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On May 31, I was extremely pleased to play a return gig at the popular Alexandria watering hole, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub.  With me were Jim Gormley on percussion and Matthew Leonard on bass.  We had a great time playing our mix of pop, country, R&B, and blues – featuring cool original tunes as well as fun covers.  The set included songs recorded by Keith Urban, Tina Turner, The Eagles, LaBelle, Garth Brooks, and Demi Lovato.


A few months ago I had the occasion to travel through Nashville on the way to visit family.  As I was passing through, I decided to take the opportunity to try to get in on the open mic at The Bluebird Cafe.  I’ve heard so much about it ever since I began songwriting.

I’m happy to report that I got there early enough to get in the door and to play.  It was a great experience!  It’s a cozy place, certainly, so you get to look your audience right in the eye.  Obviously, many of the people in attendance are performers and songwriters as well.  That fact, along with the marvelous MC job done by open mic host Barbara Cloyd, creates a welcoming atmosphere.  Better yet!  Because a few folks had left early (before their turn at the mic came), there was extra time.  So Barbara drew two names out of a hat for a second song.  Guess what?  I got to play twice, sharing two of my original tunes!  How cool is that?!

Here’s the craziest part of it all – for me.  You see, my parents were both from the Nashville area.  As a result, I spent almost every Xmas and a week or two every summer visiting thereabouts when I was a kid.  Our home base was always my grandmother’s house.  That house, as it turns out, is a stone’s throw from The Bluebird Cafe!  I kid you not!!  I used to go door-to-door caroling with my uncle’s boyscout troop through that neighborhood!  I used to help my grandmother shop at the grocery store down the street where now a Whole Foods is located.  My grandma is no longer there, and the house doesn’t even look the same.  Still, just being in that neighborhood brought so many memories flooding back.

Of course, all that doesn’t make me a better performer or songwriter.  Ha!  Even so, it sure as heck made my evening singing at The Bluebird Cafe one for reminiscing as well as one to remember.

This is going to be one awesome night of music!

Join Justin Trawick, Joe Peck, Jim Shirey, David Farah, Wes Tucker, Jason Masi, Nita Chawla, Jason Ager, and Joe Rathbone for a rousing evening of outstanding tunes.   Just $10 at the door.  Be there!

Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series”is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC.  Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other -providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience.

Back on Jan. 26, I went to see Justin Trawick share a set at the ever-popular bar and music venue Iota in Arlington.  Thought I’d share a quick report.

Justin is a much sought-after independent singer/songwriter in the DC area for good reason.  First, Justin writes very good music.  You want proof?  His song “All the Places that I’ve Been” got a Silver Award in this year’s Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (which has entries from everywhere, not just the Mid-Atlantic U.S.)   Second, Justin puts together a good set list.  For that you can take my word or – better yet – attend one of his shows to judge for yourself.  But seriously, a good set list is important because any good performer wants to bring the audience along on a musical journey.  Justin does that very well.  Finally, Justin is a good entertainer.  I believe that when a group of people devotes their evening to come see and hear someone share his or her music, an artist needs to bring more to the table than just pretty songs.  Justin has a likeable delivery of between-song chatter that keeps the audience interested, engaged and entertained.

You can find more on Justin by clicking through here — Justin Trawick.  He is also founder, organizer and host of the traveling  “9 Songwriter Series” in which Justin invites 9 songwriters to share a few of their original tunes in a showcase format.  You should check that out too!


Played a mixed set of covers and originals as the “featured performer” at Ireland’s Four Courts last night.  They have an open mic there hosted by singer/songwriter Brian Franke every Tuesday.  The music starts at 8 p.m, and they break it up with a featured act for an hour in the middle.  I was joined by the inimitable Jim Gormley on percussion and the awesome Matthew Leonard on bass.

There was quite a lively bunch there for our set last night.  I have to give a shout out to Al K, Cheryl, Heather, Patrick, Sadie, Lawrence & Steve for coming out and bringing friends, too.  Also, kudos to Jeff Campagna of Jeterband who did a great short set just before us and brought out his own posse of friends and supporters.

