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"Flo Anito's music & lyrics have a vibrancy to them, that makes her stand out - not just from her peers, but singer/songwriters in general."

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Labor Day Weekend Music Festival 2017

The Lincoln TheatreWashington 
Friday, September 1, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Holiday weekends aren't usually the time to expect a three-day music festival in a major city such as DC. With so much of the local population heading out of town to visit family or get one last taste of summer, the streets seem to feel a little more empty and the events calendar looks just a little more sparse than usual. But that's all the more reason to head to the historic Lincoln Theatre for DC Arts' Labor Day Weekend Music Festival, featuring three full nights of free music by local artists.

We were fortunate enough to attend the first evening's festivities, with performances by three bands—each fronted by a female vocalist—ranging in styles from jazz to indie-pop to full-on power rock. It all started with the classically-trained Flo Anito, who opened with the commercial-jingle-turned-Euro-hit A Night Like This before belting out one great vocal standard after another, backed by a band as talented as the Lincoln Theatre stage deserves.

Montgomery County Sentinel

Flo Anito, originally from Chatham, New York, was one of numerous singer/songwriters in attendance. Describing her music as "jazzy pop for piano and guitar," she performed an hour-long set of original music that included a recently written song on the protest events in Charlottesville, Virginia, performed for the first time in public at the festival.

Titled ‘Man’, the song focuses on someone observing the increasing political and social divides across the country.

"It just seems like everyday things are more and more divisive here, and Charlottesville when I was there, seemed like such a friendly place and everyone was very welcoming and kind," the DC-based performer said. "I just felt like we need to get beyond these dividers and I don't think that the people that are in charge right now are necessarily helping us to see what we have in common," she added.

On Tap Magazine

Emerging singer-songwriter Flo Anito breathes new life into the DC music scene with a lyrically-driven, jazz-infused pop sound all her own. Following the success of her 2008 debut album No Dustbunnies, the Cleveland Park resident has been nominated for multiple Wammie Awards, opened for alt-rockers Weezer and Blink 182, and even sang the national anthem at a Washington Freedom game. Also, as a classically-trained pianist and cellist, Anito runs a monthly showcase at Chief Ike's Mambo Room in Adams Morgan. On the first Wednesday of every month, the local jazz/pop musician performs solo or with her band (along with two other artists) from 8-11 p.m. "When I first moved here, it was so hard to find a bar that was willing to let you play original music for their customers, the upstate New York native said. Rob Klein at Chief Ike's was one of the first people that was willing to say, we're going to devote one day a week to live, local music. They've been really supportive. Anito said the Mambo Room showcase is a nice opportunity to play and listen to original music in a DC bar setting. She has also performed at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Celebrate Fairfax Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Strathmore Music Hall and many other local festivals and venues. In the past year, she's composed instrumental music for a documentary, performed in a commercial for GEICO, and had some of her songs used in films. These were all relatively new experiences for me and they were a lot of fun, she said. Anito was nominated for Best Pop/Rock Vocalist at the Wammy Awards two years in a row and also earned a Best Music Video nomination in 2012 for her song Uh-Oh! It was a total surprise, she said of the nominations. I wasn't a WAMA member last year so it was really nice to even be put on the ballot and get some recognition. I appreciate the size of the DC music scene. Even if we don't all know each other, there's a good chance we've heard of one another and it always feels good to have someone recognize your work. She has written a great deal of material since releasing No Dustbunnies, which hit radio airwaves in the DC area as well as New York and Connecticut and became a best-seller through online music stores CD Baby and DigStation. I might release a lot of [new songs] as a live album because I'm really thinking about shifting gears and trying to write some material that goes in a different direction, she said. [No Dustbunnies] was so personal and it will forever be close to my heart, but I'm getting the itch to write about new topics and play with different genres. Anito said she's very interested in composing music in the dance/electronica genres and collaborating with some rap/hip-hop artists. She's also listening to a lot of Latin music and is smitten with the horn sections. The live album sounds like a good way to publish some of the music I've been performing and hopefully I'll do more of a studio album for things that I want to branch [out to] in the not- so-distant future. Anito developed her signature pop-jazz sound through the influence of 30s and 40s jazz greats. I think the jazz snuck its way into my original music because I grew up really loving what people like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Etta James could do, be it the gymnastics of scat or the emotion they could paint with their voices. As a self-described songstress first and musician second, Anito said she has always been drawn to music that is lyric-heavy and very expressive. I love songs that tell stories, she said. I think it'san amazing thing when someone writes in such detail about a character but listeners can still recognize that situation as one they've experienced or are experiencing. That is definitely something I'm hoping to achieve. In the next five years, Anito said she'd like to have a few albums out, perform and record full-time and work on a wide variety of projects. I'm interested in mixing it up more. I want to travel and see the world and have all of those experiences help me to evolve with my music. Learn more about Anito at floanito.com. Don't miss her live at Canal Park on June 26 at their weekly lunchtime series from 11:30 am to 1:30pm. www.canalparkdc.org. And check her out live the first Wednesday of every month 8 pm to 11 pm at Chief Ike's Mambo Room: 1725 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-332-2211; www.chiefikes.com.

D.C. Music Download

Before she headlines the Strathmore next Wed, we reviewed @floanito's track "Work!". Take a look and listen: Singer/Songwriter Flo Anito creates the perfect balance of piano jazz, heartbreaking but memorable lyrics ("He says it's too much drama/I'll never be happy, he'll never be good enough") and strong pop melodies. Anito refines all three talents on her track "Work!" from her album No Dustbunnies (released May '08). The arrangement itself is distinguishing, mixing bubbly piano chords and a subtle string section, with Anito topping it off with her robust and brazen vocals. Her gifts of an artist really come together here, turning a song about breaking up into a delightful gem.

