In the eclectic music world that is D.C., U.S. Royalty’s indie rock tunes fit in quite well, but the band stands out as fashion icons, donning traditional American garb worn by cowboys, soldiers and frontiersmen. “Esquire” magazine named U.S. Royalty the best dressed band at CMJ, an annual music festival in New York City.
White Ford Bronco
Named after the vehicle that was driven by the high-profile murder case suspect of the ’90s, O.J. Simpson, White Ford Bronco plays everything from the last decade of the 20th century, including country (like Shania Twain and Garth Brooks), hip hop (Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy), pop (‘NSYNC and Britney Spears) and alternative (Gin Blossoms and Eve 6). D.C.’s premier ’90’s band has gained a huge local following, playing at venues like the Bullpen at Nationals Park, Bobby Lews in Adams Morgan and Kelly’s Irish Times on Capitol Hill. Visit their Web site for show information and to follow them on Twitter.
This all-women percussion band plays Afro-Brazilian and Samba-Reggae beats and welcomes visitors to their Saturday morning practices. Proceeds from their bookings go to purchase instruments and equipment for the 60-plus members. Originally created in 1997 in Paris, France, the band eventually made its way to the states in 2007, when the Washington, D.C., branch was founded. Look for them at the next big D.C event, like the Cherry Blossom Festival or the White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Batala offers a unique Brazilian drumming experience for all ages to enjoy.
The Silver Liners
Catchy pop lyrics and alternative feel-good sound have catapulted DC’s The Silver Liners — finalists in D.C. 101’s Last Band Standing contest — to become crowd favorites, even for those who don’t know them yet. Check them out at places like the Rock and Roll Hotel, the Black Cat or Velvet Lounge. Visit their Web site to learn about free downloads and upcoming shows.