Deaf Dog and the Indictments, advertised as “the world’s only (almost) all-judge band”, are performing a mix of rock'n'roll, Motown, and the blues on Saturday, April 2, at 4 pm, in the auditorium of Saint Elizabeths Hospital. The concert is free and open to the public.
When not jammin with the band, members can be found on the bench at DC Superior Court. Band members are Superior Court Judges Franklin Burgess, “Professor”; John Campbell, “Trash Can”; Russell F. Canan, “Top Dog”; and William Jackson, “Dawgg” ; along with Magistrate Judges John McCabe, “Cartwheel”, and William Nooter, “Blue Dog” . Psychologist Marc Feldman, “Hound Dog” rounds out the band. The judges see the band as a way to reach out to the community in a way that differs from their professional role hearing criminal, family, and probate cases.
Deaf Dog and the Indictments was formed in 2005 to take part in a talent show at a court training conference. The band's name was decided at an early rehearsal when all of the band members' families left the room except a faithful canine. The other band members took heart that the dog appreciated their unique sound, only to find out later that she was completely deaf.
The band has appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Grog & Tankard in Georgetown, and at local judicial and legal conferences.
With Judges Canan and McCabe on rhythm guitar, Nooter on lead guitar, Campbell on bass, Burgess on keyboard, Jackson as lead singer, and former Saint Elizabeths psychologist Marc Feldman on drums, the band will cover hits by B.B. King, Wilson Pickett and Elvis Pressley.
A picture ID is required for access to the Saint Elizabeths Campus. The Hospital is located at 1100 Alabama Avenue SE adjacent to the Congress Heights Metro (Green Line). Metro riders enter the campus at Gate 6 and cars must enter at Gate 5 on Alabama Avenue.
For more information, contact Public Affairs Director Tamil Perry at (202) 299-5100 or [email protected].