Ben Ottewell (of Gomez)

9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall.

Ben Ottewell (of Gomez)

Swear and Shake, Buddy

Thursday Jun 19

7:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

Ben Ottewell (of Gomez) - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Ben Ottewell (of Gomez)
As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell." And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, "[his] voice is not of this world."

Since his first solo release, "Shapes & Shadows" (2011), Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the US, UK and Australia.

Now with a newly-recorded album of songs for his second solo project, "Rattlebag," the singer is set to return to the stage, this time with a band, performing his new music as well as a few Gomez favorites. The band will feature Ottewell on guitars and vocals, and two musicians who also appear on the album -- Will Golden on bass and keys, and Al Sgro on drums.

"Rattlebag" was recorded via an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign and the support of fans, with a wide album release being planned later this year. Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, "Rattlebag" is an Americana-inspired collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell's infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along.

"There's a time and place for us / I will take you there," he sings ("Shoreline"). Ben Ottewell proffers hope and promise accompanied by sublime guitars, and that's something we can all use.
Swear and Shake - (Set time: 8:05 PM)
Swear and Shake
“I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience hooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.” – The Blue Indian

Though both Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) performed regularly around the campus of SUNY Purchase College, it wasn't until the final weeks of their senior year that they met in Kari's bedroom and recorded "Johnnie," a song Swear and Shake performs to this day.

The bedroom demo of "Johnnie" began to circulate, finding its way to Shaun Savage (bass) and Thomas Elefante (former drummer), both childhood friends of Adam. That summer, with ever increasing momentum, Swear and Shake recorded their first EP, aptly titled Extended Play. Extensive performing followed the release of Extended Play, playing venues in New York City and Brooklyn, and on the weekends performing to neighboring cities.

In the summer of 2011, Swear and Shake recorded Maple Ridge, named after the barn in which it was recorded. Produced by Ben Goldstein (current drummer), Maple Ridge was released in the summer of 2012. The reviews speak for themselves:

“Postcard-perfect indie folk with an undercurrent of sly humor." – Time Out New York

"Folksy, foot-stomping rock" – New York Times

“You may not know them yet, but you should.” – Teen Vogue

"Maple Ridge... is exactly what a full-length debut should look like."

“Taking a sick-and-tired of being sick-and-tired look at romance, singers Kari Spieler and Adam McHeffey harmonize about wanting to give up the game.” – CMT Edge

“With their more recent appearances being at festivals like Shaky Knees and Governors Ball, it’s clear that the band thrives in a live setting.” – Paste Magazine

“This is a band you’ve got to see, and will delight the crowd.” –Music Savage

Swear and Shake most recently has shared the stage as direct support for The Lumineers, American Authors, Delta Rae, G Love & Special Sauce and ZZ Ward. Summer 2013 saw them performing at such festivals as Shaky Knees, Governors Ball, Mountain Jam, Summer Camp. Despite near constant touring, the band has found time to record new material with an expected release in late 2014. The first two singles from these recordings have already seen the light of day, as Paste Magazine premiered videos for both “Fire" and "Brother".
Buddy - (Set time: 7:25 PM)
Band Members (Past & Present & Guests)

Buddy – vocals, guitar
Will Golden – bass, production, (Commercial, Composer for NBC’s Cougar Town)
Al Sgro – vocals, shakers, tambourine, bells, drums (Gary Jules, Cougar Town)
Michael Jerome – drums (John Cale, Blind Boys of Alabama)
Fil Krohnengold – vocals, keyboards (Golden Smog, Duncan Sheik, Sara Barellies)
Percy Haverson aka. Percy Galore – vocals, guitar (Commercial)
Holly Conlan – vocals, keys (Holly Conlan)
Ian Ball – Programing, guitars, vocals, and stuff (Gomez)
Michael Tritter – electronic noises and awesomeness

May We Rock You Gently

Originally from Portland, OR. Buddy’s past releases include: A self-titled EP (2005), the full-length, “Alterations and Repairs” (Stove Punchin’ 2007 & Mooreworks JP 2009) featured in iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section and film and TV shows. The Campfire EP (2012) and a single “My Left, You’re Right” with Meiko (2012), Buddy also contributed his version of the Cure’s “Sugar Girl” to the double-CD “Perfect as Cats” a tribute compilation put out by (Manimal 2009). The bands follow up to “Alterations & Repairs” will be arrive in 2014 and is entitled, “Last Call For The Quiet Life” mixed by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Shins, Father John Misty) mastered by Greg Cabli. Buddy and Will are currently composing a score for an upcoming documentary entitled “”, and starting rehearsing the live band for dates in 2014. See them out on the road this fall with Ben Ottewell of the UK band “Gomez” on select solo-dates throughout the east, mid-west, and west. for more info please contact Luckie Pierre Management
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009