CapitalBop’s Traveling Loft: Two of DC’s fiercest innovators, Anthony Pirog + Brian Settles, at the Fridge (VIDEO PREVIEW)

Just before you burrow for the winter holidays, come to the first-ever Traveling Loft, a new quarterly series of shows at different underground venues around D.C. On December 14, we’ll hear sets from two of the city’s best innovators—Anthony Pirog and Brian Settles—both joined by their crack bands, featuring sidemen from out of town.


Our venue for this one is the Fridge, the cozy and quality back-alley gallery by Eastern Market. It’s got an exhibit we’re excited about going up just a week before the show. Mostly, we love that it’s an intimate room where mind-blowing, fresh music comes at you fast.

Click for hi-res version. Poster by Paul Bothwell.

Click for hi-res version. Poster by Paul Bothwell.

D.C.’s own Anthony Pirog uses his guitar and a truck’s worth of effects to make steadily intensifying collages. They build to fuzzed out, oddly ecstatic climaxes, or crosshatched patterns that drift apart as quickly as they formed. His new album for Cuneiform, Palo Colorado Dream, has gotten love from just about everyone—the New York Times, LA Times, Washington City Paper…the list goes on. He’ll appear here with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Ches Smith, two serious heavyweights.

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For each Traveling Loft show, we’ll be presenting CB Sessions videos of exclusive, intimate performances with the headliners. Scroll down to see our new, hynpotic video of Anthony Pirog making a song from scratch with his loop pedals, directed by Paul Bothwell, or…

Joining him on the bill is Brian Settles, with his own trio of experts; the powerful, contemplative tenor saxophonist has been a favorite of ours since the very first DC Jazz Lofts (check that video starting around 3:30—and watch out). He’s bringing in a fabulous, rare trio from New York: Tomas Fujiwara on drums and Jerry Gentry on vibraphone.

Tickets are just $10 if you buy in advance, or $15 at the show. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music kicks off at 7:30. The Fridge is located at 516 8th St. SE, in the back alley. Come find us there.

The Traveling Loft series is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



About Giovanni Russonello

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A co-founder of CapitalBop, Giovanni Russonello is also a music writer and critic for the New York Times. He also teaches writing as a lecturer at New York University's School of Professional Studies. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at [email protected]. Read him at or Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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