Cherry Blossom Carousel featuring Hazel Raven

Saturday, February 25, 7:00 PM

This monthly series, hosted by Cherry Blossom Special, will feature a joint performance with a guest artist, as well as occasional jams.

The first showcase in our series features Hazel Raven and Cherry Blossom Special.

HAZEL RAVEN  Hazel Raven is a band of friends from the DMV who love good music, fun times, and great company. Our band is heavily inspired by folk, bluegrass, and old-time traditions although we love all kinds of music from rock to jazz and classical. Our members consist of Isabel Angela on guitar/vocals, Dani Weismann on fiddle/vocals, and Michelle Monroe on bass. We draw inspiration from local folk heroes from back in the day, including Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, when Washington, DC was once the bluegrass capital of the country!

CHERRY BLOSSOM SPECIAL – Drawing from the rich history of Washington D.C.’s acoustic music sphere, the folk quintet’s compositions and arrangements seek to go beyond storytelling. Rather, the group uses their vibrant music to examine the complex spectrum that blends tradition and innovation, begging the question, what do the stories we tell say about ourselves? 

Award-winning vocalist and mandolinist, Nick Cameron, brings technical proficiency that allows them to pen sharp and forward thinking arrangements. Banjoist and lyricist, Gabby Cameron, pulls songwriting inspiration from her ethnomusicological scholarship, having been named the 2022 IBMA Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar for her groundbreaking research in Jewish bluegrass music. Cellist, Sophie Chang, brings rhythmic vitality through her experience as a versatile contra dance musician. Enhancing the group’s genre ambiguity, Mari Carlson’s playing styles range from traditional Swedish fiddle to keen jazz violin. Guitarist, Justin Heath, offers the group a mellow and intuitive tone, bridging his harmonic insight from jazz and tango with bluegrass flatpicking.


Takoma SPARK
7112 Willow Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912


We are following the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for health and safety. Students are encouraged to wash hands upon arrival.


Tickets are nonrefundable.

In the event of a venue cancellation, you may choose between either (1) a full refund, or (2) a full credit to any SMT event, class, workshop, or private lessons.

$20 General Admission

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