"Petworthpalooza" is coming! A free music concert featuring local bands this Saturday

A year ago Petworth News proposed a concert of local bands for a local audience — and now it’s time! Petworthpalooza is this Saturday during the Celebrate Petworth Festival and features 5 local bands playing over 5 hours, draft beer from 3 Star Brewery and an awesome time. And it’s free!

Petworth has a ton of amazing musicians and bands, and the goal of Petworthpalooza is to showcase some of that talent.

5 Bands. 5 Hours. $5 Drafts!

The show kicks off on Saturday, September 9th from 2 - 7pm during the Celebrate Petworth Festival at the gravel lot behind Petworth Citizen (Capital Hydroponics, 821 Upshur St NW) — just down the alley from the Petworth mural. Plus, draft beer from 3 Stars Brewery is only $5! All ages are welcome, 21+ to drink.

Come out for a great show and support local musicians!

The schedule and band list:

  • 2:15pm-3pm: Grogan Social Scene
  • 3:15pm-4pm: The Mavins
  • 4:15pm-5pm: Distant Creatures
  • 5:15pm-6pm: The Iris Bell
  • 6:15pm-7pm: The Treads

Thomas Grogan

Grogan Social Scene is a collective that changes and rotates on any given night, but one thing is constant; founder and bandleader Thomas Grogan. Currently based out of Washington, DC, Grogan is working on his second full length album.



The Mavins are a four piece Americana/Roots Rock band (upright bass, acoustic/ electric lead, and violin). 

Original music driven by emotional material drawn from love lost and found, coming from sometimes too personal experiences of the good and bad sides of love and described as “the kind of tunes that stick in your head, the kind of tunes that were ready made for a road trip, or just a hell of a good time.”  The band also maintains a varied catalog of blues, rock, and folk covers.  Playing music that is both catchy and introspective, the Mavins’ sound has been compared to Train, Counting Crows, and David Grey.  Instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, violin/fiddle, upright and rock bass, gentle percussion, harmonica, and the occasional appearance of a drumbeat app. 

  • Michael Yugo – vocals,  guitar
  • Jim Donohue – bass, vocals
  • Lynn Rovelli – violin/fiddle
  • Steve Gerety – guitar, vocals




Distant Creatures are a dream pop band based in Washington DC. They formed in the summer of 2015 by guitarists Chris and Dane who shared a love for English indie bands of the 80s and 90s. They were soon joined by Persian songstress Mina Karimi and rhythm section of Ben and Mike.  In summer of 2017 their debut LP Snares in Safe Harbors was released via Custom Made Music.

  • Mina - vocals + guitar + tamourine-ultra //
  • Dane - guitar + synths + punch lines //
  • Chris - guitar + backing vocals + hypothetical glockenspiel//
  • Mike - bass + interpretive insults//
  • Ben - drums + things //



The Iris Bell has crafted a distinctive style of Americana noted for its lush harmonies and soulful acoustic rhythms. Playing festivals and shows across the region, the band is both raucous and melodic, making music that goes from foot stomping to haunting. Switching instruments frequently, the five members of The Iris Bell use their range to bring a fresh sound to the world of indie folk.  The band is based in Washington, DC and formed in 2013.

  • Jarrett Creasy (bass) 
  • Laura Hinson (keys, guitar, and lead vocals) 
  • Matt Hunt (lead guitar and lead vocals) 
  • Andrew Kambour (drums and vocals) 
  • Laura Schwartz (violin and vocals)



The Treads are a DC-based band that plays alt-country, bluegrass, roots rock, Southern Gothic and Americana - mostly originals, but some covers, too. They bring together a diverse musical heritage, from the Mississippi Delta to the Virginia Piedmont, from Florida swamps to the Allegheny hills.

  • Taylor Ferrell
  • Miles Townes
  • John Lindeman