NPR Intern Edition

Washington, D.C. musician Flo Anito took the stage with her guitar, keyboard, drummer Jeff Goodwin and bassist Brian Waitzman in Silver Spring,Md. on July 22. While most of the crowd appeared wilted on what was possibly the hottest day of the summer, Flo’s buoyant melodies were bright and crisp. The show was the latest of the Friday Live! Series at the shopping center in Downtown Silver Spring. For most of the summer, the outdoor shopping center hosts free concerts on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. For two hours, Flo sang original and cover songs. Self-described as "pop with a twist of jazz", her music sounds upbeat even as she sings about the disappointments of life and romance. The switches between instruments and between original or cover songs appeared easy and fluid for Flo. The crowd sat on the mosaic tile steps of the shopping center, stood in front of the stage, and played in the fountain. Flo Anito, a multi-instrumentalist, regularly plays at D.C. venues like Chief Ike's Mambo Room, Bella Cafe, and area festivals. Her influences and knowledge of music range from musical theatre to classical, pop, and jazz. A few days before the show, Intern Edition caught up with Flo over email to find out more about her music and her experience as a D.C.-based musician for Sounds of the City. JG: As a multi-instrumentalist, which instrument do you rely on more while composing? FA: It was really hard for me to compose on the piano at first. I think this was because I was classically trained and didn't think of the piano in terms of chords and progressions - it was overwhelming, like deep-sea swimming. I taught myself guitar via a video of Jewel and tab from the internet so I learned the instrument in a chordal fashion, which made it much easier to compose on. Almost all of my early songs are guitar-based. In the last few years, though, that's really changed. I lean toward the piano when I'm writing - I like the versatility of the instrument and I'm technically a much better piano player. Besides, I think the piano has a very romantic sound. JG: What is your favorite D.C. area venue to either play or to see shows? FA: I like lots of different spots. I love playing outside - I always thought heaven would have a big field with a grand piano - so the National Cherry Blossom Festival is really beautiful - especially when they set the stage in front of the Jefferson Memorial. JG: What is the most fun thing about being a local musician in the D.C. area? FA: You get to meet a lot of really interesting people. After I played a set a few months ago, I met a man who trained the Special Forces down in Fort Bragg. We had a great conversation and he gave me a Green Beret coin and a lot of really great advice. JG: What is the earliest memory you have of music? FA: My oldest sister is a lot older than me so I remember performing for her friends when I was super tiny. Tears for Fears was definitely part of my repertoire. JG: A few years ago, you took part in the MetroPerforms! artist event and performed outside of a Metro station. Did that experience influence the way you approach an audience? FA: Singing outside of the Metro was awesome. I wish they'd bring that program back. It was an especially great experience in D.C., where everyone is always rushing from one place to the next. It was such a great challenge to figure out what would make them stop. I also love that, in that context, people feel comfortable coming up to you between songs to ask questions, exchange information, and every now and then bring you something refreshing to drink. A bottle of water goes a long way on a hot day, and hot chocolate does the trick on a cold one. JG: You seem to have a close relationship with a lot of fans through your mailing list, Facebook, and social media. How do you foster that relationship? FA: Right now I'm doing that all on my own and it actually takes quite a bit of time to keep all of the sites up-to-date and nurture those relationships. It's totally worth it, though - because of the internet, it is actually possible to be a successful recording artist sans a major record deal. That is amazing! JG: Are you able to have music as your day job? If not, how do you occupy yourself? FA: I'm doing music full-time now. I teach private piano and guitar lessons during the day and at night I sing. I'm really lucky. I get to do what I love. JG: When you think about people listening to your music, how do you picture them listening to it? FA: I picture them doing different things for different songs. I've had a lot of people contact me about some of the sadder love songs, actually thanking me and saying that they're going through something similar and that they identify. I guess I picture them in their rooms figuring things out. The more upbeat songs, I imagine people bopping around to or listening to while they're driving or running.

Deli Magazine

Month's ago, Flo Anito graced the headline banner of DC Deli's site as Artist of the Month. She had just debuted a music video off her latest album "No Dust Bunnies", and as of June 1, that video has recieved the grand prize in Ourstage's Video Finals. Our intern Jessie caught up with her to find out her musical origins, performing at DC memorials, and how she found Rod Stewart. Full interview here... (click link for interview)

Washington Post Express Print Edition

Express Night Out Top Stops: #1 "The Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Fest...[is] an impressive collection of not-well-known-but-well-loved-by-those-who-know-them mid-Atlantic musicians (including Flo Anito, pictured)

Washington Post

FLO IN THE WASHINGTON POST! Last year's MetroPerforms! pilot program received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the public, and several artists who got a spot enjoyed it enough to audition again this season. "It went really well," Flo Anito said of her set at the bustling Gallery Place-Chinatown Station last year. "People kept trying to tip, but of course, they aren't allowed to." ... Anito, who said she is a "young twentysomething," is influenced by artists such as Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor. When she sang an original composition Saturday afternoon, the judges stopped her and asked, "Can you play something upbeat and that we are familiar with?" A pause and a visible racking of the brain followed. A few seconds later, Anito launched into a cover of Blues Traveler's "Run-Around," to the obvious delight of her auditors.

Our Stage Magazine

OurStage is known for its many talented artists in dozens of different genres. Every month, we award prizes to those that have made it to the very top of the charts. Join us in congratulating the artists that ranked Number 1 in their channel! Video Winner: Flo Anito "Uh Oh!" Shot in a local diner, Flo Anito's video for "Uh Oh!" goes perfectly with the fun, upbeat song. Through a series of amusing mishaps and scenes playing her acoustic guitar, the video is both entertaining and adorable.

LA Examiner

Wesleyan University alum Flo Anito's many Los Angeles fans are voting in excitement as she is one of five finalists in a major contest. The contest is entitled "Cosmo Radio Breaks the Band with Cocktails with Patrick." Cosmo is a Sirius (satellite) Radio station and "Cocktails with Patrick" is the title of one of the daily programs. Flo explains, "I found out about the contest via one of my Facebook friends and submitted my song 'Uh Oh.' I'm not sure how many entries there were to begin with but there's been probably more than 100." Flo excitedly exclaims, "I found out a few days ago that 'Uh Oh' was selected for the final 5!" Flo just finished a music video directed by Francisco Campos-Lopez for the song. To vote is as simple as 1-2-3: 1) go to sirius.com/cosmoradio 2) click on the Flo radio button, and 3) click vote! Flo expresses appreciation for her loyal and rapidly growing numbers of supporters and gratitude that "the timing couldn't be better."

Washingtonian

Our recommendations for the best in live music over the next seven days. Flo Anito has a big voice and a poppy acoustic guitar to back her up. She's been nominated for two Wammies this year, and you can catch her at the Velvet Lounge to see what all the fuss is about.

Soundtrack To My Day

I met Flo Anito when I was taking part of the music video by Tom Goss for It's All Over. The shoot was taking place in Washington, DC, in a park. Flo played the part of the jogger in the park, and later a guest at the backyard party. I can't be sure, but I swear she is checking out Tom's butt in that video...During the shoot, I enjoyed talking to her, and shared some laughs. She was quite nice, smart, and quite funny. At some point, there was a CD playing in the garage of the party shoot, and I thought it had an interesting sound. It turns out, it was Flo's CD, No Dustbunnies. Honestly, I had forgotten about it, until I recently saw a new video was posted, for the song Uh Oh! Flo's vocals are a combination of styles and sounds, like Kate Bush with a total American spin. There is an exuberance in her music, a real joy. On first listen to her album, I had an immediate infatuation with Change My Life, Uh Oh!, Mean, and the title track. I managed to find No Dustbunnies, and will be happy to share it with you.

