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Wed, Jul 10


Takoma Station Tavern

Blues Night: Gayle Harrod Band


Blues Night: Gayle Harrod Band
Blues Night: Gayle Harrod Band

Time & Location

Jul 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Takoma Station Tavern, 6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012, USA

About the Event

  • Doors open: 5:30 pm
  • Show 6 pm
  • Advance tickets $15
  • Day of show: $20
  • Parties of 4 or more can reserve a table for an additional $25. Send a request to
  • Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • Free street parking, no food or drink minimum, no charge to stay for second set.

Gayle Harrod is living proof that it’s never too late.  She began her public singing career in 2011 at the age of 45 with the Soul and Blues band Triple Shot.  Since then she has performed with Classic Rock and Blues band “Blues Deluxe” and the Blues and R&B band “Shakedown” before bringing together some of the best musical talent in the DMV to form The Gayle Harrod Band.     

Gayle’s dynamic, imposing vocal performances have been described as moving, powerful, raw, emotional and expressive. She is equally at ease belting out a well-worn Blues standard or grooving on an iconic R&B classic. Gayle commands the stage with versatility and dynamic control, captivating audiences with forceful, full-powered vocals as well as showing off her softer side with a heartfelt delivery that can make a grown man cry.   With her distinctive phrasing and raucous growl that can rattle the rafters, she is reminiscent of greats like Etta James and Koko Taylor. Her gravelly vocal style makes people sit up and take notice, while her warm, soulful tone and smooth, R&B vocals get them grooving on the dance floor. She is able to connect with her audience on a personal level through her original lyrics, soft-like-a-cashmere-sweater delivery and the raw emotion of a young Bonnie Raitt, and unique delivery of covers, transforming each song into her own.   

Gayle has been mentored by the likes of Gaye Adegbalola of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women and Resa Gibbs of MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, as well as Boogie-woogie Piano man, Daryl Davis. When Gayle began dabbling in the music scene in her mid-thirties, it quickly became a passion and outlet for creative expression, carrying her through some of the most challenging times of her life. She joined her first band in 2011 with a former high school classmate and never looked back. 

After singing with several cover bands, The Gayle Harrod Band was formed in 2017 to focus more on original music. Gayle and her band quickly began creating a buzz. At the 2018 Baltimore Band Block Party (hosted by WTMD Radio), they landed among the “Top 3 bands in Baltimore”. The band was also featured on the weekly “Baltimore Hit Parade” radio show with Sam Sessa.  Gayle has shared the stage as guest vocalist with legendary Boogie Woogie pianist and mentor Daryl Davis at Bethesda Blues and Jazz, AMP, and The Birchmere; and performed with both The Daryl Davis Band and Sol Roots Trio at the 2022 Silver Spring Blues Festival in Silver Spring, MD. She also opened the 2016 D.C. Blues Festival at Carter Barron Amphitheater with Blues, band, DC Mudd.  Other Band performance highlights include the 2019 Whiskey Rebellion Festival in Washington, PA; the 2022 and 2023 Main Street Music Festival in Ellicott City, MD; 2023 Greenbelt Blues Festival, Greenbelt, MD and The 2023 Columbia Pike Blues Festival in Arlington, VA.

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