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NAYAN + The Beanstalk Library + Blood Family Reunion – Live Music

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Come join us for a night of powerful drumming, mesmerizing music, and a homecoming celebration like no other!

Two longtime frontmen of the local DC scene Nayan Bhula and Ryan Walker are back doing what they do best – making music! Bhula’s newest project is NAYAN and their debut record, “Rock N Roll Ruined My Life” was just released in February of 2024. Bandcamp noted it as, Maximalist power pop that reaches for the stars with bold hooks and blasts of horns, synths, and guitars.” Walker and Beanstalk Library are looking to release new material this year. Get a glimpse of what’s to come from two of the pillars of the local music scene!




Band leader Nayan Bhula can’t shake Rock N Roll. Hearing those first few notes of “Dazed and Confused” as a middle schooler led to a three-decade-plus spiral. Looking like your “Dad’s accountant or doctor” (actual after-show quote), he’s spent decades in the local scene and touring, tearing down those stereotypes of rock n roll. He started with post-punk outfit GIST who released 3 full-length albums and toured up and down the East Coast & Canada. This transformed into a decade with the 8-piece orchestrated indie-folk-rock ensemble The NRIs, who released five EPs. Along the way, he’s shared bills with Rilo Kiley, Lungfish, Moneen, Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Juliana Hatfield, Laura Stevenson, Biz Markie, and Khaira Arby, to name a few.
At the end of 2021, it was time for a change., it was time to double down as the only South African/Indian/Canadian/American rock musician (story for another day). The new band leans on his post-punk, indie rock roots, and adds some synths. Taking inspired from DC punk, unwavering devotion to classic rock n roll, and the 80s New Wave he grew up on.
The majority of the recording was done at DC’s Ivakota by Ben Green and the band did one of the last sessions at famed Inner Ear Studios with Don Zientara, before it was torn down; Salvaging the track “American Seconds” from that session. The second single, “Alone” features vocals from NYC indie darling, Laura Stevenson (Don Giovanni Records). Mastering was done by the maestro, Ryan Smith (AC/DC, The Black Keys, Turnstile) from Sterling Sound Nashville.
Rock N Roll may have ruined his life or it may have saved it – that’s still up for debate.

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