About

DC Music Review is intended to serve the music communities in and around the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia region.

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Jason Herman

Jason Herman

Founder & Day To Day Operations

Photo Contributor 

Writer

Jason Herman has been a music lover for his entire life. Some people see numbers in their head -Jason feels musical notes and rhythms at his core (because he cannot actually read music)!

A native of New York City, Jason in the past could be found at one of the countless music venues throughout the New York Metropolitan area at night, or in line for tickets at a Ticketmaster or box office (he once camped out for TWO DAYS at Radio City Music Hall to see The Who perform Tommy in 1989). The first concert he ever paid with his own money to attend was Ron Wood opening up for Chuck Berry at The Ritz in NYC's East Village in the 80s.

Jason now resides in his adopted hometown of Washington, DC, and you will probably find him at one of the city's many music venues on any given night.

Read all of Jason's contributions here.


Contributors

We have connected with some very talented people who will be helping our online publication. This list represents the staff who contribute to DC Music Review.

The following is a list of our contributors.

Matthew Bowers

Matthew Bowers

Writer

Matthew Bowers is a lifelong music lover. You will find him at shows up and down the Eastern Seaboard and beyond. Matthew is originally from Arlington, VA but now makes his home in Baltimore, MD.

See all of Matthews contributions here.


Shantel Breen

Photo Contributor

Writer

Shantel (Mitchell) Breen has been photographing shows for various blogs and publications in the DC/Baltimore area since 2008. Music has always been a big part of her life and she always admits to being a lover of music before being a photographer. She enjoys going to smaller club shows and supporting local musicians. In addition to a degree in photography, Shantel has a Masters in Secondary Math Education and teaches for Baltimore County Schools.

We are exceptionally happy to have Shantel as part of DC Music Review's team.  Her  photographic eye, words, and passion for music are invaluable.

See all of Shantel's contributions here.    

Josh Brick

Chief Graphic Designer

Writer

Photo Contributor

Josh Brick is amongst the most prolific photographers in the Washington, DC area. On any given night, Josh can be found at literally any venue in and around the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia landscape.

See all of Josh's contributions here.

Michelle Castagnola

Michelle Castagnola

Writer

Michelle Castagnola is a music-loving Maryland native. Her musical awakening began when she put The Beatles'   into her Hello Kitty CD Player on the ride to elementary school one morning.

Michelle brings her love of music, her love of writing, and her technical chops to DC Music Review.

We are truly excited and happy to have Michelle as part of our team as she combines her writing with her social media expertise to bring you the very best in music throughout the DMV.

See all of Michelle's contributions here.

Sean Chagnon

Sean Chagnon

Photo Contributor

Writer

Sean Chagnon is one of the premier photographers of Southern Virginia.

When Sean isn't designing boats for the Navy during the week, he can be found near live music, a brewery, or with a board under his feet in the mountains or water. He is a life long resident of Hampton Roads, Virginia, who enjoys chasing the Milky Way and shooting long exposures as much as concerts and festivals.

See all of Sean's contributions here.

Brady Cooling

Brady Cooling

Writer

Photo Contributor

Brady Cooling can be found up and down the North East, camera in hand, at concert and festival pits near and far - big and small - all year long.

Brady is a proud DMV resident hailing from Frederick, MD and in between concerts lives in Ocean City, MD. You surely recognize Brady with his signature a smile as he roams music venues and catches some ocean waves in while not on the road capturing mind-blowing photographs.

See all of Brady's contributions here.

Abbie Ginis

Abbie Ginis

Writer

Editor


Abbie Ginis has been a music junkie for as long as she can remember. Hailing from Michigan (Go Blue!), she is eager to explore and be immersed the DMV music scene. She currently resides in Arlington, and when she's not at concerts, Abbie can be found at the movies or longingly ogling at puppies.

See all of Abbie's contributions here.


Nina Goodman

Calendar Curator

Writer

Editor

Nina Goodman is a music lover, dancer, artist, keyboardist, and an avid ukulele player. You may even see her up on stage performing with local DC bands. Above all, Nina is a fierce supporter of the Washington DC local music scene. Nina's talents are mostly behind the scenes where she maintains and curates our event calendar and conducts interviews with local artists. If there is music playing in the DMV, you can expect to see her attending or at least making sure that our audience knows about it.

See all of Nina's contributions here.


Seth Gordon-Lipkin

Writer

Editor


Seth caught the bug of live music after seeing Elton John play the MCI Center at the age of 10 and has been frequenting DC"s concert venues since moving to our nation's capital in 2006. A dedicated fan of the jam band scene, Seth has logged countless miles attending upwards of 70 Phish shows, dozens of Umphrey's McGee shows, and trips to LOCKN' and Peach festivals. Also an activist, you're likely to spot Seth registering voters with Headcount at DC's local music venues.

See all of Seth's contributions here.

Bob Jacobson

Bob Jacobson

Audio Contributor

Bob Jacobson is a long time resident of the Washington, DC Metro Area. Originally hailing from just outside of New York City, Bob considers himself a "New York Lifer" which may be how many of you may know him - by his Internet Archive account, NYLifer. Bob is a passionate if not prolific concert taper and has recorded countless performances. You will no doubt see Bob, his microphones, and audio equipment at a venue or event near you. We are exceptionally happy to have Bob contributing to our team.