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Artomatic Voyage Blog

The below video is a performance by Flo Anito at the the Downtown Holiday Market in Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.. I'm not sure what the name of the song is but, I couldn't help but notice that Flo wasn't wearing gloves as she was banging away on her keyboard on that nippy December day. I don't know about anyone else, but I was FREEZING. She eventually put her gloves on .... But it made me wonder ... ARE MUSICIANS COLD-BLOODED ANIMALS, like dinosaurs? Are they able to withstand the extreme temperatures better than ordinary Joes like me? Flo's music is quite good, and her song "Uh-Oh" is appearing in my film Journey to the Center of Artomatic, which I recently completed. (click link for video)

YesSirEnt.com

Rising Star Flo Anito: Classically trained in voice, piano, and cello, Flo Anito began her singer/songwriter career at 16 when she got her hands on her first guitar.... see more at url

On Tap Magazine

"I found four talented singers/bands that I really wanted to work with via MySpace. My searches uncovered Alexis George, Flo Anito, Practically Einstein and Modern Thieves (formerly Politicks). I saw something unusual and special in each one of these artists. Alexis George and Flo Anito, who are not just fellow musicians, but also friends, remember their first interaction with Campos-Lopez. "He sent me a message on MySpace about a music video. I was thinking "this guy can't be serious," recalls George. "But then I spoke with Flo, who had also been contacted by Francisco, and she encouraged me to drop my skepticism. Anito, who recently completed a Campos-Lopez video for her song "Uh-Oh!" said, "I checked out his electronic press kit and his reels and was blown away. He clearly knows how to capture light and color in a way that flatters the subject. How could I say no? With a Warhol-like charisma, Campos-Lopez is fostering his own factory in the DC/MD/VA community. This union of filmmakers, photographers, musicians and dancers grows with each music video. An example of this camaraderie is seen in Anito's video for "Uh Oh!" Modern Thieves front man, Ryan Murphy plays a vain diner customer, while Brad Pugh, singer from Practically Einstein, channels a brute dude ordering a T-Bone steak. "I stay true to my passions and desire to create solid videos. DC has so much untapped talent. It's like a gold mine," says Campos-Lopez. "More importantly, the DC talent is very receptive to the video medium."

Women's Radio

The ninth week of 2011 sees forty different artists CDs, MP3s, WAV and FLAC files reaching our desks here at the WomensRadio studios. Contained within this mountain of music are some of 2011's greatest finds to-date. There's so much quality music on our desks this week that we couldn't let our readers leave without mentioning artists like Sussan Deyhim, Flo Anito, Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers and Melissa Li & the Barely Theirs - they've all been WomensRadio-tested and pre-approved for transmission.

Womens Radio

Welcome to the THIRTEENTH edition of FEMMEBOX on WomensRadio! This still somewhat brand-new weekly feature showcases music videos, live performances, remixes, cover songs, movie trailers and tour diaries from the week's HOTTEST Independent Female Musicians (and some big names as well). Flo Anito: Uh-Oh! “ Lip gloss and bow ties. Coffee pots and waitressing. Flo's a busy woman, no doubt but it's certainly no excuse for spilling coffee on paying customers, which is exactly what takes place in the video for "Uh-Oh!". While Anito may not play the most dexterous role as a waitress, her vocal abilities and choice in men make up for any lack of commitment found early on in the video and viewers are left craving more of that honey graham voice of hers laid ever so comfortably over rustic Americana grooves.

LA Examiner

Simply put, Flo Anito rocks the way a singer-songwriter should rock. Plus, fans are fanatically sending this LA Examiner their rare bootlegs of incredible Ani DiFranco and Radiohead covers by awesome Anito. Meanwhile, her more well-known original performances are earning huge accolades from Silver Lake, LA to Middletown, CT and everywhere in between. Francisco Campos-Lopez, http://www.facebook.com/iamcamposlopez whose videos take the genre to another level, raves about Flo's greatness and her music is earning votes of confidence everywhere. Here, Flo acknowledges the urgency of voting for her upon her nomination with just 48 hrs to go, her continued blossoming, and upcoming festivals. W.E. Which projects are going on currently/recently in the fantastic musical life of Flo Anito? F.A. I was just nominated for Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month so I'm on a bit of a promotional blitz trying to get people to vote for me online. The Deli is one of the top 15 music blogs in the country so I'm super excited about being nominated. Voters can vote in the poll at http://washington.thedelimagazine.com In addition to the contest, I'm keeping busy writing new material - I just debuted a new song last week - and promoting my album and new music video. W.E. Which happening in your artistic life can we most look forward to hearing/seeing in the future, whether it be your wonderful performing, songwriting, videos etc... F.A. In the very near future, I'll be performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival which I think is one of the nicest gigs in the city. It's a beautiful time in DC and I'll be playing on the big outdoor Sylvan Theatre stage. I actually made my NYC television debut last night in a program promoting the festival. That was pretty cool...

LA Examiner

Flo Anito won the contest (not a Seinfeld reference)- approx twice as many votes all the others combined!! She expresses appreciation to all her fans and that includes those who voted upon reading part I of the interview. http://www.examiner.com/music-in-los-angeles/fantastic-flo-anito-interview She discusses her video here: W.E. How would you describe the experience of working with film director Francisco Campos-Lopez http://www.examiner.com/music-in-los-angeles/frankie-s-factory-music-videos-premiere on the awesome video (I love the humor in it too) for your song and where do you see the future of music video heading? F.A. I loved shooting the video for "Uh Oh". A bunch of my friends were amazing and took the day off work. We shot the entire video on a Monday because that's the only day the diner was closed. Despite that fact, the owner of the diner, Matt Ashburn, came in and cooked food for the scenes and made a cameo appearance in the video. Once we decided on the song, we were pretty much in agreement about the story line. I think Francisco liked the idea of using a diner because of the Americana aspect. When I first heard about the Capital City Diner, via two people on my mailing list, I knew it was the perfect spot. It was inside DC and had this perfect vintage feel to it that I think really matches my music and style. Once we had the venue, things started falling into place quickly. Seema Khana, who did the makeup for my album, agreed to do it for the video; I found Kristen Penn, the hairstylist, via her mom who was on my mailing list; and Francisco knew Stella Bonds who designed the blue dress I wore. After a day of searching for the perfect waitressing outfit in costume and uniform stores, I randomly spotted a thrift store that had exactly one of the perfect dress in the perfect size. It was fate... The shooting itself was really interesting. I'd done a ton of theatre but very little film acting before so shooting the shots out of order was a little disorienting. I was happy to see the first draft because it was only then that I could really piece together all the scenes we'd shot. I'm really happy with the final product. I love the video's look and feel.

LA Examiner

Los Angeles is a complex series of sub-cultures. So is the internet. The audacity of the music business' social network is one that seems to make intuitive sense to many musicians, who jam on the ever increasing reach, enabling self-aware artists like Flo Anito http://www.examiner.com/music-in-los-angeles/flo-wins-talks-francisco-film to build consciously on the inspiration of pioneer Ani DiFranco's bold independence while utilizing the resources now available. W.E. What would you consider the overall gestalt message of your work to be? F.A. I think my work is straightforward, simple, and honest. I write and sing from the heart. I'm a really private person and very soft-spoken but when I sing all of that goes away. For as long as I can remember, I've been told I was over-emotional and hyper-sensitive. While these traits might be regarded as weaknesses, I wouldn't trade them for the world. I think they are what make my music unique and soulful. W.E "Up Oh," only time for one more question: Can you talk about musical influences and about the impact of Ani DiFranco on your songwriting process? F.A. Fun question... :) I would say early influences were Jewel, Ani Difranco, Fiona Apple, the Counting Crows, and REM. I'm really big on lyrics and I think all of those artists are poets, some of whom helped me get through some really tough times. These days, I listen to a lot of Latin music, moving to DC definitely gave me a big appreciation for rap and hip hop, and I also have a great fondness for dance/techno that is seeping into my newer compositions. I still love me the singer/songwriters though - Regina Spektor, Nellie Mckay, Amy Winehouse... I love it all. In regards to Ani, I have a great respect for her. She has stayed so true to herself and has done it all on her own. These days I think it's easier to stay unsigned or create your own label thanks to the computer age and social networking world we all live in - just look at Ingrid Michaelson, her music is all over TV and she's doing it without a major label which is pretty amazing. When Ani came out though, I think it was a bold move to do what she did and I have the utmost respect for her and her music.

