Chloe's Coffee in the Kentlands is known for tasty variety—and that includes coffee as well as musicians.
On Friday, Dec. 17, Chloe's Coffee hosted one such talented musician named Kevin Skolnik.
Skolnik, originally from Greenbelt, has led a life of peace and activism through helping others. After a career serving in the Peace Corps, Seeds of Peace and KaBoom! (All non-profit organizations) Skolnik is delving into the world of music. He recently released his debut studio album entitled "Kinetic" and is performing at different venues around the area to support and promote this new album.
Kevin is not shy when performing and he displays his diverse talents by incorporating various instruments into his songs, along with some ideas from the audience.
Skolnik took the stage at Chloe's with a minimal setup.
Using only his guitar, the piano at Chloe's and a kazoo, he provided a solid night of entertainment for an intimate crowd.
After kicking the show off with a great guitar piece, Skolnik played a bit of a bluesy piano song by impressively improvising. Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" and Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" were also in the mix.
Skolnik's songs have an interesting and unique build. His vocal skills mix well with songs that have heavy metaphors, many relating food to life. The message of peace, kindness and love rang true through a number of the songs he performed. When asked about his career before music, Skolnik said he spent 2 years in Mozambique, "A country with a million landmines still on the ground."
The song "Kinetic" is a great example of Kevin's lyrical talent. "…How much blood it takes to make your money green" is one thought-inspiring line.
Skolnik's next show close by is Jan. 21 at Fireflies Delray in Alexandria, VA. You can check his website for up to date show listings.