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Blazer sells out concerts at Strathmore

Senior puts on two public performances as an Artist in Residence

By Allison Daitch, Online Managing Editor
March 13, 2012
Senior Nathan Foley is performing his second sold out concert on March 28 at the Strathmore music center as an Artist in Residence. Foley also won the 2012 Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) for Best New Artist last month, released a new album called "Noon Time Moon Shine" last week and performed on both NBC News and FOX 5 last Wednesday.

Foley attended the Washington Area Music Awards on Feb. 19 and won the award for Best New Artist of the Year. Courtesy of Chip Py
Foley attended the Washington Area Music Awards on Feb. 19 and won the award for Best New Artist of the Year.
Strathmore performances

Foley auditioned to become one of Strathmore's Artists in Residence last spring and was then selected to participate for this year's program. Each Artist in Residence is designated a month, during which they will perform three times, twice publicly and once privately, and instruct a Master Class through Strathmore. Foley's first public performance took place on March 8; his second will occur on March 28. Both of his public performances sold out, filling the Stathmore's 100 seats, plus overflow. The private performance will be held for Strathmore donors and employees, according to Foley.

Foley's concerts at the Strathmore feature him as the leading performer, but his band, FLLD, which stands for the first letter of each member's last name, plays alongside him. Foley is excited to partner with the Strathmore in the Artist in Residence program. "I love the Strathmore. It's a great place to play and they treat you like family," Foley said. "I feel very comfortable there."

Washington Area Music Awards

In addition to his performances at the Strathmore, Foley also attended the Washington Area Music Awards on Feb. 19. He was nominated for three Wammies, including Blues/Traditional R&B Instrumentalist, Debut Recording and Best New Artist of the Year, which he won. This was Foley's first nomination and win. Foley was surprised and proud to receive a Wammie, the first award he's ever received. "I don't do it for the awards, but it's nice to be acknowledged and I'm thankful that I got one," Foley said.

Foley and his band performed on FOX 5 after the release of their new album, "Noon Time Moon Shine." Courtesy of Nathan Foley
Foley and his band performed on FOX 5 after the release of their new album, "Noon Time Moon Shine."
Television interviews

Last Wednesday, Foley was interviewed and gave a 30 second performance on NBC News to be aired on a later date. Foley was also featured and interviewed on FOX 5 last Wednesday about his upcoming Strathmore performances. Foley's FOX 5 interview and performance can be viewed on FOX 5's website.

Release of a new album

Foley also released his second album last Wednesday called "Noon Time Moon Shine." The album was recorded in two hours last September and features completely original music, which then underwent editing, mixing and copyright processes.

Foley's additional accomplishments include being sponsored by Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars, opening for jazz instrumentalist Ramsey Louis, being invited to the D.C. Grammy Foundation party and holding the record for the most consecutive wins at the Apollo Theater. "Each accomplishment is so different and I'm just enjoying them all as much as possible," he said.

More information about Nate Foley can be found at his website.

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