Aug 09

Ghoti Hook + NAYAN

Union Stage All Ages
Doors 6PM | Show 7PM

About the event

Ghoti Hook

Ghoti Hook is Joel Bell (guitar / lead vocals), Adam Neubauer (drums), and Jamie Tolosa (guitar / backing vocals).

On this special night at Union Stage, the band will be joined by Kevin de Souza of Uptown Boys Choir on bass guitar.

Ghoti Hook formed in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. in 1991 through their shared love of punk rock. After two self-released EP’s, No Date (1994) and Boca Grande (1995), the band signed with Tooth & Nail Records in 1996. Four studio albums followed:  Sumo Surprise (1996), Banana Man (1997), Songs We Didn’t Write (1998), and Two Years To Never (2000). During this period, Ghoti Hook toured extensively across the United States (and elsewhere). After eleven years performing with a variety of lineups, the group disbanded in July of 2002.

In November of 2022 Ghoti Hook rose from the proverbial ashes and performed three times in 2023, including a reunion show at Jammin Java on September 9, and an appearance at Furnace Fest in Alabama later that month.

Wash your mawashi and bag your bananas, man… Ghoti Hook is going to Washington!


Band leader Nayan Bhula can’t shake Rock N Roll. Hearing those first few notes of “Dazed and Confused” as a middle schooler led to a three decade plus spiral. Looking like your “Dad’s accountant or doctor” (actual after show quote), he’s spent decades in the local scene and touring, tearing down those stereotypes of rock n roll. He started with post-punk outfit GIST who released 3 full length albums and toured up and down the East Coast & Canada. This transformed to a decade with the 8-piece orchestrated indie-folk-rock ensemble The NRIs, who released five EPs. Along the way, he’s shared bills with Rilo Kiley, Lungfish, Moneen, Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Juliana Hatfield, Laura Stevenson, Biz Markie, Khaira Arby, to name a few.  The new band leans on his post-punk, indie rock roots, and adds some synths. Taking inspiration from DC punk, an unwavering devotion to classic rock n roll, and the 80s New Wave he grew up on.

This show is at Union Stage

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740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024