Annie and the Beekeepers wax nostalgic at Kennedy Center

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Entertainment,Music,Marie Gullard

These days, trends in music are often a melting pot of different genres and the result is called fusion. Annie Lynch, leader of the band, Annie and the Beekeepers calls their music Americana, even as the group of four musicians experiment with different styles and songs.

"There's energy around music right now where everybody's trying to do something completely different and we certainly want to be unique and embrace our roots," explained Lynch, who, along with her Beekeepers will perform tonight on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. "Ours is foundational American music rooted in the oral tradition, whether that's bluegrass influenced or country influenced. The band started out as an acoustic quartet but we've recently been experimenting to bring in more rock and pop."

Backed by her group, (the name came about because every member has a keen interest in bees and beekeeping) Lynch's self-titled debut album received rave reviews from publications such as the Boston Globe, who noted her "understated vocals and songwriting are reminiscent of Jolie Holland or the Be Good Tanyas ... "

At Millennium, they will perform songs from their newest album released just this week, "My Bonneville."

Onstage
Annie and the Beekeepers
Where: Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Info: Free, 800-444-1324, kennedy-center.org

"I write all of the songs, although on "My Bonneville," my guitarist, Andy Burri, and I co-wrote two of the songs," Lynch said. "We have a very natural experience writing together. [These songs] provide a little break in the album because they sound different."

The album's title track is a nostalgic, hand-clapping trip about "The things we did in the dark in My Bonneville."

"That was my first car, an '85 Bonneville," Lynch said, somewhat wistfully. And the songs [on the album] have a sense of looking back on life a bit more differently."

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