LA Examiner

Flo continues to speak from the heart http://www.examiner.com/music-in-los-angeles/flo-anito-speaks-from-the-heart here on Los Angeles, Wesleyan, jazz legend Anthony Braxton and more while relaying some good vibrations. W.E. If one song of yours were to describe your feelings about Los Angeles, which song would it be? F.A. Probably one of my two songs which are about struggling in the industry, trying to keep up, and create, and compete. When I think of LA, I think of the music business and how many people are working so hard to do exactly what I am trying to do. I wish us all the best of luck and extra energy. W.E. How would you describeyour impression of the Wesleyan University music culture and how it impacted/impacts you as a musician? F.A. Oh I loved the Wesleyan music culture. I had never been exposed to so much world music, so much experimental, so much avant-garde music. It was at Wesleyan that I first learned about African music which I love to no end. I was able to play the balafon in a Mande ensemble and performed a Pygmy piece that consisted of blowing on different bottles. I had this great class called Performing Emily where we deconstructed Emily Dickinson poems and made performance pieces about them. I got to take Jazz Improv with Anthony Braxton and we performed his opera that took place in an office building but he never gave us a starting pitch so we had to rely on this one kid who had perfect pitch and then sight read til the end of class. And my favorite teacher at Wesleyan was Alvin Lucier who ran my Music Major seminar. We had to compose about 12 mini pieces on different instruments - I remember one of the experimental musicians wrote a song for the koto player to play where she was supposed to use different tools to play her koto. One of them looked a whole lot like a vibrator and I thought the poor girl might faint. By the end of that class, we had all written a sting quartet and seen it performed by a professional group - pretty amazing. Thank you, Wesleyan.

We Love DC

Flo Anito's got a step-up when compared to her fellow singer-songwriters in the District. She has an official music video for her song "Uh Oh!" which is already getting press in the LA Examiner and DC's On Tap Magazine. The video, shot in-town at the Capital City Diner, is just one of many bragging rights this girl's got on her musical resume. After a live audition, Anito was selected for the 2010 Artist Roster at the world renowned Strathmore Music Hall. "Uh Oh!" was also one of five finalists in Cosmo Radio's Breaking the Band Contest, which won Anito an on-air interview and a song spin on Sirius Satellite Radio. Her new album, "No Dustbunnies" features Chris Keup (O.A.R., Erin McKeown), Stewart Meyers (Lifehouse), and Brian Jones (Dave Matthews Band, Mandy Moore). It is also a best seller on both CD Baby and Digstation and is getting radio play in New York, Connecticut, and the DC metro area. Anito is an established name in a vocal community of District performance artists. She encourages her musical counterparts and took the time to share her stories and experiences with the We Love DC audience. See interview at URL!

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Q. How did the project come into existence? CD I decided to record my full length album, No Dustbunnies down in Charlottesville with producers Chris Keup , Stewart Myers (Jason Mraz, OAR, Lifehouse, Rachel Yamagata), and drummer Brian Jones (DMB, Mandy Moore) after a friend who went to highschool with Jason Mraz found out that he'd recorded with them. I self-funded and self-released the album after 2 one week blocks of recording time. It was a long time in the making as I had to raise money for the second block of recording time. MUSIC VIDEO I was contacted by director Francisco Campos-Lopez via Myspace about making a music video for one of my songs. I was doubtful at first because there are so many scams out there but we found a time to meet up and threw some ideas back and forth and ended up coming up with what I thought was a pretty cool concept. I was almost a theatre major so I was super excited about acting in the video and wanted it to tell a story. I chose my song Uh Oh which had been a finalist in Cosmo Radio's Breaking the Band contest and decided to set the story in a 50's style All-American diner in DC. I set out to find a diner that would let us shoot and somebody from my mailing list immediately suggested the Capital City Diner in NE DC. Upon visiting and meeting the owner, I knew it was the perfect place. I recruited friends to help out with the shoot and we managed to finish the whole shoot in a day which was pretty amazing. We released the video at the Rock and Roll Hotel in mid December and put it up on Youtube right away. It's been doing great - over 3000 views in two months. Q.Who are the members of the band if any and please tell us about it? I usually play solo but occasionally my friend Jeff Goodwin joins me on drums and Brian Waitzman plays the bass/guitar. I sing and play keys and the acoustic guitar. Q How would you describe your sound/genre? I call it Jazzy Pop - what you might get if you threw Nellie McKay, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Jewel, Janis Joplin, and Regina Spektor into a stew pot. Q. What formal training or previous experience do any of the members have? I have classical training in Voice, Piano, and Cello. I studied folk/fingerpicking Guitar and Classical and Jazz Vocals in college. Q. Are you working w/ a producer on your upcoming album? I will for sure. Q. Who would you say has been the biggest influence on the bands sound or that you have used as inspiration for your music? Most of my music is based on my experiences and those of my close friends. As far as musical inspirations, I listened to a lot of lyric heavy artists - Fiona Apple, Counting Crows, Ani Difranco, Jewel. I also love Jazz and Blues so I have tons of Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and Louis Armstrong. Right now my favorites are Regina Spektor, Nellie McKay, Amy Winehouse, Julieta Venegas, and Shakira. I love to dance so Latin, African, and Techno are in my mix as well. Q.What advice would you give to others starting out? Work as hard as you can and then work harder. I think no matter what stage of your career you're in, that's good advice. Q. Where can people go to learn more about you and hear your music? You can find everything on my website: http://www.floanito.com. I also have a Youtube channel, if you want to see live performances, new songs, and music videos. My Youtube channel is: http://www.youtube.com/floanito. I have CDs for sale on CD Baby and I'm on i-tunes, napster, rhapsody, lala, shockhoud, and all that jazz. Q. If you could play anywhere in the world or with anyone you wanted where and who would it be with? Hmmm... I think I would play with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Africa or maybe with Moby somewhere with great acoustics or Redrocks with Big Head Todd or with Ella at the Apollo... Q. What has been your greatest experience so far either individually or as a whole? I have a lot of great memories. I've always loved singing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Singing on the stage in front of the Jefferson Memorial to hundreds of people, surrounded by Cherry Blossoms. One year a football (soccer) team from Argentina got on stage with me at the end of the show to dance and take pictures. 2 years in a row the same teachers brought their nursery school students to my performance and the kids were so adorable - they gave me hugs and asked to touch my guitar. I got to sing for the Secretary of the Interior at their press conference and not long ago I sang the National Anthem at a Washington Freedom (DC's professional women's soccer team) game. My live interview on Cosmo Radio was pretty exciting and receiving No Dustbunnies in the mail was an amazing feeling as well - to see all that work in tangible form was such a relief - and the shooting of the music video was such a whirlwind but so great, not only for the musical aspect but for the positive energy and the amazing show of support. Q. Do you have any upcoming events or news you would like to tell our readers about? I have lots of upcoming shows and I really hope your readers will check out the new music video and my CD! Q. Where do you see yourselves or hope to be in about 5 years? I hope to be able to tour internationally, have a few more CDs under my belt, and be happy and healthy. A spread in Rolling Stone wouldn't be so bad either...

