Love & Tonic
'When you hear the heart-pounding beat and whimsical lyrics of Jane Adams' latest album, 'Love & Tonic,' you'll feel nothin' but love.' - 'Dear Carrie' Langdon, Hillzoo.com Who says Capitol Hill doesn't know how to rock? Blame It on Jane has the ordinarily starchy employees of the U.S. Congress trading in their loafers and pumps for dance shoes, their briefcases for cocktails. In a city marked by grave seriousness, this outfit aims to serve up what our Founding Fathers gave us the right to pursue: a good time. In this, the age of manufactured sensations - all spicy girls and backstreet boys - this band plays bona fide, genuine, and sincere rock music, with tinctures of blues, country, and everything in between. Far from considering it a liability, they cherish and trumpet their versatility: Blame It on Jane likes to think it could tear the roof off of any sucker - the Apollo, the Ryman, or a boozy blues joint on Beale Street. The band lineup is as follows: Jane Adams, vocals; Scott Galupo, electric guitar; Chris Wheeler, bass; Stephen Northrup, saxophone and vocals; Alex Nguyen, percussion and drums; Jeff Quattro, keyboards; and John Penovich, electric guitar and vocals. Three of them are found frequently to be gallivanting through the halls of Congress. Jane is a lobbyist for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Stephen is a lobbyist for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association and Scott is a senior political editor at Voter.com. Pols by day, rockers by night - no easy task, that, and a fine picture of graceful moonlighting. The group performs original compositions as well as covers - ranging from classic rock to country, contemporary pop to blues. This admixture of styles produces a unique sound all their own, one that is hard to pin down but harder to resist. Blame It on Jane has performed for numerous members of Congress, the Republican National Convention, the Congressional Baseball Game, Capitol Hill fundraisers and regularly performs political groups including the Young Elephants PAC and the women of RightNow. In a town of fierce political loyalties, Blame It on Jane remains strictly bipartisan, despite securing favored status among many House Republican members and their staffs. Blame It on Jane frequently appears at some of Washington D.C.'s best music venues including the Birchmere Music Hall, the State Theatre, IOTA, Whitlows on Wilson, and has made a guest appearance at New York's famous CBGB's in the East Village. The band offers a brief respite from the heady and interminable buzz of Washington politics, and in it's stead offers up a new buzz - an atmosphere of spontaneous relaxation, dance, and perhaps even a little inspiration. Amid the mass banality of music in a metropolitan area not generally known for it's music scene, Blame It on Jane is something special. So, come see for yourself and - so to speak - lay the blame on Jane.