Friday, February 4 at Maryland Meadworks in Hyattsville (7:00-10:00)
Ken Carter, the owner and head meadmaker, has provided a truly unique spot for music in our area. We need more creative places like this in the DC area, so I hope you can come support Ken (and us). We'll have a quintet with Mike on drums and the great Franklin Wade sitting in on trumpet. Here's everything you need to know:
MEAD: It's all made here by Ken and his team, and it's great! Lots of flavors. My favorite was the seasonal pumpkin spiced "Incognito." You can get a flight to try a wide variety of flavors. And the mead is really well priced. If you are used to Northwest DC drink prices, you will be very pleasantly surprised.
FOOD: Meadworks focuses on the mead, so for dinner, you are welcome to bring your own. Most people stop at Pizza Paradiso, which is less than two blocks away at 4800 Rhode Island Ave. You can order pizza to go by calling them 15 minutes in advance at 240-467-3210, and then bring your pizza into Meadworks. Ken encourages this so don't be shy about bringing your pizza or anything else.
THE SPACE: There is some outdoor seating with fire pits, but to hear the music well, you will want to be indoors. If you're concerned about remaining socially distant, there are tables where you won't have to be very close to anyone else, and you can also rest assured that everyone in the venue will be vaccinated.
GETTING THERE: The address is 4700 Rhode Island Ave. If you're from Northwest DC near where Aura and Lou live, it's about a 20 minute drive. If you're from Riverdale or University Park where Andrew lives, it's probably about a 5-10 minute drive. Easy!
PARKING: The parking lot is immediately across the little cross street (41st Pl.). There are always spaces available. When you get into Meadworks, Ken will give you a flyer that you should put on your dashboard to ensure that you don't get ticketed. Parking is free and easy!
COVID: You will be required to show your vaccination card. Ken is VERY careful about this, and he will stamp your hand to mark you as a vaccinated person. If you are not vaccinated, you will not be permitted to enter Meadworks. Everyone is requested to wear masks when not sitting at their table eating or drinking.
KIDS: Yes, they are welcome. But it's a very small room. So Ken recommends only bringing children who are able to sit still.
DANCING: There's a small space in the front, and anyone who dances is definitely a friend of mine.
OTHER QUESTIONS: Call Meadworks at 301-955-9644. They actually answer their phone.
Friday, February 11 at Windridge Vineyards in Darnestown (4:00-7:00)
We love the gorgeous outdoor setting at Windridge during sunset, but they also have a wonderful large indoor tasting room. For this winter show, Aura and Lou will be playing indoors as a quiet vocal-guitar duo. It's about a 35 minute drive from where we live in Northwest DC. We'll be back at Windridge with the full band outdoors on Friday, March 11.
The bad news is that most of the local indoor venues we used to play are now closed permanently due to the pandemic (R.I.P. Villain & Saint, Sotto, Harp & Fiddle, Twins Jazz...). The outdoor venues are mostly music-less from November to February, so we expect a few slow months. We'll see you when we can...
We also love playing private parties, which is a great way to introduce our music to people who wouldn't hear us otherwise. So if you'd like to host Brulee in your living room, backyard, office, Jacuzzi greenhouse, kitchen, yacht, private jet, safari tent, treehouse, basement, private South Pacific atoll, airport business class lounge, or Neapolitan pizzeria, just let us know. Lou recently acquired a small 1957 Fender Harvard Amp that's not powerful enough for most gigs, but it sounds gorgeous in a living room. If you want to provide the living room and a small audience, we'd love to come over with the Harvard and play for you.
The best way to hear about upcoming shows is to join the email mailing list. Go to the home page to enter your email address, and we'll add you to the list. We send about one email per month and jealously guard your contact details.
Brulee has played all over the Washington DC area. Some of our recent and more memorable shows have been at Villain & Saint, Sotto on 14th St, Twins Jazz on U Street, Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, Bossa in Adams Morgan, Lost & Found, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Jammin’ Java, Gemeny Winery, Running Hare Vineyard, Wonderland Ballroom, Republic in Takoma Park, Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, the Takoma Park JazzFest Jazz Brawl (which we won!), the Takoma Park JazzFest main stage, the New Deal Cafe, The Riversdale House Museum Summer Jazz Series, two Busboys and Poets, Mayorga in Silver Spring (RIP), Fireflies, Adams Morgan PorchFest, The Riverdale Spring and Winter Arts Festivals, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Roofers Union in Adams Morgan, Aura & Lisa’s wedding, and Lex & Christine's wedding on a boat in Austria.