See all of Bob's contributions here.

Kayode Kendall

Keyode Kendall

Audio & Video Contributor


Originally from Montreal, Canada, Kayode has lived in the DC/Metro area for most of his life. Kayode has spent years in video production, livestreaming, filmmaking, and audio productions. Kayode has considered himself to be creative and a storyteller. Kayode has had the chance to produce and coordinate the recording of large-scale events for throughout Washington DC. You will see Kayode's storytelling through his multimedia contributions to DC Music Review.

See all of Keyode's contributions here.

Nora Lyle

Audio Contributor

Nora is a D.C. area native and passionate concert taper. She has had a love of music since she was young and combines her love of music with capturing music for others to enjoy. When not attending shows she's a full time nanny and enjoys hiking, reading, and painting.

See all of Nora's contributions here

Ana Medvedeva


Writer

Photo Contributor

Fueled by iced coffee, Ana is a consultant by day, and avid concert goer by night. With a music taste as varied as her hair color (currently pink), she loves bringing a performance to life through the power of words. In her spare time, Ana loves to snowboard, hang out with her cat Mimosa, and nerd out about true crime.

See all of Ana's contributions here.

Karin McLaughlin 

Artist Interviewer

Writer

Karin has been a live music junkie all her life, however is a fairly new fan in the world of jam bands and bluegrass.  She grew up on hip hop, classic soul, motown and classic rock but has found a new home in the festival world and that is what, in part, had brought her to DC Music Review.  Karin produces and hosts a weekly radio show in the area called Karin's Calendar, where she talks all about 'Where to be in the DMV'.  She is very excited to be starting down a semi-new road with us and hopes to use her interview skills and write ups of shows to contribute even more to DC Music Review.

See all of Karin's contributions here.    

Caitlin Moore

Photo Contributor

Caitlin Moore is a professional photographer by trade and a passionate music junkie. Caitlin now combines her photography skills with her passion for music.  Caitlin divides her time between her native Florence, South Carolina and the Washington DC area.  

We are exceptionally happy to have Caitlin collaborating with DC Music Review.

See all of Caitlin's contributions here

Mark Raker

Mark Raker

Photo Contributor

Marketing Director

Outreach/Relationships Director

Mark Raker is a Washington, DC area photographer who pursues a wide variety of photographic subjects and interests. His event photography includes concerts, festivals, food, wine and beer events as well as corporate and other special events in the Washington, DC area.

See all of Mark's contributions here.


Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts

Photographer

Writer

David Roberts has been covering live music in the DMV and  Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania) area since the early 2000’s when he used to cover the scene for Music Monthly. From rock to blues, jam bands to metal, music has been an enjoyment for him since a very young age. It was an obvious blend of hobby and profession when he started taking his camera to shows. Although his interest is more on the photography side, writing is a unique challenge that enables him to share his experience of live music with others.

See all of Dave's contributions here.

Graham Robertson

Writer

Graham studied music theory and culture at Georgetown University and previously headed his own live music blog in Austin, Texas. Having grown up in a family of musicians exposing him to everything from avant-garde jazz to head-banging rock and acoustic folk, Graham has spent his life cultivating a passion for musical analysis and seeking to unravel the magic of the musical experience.

We are extremely happy to have Graham contributing to DC Music Review. He brings an amazing depth of music theory and a keen ear that helps him dig a little deeper into the music.

See all of Graham's contributions here.

Will Urquhart

Will Urquhart

Writer

Audio & Video Director

Podcaster

Will Urquhart is a television and radio producer, concert taper, and audiovisual expert. His focus is on webcast production and projection visuals for political organizations and bands. Will's work has been featured in various publications such as NPR, Live For Live Music, Live Music Daily, and many more.

See all of Will's contributions here.

Emily Vitek

Emily Vitek

Photograher

Writer

Emily is DMV native through and through, originally from the Washington DC suburbs, Emily is a photographer, videographer, and writer who has been photographing shows in the DC/MD/VA area since 2011. She has a degree in Electronic Media & Film production and currently works in Higher Education in Arlington, VA. Emily is an avid Disney lover and used to work at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL as a photographer. When not at shows, Emily enjoys watching the latest horror flick on Netflix or playing video games.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Emily to our team!

See all of Emily's contributions here.


Inspirational Contributors

Andrew McConnell

March 1990 - December 2016

Heartfelt Friend

Lover of Music

Lover of Washington DC &

Washington DC Live Music Scene

Photo Credit: John Shore @ JohnShorePhoto.com

Andrew McConnell passed away far to early and was an integral part of the DC live music scene. Although Andrew lived in his adopted home town of Washington DC for only 6 years, he brought such passion for music and cared so much about his friends & the bands. His passion for music was infectious and left an indelible mark on everyone he crossed paths with. To an extent this website was started with the thought of Andy in mind, keeping his passion and love for the music of this region alive. May our success be an honor to his legacy and memory.