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Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Or do you have a friend or loved one that wants to jam along with their favorite tunes? Purchase guitar lessons and I will get you strumming in no time at all! Let’s have some fun and play your favorite songs!

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Upcoming Shows

Bryan Frates Live @ Port Tobacco Marina
Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bryan Frates Live @ Port Tobacco Marina | Port Tobacco | Maryland | United States
John Luskey & Bryan Frates Live @ Mamma Lucia - Dunkirk
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
John Luskey & Bryan Frates Live @ Mamma Lucia - Dunkirk | Dunkirk | Maryland | United States
Bryan Frates Live @ Phil's Place
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bryan Frates Live @ Phil's Place | Hughesville | Maryland | United States
Bryan Frates Live @ Gridiron Grill
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bryan Frates Live @ Gridiron Grill | Callaway | Maryland | United States
Bryan Frates Live @ Ape Hangers
Mar 4 @ 9:30 pm – 1:30 am
Bryan Frates Live @ Ape Hangers | Bel Alton | Maryland | United States
Bryan Frates Live @ Casey Jones
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bryan Frates Live @ Casey Jones  | La Plata | Maryland | United States
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Original Music Showcase Live w/ Sam Grow & Friends @ The Lime Lounge | Lexington Park | Maryland | United States
Advance tickets available @ Twist Wine & Spirits or call 240-237-8048 #bryanfratesmusic
Bryan Frates Live @ Phils Place
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bryan Frates Live @ Phils Place | Hughesville | Maryland | United States
Bryan Frates Live @ Casey Jones
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Bryan Frates Live @ Casey Jones | La Plata | Maryland | United States

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Photos by Richie Downs

Pictures were shot by Richie Downs on 11/8/2015 in Washington, DC.

Richie is a Freelance Music, Editorial and Lifestyle Photographer based the DC/Baltimore metro area with over fifteen years of experience as a professional photographer.

His concentration spans across various fields of work including live music, editorial, musician portraits, professional sports, documentary, conceptual, and advertising photography. He also works with models for product and personal portfolio and promotions. He always strives for new ways to improve his craft and experiment with creative fresh ideas and processes.

“I love photographing musicians, models, personalities, athletes and anyone who is interesting. I love capturing the emotion in live music and sporting events.”

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Musical Inspiration @ My School – Guitarapalooza


Last Fall I started teaching at a small private school in Maryland. It was here where I was thrown into a bunch of new positions that I had never done before. With that said, when I set out on my new journey, I promised myself that I would try everything and anything that this new home had to offer. During that time I was asked to teach an intro level guitar course. Although I have played guitar for over 10 years now, I had never given a formal lesson or taught in a classroom setting. I was extremely excited to do this and the class took off and since then has tripled just one year.

This past Wednesday I hosted my 2nd Guitarapalooza event at the school that I started last year. This is an event where the students pick any song that they want to perform and they play it in front of the friends, family and teachers. I am telling you this, only because teaching has been such an inspirational journey for me. I love being able to give somebody a life long gift that I was given so many years ago. I have never been more proud of each and every one of my students because I have asked them to hurdle mountains and they have done it on a daily basis! This event was absolutely amazing  and I was so proud of their hard work displayed for so many!

Guitarapalooza – Wed, Dec 9 – 7:30pm – The Calverton School (300 Calverton School Rd, Huntingtown MD)

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A New Day Live – Looping Pedal Fun

When I wrote this song, my inspiration was driven by those early mornings that you had to wake up and go to school or work. The last night of summer when you knew that you had to wait another year to gain the freedom of summer again. It is a song that hopefully inspires others to wake up each morning ready to get your hands dirty and put in the time and effort that it takes to be successful. I hope you enjoy the looping, the beat boxing, the vocals and the covers of Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg & Will Smith! I had a lot of fun with this song!

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About Bryan

As a native of Woodstock Vermont, Bryan Frates discovered his love for music through his family members. Whether it was playing instruments at Christmas time, or listening to the works of James Taylor and Marvin Gaye, the foundation was built at an early age.

Bryan began his music career at a prep school in New Hampshire, singing in his high school band, Nexus. He went on to college in Maine and began playing solo shows around the campus of Bates College in Lewiston. At that time he also joined a hip-hop group called High Flow and sang hooks and verses for the dynamic group out of Boston. Bryan is currently performing in Salt Lake City as a solo act in local music venues.

Bryan’s unique style stems from his love for folk, country, R&B, hip-hop, pop, and jazz music. With an admiration of artists like Martin Sexton, Amos Lee, Zac Brown, Lisa Hillary, Vance Gilbert, and Brandi Carlile, his tremendous vocals weave effortlessly throughout genres. Tying together elements of country and folk along with hip-hop and R&B, he has created a style that is truly his own. With his passion for music and song writing, he hopes to make a full time career out of something that he loves to do. Bryan’s original songs evoke images of family, friends, and the experiences of moving through the various stages of life.