SEEGER HOUSE CONCERT
Featuring the Bumper Jacksons! Jess Eliot Myhre & Chris Ousley
SALES SUSPENDED: We regret that this concert has been postponed by the band. More details to come.
One-hour concert. General seating.
Entering a Bumper Jacksons Duo show is warm and inviting, like opening the front door of a neighbor who's just taken bread out of the oven. Roots jazz rhythms and country swing harmonies are vignetted by stories and sounds of Appalachia. Come in, take a seat, and be woven into a musical story that never stops being told.
Bumper Jacksons' co-founders Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley lead with their signature sun-dappled vocal harmonies, and the multi-instrumentalists trade off on strings and horns, playing fresh originals and dusted-off tunes from their great-grandparent's coat closet. But don't let their disarming folksiness fool you: their performance is silver-polished and highly acclaimed.
Bumper Jacksons have been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" and "Best Traditional Band" by the Washington Area Music Awards while both Jess and Chris as individuals are award-winning songwriters, alums of the Strathmore Artists-in-Residence program, and regular Maryland State Arts Council grant recipients.
You can find Chris and Jess performing and teaching as a duo at ukulele festivals, music camps, house concerts, and smaller, more intimate venues.
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts in collaboration with the Hamlin Street Diner/Brentwood house concerts team.
Scroll down to learn more about the history and allure of the venue itself.
TICKETS: $35 in-person
$15 discount available if needed (artists, teachers, low-income—code included on order form)
Seating is limited to 40 per show.
The address will be provided with your ticket receipt.
Please consider making a donation as part of your ticket order---to Carpe Diem Arts' outreach fund in support of bringing top quality programs into DC area schools, senior centers, special needs facilities, and other under-resourced communities.
NOTE: Given the recent surge in Covid cases, other respiratory illnesses, flu, etc., and the intimate nature of our venue, we are requiring our Seeger House audience members to wear masks.
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About the Venue: Old Seeger Family Home in Silver Spring
Ruth and Charles Seeger lived in the Silver Spring house in the early 1940's when Ruth served as the first music teacher at Silver Spring Nursery School, during which time she was also compiling the great collection of "American Folksongs for Children," published in 1948.
When Peggy Seeger performed at one of the first concerts presented by Carpe Diem Arts in her old family home in Silver Spring, she shared memories of listening from the upstairs balcony with her brother Mike (as preschoolers) to the swapping of songs and stories around the fireplace with her dad Charles and stepbrother Pete Seeger, and their good friends Alan Lomax, Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly), and Woody Guthrie.
The house is owned by David and Linda Jessup. Many know Linda for having founded the extraordinary PEP (Parent Encouragement Program) which has provided support to many DC area families over the years.
Another little known fact is that there are bookshelves in the Seeger house built by Robert Frost's nephew.
Lucky for us, our friends Chris Ousley and Meagan Garrison are currently renting the house and welcomed the idea of resuming the Seeger House Concerts!
QUESTIONS? Contact Busy Graham: 301-466-0183 / firstname.lastname@example.org