Off The Grid – Tickets – Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – August 3rd, 2018

Off The Grid

Off The Grid

Fri, August 3, 2018

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


This event is 21 and over

Off The Grid
Off The Grid
Off the Grid (OTG) is a funk/rock band based out of the rural eastern part of Brandywine, MD
just down the road from the old “Wilmer’s Park” where many local bands performed back in
the ‘80s for large outdoor concerts. OTG was founded by guitarist/vocalist Steve Leads who
originates from northwestern North Carolina. During his early years, he played in several
southern rock and top 40 cover bands. He was one of only two black “rock style” guitarists in a
three-county radius. He was well known in the region’s music industry for his talent and the
fact that it was an anomaly to see black rock musicians, particularly lead guitarists.
Steve’s first move out of N.C. was to Atlanta where he played mostly at the old Atlanta
Underground. Atlanta is where he had his first of three opportunities to be an opening act for
Mother’s Finest at Alex Cooley’s Electric Ballroom. Mother’s Finest was a local band that was
on the way to becoming a nationally known funk/rock act. Steve later moved to the Virginia
tidewater area where he became a full time professional musician. He made his living playing
six to seven nights a week in night clubs and upscale hotels up and down the east coasts. From
there, he moved to the Washington metro area where he helped form a band named “The
Theory” that also played funk/rock. The Theory was also the opening act for several national
acts at that time. The current band leader for the local band “X-Factor”, was the bass player for
The Theory at that time.
After deciding to take a break from performing, Steve joined the corporate world where he
became very successful and financially secure. However, he never lost the itch to start back
performing and writing material. That was the beginning of the creation of OTG. After
auditioning countless musicians over a period of several months, Steve was able to find a core
of dedicated musicians that bought into his vision for OTG and have stuck with him during the
rough times associated developing a start-up band. The name of the band was based on the
idea of separating from the herd, so to speak. Steve didn’t want to form another straight-
ahead R&B, Jazz, or Go-Go band. He decided to go back to his musical roots and develop a
band that would go down a different swim lane than the status quo. And that is a
predominantly black band that plays funk and rock & roll! Steve has already written many
songs that he plans to share with the public very soon.
OTG’s mission is to attract a diverse following of people who are looking for something
different that will satisfy more than one musical genre interest!
Venue Information:
Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007