Navarro with David Glaser - January 2015

Dan Navarro with David Glaser - January 2014

David Glaser and Stephanie Corby - April 2013

Dan Navarro with David Glaser - January 2013

David Glaser and David Stoddard - November 2012

Antje Duvekot with David Glaser opening - October 2012

Dan Navarro with David Glaser - January 2012