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Pop/jazz singer Flo Anito was filming a music video at Capital City Diner today!

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It's more than just cupcake baking that goes on during the normal staff's day off at the Capital City Diner. Today jazzy pop musician Flo Anito is filming a music video there. Sneak a peak at the action here. Via Twitter.

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Flo Anito: ”I don't really know who she is, but apparently she might open for Hanson” is shooting a video at Capital City Diner.

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Art, Wine, and a block Party; how could this not be fun? The Washington Examiner's ARTS ON FOOT, centered at 7th and F streets, NW, takes over four blocks with expansive programming. The event opens with a juried fineArt Market featuring 50 artists and live entertainment from Wednesday, September 8 through Friday, September 10 from 11:00am to 7:00pm daily (on F Street between 7th & 9th). Music performances throughout market hours include renowned local artists Flo Anito (jazz-pop), Dave Chappell (guitar), Janine Wilson & Max Evans (acoustic roots), Seth Kibel (instrumental jazz), and The Sweater Set (folk).

examiner.com Los Angeles

The distinctive combo of easily enjoyable accessibility with a true depth of feeling, thought, and truth reminds one of the Cromwell, Connecticut native himself who grew up minutes from Wesleyan where Tierney Sutton, Flo Anito- (the subject of upcoming article), and MGMT members attended, where avant-garde jazz legend Anthony Braxton teaches.

hometownannapolis.com

2-3pm- Classically trained in voice, piano, and cello, Flo Anito is a DC based singer/songwriter who has gone pop! Flo was recently named as a Finalist in the Sirius Cosmo Radio Breaking the Band Contest! You can check out her music and vote for her at http://www.sirius.com/cosmoradio until 11:59pm August 30.

On Tap Magazine

ON TAP REVIEWS "NO DUSTBUNNIES"! Flo Anito has made D.C. her home, and we are the better for it. Her release "No Dustbunnies" is filled with heartache, lost love, ambition and hope, The effort put into creating this record is evident. Strong female songwriter with a piano makes for comparisons to Tori or Fiona, but that isn't fair. Her bluesy, soulful takes stand out. Check out "Man of the Year","Work!" and "Drunken Letter.” Robert Fulton

RandomlyFamous.com

Once, while borrowing a friend's IPod I heard an artist that struck me. Her name was Flo Anito. I will never forget listening to her music. Soothing is an experience that is hard to come by but Flo Anito, as her name states in a way, has a sound that flows through an ear in a soothing manner and yet has a catchy tune that you can't do anything but hum. Flo stands out with her music and style. From what I've heard, she is a performer who engages everyone and is truly lively. I know that I am no wordsmith but I really do mean those words above. There is something about her music that is comfortable and fresh. If you are new to her music check her out quickly. I found her randomly and was excited from the first song I heard. So then, I spoke with one of the individuals who did sound for her, Phil Bena Jr and heard some of her first-class live-recorded music. He created a small track that I listened to and couldn't believe her live feeling and enthusiasm. I bought her CD quickly after hearing her live at the Christmas events in DC. Anito has played at venues all over Washington DC and still should be booked even more. If you're a business who wants a crowd pleaser hire Flo Anito and she will bring an audience into her music at a dinner / home / restaurant / coffee house / or stage.

HometownAnnapolis.com

Acrobatics and acoustic melodies will waft onto City Dock this Sunday as daring aerialist Moira Lee kicks off the day's performances, followed by the acoustic sounds of Swampcandy, Gary and Leah, and Flo Anito. It's all part of the Summer at City Dock taking place at Susan Campbell Park Sundays and holiday weekends throughout the summer. D.C. favorite Flo Anito wraps up the day with her unique jazzy pop sounds. Anito is fast becoming a rising star in the D.C. music scene and was a favorite of the judges at the Summer At City Dock open auditions last spring.

On Tap Magazine

Highlights of Celebrate Fairfax: "At times reflective, other times humorous, all the time entertaining, area singer-songwriter Flo Anito is a welcomed reprieve between rock acts."

2bloxdc.com

Flo Anito is a classically trained singer who has gone pop, plain and simple. She's the got the face of a pinup and the voice of an angel, she is MTV bound.

Fortique

Flo Anito is a wonderful singer-songwriter who sounds a little like Jewel crossed with the Clare Bowen character, Scarlett, on the TV show Nashville. There's a sweetness to Anito's work, but more than a little sadness and pain, too, so I tried to capture her vulnerability and tenderness here:(pic)

Outside the Gates (blog of Georgetown Hoya)

Check out our picks for must-see Art Unplugged performances after the jump. With 38 impressive performances to choose from, it can be daunting to pick your best bet. Gates did the work for you; here are some recommendations for the remaining performances this summer. (Remember, admission is free!) Flo Anito Saturday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop A twenty-something songstress whose sweet vocals have just enough edge to make it interesting, reminiscent of a Fiona Apple pop/jazz track.

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LIVE PERFORMANCE REVIEW: District of Sound.com introduced itself to the world on November 19th at DC9 with the help of a few friends, including Flo Anito, Temporary Basement, The Gypsy Sons, and The Fishermen. In keeping with DoS's mission, all the bands were selected because they highlight some of the best local music the DC area has to offer. It was a great crowd with a little bit of something for everyone. The night rocked literally. Expectations were definitely high for DoS's inaugural event, and no one wanted to disappoint. Flo Anito; You know you have a great musician if they can put a stop to conversations midway and turn a few heads (in a good way) all before the end of their first song. Flo Anito, a long time DC performer, made the audience take notice with her masterful command of the guitar, keyboard, and voice that could make even the most crappy day better. She opened up with one of her newer songs, "Gallery D", a thoughtful tune supported by a pop infused beat that will remind you of some of her other songs like "Uh-Oh!" and "No Dustbunnies". The audience was treated to her melodic introspection and musings on love, life, and the meaning of it all. Ms. Anito manages to turn the mundane into something extraordinary through her music.

Instrumental Analysis

INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS (DC/BALTIMORE/PHILLY MUSIC BLOG) BLOGS ABOUT FLO!!! DC's very own classically trained vocalist, pianist, and cellist, Flo Anito is out and about in the area this summer promoting her new record, No Dust Bunnies. Sweet, sultry and surprisingly concise considering her classical background, Anito's style fuses Ani DiFranco and Jewel (pre-her silly pop phase) and still comes out a little more like Nelly McKay than I could have ever hoped.

