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Harlen Simple / Press

““I love the sound I get with the socket slide and heavy gain. It’s that old dirty blues sound that people spend years trying to find. The picks are great also, the .733 are my old faithful’s, and I keep a couple in my pocket at all times because you never know when you’re going to need them.””

“Band Harlen Simple”

“Erick and Travis doing Black by Pearl Jam at Madigan's in Occoquan”

"Harlen Simple was conceived in a living room, grew up in a garage and cut its teeth in every smoky bar in Northern Virginia. "

“. The last band that I saw perform was the best of the four: Harlen Simple, a Rock quartet: white singer, black bassist, white guitar player, white drummer. They were in their late 20s+. Their singer was good and so was their playing. Their set ended with the power going out in the 9:30 Club.”

The DC Go Go Blog

“The sounds of New Orleans jazz will fill the air of Manassas on Saturday. Seven music groups from across the region will take to two stages at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion for the initial New Orleans-style Jazz Fest, beginning at 1 p.m. and running until 11 p.m. The event, expected to draw upward of 5,000 spectators, will include food, children’s activities, a “French Market” and a crawfish boil. The admission is $5 with proceeds going to Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Prince William County Public Schools Education Fund. The Jefferson Street Strutters will kick off the event, playing from the open railroad car and the Kelly Bell Band, a Baltimore-based blues band with energy to burn, will play for the grand finale from a stage inside the pavilion. Also in the lineup are The Sol Creech Band, Eli Cook, Gridlock, Whop Frazier and Harlen Simple. “Each band will bring a little different feel of traditional Jazz Fest music with the emphasis on blues, jazz and Dixie,”

Journal Messenger