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Musicians return to Haymarket for one-night show

Times File Photo - Guitarist and songwriter Alex Williams, pictured in 2012 as a Battlefield student, returns home from college on April 19 with an entire band.
Two local musicians taking different musical paths will take the stage together for a one-night performance on April 19 in Haymarket.

Guitarist and songwriter Alex Williams returns home from college on April 19 with an entire band.

His longtime friend, local Christian artist and songwriter Darion Duncan, will join them for one night only as AW & The Headliners perform at 4410 Contemporary Music Center in Haymarket.

The $10 tickets can be purchased online or in the store. Seating is limited.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Williams and Duncan are both Battlefield High School graduates who played together in school and have now gone their separate ways. Williams' band, AW &The Headliners, is “a unique Boston-based collective out to take music to another level,” said Williams.

Duncan, who is living in Gainesville, is a full-time Christian musician who plays piano at The Rock Christian Center and in in the Christian band, Bearwitness.

“I also work in the music ministry at my church,” said Duncan who also produces for a several local artists.

Williams is in Boston majoring in music business and performance at Berklee College of Music. When he returns home, he can often be spotted onstage playing guitar beside his father at Park Valley Church in Haymarket.

Duncan and Williams played together since their sophomore year of high school, when their band, Emotions, won Battlefield High School's annual Battle of the Bands in 2010.

Last month, Williams returned to Battlefield with some members of AW & The Headliners to perform as special guest for this year's Battle of the Bands.

Founded by Williams, AW & The Headliners is a diverse group of musicians from Berklee College of Music.

When they performed last month at the Battle of the Bands, Williams and his crew “rocked the house and had everyone on their feet,” said Pamela Gillin, president of the school PTO. “We could not have asked for a more perfect ending to an incredible night of nonstop talent!”

Using duo guitars, violin, bass, drums, and piano, AW& The Headliners often surprise their audience by reshaping Top 40 tunes in addition to playing familiar classics.

New fans of the Berkleee crew can catch them in action again this month at Contemporary Music’s Haymarket venue, 4410. The group takes the stage for a one-night performance.
“Being a part of this group of musicians pushes my musical potential, it has encouraged me to be more creative and has also pushed musical boundaries as far as incorporating many different styles and genres into my playing,” said Williams, who is an accomplished guitarist, bassist, saxophonist, drummer and songwriter.

In addition to Duncan and Williams, the band will also include Francesca Simone on guitar, Josh Walker on drums, Jscott Martin on bass and Alan Price on violin.

“AW band is full of a lot of great musicians, it should be fun,” said Duncan who is sitting in for the night.

The Headliners, comprised of multi-instrumentalists, play pop songs with instrumental arrangements spanning multiple styles of music such as rock, jazz, R&B, blues, and gospel.

"I have watched Alex Williams grow from a kid with fast fingers into a relevant young musician,” said Menzi Pittman, owner of Contemporary Music. “Alex is not only becoming an impacting guitarist; he is blooming into a dynamic performer and an effective clinician as well."

For more information about the concert or to buy tickets, visit www.contemporarymusiccenter.com.
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