Electric Beethoven Creates A Classical Dance Party At Gypsy Sally’s [Audio/Photos/Video]

By Jason Herman / February 27, 2018

Electric Beethoven kicked off their "Maps We Found in the Northeast" tour at Gypsy Sally's on February 21st. This was the first time the band members collectively hit the stage in several months and with the new addition of Josh Rayner on drums, it was an exploration into uncharted territory. Before the band hit the stage, they could be found behind Gypsy Sally's happily engaging the fans and talking about shows and adventures past including their last two appearances in the area at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA and the 9:30 Club in Washington DC..

The evening began with Virginia-based Definition of One, who's electronic jam dance music set the stage for an explosive night of dancing and musical exploration. Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven sat in briefly on his Moog with a prelude of what was to come later. It should be noted that Definition of One is an under-represented band who's infectious grooves and music should appear at more venues around the region.

Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven hit the stage at 9:30PM and began a wonderous interpretation and exploration of Beethoven's music. Thought the evening Reed Mathis (bass), Todd Stoops (keys), Clay Welch (guitar), and Josh Raymer (drums) traversed and jammed within a complex and layered musical landscape of interwoven and interactive jams. Despite a modern take on Beethoven's music, one could not help but recognize the distinct underpinnings of Beethoven melodies played throughout the night by Stoops, Mathis and Welch. The musicians were enjoying themselves, glancing at one another with smiles, experimenting with jams and letting Beethoven's music conduct them. The evening's performance resulted in a modern jam that is new and refreshing and breathed new life into music that is nearly 200 years old.

Audio Recordings

Audio Recordings

Audio Recordings


Please enjoy the full webcast and Soundcloud Audio of each performance in the tabs below.

  • Electric Beethoven
  • DEFINITION OF ONE

Electric Beethoven's webstream performance recorded by our collaborator Will Urquhart.

Electric Beethoven's audio recordings of the performance recorded by our collaborator Will Urquhart.


Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery


Enjoy photos by our photographer Josh Brick of Josh Bricks Graphics, Catlin Moore of Catlin Moore Photography, and Jason Herman of Jason Herman Photography.

Electric Beethoven

Definition of One

Soundboard Recordings

Soundboard Recordings

Soundboards



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About the author

Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.