Farragut Square Released on April 1st + ReverbNation Featured Artists + World Cafe Live at the Queen! on April 5th! 

Ladies and Gents,

I am happy to announce today that my single “Farragut Square” is officially in the great wide world for ear consumption!! You can stream it from my website at www.matttarkamusic.com It’s been a long time coming, and I’m so very proud of this song. Many, many thanks to my good friends Ben, Jay and Lara from South Rail and AaronBurkeMusic.com ::: The Studio, who were so kind to donate their time and talents to make this song spring to life. Farragut Square will be available to buy in online record outlets (iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon) SOON. I also have a limited pressing of CDs (300 total) on hand that are available for purchase at shows and out of my hands. Can you tell I am psyched to be able to share this song with you guys?!!

Also, I received some AWESOME NEWS that I am on 
ReverbNation's Home Page and in their Featured Artists section, from April 1 – 8 !!! Millions of people involved in the music industry (bands, labels, producers, talent buyers) use ReverbNation’s resources to promote music. It’s truly an honor to be recognized by ReverbNation, and tremendous exposure to be heard by (hopefully) more audiences. Go to www.reverbnation.com and “See All Artists” to get to the feature. You’ll find a picture of me sitting on some concrete stairs that were made famous in one of the all-time great horror films from the 1970’s “The Exorcist.” 

And a third really big announcement this week! I’ll be playing at the 
World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE this Saturday, April 5th, beginning at 7pm, along with really great artists that include Paddy Corcoran, David Stango, Kwezi K, Michelle Ley and Jiggley Jones!!! Get your tickets right here at the World Café box office here.

Thanks to all of you for your support! More to come!


"Farragut Square" Release for April 1st + Singer-Songwriter Cape May in NJ !!! 

Hey Gang,

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to sit down and write something related to music. There are a bunch of developments that I am able to tell you about now. So, here it goes…

The pressings for “Farragut Square” arrived in the mail last week! 300 in total. I’m stoked to be able to share this single with you! It’s been a little bit since I’ve been able to release something new (the Motorcycle Breakfast EP was released in Fall 2011). How time flies when you stop to blink!

Farragut Square will be officially released on Tuesday, April 1st.  A few of my good friends that are in a wonderful band called South Rail helped commit this song to tape. Please jump on to facebook and twitter next Tuesday for all the details about the release. And then I’ll probably remind you some more. *smile*

Another big piece of news for March! Will be closing out the month by performing at Singer-Songwriter Cape May, in Cape May, NJ! I had the opportunity to perform as part of a showcase at C-View Inn last year. This year, I’ll be playing at the Pilot House on Saturday, March 29th. 9:15 set time. If you find yourself in Cape May this weekend, come out for some delicious seafood and live, original music!!

Talk to you next week!


March goes In Like a Lion!  

Hey Gang!

Rabbit Rabbit. Like the title says, we're starting off the month strong. A "family reunion" show with The French Admirals and SIlhouette Cities. Come out to one of DC's finest Microbrew pubs for some Sunday night tunes at The Black Squirrel. Try not to let the weather dictate your appetite for live original music, please!! This will be a great show, and French Admirals are likely gonna be sharing songs from their forthcoming record, which I've heard is going to be one to snap up when it's ready. LIke the flier that's being passed around says, "this revolution will not be televised."

In other news, "Farragut Square" has been mastered by Mike at BIAS and will be available very soon, I promise! Going to press the 7" to disc shortly as part of a limited run. Let me know if you want to reserve your copy. Oh! This past Tuesday I played as a duo with my friend Mark McInerney at the Velvet Lounge supporting Braceface (DC) and Last in Line (Harrisburg). He's in a band called The Dead Women. If you like punk rock/alternative rock, do yourself a favor and go see them. They're at the R&R Hotel in DC this Monday night supporting The Men. Also, another band with record out soon. 

Stay tuned for more,


​February Made Me Shiver.....brrrr 

Yes, it’s true folks. It’s been really cold…way too cold as of late. Lots going on per usual. Here’s what’s on tap!

- “Farragut Square” has been recorded! It’s been mixed by Aaron Burke and sounding really great to all ears involved. Getting the mastered treatment early next week. Hooray!  Online release for sure, and likely as a 7” too. Will post you when more details get ironed out.

-  Playing a few shows this month! Yes! FOUR!  Free Community Show in Arlington this Saturday, February 15th curated by my friend Derek Evry. 11 Wonderful Artists, Tons of Fun!  Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA on February 21st and 22nd! This will be my second time, and can't wait to meet up with old friends and maybe even make a few new ones at the same time!  It’s a great honor to be asked to perform alongside such a fantastic array of musicians next weekend. Coakley’s Irish Pub and Pete’s Old Towne in New Cumberland, PA will be filled with sweet music.

Plus, come out on Tuesday, February 25th to the Velvet Lounge. Will be starting the night supporting some really cool punk bands Last in Line, The Good Fight and Braceface. 9pm, Should be a ruckus! 

Catch you out there, or better yet, inside one of these rooms!


DC - Centric Update! Shows and New Single Coming Soon! 

Hey Folks!

Three updates bundled in one!

Off to a good start in 2014! Will be playing two shows in Adams Morgan over the next few days. Mellow Mushroom on Thurs, January 9th. Show time gets going at 9pm. I'll be sharing the stage with Shane Wilson and Luke James Shaffer. The night is being billed as "Thaw Out Thursday" due to this recent "Polar Vortex" that's caused some bone-chilling cold weather over the past 48 hours. So boogie on down to MM tomorrow night for some acoustic music and pizza!

Second, I'll be playing at The Black Squirrel, which is essentially right across the street from Mellow this Sunday, January 12th! Show starts at 8pm. The Squirrel is always awaiting you for a good time. You should come early and catch all the acts! 

Third, a new song "Farragut Square" is awaiting a listening session this weekend with producer Aaron Burke.  Simply put, it's sounding tasty! :)

I've also had the pleasure of working on this number with some good friends and  very talented folks in a band called South Rail. Go and check out Ben, Jay and Lara's group if you haven't heard them yet. They write wonderful, timeless music together. 

Happy New Year, and see you soon!


Upcoming Shows!

April 5 - World Cafe Live at the Queen - Wilmington, DE 

April 10 - The Acoustic Coffee House - Johnson City, TN

April 11 - The Haven - Charlottesville, VA

April 12 - Blue Beetle - Burtonsville, MD


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