ELENA & LOS FULANOS
Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, DC. Since 2011, they have been creating music that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin rock. Influenced by front-woman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), Elena & Los Fulanos creates a world where language and tradition meld with catchy melodies and inventive chords to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multi-cultural world. In 2014, Elena & Los Fulanos released their debut album "Miel Venenosa" which was nominated for a Wammie for best Latin Recording.
Letitia VanSant’s distinctly intimate voice and down-to-earth stage presence have always caught people off guard, ever since she came out of her shell and started to perform in 2009. She is nothing if not utterly sincere, and her intricate melodies deliver simple truths about human nature and society. Many shows turn into conversations with the audience, and listeners are often surprised by the trust that she places in them--sharing vulnerable stories, inviting honest reactions. Her solo debut album Breakfast Truce, released in 2012, features charming arrangements on the ukulele, banjo, and acoustic guitar, with a sound ranging from roots rock to traditional old time to warbling indie folk.
Andrea Pais is a songwriter, classically-trained pianist, and vocal powerhouse based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Her music is a captivating blend of soul, R&B, blues, and pop stemming from her early musical influences which include Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Sade, and Etta James. Unique to Andrea’s musical skillset is her ability to add a soulful flare to many of today’s popular songs, while adding her “twist” to the songs with creative vocal ad libs and runs to showcase her incredibly vast vocal range. Her debut EP "Chasing Forever" can be found at http://andreapais.com/album/chasing-forever/.