Jonah Michea Judy – Tickets – Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – July 28th, 2017

Jonah Michea Judy

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

Jonah Michea Judy

Fri, July 28, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

Jonah Michea Judy
Jonah Michea Judy
"Night, the Different Painting/Blood on Snow":

The prog-folk songwriter Jonah Michea Judy just moved to these parts from North Carolina, which places his new double album, Night, The Different Painting/Blood on Snow, into our constellation of local contemporary folk works. It’s an interesting addition with not much nearby parallel. The two-disc CD tears through 19 adventurous, emotionally charged snapshots, with Judy’s quavering, whisper-sung vocals hovering like a more hopeful Elliott Smith over alternatingly plaintive and muscular guitar work. All these tracks are acoustic and percussionless, yet the Tool influence is oddly apparent, particularly in tracks like “Climbs,” where Judy lets his sinewy guitar lines wriggle their way out of conventional time signatures. Judy’s songs are sad but not mopey, dark but not depressive, and confessional enough to convince anyone that he’s clearly reckoning with some serious business of the heart. We find them tastefully honest and poetic — and are grateful that they’re not the least bit funky. Each contains a little catharsis, and while the intensity might demand a lot from some listeners, they also contain a fair amount of inspiration and reward. He’s new here, so be on the lookout for live shows, and we imagine this’ll be in the Bull Moose circuit soon enough. If you’re into that sort of thing, you’re only a quick search away from a YouTube video of him playing Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” while riding a unicycle. Visit

-"The Portland Phoenix" New England Music News-Portland, ME

Taste Escape:

"Usually people with three names are either serial killers or singer-songwriters. In the case of three first named Jonah Michea Judy we can definitely conclude he is a musician as he brings it home nicely on his 4 song Taste Escape EP.

Just made up of Judy’s voice and guitar, the songs really capture a certain passion that makes them extremely believable while remaining kind of easy and listenable. My favorite song was “Snow White Men Wait,” where JMJ’s raspy singing made me a little goose-bumpy. His delivery and tone were quite impressive.

I highly recommend picking up Taste Escape and seeing JMJ live when you can because he is simply pretty darn good."

-What's Up Music, Bellingham, WA's monthly music publication.

Milk Sink:

"The innocuous title of this album alone was enough to pique my interest. In the generally cutthroat music industry, shock is always in and bland is always...well, bland. I felt that what I had encountered was either an artist with courage or a musician with little marketing sense. Had the subtle but evocative artwork not elevated my curiosity further, I might not have bothered to find out which. The word "courage" barely begins to describe Mr. Judy. Armed with a single acoustic guitar and his one-of-a-kind voice, he embarks on a 17-track journey of emotive, snarling poetry. With titles like "Onion Poultice" and "Ms. Cook and the Fastening Infants," much of his lyrics defy description, just as his music defies genre. One part Dylan, one part Beck and one part Henry Rollins, Jonah Michea Judy seems to be not only fearless, but maniacally devoted to his art. If you like your music chock full of snappy hooks, tried-and-true stories about breakups or fancy production tricks, give this one a pass — I think Nickelback just came out with a new album. For those who like a little experimentation, lyrics that are 100 percent poetry and zero percent schlock and a bare-bones-style production sensibility, you might want to give this one a listen."

-Bold Life, a monthly publication in Western NC.

"I would like to apologize to Jonah Michea Judy for incorrectly writing his middle name as Michael in the review of his EP last month. JMJ kicks it into high gear with the 17 song epic Milk Sink. The record is once again just JMJ and his big voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar that JMJ tears into with passionately played rhythms in which he literally hammers the guitar, which is always a positive. JMJ also delivered the goods vocally sounding at times like a cross between David Cassidy and the dude from Nickelback.

Some great songs are definitely present on this record like the excellent “Decompose,” with it’s tasty little guitar hook and haunting delivery. The production quality of JMJ’s stuff is stellar as he comes through perfectly . Very well done, crisp and clean. This is evident on my favorite song on the record, the title track “Milk Sink.” A dreamy tune which has JMJ in a spirited performance that is captured so well that you feel like the music is being played live in the room.

The only downside for me is that JMJ tends to get a little growly with his singing like in “Turnpike” and “Canes and Bottles.” Those are minor issues that are based upon personal preference and not overall chops as JMJ is truly a talent. Pick up his Milk Sink. It’s really good work."

-What's Up Music, Bellingham, WA's monthly music publication.

"I was quite happy when the North Carolina based emo-acoustic singer songwriter, Jonah Michea Judy, contacted with a submission to the site. Normally, I have to tread through the abyss of MySpace pages, and search through peoples "top friends" and the like to hopefully, stumble across a musician that seems to have "the goods." And by "the goods" I mean, someone who seems to have that unique spirit to their music — demanding that you take notice. Such is the work of Jonah Michea Judy.

On first listen to this evocative singer, I was immediately transported to the early days of my college life when hordes of us would travel into downtown Philadelphia to see the then both alive and great Elliott Smith. Like Smith, Judy plays a type of song that plunges into the deep ravines and chasms of the soul. With musicians like these, it is kind of like staring into the sun; there is a deep part of you so very tempted to look but when you do, you know it hurts. And the passion that Judy sings with equates to such an experience.

Judy plays a solitary acoustic guitar, that could at times sound as soft as his breathy verses or as raw and passionate as his vocally explosive choruses. Imagine a mixture of previously mentioned Elliott Smith, with a little Trent Reznor circa Broken era and Dashboard Confessional.

It's good stuff. So take a listen."

-Mark Dougherty, Reactor Media
(An online review blog:)

Live Reviews:

"During a recent stop at the Courtyard Gallery—a cozy downtown venue that hosts weekly open mics that are podcast to more than 100,000 subscribers around the world—that diamond in the rough was Horse Shoe-based singer/songwriter Jonah Michea Judy.

It was a cold, late fall evening, and Judy’s performance drew me in like a warm fire. Seemingly experienced beyond his years, Judy’s singing voice alternately burned with the subtle, whispering urgency of Elliot Smith and the overt, in-your-face aggression of Kurt Cobain."

MountainXpress,.. A Western NC publication.

“There’s something in this business of music about finding your own voice. This cat here has found his at a rather young age.”

-Eric-Scott Guthrie, The Evening Muse (Charlotte, NC music venue.)

“Jonah Michea Judy brings in a style of performing that has been long-forgotten.”

-Tiffany Barnwell, Hendersonville Times-News ..
(Hendersonville, NC publication)

“The Elephant of our time,”

Cyclonic Daguerreotype (Asheville, NC publication)
Venue Information:
Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007