MetroMusicScene.com

And then we close out with Flo Anito's "No Good." It's warm and jazzy, full of piano and bluesy organ fills, with lyrical phrasing that lazily wraps around the lines, creating a nice smoky atmosphere. You can catch her across the river at the The Red & The Black in DC Friday, July 25th.

FREEDOM Blogspot

Trust me, when I say ... "Flo Anito's NO DUSTBUNNIES will make a perfect Holiday gift".

Acoustic District

ACOUSTIC DISTRICT REVIEWS "NO DUSTBUNNIES" Let's get this out right off the bat; I am a Flo Anito fan. I have been anxiously awaiting this album for almost two years now. With that in mind, throughout that time I have had very high expectations for it. What I hoped this CD would capture is at the same time what I feared it never would, the wit and innocence of Flo's voice, through her music. I have not been disappointed. No Dustbunnies comes barreling out of the gate with the radio ready "Man of the Year". Caught off guard with the simplicity of the first verse, Brian Jones opens up his drums, taking the music to a new level all together. It is hard to make it through this song without exclaiming Flo Anito has arrived! Flo has managed to create a variant of pop on this album that I am affectionately naming "Sugar Pop". Chris Keup and Stewart Myers have done an exceptional job at taking Anito's sweet sounding "Pop" and giving her a sharpened "Rock" edge, leaving the songs dynamic and versatile. Stand out tracks include the aforementioned "Man of the Year", a top 40 hit in any listener's ears. "Change My Life", borrowing notes from The Fray, creating a piano based ballad about growth, integration and moving in a new direction. "No Good", a song about un-reciprocated love with a chorus that I still find myself singing and finally, "No Dustbunnies" a song that showcases Flo's creative lyric writing, painting a world where Beaver Cleaver still roams the streets - a place where Flo longs to be, tongue firmly planted in cheek. You can pick up the CD at www.cdbaby.com/floanito - you will not be disappointed. Tom Goss The Acoustic District

Mi Gente Hispana

FLO NAMED TOP LOCAL DC BAND BY MI GENTE HISPANA! Flo Anito is an artist that has been interested in music all of her life. When she was younger she use to beg her mother to let her be in the Mickey Mouse Club, but she never did get the chance. However, her love for music never died, and she continued to make music. Flo Anito is starting to become a very well known singer in the Washington DC area, not only for her great music, but her good looks and charms as well. She pours her heart and soul into her music, and this is something that can be heard when listing to her songs. Interview: Q: How old where you, when you got started in the music industry? A: I started working in musical theater when I was nine. I loved being on stage. I've played piano since I was five, the cello since I was ten, and the guitar since I was sixteen. I don't remember a time when I didn't sing. I use to beg my mom to let me audition for the Star Search, Kids Incorporated, or even the Mickey Mouse Club, but we live in upstate NY and it never really happened. I majored in Music at Wesleyan U (CT) though, and that was when I realized that songwriting was what I wanted to do. Q: What got you started making music? A: High school made me crazy and music kept me sane. I listened to a lot of Jewel and Ani. There songs were a light at the end of a dark tunnel to me. I figured if they could untangle things with music, I might as well give it a shot. So I started writing while I listened. I filled up a zillion journals. I wrote a song for a speech at my high school graduation and when I got into college, I started performing my songs at Cafes, dorms, the bookstore... Q: Who are some of the other artists and musicians that you like to listen to? A: Right now I listen to Feist, Julieta Venegas, Regina Spektor, Nellie McKay, Ingride Michaelson, Postal Service, Thievery Corporation, Ben Folds Five, Amy Winehouse, Georgie James. Favorites are Elle Fitzgerald, Counting Crows, Celia Cruz, REM, Ani Difranco, Fiona Apple, Shakira, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Kanye West, Pete Yorn, Jamie Cullum, The Weakerthans, and Jewel. Q: What are some hobbies of yours that you do in your spare time? A: I play on four soccer teams so that eats up a lot of time. I just got back from a tournament in Vegas. I Love dancing as well. Especially Salsa y Merengue. I go to a lot of concerts, and I travel whenever I can. Q: How do you come up with new music? What is your inspiration? A:Most of my songs are about my life. People, places, books, and situations that I have encounter and the inspiration as well, I guess. I am also not very brave about having big conversations so whenever one of those is due, I tend to write a song... or five. Q: Which song that you have written I your favorite, and why? What is the meaning behind it? A: That changes with the hour but the title track of my album "No Dustbunnies" is definitely one of my favorites to perform life cause I love watching the audience's reaction to it. I wrote it one day when I was people watching in Cleveland Park and I saw all these couples holding hands and men carrying bougquest. I found myself wishing I had that in my life and then I got frustrated at myself for wanting that and started to make fun of myself a bit. I guess the song is really a bit of a throwback to the 50's with a toungue in cheek modern twist. People always ask which side of the song I'm on. Feminist or Anti-Feminist, and it usually opens up some cool conversations. Q: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get started in the music industry? A: Get a Myspace Page! Q: Were your family and friends supportive of your music and your choices to get into the music industry? A: My mom used to cart me around to my music lessons and play rehearsals, but she'd always tell me I should be a surgeon cause I had agile fingers from playing the piano. My dad wasn't thrilled with the music idea in the beginning. He wanted me to be a lawyer, eek! These days though, everyone is really supportive. My sisters and brother help me out a ton, and my friends are super! Q: Where do you see your band in the next few years? A: Touring, touring, and touring some more (with two albums, not one). Q: What is the overall goal or dream that you want to achieve with your music? A: I want to help someone else the way that the music I listened to has helped me. Music save me and I'd like to pay it forward. Of course it would be cool to be on the cover or Rolling Stone too...

District of Sound

DISTRICT OF SOUND INTERVIEWS/FEATURES FLO Classically trained in voice, piano, and cello, Flo began her career as a singer/songwriter at age 16 when she got her hands on her first guitar. Her lively performance style, along with her powerful voice and candid lyrics make her a force to be reckoned with! Photo provided by Flo Anito WHY DID YOU GET STARTED IN MUSIC? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING? I've been singing forever... I started playing piano when I was five cuz my mom made me. I picked up the cello in elementary school cuz the orchestra teacher said my hands were too small for the bass. And I took up guitar cuz I wanted an excuse to get my crush over to my house in high school. I started performing for audiences when I was nine  - that's when I started working in musical theatre and I did that through college. I went to Wesleyan thinking I'd be an actress, but I started performing my original stuff in college and it felt so good to spill my soul that I ended up here ;) WHAT IS THE BEST SHOW YOU'VE EVER PLAYED AND WHY? I love the National Cherry Blossom Festival - it's my favorite gig. There's a big stage set up in front of the Jefferson Memorial, you're surrounded by the cherry blossoms, and as long as the weather's warm, there are soooo many people from soooo many places. Last year I finished my set with a Euro-trance beat song and there were probably 60 elementary school kids dancing plus three Russian high-schoolers who had taken the arms of the elementary teachers. Another year, an Argentinean soccer team joined me on stage for a picture. Strangers have sent me photos and videos after the shows and I always meet really interesting people there. It's pretty amazing. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AND YOUR MUSIC CAREER IN 10 YEARS? I hope to have a few more CDs under my belt by then and I'd like to be touring nationally and internationally. A mention in "Rolling Stone" wouldn't be too bad either... And maybe someone else could do my booking? That'd be nice ;) WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR SONGS? Hmmm... life, loves, family, friends, strangers, books, conversations, other music, the weather, the occasional vodka tonic... WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE TO BOOK A SHOW? To book a show, I'm not sure. I played a really strange gig at Gold's Gym in Arlington. I was set up right next to a bunch of treadmills and Stairmasters and I sang while people sweat... That was crazy slash stinky. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE AISLE IN THE GROCERY STORE? The fruit section - mmmm raspberries are delicious! DO YOU PREFER AISLE, MIDDLE, OR WINDOW? Aisle freedom, movement, quasi-views out of both sides of the plane, people watching. What more could you want? Does anybody say middle?

