Performer Directory

Past, present, and future performers at the New Deal Cafe.

Alicia Deeny

Alicia has charmed audiences in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. In 2002 she received the Wammie Award from the Washington Area Music Association as Best Vocalist in the World Music category.  For the two years preceding her win, she received Wammie nominations as Best Latino Vocalist. This past year she was nominated a fourth time. Her music is on the cutting edge of the cross-cultural Latin American explosion that is occurring in music today.


My name is Dan Mazer. Using the stage name "BanjerDan," I'm a solo acoustic performer based in Washington, DC, playing styles "from bluegrass and beyond" on banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro. I give banjo workshops, and enjoy performing anywhere from clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts to major festival events.

Chapter Three

Chapter Three is made up of a handful of songwriting friends (Michelle Murray, Rick Callender and Andrew Coupe) who decided to combine efforts and form an acoustic trio. Each member brings something different to the band, creating a sonic environment combining a variety of musical styles (including folk, blues and acoustic pop) and lush vocal harmonies. Chapter Three was recently nominated for two 2009 Wammie Awards. Their latest CD, "Unabridged", was nominated for best Contemporary Folk Recording, and the trio was also nominated for best Contemporary Folk Duo/Group.

The Chromatics

The Chromatics are a unique high-energy vocal band that delights audiences with a combination of outrageous originals, crazy covers, melodic insights into modern life, and a smattering of science songs.

Cold Hard Cash

Cold Hard Cash is Rob Petrie's tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash, featuring spot-on recreations of both the sound and spirit of the originals.

Cypress Trio

With accordion, fiddle, bass, guitar, and Cajun French vocals, the Cypress Trio plays Southwestern Louisiana two-steps and waltzes for dancing and listening. We hope our enthusiasm and joy for the traditional Cajun tunes will be transmitted to our audiences. On va passer un bon temps!

Dan Hart

Dan hart is a guitarist, humorist, and singer of satire.

Yes, gang, for years I've felt it my mission to suck all vestiges of joy out of any potentially cheerful activity, which is why being a folk singer was such an obvious career choice for me. Oh, you know I toyed around with psychology for a while, but being a shrink I could only quash people's dreams one at a time. Through the miracle of song paired with electronic media, there is virtually no limit to the number of souls a songwriter can crush.

Dennis Botzer

In addition to playing the fiddle and the flute, Dennis has also released two CDs for traditional Irish music on piano, entitled Visions of the Light and The House. He began playing piano at the age of seven. A fiddler since 1972, he has hosted regular traditional Irish music sessions for 20 years around the Washington area. C.B. Heinemann (guitar, bouzouki) and Dennis have been playing music together since the mid-1970s, and presently host the Tuesday night traditional Irish music session at McGinty's Public House in Silver Spring, Maryland. Along with a couple of other musicians (Patrick Cavanagh, tenor banjo, and Charlie MacVicar, uilleann pipes), they play traditional Irish music at Baltimore's J.Patrick's Pub as the Hedgerows band. Patrick and Dennis have hosted weekly sessions for over seven years in Annapolis and Silver Spring. The two lads are in the process of recording a new CD, to be entitled 19-P.

Don Walters

Don Walters (formerly of the Druthers) is a musician, singer and songwriter in Takoma Park, MD. People familiar with his music have described it as coming from the narrowest, most remote, pot-hole-filled back roads you could find! Don's solo performances combine his soulful vocals with accompaniment on acoustic guitar, bouzouki and mandoln covering a wide variety of influences across the Americana, Traditional, and Folk Rock genres.

The Druthers - Adventures In Acoustic Music

The Druthers are a five piece acoustic (primarily) roots/americana/folk rock band in the washington, dc area. Featuring tight harmonies and instrumentation that includes guitar, mandolin, resophonic guitar, bouzouki, & bass, The Druthers are comprised of seasoned performers in various areas of performing arts with varied musical backgrounds who draw on their collective experience in development of their unique sound.

Since the band's inception in late 2004, the druthers have painstakingly worked to develop this sound - combining influences from MANY musical genres.

Gina DiSimone

One woman, a buncha guitars, and a whole lotta blue smoke. Using both acoustic and electric guitars, Gina serves up a spicy mix of finger-slapping funk, jazzy blues and smoky folk guitar.

Hot Noodles

The Hot Noodles have been rocking together since 2005. We're a fixture on the scene in Cheverly, Maryland, a fun-loving town just east of Washinton, DC. We get together to make sweet, beautiful music every chance we get. When we're not playing our own tunes we dive into the seemingly bottomless catalogs of our favorite bands the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, and many others. We perform regularly in the DC area and are the de facto house band for the Cheverly Community Market.


"A churning, percussive acoustic guitar attack that flows, ebbs and builds back on itself. The loose-limbed song structures have a definitive jam band feel ... Versatile sonics, nice boy/girl harmonies and fleshed-out arrangements make Ilyaimy (I love you and I miss you) a surprising treat."
- CP, Independent Weekly (Durham, NC)

(301) 910-2575


Since 2001, Izolda has been performing solo and has fallen in love with the intimacy of performing to an audience by herself (regardless of the size of the venue). Playing guitar, fiddle, flute, and singing she's excited to share her music.

Izolda also gives private violin and voice lessons. If you live in the Washington DC metro area and are interested in lessons, please get in touch by phone or email.

(301) 437-2730

Jack Couldn't Make It

Jack Couldn't Make It is a fun-loving acoustic trio that plays a mix of Americana, Country, Blues, Folk and original tunes. The band features Midnite Bob on guitar and vocals, Rick Kanton on lead guitar and vocals, and Michelle Murray on vocals, guitar and percussion. They are regular performers at the New Deal Cafe, having played there together since 2003.

Jaqui MacMillan

Jaqui MacMillan swept the Washington Area Music Association's 'Best World Music Instrumentalist' Award every year between 1995 and 1999, thanks to her work with such bands as Big Village, Mama Muti and Rachel & Jaqui. But even while performing on stage, MacMillan just can't restrain her inner facilitator from springing out. "We bring [extra] instruments with us and have the audience become part of the show. So that's a big part of what we do, getting everybody involved."

John Guernsey

Musician and artist John Guernsey of Takoma Park, known as the "piano man" to patrons of the New Deal Cafe, plays jazz and blues piano from 6:30 to 7:45pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

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KIVA is a percussive, acoustic, worldbeat ensemble that celebrates the magic of nature and ancient bardic traditions with music that opens the heart and heals the spirit. The band blends strong vocal harmonies with rich and diverse acoustic and electric instrumentation, performing originals, traditionals, and covers. The musicians are inspired by many cultures, spiritual disciplines, and musical styles, including celtic-folk, folk-rock, blues, big band, traditional chants, and jazz.

Magic Ray Jazz

Enjoy a jazz brunch each third Sunday -- you are also welcome to bring your instrument and join us.

Reminisce the old standards and show tunes with Magic Ray Jazz. The sound is a mix of old New York nostalgia, mellow West Coast jazz, smatterings of European melodies, a few tv jingles, and cartoon melodies. Raymond Chu is on upright string bass, Cindy Woods on piano, Clarence Lusane on guitar, Bob Garber on clarinet, and Shawn Terrell on guitar.

Not 2 Cool Jazz Trio

The Not 2 Cool Jazz Trio plays a mixture of standards and modern jazz in the spirit of Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and Stan Getz. They have an intimate and lyrical sound that follows the west coast style of cool jazz. They have a large repertoire that includes recognizable standards, classic jazz, and romantic ballads.

Their core group (trumpet, guitar, upright bass) provides a flexible format, with the band members doubling on vocals, hand-held percussion, piano, and jazz harmonica. For larger venues, the trio can be expanded to include a drummer, saxophonist, or dedicated vocalist. Other instrumentations include a solo guitar, solo trumpet (for weddings or church services), and an acoustic duet (flugelhorn and guitar).

The band is available to play quiet background music at restaurants, coffee houses, weddings, and receptions, as well as a more upbeat sound for special events and jam sessions in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Song Writers Association of Washington

Julie Kehrli's songs have been described as "witty and tuneful" and "wicked and wonderful!!!" Her music offers wry social commentary along with a good mix of folk and country. She has performed at numerous open mics in the area and, along with her husband Keith Thorne on bass guitar, has recently completed a two-month gig in Venice, Florida. After 27 years on Capitol Hill, Julie has finally found her niche in a musical retirement.

Folowing a brief, maternally-mandated encounter with piano lessons at the age of nine, Keith Thorne departed from the musical scene. Five decades later, after retiring from a career in graphic arts, he made an unexpected return to musical performance with the purchase of an electric bass guitar. Self-taught, with a lot of help from his bride, Julie Kehrli, he enjoys providing the bottom end for her compositions.

To sign up for a 15-minute spot at our monthly open mic at the cafe, send Julie and Keith an email at

Steve Key

"Bouncy, catchy - He's got a light, tuneful voice, a way with words that adds both descriptive detail and gentle humor to his songs and he relates easily to his audience."
Mike Joyce - Washington Post

T.V. John

In 1985, God spoke to T.V. John in a dream, and, ever since then, T.V. John's dreams have been full of amusing pop songs. Not knowing how to play a music instrument, he quit his day job in 1992 to turn his dream songs into musical reality. The result is musical comedy without T.V. John's trying to be funny. He brings his television program into New Deal Cafe for the purpose of showcasing songwriters as they sing their original songs. T.V. John opens and closes each Show with his dream songs.


Tinsmith is a high-energy folk band playing traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Appalachia. Citing influences from blues to bluegrass, from funk to jazz to mountain music, they bring traditional songs and tunes into the new century. Known for their fun and energetic performances and for the taste and delicacy of their arrangements, Tinsmith has been making audiences dance since 1997. They are three-time invitees at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, TX, and have played such prestigious gigs as The Barns at Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts, Potomac Celtic Festival, The Institute of Musical Traditions and Blackrock Center for the Performing Arts. Tinsmith has also been invited to perform at the National Folk Alliance Convention and has numerous WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) awards to its credit.

Led by core members, multi-talented Rowan Corbett (guitar, bouzouki, bones, djembe) and WAMMIE-winning vocalist Brooke Parkhurst (banjo, Irish flue, tinwhistles), the group also includes superb bassist Henry Cross and their talented, WAMMIE-winning guitar and mandolin virtuoso, Avril Smith.