The Diane Scream Show Pays Tribute To Talking Heads In The Most Washington DC Way

Introducing Diane Scream

Here at DC Music Review, we love to report on what's happening in the community and what makes the DC music scene so special. Last Monday at the comfortably packed Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe, we fell into a rare treat of seeing two bands, one old, one new, both quintessentially DC. 

The Diane Scream Show

The Diane Scream Show

The headliner was The Diane Scream Show, a new seven-piece that is "the DMV's premiere Diane Rehm-themed Talking Heads tribute band."

They lived up to that description, and then some.

The show went back and forth between an NPR "call-in" bit and Talking Heads covers. In the role of "Diane" was the can-not-miss, vivacious and witty band lead who goes by Aaron Spaace, who did a phenomenal job of drawing the audience in with a mix of improv and on-point schtick.  

When the band got to playing some well-adored Talking Heads songs (set list below), they made it their own with their interesting instrumentation while at the same time staying true to what makes each song great, paying attention to the little idiosyncrasies that make the Talking Heads so deliciously signature. 

The Diane Scream Show

The show was also advertised as a fundraiser for the non-profit, For The Love of Children (FLoC), serving local at-risk youth. The band  raised nearly $500 for the organization. 

Overall, the set was a glorious mix of personality, theatrics, choreography, instrument swaps, glitter, glam, skits, kitsch, and a Halloween costume contest won by "Cool Disco Diane Rehm." (You know your show has achieved "Peak DC" when its a fundraiser that gives a nod to Cool Disco Dan and a WAMU/NPR icon, all at the same time.) But more than anything, this set was a great homage to a great band and a beloved radio host and DC-native, all for a good cause. 

Djesben

Djesben

​​Opening for The Diane Scream Show was Djesben, a jazz trio of multi-instrumentalists who offer a fresh take on jazz standards, bebop and bossa nova, as well as original tunes influenced by music from around the globe. 

The instruments of Djesben are not those of the typical jazz trio. The group is made up of Christian Crowley (dulcimer, slide, bow, vocals), Jerry Tolk (handsonic), and Topher Dunne (Chapman stick, vocals), and the band has been gracing the DMV with their music for since 1999. Their set on this Monday night was energizing, quite groovy, and a perfect opener to get the crowd warmed up for what was coming next. 

And in case you missed this set, Djesben will be playing the Djesben's 20th Anniversary Show with founding member, hand-drummer, and percussionist Katy Gaughan on Sunday, 11/10 at the New Deal in Greenbelt. 

Djesben

Djesben

All in all, the night was a perfect start to a DC-filled week with the Nationals winning the World Series, crisp autumn weather, and a spooky windy Halloween. This show was exactly the kind of thing we love to experience: playful, smart originals and mindful covers and gab that give a nod to what makes our city so very special.  

The Diane Scream

The Diane Scream Show


Featured photo: The Diane Scream Show Ensemble:  Aaron Spaace (dulcimer, slide, vocals), Adam Stern (vocals, guitar, congas, bongos, drums), Katie Cauley (vocals, ukulele, kalimba, bell diablo), Keith P. Brabant (drums, guitar), R.A. Martini (bass), Sea Griffin (tenor sax, accordion, glockenspiel, vocals, and Topher Dunne (Chapman stick, vocals). Photo by Jason Herman.

Videos

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Videos


Video by Nina Goodman

Setlist

Setlist

Setlist


 
 

Click here to see the setlist for Djesben's performance at Songbryd Record Cafe & Music House on October 28, 2019

 
 
 

Click here to see the setlist for Diane Scream's performance at Songbryd Record Cafe & Music House on October 28, 2019

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery


Enjoy photos by our photographer Jason Herman of Jason Herman Photography.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

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Resources


For more information about Djesben or Diane Scream please see the following resources:

 Djesben

Diane Scream

For Love Of Children

About the author
Nina Goodman

Nina Goodman

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.


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