Friday, September 9, 2011

Machines on Vacation Plays Silver Spring's Veterans Plaza, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 7 pm. Free

Please join us for another exciting Plaza Performance as we welcome "Machines on Vacation" to the Plaza Stage.

Like building a house in the limbs of a tree, Machines on Vacation takes things that seem incongruous, incompatible, and even a bit dangerous and makes something uniquely awesome. Vocal harmonies, string quartet, acoustic guitar, and electronic beats and blips create a sound that is both new and accessible.

A DC-area band founded in 2009, Machines on Vacation played its first shows during the worst winter in the region’s history. Opening for touring artists like Ha Ha Tonka and headlining local shows, Machines on Vacation gained a devoted following and honed their fun, unique act. After a year of playing to enthusiastic audiences, Machines on Vacation recorded a three song EP ‘Oh Not Goodbye.’ The three songs featured on the EP – Oh No, Not Today, and Waving Goodbye – provide an excellent sample of how the group intertwines memorable melodies with non-standard chord progressions. The unique blend of strings and electronics on ‘Oh No,’ the energizing pulse of ‘Not Today,’ and the soaring harmonies of ‘Waving Goodbye’ demonstrate why Machines on Vacation is the band to watch in the D.C. area.

Machines on Vacation has five primary members and two alternates:

Ethan Balis – vocals, acoustic guitar, beats, blips
Melanie Miller – vocals, violin
Theresa Schlafly – violin
Kellie MacDonald – viola
Amanda Melara – cello
Rochelle Carpenter – violin
Jodi Balis – vocals

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