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In the back of the café is a bustling stage and hustling music production staff, which has propelled Jammin’ Java to be one of the hottest spots in the DC-metro area to see and hear live music.
Musicians clamor for a spot to play and the 200-capacity venue is regularly packed as people come to this intimate concert hall to see some of the best live music around. Seven nights a week, some of the top local and national bands come to the club to play.
Surprisingly, when Daniel and Jonathan Brindley purchased the club in 2001, neither had any background in business, and little in music for that matter. “We were in New Jersey finishing college and working, when this unexpected opportunity jumped in our laps,” Jonathan says. “It was a spurof-the-moment decision to come down and we were only 21 and 22 at the time, and trying to sort out what we wanted to do with our lives.” Although the Brothers Brindley were both born at Fairfax Hospital, they grew up in New Jersey and were attending Rutgers when they made the important decision to come full circle back to Virginia. They purchased Jammin’ Java from
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“In the great scheme of thing, we are as small a IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN YOU venue as you can get, so the ARE TAKING OVER SOMEONE’S average person on the street BUSINESS THAT THEY HAVE is not going to recognize BUILT OUT AND SET UP. YOU HAVE most of the people who TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND DO play our club, but a lot of THINGS GRADUALLY. music lovers will,” Daniel says. “About 80 percent of the acts have some sort of its original owner, who was not taking national presence and typically they advantage of the space and had big have representation and management. plans for it. Typically they are further along than “It’s different when you are taking over the average indie band.” someone’s business that they have The intimate environment allows for built out and set up. You have to take fans of all ages to enjoy performances your time and do things gradually,” from all genres. In addition, a lot of he says. “It had the bones of what we artists that perform there take the have now, but it was a really rough time to hang out with fans before, version of what we have today. It’s during or after the show. supercharged now compared to what it was.” Step one in Jammin’ Java’s “A lot of local bands do well and we revitalization plan was promoting the are happy to have them. Sometimes music. you can roll in on a Saturday afternoon and this super duper local “We were total unknowns in the garage band is playing, and the place early days so there was a lot of is packed,” Daniel says. “We do all convincing at the time to get people kinds of music. It runs the gamut and to play,” Daniel says. “Now, it’s a is definitely one of the most diverse situation where there are far more calendars you will see at any venue.” people who want to play than we can accommodate.” Since taking over the club, the Brindleys have played host to nearly 3,000 musical acts, including notable bands such as Panamore, Owl City, Travis and Five for Fighting.
Take a quick glance at their performance calendar and you’ll notice a selection of musicians that include rock, pop, folk, hip-hop, rap, country, jazz, roots, reggae, bluegrass, metal and even funk.
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 | VivaTysons