Yesterday, Indie Bands with a Mission surpassed the goal of making 200 Valentine’s Day cards for people staying at the Lamb Center this Valentine’s Day at George Mason University. All of the volunteers who participated collectively made 237 Valentine’s Day cards.

Thank you to everyone who came out despite the snow. We couldn’t have done this without you!

March 1, 2014: Oust, Will Wrigley and The Boundary Stones @ CD Cellar Arlington

With much help and thanks to natty-no for helping us book the space and Sasha Bruce Youthwork for helping us book bands, we’re proud to say that we’re (despite a bit late) booked our first show of 2014! It will also be our first Virginia and first folk show in a very long time.

Come join us at CD Cellar in Arlington, VA on March 1. Oust, Will Wrigley and The Boundary Stones will be performing! 

It’s metro accessible from the Orange Line so all of you DC folks can make it out too! (pun intended) 

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music starts at 8:00 p.m.

How much is it? Whatever you would like to donate! The money goes to benefiting Sasha Bruce Youthwork, us and the bands.

Feel free to confirm that you’re coming too on our Facebook event page because, you know, we love your love, especially on Valentine’s Day.

We’ll photograph your love when you come to our show too. Vice-Chair Niab will be taking photos, co-founder clarissavillondo’s now a photographer and we’ve asked Nicholas Karlin, a fantastic house photographer for 9:30 Club, to photograph too! 

We’ll see you in two weeks! As always, send us your questions, concerns and/or love to indiebandswithamission@gmail.com or call us at (202) 642-9265!

We love you, even if you’re not indie (folk).

Help Indie Bands with a Mission Fund Benefit Shows!

Late last night around midnight, we launched our IndieGoGo campaign to help fund our next two shows. We’re running short on payments for the next two shows we’re hoping to plan after donating most of what we had to programs to help the homeless and hungry.

While all of our shows are special to us, the next two shows hits close to home. Our hometown of McLean, Virginia is hoping to make 250,000 meal bags this November for Stop Hunger Now. These 250,000 meal bags would make 1.5 million meals for people worldwide, but in order to make this happen our hometown needs $62,500. We’re trying to plan two benefit shows to help make this happen.

One of them will be on October 6th at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. The second show is still being planned, but we’ll be releasing more details as they come in. 

We need $730 to pay for the venues and for someone to run the PA system. Then, we’re all for being fair, so each of the touring bands from the second show would be paid $500. (Bands at the first show will get a cut at the door rather than payment upfront, unless we raise enough money to be able to pay them upfront.) We’re expecting bands from Chicago, New York City, and North Carolina to come to the Washington, D.C. area for the show, so they need to pay for gas and food. If we book a band within 50 miles of DC, they’ll only get $50 for gas and food and the leftover money would go towards Stop Hunger Now. Then, we need $75 so there will be food and drinks at the show for sale to help earn some extra money for Indie Bands with a Mission. The extra $195 in our funding goal is to help pay for the fees from both IndieGoGo and PayPal. 

What happens if we raise more than the $3,000? Each touring band will be paid $500. The venue will be paid $730 for the shows and we’ll buy $75 worth of drinks and food for the concert attendees. We’ll also pay the fees. Then, 100% of the ticket proceeds will go towards the event. (If the McLean community raises their $62,500 goal, then we’ll be giving those proceeds to the international organization Stop Hunger Now.) Then, 100% of the profits from the food and drink sales at the show go to Indie Bands with a Mission. The proceeds from this campaign will be evenly split between Stop Hunger Now and Indie Bands with a Mission. (We’ll be using these profits to help file for 501©(3) status, put on more events, and publish our upcoming cookbook.)

If you can, please donate! Even a dollar helps us get closer to paying everyone. We understand that not everyone can contribute money, so please share this fundraiser with your family and friends and see if they can donate something. If you’re in the DC area, come out and help us distribute flyers about the show and Stop Hunger Now event.

We announced this show on Facebook awhile ago, but in case you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet (which you should go do now) : 


All of us here at Indie Bands with a Mission are very excited to host a benefit show at Casa Fiesta in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Brace Yourself from Northern Virginia will be joining us in their entirety to kick off this show at 9 p.m. Then, Playground Etiquette from Baltimore will take the stage. (Playground Etiquette got in a car accident while driving down to play the Big Bear Show earlier this March, so everyone should make sure to bring a couple more dollars to support them!) Finally, Lights Resolve, driving down all the way from NYC, will be ending the show. (Everyone should go buy some mercy from Lights Resolve, especially their new Feel You’re Different vinyl package. With gas being this expensive, it’s a miracle that they are willing to come down to do this show!)

Plus, co-founder Clarissa will be celebrating her birthday at the event and she might have some surprises for the show! Will she buy a round of drinks? Will she add a last minute band? Come to the show and find out!

*Ten percent (10%) of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the DC Central Kitchen. The rest of the proceeds will go to Indie Bands with a Mission, with which we will spend the money to put on more volunteering events and small benefit shows and to file for our 501©(3) status.


Atlas At Last, Sunners, Treeforts, and Oklahoma Car Crash are joining together on March 2nd at Desperados Burgers and Bar in Washington, DC to help raise money for Indie Bands with a Mission to be able to file for 501©3 status.

We’ll see you there.

Although The Sea Life and The Static had to drop out of this show, Atlas At Last will be taking their place. The show will be benefiting both Indie Bands with a Mission and Stop Hunger Now. 

Doors open at 7 and Atlas At Last will be kicking off the show at 7:30. The Silver Liners and Drop Electric will follow. (Official set times are coming soon!)

Tickets are $5. Remember, if you donate at least $5 to our IndieGoGo campaign, you’ll get a ticket to the show! 

August 18th Bake and Drink Sale!

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At the August 18th benefit festival, Indie Bands with a Mission will be having a drink and bake sale. Expect to see cookies, brownies, and cupcakes!

In terms of drinks, we’ll have at least:

96 bottles of water
12 cans of Coca Cola
24 cans of Dr. Pepper
12 cans of Pepsi
12 cans of Sunkist
12 cans of Sierra Mist
12 cans of Sprite
12 cans of Mountain Dew
12 cans of Mountain Dew Throwback
6 Arizona Sweet Tea
3 Arizona Iced Tea with Lemon
2 Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng & Honey
2 Arnold Palmer Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade

Is there anything else in terms of drinks or food you want to see at the show?
Indie Bands with a Mission Benefit Fest on August 18th!

This year, Indie Bands with a Mission celebrated its third year of being an organization and wanted to celebrate in a big way at the end of the summer!

On August 18th at St. Stephen and the Incarnation, Indie Bands with a Mission will be hosting an eight-band festival show to benefit Thrive DC and Alternative House! The show will be featuring:

If you buy presale tickets, it’s only $7! If you wait until you get to the door, it’s $10. We’ll be accepting cash and major credit cards at the door. All door profits will be going to Thrive DC, Alternative House, and the bands.

Indie Bands with a Mission will also have $1 drinks (Water Bottles, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Sunkist, Mountain Dew, etc) and baked goods for sale! Also, Indie Bands with a Mission will have a limited supply of the fork guitar t-shirts on sale at the show!

Find out who else is going to the show on the Facebook event!

On March 3, Indie Bands with a Mission will have their first of many small benefit concerts in 2012 at Big Bear Cafe in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC!

Playground Etiquette, The Root Stompers, and Daniel Gallagher and Kyle Fedder of Brace Yourself are all set to perform acoustically.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

We recommend a five dollar donation in lieu of buying a ticket.* If you don’t donate, please at least buy a drink at Big Bear.
*We will be selling tickets in person to ensure you will be able to enter prior to the show. The ticket will be $5. 

Monetary donations will go to Indie Bands with a Mission, an organization working to make Washington, D.C. a better place, while promoting bands that want to help us with this mission. 

If you have any questions, email us at indiebandswithamission@gmail.com.