If you’ve never been to Ireland’s Four Courts, you should get yourself on out for a pleasant evening some night soon.  The food’s good; there’s plenty of tasty beverages available; the folks are friendly; and it’s right across the street from the Courthouse Metro stop at 2051 N Wilson Blvd in Arlington.


Here’s a picture that Mercedes Mill took of us making music.  AND, we evidently made a good impression, because we’re being invited back for a return gig.  Keep your eyes peeled for dates!

Here it is – the poster for my upcoming gig at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in the Delray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA.  This establishment is well-known and well-liked around the area because of it’s good food, good drinks and GOOD MUSIC.  I’ll be doing a mixed set of great popular tunes with some of my own original tunes woven in.  It’ll definitely be a fun evening, and there’s no cover!  With me will be Jim Gormley on percussion and Matthew Leonard on bass.  See you there!!

Hey! I hope everyone had a great New Year’s celebration and that the coming year will bring much happiness and prosperity. This post is to share a quick couple of things:

1. I have an upcoming show on January 12 at 8 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA. Please join “Joe Peck & Friends” on a winter Saturday evening at one of the most popular live music venues in the DC area. I’ll be sharing a mix of original and cover tunes joined by Jim Gormley on percussion and Matthew Leonard on bass. St. Elmo’s is located at 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. There is no cover charge.

2. My Fair Lady at Arena Stage will be coming to a close on 1/6. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have till Sunday evening to get out and see this marvelous production. It really is a great piece of American Musical Theater, and Molly Smith’s deft direction brings a new vibrancy and honesty to all the characters.

Happy New Year!

Last night I had the chance to share a short set of songs from my debut CD – Joe Peck: In The City Lights – with the folks at the Friday evening unplugged open mic at Modern Times Coffeehouse located in the Politics & Prose Bookstore in NW DC.

Joined by Hess Muse on the bass, I played 3 songs from the album, including “Arielle’s Song,” “In The City Lights,” and “Change Me” as well as a very new tune, “Faded Glory” that’ll have to go on the next CD.  As always, the crowd at  Modern Times was very receptive and encouraging.  Hess and I had a good time, and it seemed everyone else did, too!

If you have never been to Modern Times on a Friday night, you’re missing one of the area’s outstanding creative communities.  The event begins at 8 p.m. and is hosted by Maureen Nelson who does an amazing job of keeping  things running smoothly while encouraging an open, creative atmosphere.

Last night we had plenty of music – both original songs and covers of popular tunes – from many different genres.  We heard 2 selections by Star FK Radium – a popular instrumental group with violin, guitar and drum.  And we enjoyed a jazzy original tune played by Matt & Bruce on guitar and violin, respectively, which was followed by an instrumental selection by Bruce & Matt on violin and tamboura!  We also heard wonderful poetry – some of it original also (one based on the story of Caligula and another about a young girl’s best friend).  There was even a Japanese short poem or “tanka” read in Japanese and it’s English translation.

If you didn’t make it out last night, you missed out!  But maybe you can make it soon to enjoy the coffee, tea, food, company, cameraderie and creativity.

Yes, that’s right – Electric Maid.  The Electric Maid Community Exchange in Takoma Park to be exact.

I got the chance to perform with host Frank Cassell (Banjo Man), comedian Philippe Shearer, and singer/songwriter Jim Shirey this past Thursday evening.  I recommend the venue because it’s a great little spot, they bring in some good entertainment, and they’re doing good things. 

Percussionist Gabin Assouramou, bassist Hess Muse and I had a great time playing at F & 8th Sts, NW as part of the music program for the Downtown Holiday Market in DC.  We spent 2 hours sharing a set of my original tunes along with some carefully selected covers.  We really got some great response, made some new friends, and generally had a good time making music together.  The market is a fun place to grab a gift or two and , of course, hear some nice live music.  Thanks to the DHM staff for making our experience such a good one – especially our sound tech Brad and Donna Fletcher.