Chris Anderson, Nicole Belanus, VINYL LOUNGE – Tickets – Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – March 25th, 2017

Chris Anderson, Nicole Belanus, VINYL LOUNGE

Gypsy Sally's Presents a FREE show in our Vinyl Lounge!

Chris Anderson

Nicole Belanus


Sat, March 25, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
Songwriter Chris Anderson, a Washington, D.C. area suburbanite, plays
guitar, harmonica, mandola and on occasion, percussion. Her voice has
been compared to Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her evocative songs are
delivered with fierce guitar leads, complex harmonica riffs, and a sense of
fun - a style of playing that is uniquely her own.
"A protest song is a song that is associated with a movement for social
change and hence part of the broader category of topical songs (or songs
connected to current events). It may be folk, classical, or commercial in
genre,” according to Wikipedia. In addition to penning originals about
love and the human condition, Chris’ protest songs articulate what many
are thinking - she has tackled oil spills, dysfunctional political leaders and
gerrymandering, usually with poignacy or humor.
Chris is a founding member of the Harried Americans Roadshow and
often sits in with other bands. She spent over a decade playing in
Northern Virginia church bands, and was a founding member of
Americana trio Ladies Done Waiting who performed their three-part
harmonies throughout the region.
In 2003, Chris' klezmer-esque pop tune Their Leader’, from her Christmas
project WAiT ' it's a Musical! won a Grammy in the Streets demo contest
sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
(NARAS) and Broadcast Music International (BMI). The show has
been nationally broadcast in its entirety on XM Radio, with live stage
productions throughout the USA and in Austria, Germany, India, Nigeria
and the Phillipines.
Chris is affiliated with performing rights organization BMI. Her music can
be heard in the background of various Cable TV productions, including
shows for the Travel Channel and The Women's Entertainment Network
Nicole Belanus
Nicole Belanus
Nicole Belanus is a singer/songwriter whose eclectic musical taste is apparent in her songwriting. Using her guitar and voice, she delivers a blend of folk, rock and a bit of gospel/soul.

In the classic singer/songwriter tradition, her lyrics are raw and honest, telling stories from personal experiences, yet undisguised, creating accessible language and images meaningful to diverse audiences. She writes about her feelings, faith, relationships, and her experiences of growing up with raw emotion, maturity and sincerity. Her voice and style have been compared to such artists as Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and Dar Williams.

Growing up in a very musical household, where her mother taught piano in the family living room, Nicole has always had a passion for music. Picking out instruments during the summer months and teaching herself how to play them, she has succeeded in becoming a multi-instrumentalist.

Though Nicole began to write songs in her early childhood, it was not until October 2009 when she released her self-released solo debut CD entitled "Notes on Paper", an eclectic album that demonstrates her unique style and dynamic abilities. Also in 2009, Nicole won a local songwriting contest sponsored by the Tidewater Arts Outreach, which helped give her the motivation needed to record her first album.

She followed her debut release in 2011 with a faith-based album called "Tune My Heart", garnering her continued praise and support from the local music scene. Nicole was selected as "Best Vocalist" in March 2012 by SingerUniverse magazine, an online publication based out of Los Angeles, CA.

In June of 2012 she started work on her latest album, "Build Things, Break Things" from her apartment in Williamsburg. Working feverishly all summer long, the album was complete by August and was officially released in September of 2012. "Build Things, Break Things" is Belanus' biggest undertaking in recording to date, as she recorded all instruments, produced and engineered the release totally by herself. With this latest release, Belanus feels that she has indeed earned her stripes as a true "independent artist", and her latest release is by far the most "organic" sounding of all 3 of her albums.

Nicole has performed in a variety of settings including coffeehouses, churches, outdoor music festivals, cultural arts centers, national conferences, restaurants, bars, and on live radio and television. She has been a resident of the Williamsburg, Virginia area since 2007.
Venue Information:
Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007