On Tap

Joel's Picks by Joel Sparks SUNDAY JULY 1 FLO ANITO AT THE WONDERLAND BALLROOM A gentleman and a scholar, Michael Jantz continues to host local musicians at his Sunday night Wonderland gigs. Anito makes original singer-songwriter material something like Fiona Apple. Jantz will also play his own soulful, introspective ballads.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006:Flo Anito returns to Downtown Holiday Market @ 12n today When passing through the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market on Sunday afternoon, 17 December 2006, en route to the 2006 National Hanakkuh Menorah Lighting, I had the pleasure of listening to bluesy pop artist Flo Anito performing at 2006 Downtown Holiday Market (pdf) entertainment stage. To learn more about Flo Anito visit her website or myspace. And, by all means, stop in at the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market between 12 noon and 2 pm today, 20 December, which is when Flo Anito returns for a repeat performance

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On June 8, five musicians, including Goss, will play at Potter's House to support Charlie's Place: Taylor Carson, Bobby T, Flo Anito and Hilary Morgan. Goss does bookings for showcases in the city, and these are a handful of his favorite musicians. "The musicians are donating their time to Charlie's Place. They're being very gracious. I can't speak highly enough about the performers, their music, their persona. They're good people to know about in the city."

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You will fall in love with Flo Anito! I saw her at an DC Acoustic Underground event recently and she completely enveloped the room. A tremendous local talent, reminiscent of Regina Spektor/Ani Difranco/Fiona Apple with acoustic and classical influences. A wonderful voice, seemingly timid musician until the first note is struck. .. Note: I am in no way affiliated with Flo or 219 and do not stand to benefit from this event (other than great music at a fav restaurant with cool peeps)

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I knew it! I knew it would happen! Flo Anito is such a wonderful talent and endearing performer, I knew she would win over a few more. Had it not been for the hungover bartender and an ill-mannered table too close to everybody, it would have been a perfect night… - POST EVENT FEEDBACK >> Comments -Lauren awesome:Flo was amazing and the venue was a welcomed surprise! I say next time we just take over the audience so we don't have to worry about obnoxious drunks :). Would definitely do it again! -Michele_R: Great Time! It was definitely a great time, and great venue. Thanks for hosting Mike -Prateek Absolutely! A very relaxing evening out and everyone was great. Flo was amazing. I think I liked 'I am mean' song most, it sure was hilarious. Thanks Michael for planning this. -CharAnn yes, indeed i fell in love with her. i would have gone to see her at the RnR if I didn't already have plans:( i will definitely follow her on myspace.com...thanks for introducing us to a great new artist and the acoustic underground.

mdbmusic.com

Up next was Flo Anito, super- short, cute and talented. But, there was one odd thing about her song choice that Michael and I noticed. She sang 12 songs about failed relationships??? Even I don't have that many and I am not even of the super-cute variety... To add to the quirkiness, she mentioned that the night before she had dismissed Freddie Adu without giving out her number. Which led to me to two immediate conclusions: One, I wasn't even going to try small talk. Two, just who were the 12 that impressed her more than the young millionaire soccer hero that they get songs about them??? Guess, I'll never know ;-p

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NICCI M REVIEWS "NO DUSTBUNNIES" What I'm listening to- Flo Anito Category: Music A friend of mine just gave me a new CD by a relatively unknown singer/singwriter named Flo Anito. Usually, I listen to these things once and then add them to my stack of CDs to listen to later. However, I am now hooked on this one and I can't get enough of it. She sounds like Tory Amos or Fiona Apple without all of the melancholy! The songs are really catchy, with articulate and clever lyrics. Myspace gets a shout out in her song "Uh Oh!" I find myself singing along to the the bluesy hooks of "no good". "MEAN" is a fun song, and so is "no dustbunnies", which will have you yearning for (or laughing at) a life from the 1950's. But the breakaway song with the most mass-market appeal is "What you don't know can hurt you". I think that will be her first hit. It is a GREAT song. The album is called "no dustbunnies" and you can buy it from her web site, www.floanito.com. Sadly, it is not available on itunes yet but I have already asked them to start selling it. I promise you will love this CD- in fact, if you buy it and don't find at least one song you like, I will reimburse you for the cost of the CD! You can't beat that! Check her out!

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after attending a 2008 flo show at Solly's: Colleen told me a story the other night about a creative writing class she took in college. Apparently, an intrepid and uniquely honest boy brought up the question to the class of why, exactly, didn't any of their poems sound anything like the professional writers whose work they studied? What was that thing that separated joyce, neruda or austen from their peers? We still don't know, but we think you have it! Rock on, chica!

The Washingtonian

Flo Anito has a big voice and a poppy acoustic guitar to back her up. She's been nominated for two Wammies this year, and you can catch her at the Velvet Lounge to see what all the fuss is about.

DC Magazine

Shopping Chic at the Downtown Holiday Market by Jennifer Sergent | DC magazine | November 26, 2012 For those looking to shop local this season, the eighth annual Downtown Holiday Market will host a hipster selection of cutting-edge art, stylish clothing, live music and fare from some of the region's favorite chefs. Here's the info, plus our top-five picks for shopping the market... 3. Tune In! Turn the iPod off, and stop to hear a few live musical performances on your commute. Whether you're in the mood for pop rock and the quirky lyrics of Flo Anito (Dec. 4, 5pm), the soulful crooning of Angie Head (Dec. 20, 5pm) or the spicy Latin tunes of Elsa Riveros (Dec. 23, 2:30pm), these DC musicians will give the holiday gift of discovery.

