* Who: Blame It on Jane
* When: 10 p.m. tomorrow
* Where: Whitlow's on Wilson, Arlington
Here's an idea for a hip new TV series: an attractive young lobbyist who moonlights as leader of a rock band, bringing bipartisan musical joy to hardworking wonks on Capitol Hill. You've got "The West Wing"-style political intrigue plus good-looking WB-type twentysomethings and a great soundtrack.
Prefer to make it a reality series? Take the cameras and follow the real-life adventures of Jane Adams, who fronts for the D.C.-area band Blame It on Jane. You can start with live concert footage when the band takes the stage tomorrow night at Whitlow's.
Blame It on Jane likes to mix it up with blues and country-tinged original rockers, plus classic covers in the manner of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Dixie Chicks and Bonnie Raitt. Since forming in 1999 from the remains of Adams's previous and more folk-rock oriented band, Waiting for Jane, the outfit has honed a reputation as a favorite party band among Capitol Hill staffers.
Gigs run the gamut from fundraisers and private parties to area clubs and Dewey Beach bars. The group had the honor of being the only local act invited to perform at the 2001 Black Tie & Boots presidential inaugural ball, along with national acts such as Clint Black and Lyle Lovett.
The group plays regularly at Northern Virginia sites, including the Birchmere, Iota Club and Cafe and Whitlow's, which Adams affectionately calls "our Virginia home." "They have been very supportive of us over the years," she said. In fact, the cover for the band's 2000 debut CD, "Love & Tonic" was shot at Whitlow's.
The group's press photo -- including Adams, guitarist Scott Galupo, bassist Brad Deitz, saxophonist and vocalist Stephen Northrup, drummer Rich Krents and keyboard-vocalist Buzz Lerch -- was taken at Iota.
"The entire Orange Line corridor is enjoying a well deserved reputation for bringing fresh, quality music -- both local and national acts -- to the area," Adams said. "Clarendon is becoming a more manageable Adams Morgan, with more parking and less crime."
Another important aspect, she said, is the club owners' willingness to support original music. "Other venues prefer cover bands," she said. "We prefer Whitlow's and Iota to some of the larger clubs because we write our own music and appreciate support from local owners who want to promote local artists who live, work and perform in the community."
-- Marianne Meyer
Whitlow's is at 2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Blame It on Jane is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. and play until about 1 a.m. The cover charge is $5. More information on the band is available at www.blameitonjane.com. For more information on Whitlow's, call 703-276- 9693 or visit www.whitlows.com.
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