Secret Society at City Winery DC
During a long summer work week, sometimes you just need a night of live music to transport you. On Sept. 1 and 2, Secret Society will happily oblige with two shows at City Winery DC in Ivy City. Led by saxophonist Bryan Mills, an alumnus of Howard University’s renowned jazz studies program, Secret Society is a D.C.-based group of seven musicians that self-describes its repertoire as “feel good music.” That overarching label includes jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk, pop, rock, and other disparate tracks. In an age where the classic “live band” is becoming increasingly uncommon, Secret Society upholds the tradition of talented instrumentalists and vocalists showcasing a diverse set of music and jamming out on stage. Guests at City Winery will experience everything from the revolutionary free jazz sound of John Coltrane to ’70s funk and ’80s and ’90s hip-hop standards. In addition to Mills on saxophone, Secret Society features Robbie McDonald playing lead guitar, David Dyson on bass, Patrick Cooper on keys, Tim Steele on drums and percussion, and Mike Madison and Taryne Warren on vocals. The back-to-back shows are not just a welcome reprieve from the workweek; they also mark the return of live music to City Winery, which hasn’t hosted shows since the pandemic closed everything down in March 2020. In addition to performances, City Winery offers specially crafted wine from Chief Winemaker David Lecomte and a wide variety of food. Secret Society plays Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at City Winery DC, 1350 Okie St. NE. citywinery.com. $25. Guests must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours.