Capes & Umbrellas
Joppa was formed by longtime friends, Danny Dahan, Ben Ifshin, and David Karr as a middle school rock trio. The young Joppa gained experience by playing local block parties and battle of the bands, but with the addition of lead singer Ramzy Suleiman in 2001 and consistent live performances at local venues, Joppa began to develop a devoted following in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. In August 2007, Joppa recorded and produced it's debut album Capes and Umbrellas with acclaimed producer Jim Fox at the Lion and Fox Recording Studios in College Park, MD. Capes and Umbrellas was self released in October 2007. In a July 4, 2007 article, Chelsea Phillips from the Potomac Almanac writes, "It's not too tough to form a band with your best friends, but it's tough to form a great one, and even tougher to branch into a new musical genre. Local band Joppa aims to do both. Twisting together a mix of funk, classic rock and reggae, Joppa's sound is refreshing, chill and, most important to the band and their fans: it's danceable."