The Story

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In 2001, our whole family seemed to be in a time of transition – maybe you’ve been there too. Luke had a young family and wasn’t completely satisfied with his job in New York City, Daniel had just graduated college, and Jonathan was about to graduate college. We were questioning a lot of things and looking for what to do next; but in all of the questioning we knew we loved music and working together as a family.

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We grew up in a musical household. Our parents were amateur musicians, and we were surrounded by music at home. Luke and Daniel got music degrees, were writing and performing together, and promoted concerts locally in Northern New Jersey for a time. And then our dad had moved to Northern Virginia and heard about a businessman who started a concert venue/recording studio/music store/CD store/book store/music lesson school called Jammin Java. The original owner had done all the buildout but had left the day-to-day in the hands of inexperienced managers. The business was failing, and he was looking for someone to revive it or else he’d have to close it down.

We naively thought this would be a cool “day job” to support ourselves while we pursued music. It was much more than that – it was an all-consuming beast! If you are a small business owner you know what we mean. We inherited a lot that was good from the previous owner but also some not-so-good stuff: a catchy but silly name, an “un-hip” location in a strip mall in the ‘burbs, and monthly rent that would be more appropriate for a Fifth Avenue retail giant than a fledgling nightclub. In hindsight, we’re not sure we would have taken on this challenge were it not for the blinders of youthful enthusiasm and naïveté. But we’re glad we did!

Brindley FamilyIn the early stages, there was no room for much of anything else of consequence in our lives – relationships, hobbies, vacations, or our own music. And so after a few years of unrelenting tension, Luke couldn’t deny his desire to focus more on his music and family and took a part-time role in Jammin Java. Jonathan and Daniel threw themselves whole-heartedly into the business while Luke toured and put out a handful of critically acclaimed records. In the intervening years, we each thankfully settled into our individual “callings” within Jammin Java. Daniel books all the concerts and events, Jonathan runs the operations, and Luke handles marketing and outreach. The brothers’ skill sets complement each other nicely.

Jammin Java found its unique identity as well. Year after year, Pollstar Magazine recognizes the club as one of the Top 100 Venues in the world according to ticket sales, and we sell the most tickets of any club our size anywhere. We also have the most active children’s music concert series of any nightclub around. Countless national publications have featured Jammin Java too, including Paste Magazine who named us one of the “Top 40 Music Venues” in the country. We have also built an incredible network of support from an international community of artists, fans, managers and agents who love what we do here.

In the life of Jammin Java, as in our own lives over the past twelve years, there have been times of extreme struggle and near-devastation, false starts, detours and proud moments and triumphs. We made it through September 11th and the fallout, sniper attacks, a few blizzards and hurricanes, Presidential elections, and so much more, and we always find ourselves returning to what drew us to Jammin Java in the first place – music, family and community.

Check out a list of notable past performers here.

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Jammin’ Java exists to offer the best live music and the finest concert experience in an all-ages community environment. We believe in the power of live music of all types to bring people together, to enlighten, and to enrich. Jammin Java is owned and operated by the three Brindley brothers Daniel, Jonathan and Luke.

Our Mission

  • We are musicians and music-lovers
  • We believe in taking care of the artist first and letting everything else fall into place
  • We believe in treating all guests and employees with respect
  • We believe in creating a family culture conducive to self-expression and creativity among employees
  • We seek to offer an entertaining and enriching experience for our guests
  • We believe in honesty, integrity, and authenticity in all of our business operations

The Timeline

Some notable past performers:

