Direct Hit! is a midwestern punk band, led by singer/songwriter Nick Woods since 2007. Featuring a rotating cast of members influenced in equal measure by The Ramones, The Thermals, Blink 182 and Andrew WK, the group signed to San Francisco’s Fat Wreck Chords in 2015, and will feature long-time drummer Logan Stang, along with collaborators Ben Sargent and Patrick Schwoegler at this year’s Breakin’ Even Fest.
Richmond, VA based punk band formed in 1996.
For fans of the Clash, The Alarm, Rancid, Green Day, Hot Water Music, Alkaline Trio, Strike Anywhere, AVAIL
Gritty pop-punk with charging guitars and melodic, yet gruff, vocals; American Television has established themselves as one of DC’s prominent fixtures of the district’s active punk scene. Their live performance is a joyous release of energy in contrast to their Magic 8 Ball world view of “outlook not so good.” Wiretap Records released the band’s debut LP, Watch It Burn, in 2020.
5 piece emo surfcore from dc + philly
For the dorks with a song in their hearts, or the punks looking for something a little different, Braceface have made it to their mission to write catchy punk rock songs that everyone can relate to. With caffeine-driven live shows and no signs of crashing soon, Braceface are definitely a band to keep on your radar!
Winner of “Who’s Up Next” at DC Comedy Loft, Caitlin is perhaps best known for her ability to show up on time and rehash middle school trauma.
Jenny Questell is a Washington, D.C. based stand-up comedian who has performed at the Kennedy Center and DC Improv. She co-produces The Living Room Show, one of the city’s hottest monthly showcases, and is the co-host of the podcast “Isn’t it Romantic?”.
Philly-based Dark Thoughts are one of the few pop-punk bands it’s OK for hardcore folks to like.
Formed in 2016 by four friends with minimal experience as musicians, Bacchae make music with no assumptions about what a punk band should sound like. Underneath a careful balance of attitude and ambivalence, the quartet embraces heavy guitar riffs alongside bouncy pop melodies and rage-filled exclamations.
Since their start in 2014, power pop group Teenage Halloween have nurtured DIY roots in the New Jersey punk scene. Their songs pack punk, pop, and emo styles as well as themes of gender euphoria, mental illness, and existential experience. Their 2020 debut self-titled album “Teenage Halloween” was released by NJ based label Don Giovanni and made it onto multiple end of the year accolades.
Forming around Washington DC in 2012, Boardroom Heroes write honest, straightforward songs about relationships, memories, change, and stagnation. Boardroom Heroes are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their sophomore album “Another Year”, maybe they’ll play the full album (or at least more songs from the album than usual).
From the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC – the band incorporates melodic bass, driving guitars and visceral vocal stylings. The band hit the ground running in 2019 with anthemic, progressive songs capturing the struggles of modern life in Trump/post-Trump-era America. Their forthcoming full-length Patience In Presence will be released by A-F Records in the U.S. and Shield in Europe in late 2022.
Sandi Benton is a Washington, DC-based comedian from Atlanta, GA. Her whimsical, high-pitched comedy touches on everything from ponies to prison. She’s performed at clubs and colleges all over the East Coast.