Hudson Register Star

Flo Anito: up and coming musician, former Chathamite CHATHAM

Former Chatham resident Flo Anito has been musically inclined for as long as she can remember and writing songs since she got her first guitar at the age of 16, but it's only recently that her career really began to take off. Not only is her debut CD "No Dustbunnies" getting air time in several major cities, but in the last year, she has opened for several major artists, been selected for the 2010 Artist Roster at Strathmore Hall and even made a professional music video. Despite her recent success, though, she said the best part of her career is still performing live. "My favorite thing is performing into a live audience", she said. "I like the idea of influencing people with my music." After graduating from Chatham High School, Anito went on to and graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in Music. She has since been living in Washington, D.C. working on her music career. She said she was turned on to music from the very start of her life; her family encouraged her singing, playing and classical training throughout most of her childhood. Before Wesleyan, Anito began to acquire all the musical skills she needed in Chatham, playing cello in the school orchestra, taking piano lessons and routinely performing at Mac-Haydn Theatre. "My mom took me to piano lessons and auditions at the theater," she said. "Music was definitely a big deal for me growing up." She added that she always used to get extremely nervous during her piano recitals, but realized she was meant to perform when her teacher gave her the opportunity to play and sing at the same time and her nerves suddenly disappeared. Anito considers her work to be pop with a jazz influence, following in the footsteps of other singer/songwriters like Fiona Apple, Jewel and Ani DiFranco, who she admits have had a large influence on her choice in musical genre. "My music is kind of old school," she said. "I like to think it has a vintage feel." When asked how she got into the type of music she now performs, Anito said that she actually didn't really experience anything besides classical and theater until she got to Wesleyan. "When I got to college I took jazz and pop lessons and that was the first time I really got to train in it. That was what really got me swinging and probably what started everything." She also said that writing songs gives her a great outlet for whatever emotion she might be having at the time and that her lyrics are very personal, with many of her own experiences written into her songs. While she has been playing and performing since childhood, Anito said that the last two years in particular have been extremely exciting and that her career has really taken off. She has opened up for Eli Matthson (of 'America's Got Talent' fame), as well as Weezer, Blink-182 and Franz Ferdinand. In addition, she was selected for the 2010 Artist Roster at Strathmore Music Hall and her song "Uh Oh!" was one of five finalists in Cosmo Radio's Breaking the Band Contest, which resulted in her winning an interview and airtime on Sirius Satellite Radio. She was even selected for a CMJ showcase in New York City, a GAP campaign in Charlottesville, Virginia and a feature video for the National Association of Broadcasting. Her first album, "No Dustbunnies" - which was recorded with Chris Keup (O.A.R), Stewart Meyers (Lifehouse) and Brian Jones (Mandy Moore, Dave Matthews Band) - has already been a best seller on both CDbaby and Digstation and is getting radio play in New York, Connecticut and the Washington, D.C. metro area. After college, Anito moved back home to Chatham for a time and that the move to Washington, D.C. happened almost by accident when several of her friends got jobs in the area. She decided to go with them. "Now they're all gone and I'm still here," she said, adding that the area has really been a great starting place for her career. Anito said that during her time at Wesleyan, she really started thinking about trying for a career as a professional singer and musician, but remained unsure. "After college I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do," she said. "About a year after I graduated, I decided to just go for it." The hardest thing about this decision, at least at first, she said, was trying to get booked at venues around the D.C. area. But, she started to become more well known and gained a following at her more regular playing spots, so eventually, booking a performance started to become less of an issue. Right now, the up and coming artist said that her biggest goal is to work her way into larger venues in an effort to gain a larger target audience - an obstacle similar to the one she had when she started out, but one she's sure she can overcome. Gaining access to various venues isn't the only tough part of rising through the ranks as an artist and performer. Anito said that while most of her shows have gone well, there have been some trying times thrown in the mix. One particular incident that stuck out in her memory was playing what she thought was going to be a regular show in Maryland. I was singing at a bar in Maryland and I thought it was going to be a good gig," she said. "But it ended up being in a basement bar where the people weren't interested in the music at all. It was too smoky and everyone just kept trying to ignore me and watch TV." For every bad day, though, there's an especially good one and Anito has many memories of shows that went well above her expectations. "I've had a zillion fun shows," she said. "When I was playing the Cherry Blossom Festival, a soccer team from Argentina arrived and they were all cheering for me throughout the show. Afterwards, I talked to them and they all came up on stage and sung a song with me. It was great." It's these shows, along with her drive to keep trying and doing what she loves, that keeps the former local artist going on when the path to stardom sometimes seems especially long and rocky. "[What keeps me going] is the belief that in the end it will be worth it and that I really can make it," she said. Aside from live performances, Anito said that one of the best parts of her career, so far, has been the filming of the music video for her song "Uh Oh!" A director found my music on Myspace and contacted me saying he wanted to make a music video," she said. "We just kind of collaborated and everything worked out great." The video was shot at the Capital City Diner in Washington, D.C. - which was originally from upstate, but was brought to D.C. to be refurbished before it was opened - and the director, who was from South America, thought that based on the sound of Anito's music, a diner would be the perfect place to shoot. Anito agreed, liking the rather old school Americana vibe the classic diner had, and the two shot the video in 24 hours. The music video can be viewed on her website at www.floanito.com. "Everyone at the diner was great," said Anito, who thanked everyone for being so accommodating. "They closed down for the day and everyone was really helpful." While "No Dustbunnies" was released several years ago, it's just now starting to rise in popularity and Anito said there is definitely at least one CD, if not two, in the works for the near future. "I definitely do [plan to release another CD soon], she said. "I have enough material for two CDs, but it's just not in the budget yet. There will definitely be another one soon though. Anito also makes it a point to play at several venues in Saratoga when she comes home to visit. For more information on Anito or to purchase her CD, visit her website or search for her on Facebook or Myspace. Her album and individual songs can also be found on CDbaby and Digstation.

Chatham Courier

CHS grad, singer-songwriter performs at Blue Plate Chatham High School graduate and rising singer-songwriter Flo Anito performed at the Blue Plate Restaurant in Chatham Dec. 27. In town for the holidays, she regaled the crowd by performing "pop with a twist of jazz. Anito, who once played cello in the school orchestra and routinely performed at Mac-Haydn Theatre, lives in Washington, D.C., where she’s been working on her music career. At the beginning of 2012, she was nominated - for the first time - for two Wammy awards (Washington Area Music Awards) for Pop Rock Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year (for "Uh Oh!"). Her music video was also the grand prize winner on OurStage.com. Her band was named 'Best of DC' by Radio Crystal Blue, a radio station based in Philadelphia, Pa., and this past summer, they played Strathmore, a popular performing arts center in Rockville, Md. Anito said she has a "bunch of new songs" and hopes to follow up her first album, 'No Dustbunnies', with a new album or release a live record in the near future. She is also hoping to schedule a European tour with "my backpack guitar and baby amp, newly christened at the Blue Plate performance." To learn more about Anito and listen to her music, visit www.floanito.com. Doug Stalker/for Chatham Courier

Washington Examiner

RAW Artists DC presents their monthly arts showcase Sunday April 28th at Penn Social (801 E Street, NW). The event is entitled "Marvel" and will spotlight songstress Reesa Renee, singer-songwriter Flo Anito, DJ DMecca, and DJ Loudtone. Flo Anito is a classically trained vocalist with a jazzy-pop style reminiscent of Jewel or Fiona Apple. Ms. Anito has performed at the famed Strathmore Music Hall, and at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of the Virgin Mobile Festival - where she appeared on the same stage with industry heavyweights Blink 182 and Weezer.Flo's new album No Dustbunnies has been a best seller on CD Baby, and has received radio play in the DC metropolitan area and other East Coast cities.