Having graced some of DC’s biggest stages: Strathmore, Wolf Trap, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Birchmere, Blues Alley, the Fillmore, Hamilton Live, and Bethesda Blues & Jazz – Flo Anito recently embarked on her first European tour, performing solo in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Spain! A quirky, clever songwriter with a great big voice, that is in turn, sweet, sultry, powerful, and emotive, Flo’s stage presence is undeniable. Classically trained in Voice, Piano, and Cello, raised on the stages of Summer stock musical theatre, and studying Music under Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, Flo’s sound is a rare hybrid. A Grand Prize winner on Ourstage, with multiple Wammy nominations for Best Pop/Rock Vocalist, come see why Flo Anito is wowing audiences internationally!
Classically trained in voice, piano, and ‘cello, Flo Anito began her singer/songwriter career at age 16 when she got her hands on her first guitar. Already rewarded for her musicality with All-State recognition and roles in Summer-stock theatre, songwriting came naturally to this young talent who has quickly proven herself a prolific writer of thought provoking jazzy pop songs in the vein of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Nellie McKay.
Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a BA in Music, Flo has made Washington DC her home. She has opened for Eli Matthson and Emi Meyer at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, has shared festival bills with Joan Jett, Blues Traveler, and Andy Grammar and opened for Theresa Andersson, a Swedish musician featured in ‘Rolling Stone’, at DC9. She also shared the stage with Rosi Golan at Bloombars.
The last few years have proven to be a whirlwind for Flo. She shot a music video for her song Uh Oh which won the Grand Prize on OurStage.com! The same song was one of 5 finalists in a Cosmo Radio contest, winning her an interview and airplay on Sirius Radio. After a live audition, she was selected for the Artist Roster at the world renowned Strathmore Music Hall where she performed with her band. Flo was the only DC based musician selected to play Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of the Virgin Mobile Free Fest’s Busking Brigade, where she joined an impressive bill: Weezer, Blink 182, the Bravery, and Franz Ferdinand. In 2013, she played the legendary Blues Alley, in 2014 she performed solo at Sydney Harman Hall, and in 2015 she debuted atBethesda Blues and Jazz! Flo was selected for a CMJ showcase in NYC, a GAP campaign in Charlottesville, and a feature video on the website for the National Association of Broadcasting. She has played for the Secretary of the Interior, performed at the National Press Club, and sung the National Anthem at a Washington Freedom game. She has also been nominated for multiple Wammy Awards, including Best Pop/Rock Vocalist and Best Music Video. Flo heads the local chapter of Just Plain Folks, an international music networking organization and has run a songwriter’s night promoting live, local music in DC for over 5 years! Flo’s album, “No Dustbunnies”, recorded with Chris Keup (O.A.R., Erin McKeown), Stewart Meyers (Lifehouse), and Brian Jones (Dave Matthews Band, Mandy Moore), has been a best seller on both CDbaby and Digstation and is getting international radio play.
2014 marked the year of Flo’s first European tour! Self-booked and self-funded, the artist toured solo across 5 countries, 15 different cities, playing 18 dates in 6 weeks! Performing in music clubs, jazz piano hotel bars, restaurants, army bases, and house concerts, the singer/songwriter made some amazing new fans in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain before heading home to write about her journey!