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Pleasure Train + NOVO + The Ferns

Saturday, September 14
Show | 8pm // Doors | 8pm

Doors at 7 | Show at 8
Advance $10 | Day of $12

Pleasure Train

Pleasure Train is a 5-piece rock band hailing from the Washington DC area. Comprised of Valerie Vega (vocals), Rich Fiegel (guitar), Mike Paquette (keys/synth), Will Berger (bass/vocals), and Andrew Gabor (drums/percussion), the band’s influences include psychedelic rock, house/electronica, soul, R&B, jazz, and pop. Pleasure Train has made a name for itself as a behemoth of a live band, combining the indomitable vocal presence of Vega with swirling psychedelic soundscapes that surge into urgent passages of frenetic funk and synth-driven dance pop. The band has contributed memorable sets to music festivals including Yonderville Music & Arts Festival, Not Fade Away Festival, Clarendon Day, and Celebrate Fairfax Festival, and has shared stages with nationally renowned artists including Aqueous, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Midnight North, and Zach Deputy.


“And the sound? Well, it’s butter…Each instrument is thoughtfully played, intentional, loose, comfortable and perfectly balanced, with the vocal finessing of Tula Pisano that is agile and strong (think Minnie Riperton and Dakota Staton).” – Nina Goodman, DC Music Review


“novo…knocked me out. … Did I mention how much I dig this sound?” – Corey Brown, No Treble

“…DC’s new electro soul powerhouse.” Will Urquhart, DC Music Review 

Defying categorization while evoking the familiar–that is novo’s essence. The DC-based quintet delivers a dreamy blend of indie, R&B, jazz, and psych rock, which aims for both the mind and the soul. Formed in 2018, novo is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo TJ Turqman (bass) and Gena Photiadis (keys/vocals), and features the unique vocal stylings of Tula Pisano, who deftly weaves intricate melodies that are equal parts evocative and beautiful. Rounding out the lineup are the tasteful and dynamic contributions of guitarist Nikhel Sus and drummer Matt Tredwell. The group’s collective influences yield a sound that is melodic, yet distressed. Retro, yet new. And, above all, full of light and energy.

novo’s members include some of the most in-demand live and session musicians in DC, who have played with a range of artists locally, nationally, and internationally, including the Funk Ark, Staycation, Gordon Sterling & the People, and more.