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December 28, 2012 Published in Arts & Style, Top Stories

Feel Good With FeelFree

By Carla Branch
alexandrianews.org

FeelFree opens for Virginia Coalition (VACO). (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

T. C. Williams High School alums Evan Hulehan, Andrew Pfeiffer, Bryan Frank, Garrett Clausen, and Colin Cantfil are FeelFree and if you love reggae and are looking for something to do on New Year's Eve, you can catch FeelFree and other local bands at Jammin' Java in Vienna.

All of the members of FeelFree are fulltime college students. Three of them are working toward degrees in music: Clausen, University of Miami; Pfeiffer, Wesleyan University; and Hulehan, University of Colorado at Denver. Frank is a student at Old Dominion University and Cantfil is taking music classes locally. The five college students have spent their winter break performing in the metro area and releasing two new singles. On Dec. 22, FeelFree opened for Virginia Coalition, another band comprised of T. C. alums, at the 9:30 Club in DC.

“I saw that they were going to be performing and got in touch with their lead singer, Andy, and they invited us to open for them,” Hulehan said. “We didn't know any of them before the show but they were very hospitable and we had a great time. Our set went really smooth and by the time we started playing, the club was full and a lot of our fans were there. It was great.”

VACO has performed in the area and on the college circuit for more than a decade. The band has a history of supporting younger bands with ties to T. C. Like VACO, at least three of the members of FeelFree have been playing together since middle school.

FeelFree rocks a sold-out show at 9:30 Club December 22nd. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

“Andrew, Garrett and I started playing together when we were at George Washington Middle School,” Hulehan said. “Brian and Colin joined us about three years ago to form FeelFree.

“So far we have released 11 original songs have one more that is mixed and nearly ready to go. We hope to record a couple of others while we are home now,” Hulehan said.

How would Hulehan describe FeelFree's music style? “Our music has a lot of reggae influence but you can hear other music genres in our songs as well,” he said.

If you want to hear some of their music, you can download their two new songs by visiting their Facebook page. They also have tickets for the New Year's Eve show there as well.

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