  • Bon Iver
  • Paramore
  • The Lumineers
  • Nick Jonas
  • All Time Low
  • Citizen Cope
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Owl City
  • Lisa Loeb
  • The Early November
  • Amos Lee
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Five For Fighting
  • Sixpence None The Richer
  • Vanessa Carlton
  • The Civil Wars
  • Andrew Bird
  • Jonathan Coulton
  • SOJA
  • Needtobreathe
  • Matt Nathanson
  • Howie Day
  • Mat Kearney
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Shawn Mullins
  • Albert Lee
  • Aaron Carter
  • Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
  • Rhett Miller
  • Susannah Hoffs
  • Tom Morello (Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine)
  • Butch Walker
  • Leon Russell
  • Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub
  • Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze)
  • Tyrone Wells
  • The Samples
  • Aqualung
  • Sloan
  • Gary Louris (of the Jayhawks)
  • Black 47
  • Nikka Costa
  • The Zac Brown Band
  • The Bird and the Bee
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Chris Difford (Squeeze)
  • The Pietasters
  • The Weepies
  • Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block)
  • David Johansen (NewYork Dolls, Buster Poindexter)
  • Carbon Leaf
  • Leslie West (Mountain)
  • The Last Bison
  • Justin Currie (Del Amitri)
  • Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos)
  • Vincent Gallo
  • Joshua Radin
  • Cracker
  • G-Eazy
  • Ian McLagan (of Faces)
  • James McCartney
  • Tony Lucca
  • Trevor Hall
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • Marcy Playground
  • Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
  • Bela Fleck
  • Circa Survive
  • Charlie Hunter
  • Joseph Arthur
  • Boyce Avenue
  • Mae
  • Jesse Malin
  • Marshall Crenshaw
  • Pat McGee Band
  • Iris Dement
  • Erik Griffin (comedy)
  • Chatham County Line
  • Dave Coulier (comedy)
  • The Milk Carton Kids
  • Wakey!Wakey!
  • Ballyhoo!
  • RDGLDGRN
  • Lydia
  • Spacehog
  • David Ryan Harris
  • The Almost Green River Ordinance
  • Josh Krajcik (X-Factor)
  • Mindy Smith
  • Alex Goot
  • Anvil
  • Band of Heathens
  • Sunny Ledfurd
  • BOY
  • Whitey Morgan and the 78s
  • Drivin N Cryin
  • Josh Henrichs
  • Street Corner Symphony
  • Justin Roberts
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Ralph’s World
  • Kris Allen (American Idol)
  • Lindi Ortega
  • Mike Pinto
  • Passafire
  • Max Schneider
  • Lucius
  • Recess Monkey
  • Max Schneider
  • Rocknoceros
  • SteveSongs
  • The Aristocrats
  • Three Legged Fox
  • Wakey!Wakey! Ron Sexsmith
  • Fiction Family (Jon Foreman of Switchfoot)
  • Marc Broussard
  • The Click Five
  • Parachute
  • Benny Blanco
  • Bert Jansch + Pegi Young
  • Unknown Hinson
  • Tommy Ramone (The Ramones)
  • Jolie Holland
  • Pernice Brothers
  • Sara Watkins
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • Kill Hannah
  • Graham Parker
  • Laura Veirs
  • Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes)
  • Boots Riley (The Coup)
  • John Doe
  • Steve Forbert and the Sound Benders
  • Cary Brothers
  • Billy Sheehan
  • Bob Schneider
  • Chuck Prophet
  • The Rocket Summer
  • Billy Joe Shaver
  • Ingram Hill
  • Paul Thorn
  • Ryan Cabrera
  • Liam Finn
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • Dave Barnes
  • Schuyler Fisk
  • Gary Jules
  • Will Hoge
  • Asylum Street Spankers
  • Virginia Coalition
  • Tristan Prettyman
  • Newton Faulkner
  • Tyler Hilton
  • Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate)
  • The Nighthawks
  • Wanda Jackson
  • Mark Olson (The Jayhawks)
  • Secondhand Serenade
  • Emerson Hart (Tonic)
  • Kate Voegele
  • Brooke Fraser
  • John Eddie Band
  • Tyler Ward
  • The Downtown Fiction
  • Buck 65
  • Charlie Louvin
  • Pete Best (The Beatles)
  • Jesse Colin Young
  • Andy McKee
  • Denny Laine (The Moody Blues, Wings)
  • Adrian Belew (King Crimson)
  • Blue Merle
  • Apollo Sunshine
  • Ken Andrews (Failure, Year of the Rabbit)
  • The Autumn Defense
  • Eric Hutchinson
  • Brian Blade
  • P.M. Dawn
  • Brendan James
  • Emily Osment
  • Atomic Tom
  • Kina Grannis
  • Marie Digby
  • Eddie Jobson
  • David Choi
  • Angie Aparo
  • Matt Wertz
  • Griffin House
  • Melanie
  • Kaki King
  • Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun
  • Michael Tolcher
  • David Lindley
  • Robbie Fulks
  • Agents of Good Roots
  • Eddie from Ohio
  • Girlyman
  • The Plimsouls
  • Chris Barron (Spin Doctors)
  • Harry Shearer
  • Susan Werner
  • Pierre Bensusan
  • Dan Bern
  • BR549
  • State Radio
  • Brindley Brothers
  • The Holmes Brothers
  • The Academy Is
  • Jimmy Gnecco (OURS)
  • Catie Curtis
  • Pat Dinizio (The Smithereens)
  • Fred Eaglesmith
  • Jules Shear
  • Enter The Haggis
  • Melissa Ferrick
  • Corey Harris
  • Ari Hest
  • The Alternate Routes
  • Freedy Johnston
  • John Jorgenson Quintet
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Adrian Legg
  • Lori McKenna
  • Spooner Oldham
  • Erin Mckeown
  • October Project
  • The Toasters
  • Over the Rhine
  • Ellis Paul
  • Jackopierce
  • Willy Porter
  • John Renbourn
  • Jane Siberry
  • Richard Shindell
  • Teitur
  • Peter Tork (The Monkees)
  • The Verve Pipe
  • Chris Whitley

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