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Blog Post: Now Serving Coffee & Dreams At Jammin Java

You've probably driven by Jammin Java a million times. Maybe you've thought "ANOTHER coffee shop?!" But what they REALLY serve is dreams!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

This quote from Roald Dahl (you probably remember reading his books as a  child: "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory", "Matilda" and "James & the Giant Peach") is the perfect description of one of Vienna's best  kept secrets - Jammin Java

Tucked away in a small strip mall on Maple Avenue, you've probably driven by  Jammin Java a million times. Because of its name, many people who have not stepped through the doors think it's just another coffee shop. And  after all - don't we have a million of those in Northern Virginia? Who  needs one more?!

Well, they do serve coffee there, but what they REALLY serve is DREAMS!

The truth is - it's one of the premiere music venues in all of the Washington D.C. area. We were reminded of that  recently when we attended a show there and once again were surprised by  the fact that most of the people in attendance drove from miles &  miles around to see the show. We, on the other hand, drove all of a mile and a half.

As always, we arrived early so we could have dinner  before the show. Not only do they have aweome chili (four different  kinds!), but it's a great time to chat with the other folks who attend  and oftentimes the musicians are around as well. This particular night  we were there to see Pete & Maura Kennedy - national performers who  are very popular locally - and Pete was out front before the show taking song requests. As we chatted with various people before the show, it  was apparent that this audience was very similar to almost every  audience we have ever experienced at Jammin Java.

What was the common thread? They were really knowledgeable not only about The Kennedys, but about  music in general - super tuned in to the local music scene. We happen to be "oldies but goodies" and it's always fun to chat with other folks  our age and share stories about all the shows we've seen dating back to  the 70's. You see, the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. area has a rich music  history. (You'd be surprised by the legendary groups who performed in  local community centers, churches & roller rinks back in the day -  but that's another blog post!)

Take The Kennedys for example.  Pete & Maura are well established musicians. Each has had a solo  career in addition to touring together. They have toured nationally, as  well as internationally, and have recorded & played with amazing  folks like Nanci Griffith, Nils Lofgren, Roger McGuinn, Charlie Byrd,  Mary Chapin Carpenter & Kelly Willis (just to name a few!). They  have performed at places like Royal Albert Hall in London, Jack's Tracks in Nashville, Carnegie Hall, Wolftrap, Central Park and even The  Tonight Show. And they currently host a radio show on Sirius Satellite  Radio (channel 70) called "Dharma Cafe".

Pete & Maura used to  live here locally (in Reston). They started performing together in 1993  and back in the early days we had the pleasure of seeing them more  often. They're now based in New York, so this recent visit was a real  treat for us. After the show, we had the chance to chat with Pete for a  bit. Pete actually grew up in Northern VA. He went to O'Connell High  School (my alma mater and the school across the street from where my  husband grew up). Turns out that his Mom "Mrs. Kennedy" was the head of  the Guidance Department for many, many years at O'Connell. What a small  world!

And that's why I call Jammin Java "Vienna's Best Kept Music Secret". If the average person who lived in Vienna had any idea what  kind of talent was on display there, the place would be packed with  locals. Pete & Maura Kennedy are just one example of the level of  talent that performs at Jammin Java.There's something for everyone. They have shows for kids, teens, Gen Xers, Gen Y and even Seniors. And  there's a great mix of well-established talent (like The Kennedys) and  up & coming talent that will soon be seen on the national stage. If  you live in Vienna and haven't checked out Jammin Java yet - check it  out. You'll be surprised with the magic you might find there!

(Oh - and if you do - make sure to say hi to the "Jammin Java Door Gal" from The Belt Team. Her name is Mei and she rocks!)

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Laura B. January 02, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I love Jammin Java. It's like a tiny arts center in the middle of Vienna.
The Belt Team January 04, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Totally agree. Very refreshing & something for everyone!

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