Meet the Musicians

The Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival is next Saturday, can you feel the electricity in the air? It’s not just thunder! We know you’ll all love the live music we have planned, here’s a little more about each of the artists:

Blue Plains

An indie rock band from Washington D.C, Blue Plains combine great lyrics and great alternative melodies. They released their first EP in February with the help of Smithsonian sound engineer and Grammy winner Pete Reiniger. They’ve been compared to Arcade Fire and Wilco. Despite that, they’re proud of their individuality and exclusive Blue Plains sound. Their lineup includes an unrequited instrumental composure of lead vocals, drums, cavaquinho (a small Portuguese string instrument), and a fiddle! The opening act of the Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival on Saturday, September 22nd, you’ll be sure to enjoy Blue Plains on stage live at 1 PM!

Rex

Hailing from Avondale, Maryland, Rex is a talented musician with an eclectic sound. His mix of funk, rock, punk, and soul exemplify his influences, which range from Lenny Kravitz to Fugazi. His last performance was a spectacular celebration of his birthday at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. He also performed at The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Velvet Lounge, and Songbyrd Music Cafe to name a few. He is a force to be reckoned with and with over 25 years of musical expertise, you won’t want to miss this powerhouse performance! Catch him live onstage at the Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival on Saturday, September 22nd at 12 PM.

Cissa Paz

The world-renown afro-jazz singer Cissa Paz is a delight to see live. Born in Belgium, Cissa spent most of her life in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has fans around the globe, and is preparing to embark on a tour of the East Coast, Brazil, and Africa. Her self-titled album was released in 2015, and she’s begun recording her newest studio album this summer. She performs songs in Portuguese, Portuguese Creole, Spanish, French, and English. Her sizzling samba sound will bring any crowd to life, with a vivacious array influences including Jazz, Go-go, Soul, Hip Hop, Foxé, Forro and Maracatu! She graces our stage at 2 pm.

Janine Wilson Band


The Janine Wilson Band is known for their Americana style of blues, fronted by their namesake soul siren Janine Wilson. They have an impressive resume of performances across Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio, and have just released their third studio album. On their website, they state, “Wakin’ Up was recorded with Blake Morgan at the helm of Engine Company Records’ studio in NYC with top-flight musicians, and at Philadelphia’s Studio 4 with Grammy Award-winner Phil “Butcher Bros,” Nicolo”. Their performances are known to please all audiences. See her live at 3 PM

The Pantones

A local steel drum band, The Pantones are Hyattsville favorites. When they’re not dazzling the crowd with their lively calypso and pop inspired reggae tunes, they’re sponsoring steel drum workshops or partnering with the Cultural Acadedmy for Excellence. In 2012, they won the Gold Medal for Community Bands at the Virginia Caribbean Festival in Virginia Beach. Their repertoire of past performances includes  the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, DC Porch Fest, and the Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach. Returning to the stage for the Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival, be sure to check them out at 4pm.

Wild Anacostias

Called “Hyattsville’s premiere new Orleans style street band”, the Wild Anacostias are homegrown favorites, with a line-up including Hyattsville’s own Tanglewood Sue, owner of Tanglewood Works.  Their fans love the band’s “Raucous Merry-Making Multi-Morphous Louisiana-style.” Local publications like the Hyattsville Wire have featured them, and performed at local favorite, Community Forklift. The Wild Anacostias will be sure to bring the house down and get you on your feet on Saturday, September 22nd as the grand finale performers of the Hyattsville Arts Festival at 5 PM!
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