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Number Ones

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 7:00 PM

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DC Chapter

Meet & Greet Jam Details: Sunday, January 13, 2019 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
1506 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC
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Event Details: Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW, Washington, DC
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About This Event

Starting off 2019 strong with the hits! Flashbands will exclusively play songs that were at any point Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart!


The tally below shows how many slots are available at each instrument and will be updated daily as people sign up.

Please make sure that you list your desired instrument in your musician profile.  If you have more than one instrument listed, please email graham@flashband.org with (a) which instrument you intend to play for this showcase, and (b) whether you are willing to play a different instrument in order to help get the right balance of musicians.

  • Drums: 10 of 10
  • Bass: 10 of 10
  • Vocals: 12 of 12
  • Guitar: 14 of 14



Q: Are all songs that were Number 1 on the Hot 100 fair game? Even if they were only there super briefly?
A: Yup.

Q: What about Billboard's other charts? Could we do a song that was Number 1 on the genre-specific charts, for instance?
A: We're just pulling from the Hot 100 for this (or the other charts that pre-dated the Hot 100). The idea is to have a night of bands doing their takes on the pop classics. We know there are some great tunes on those other lists, but it would just be sorta defeating the purpose to open it up to country, latin, alternative, international, christian/gospel, smooth jazz, etc. Sorry folks. You'll have to save that flaming hot cover of Ednita Nazario's "Quiero Que Me Hagas El Amor" (no. 1 on the Billboard latin pop charts this week in 1994) for another day.

Q: What about songs that were Number 1 on Billboard's other charts before it established the Hot 100 in 1955? Are those songs off limits?
A: Dang, did you read the Billboard Wikipedia page or something? Yeah, sure, those are cool. Your band could play a pre-1955 song that charted Number 1 on Billboard's "Best Sellers in Stores," "Most Played by Jockeys," or "Most Played in Jukeboxes" charts.

Q: Could my band play a song that was Number 1 on a different chart other than Billboard? Like the UK's "The Official Chart" or Norway's "Topp 10 Singles Norsk"?
A: Wow, digging pretty deep with Norway..

Q: Yeah man, that Bjørn Eidsvåg and Elvira Nikolaisen cut from last year? That was fire.
A: I'll take your word for it. But no, let's keep it simple and stick to the Billboard charts.

Q: Why all these rules? Wouldn't it be better just to let us play whatever we want?
A: Ever been to a theme party, and some people just showed up in plain clothes? What a bummer! Themes fuel creativity and are a big part of what make Flashband a good time for the participants and exciting and marketable to audiences. Give it a shot and be creative, and we know you'll dig working within the theme.

Q: What's Flashband and how does it work?
A: Flashband connects musicians to form a one-time band and play a showcase of short high-energy sets one month later.
Here's how it works: You'll form a one-time band at a meet & greet jam, rehearse with your band, then play the show! Typically 40-45 hobbyist musicians participate, and have 4 weeks to prepare a 15-minute set for a Saturday night show. Here's why 2000+ DC area musicians love Flashband:

  • Meet & jam with local hobbyists like you (no sketchy craigslist)
  • Play a Saturday night gig at a sweet venue just by showing up
  • Skip worrying about show logistics, backline, and promo
  • Get professional photos of you rocking out on stage
  • Make new friends in the music scene
  • Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience among your peers

Message Board

If you are signed up for this event, use the message board below to communicate with fellow musicians. This is a great place to find bands, ask questions and make suggestions!

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Cameron Kober
Nov 30, 2018 3:16 AM
I’d really enjoy doing an 80s theme. Maybe some Bowie, Tears for Fears, Prince etc.

Spencer Rand
Nov 28, 2018 12:28 AM
Below is a link to a Google doc that has all of the #1 songs going back to the 1960's (source below). Hopefully this is helpful.

Spencer Rand
Nov 28, 2018 12:27 AM

Spencer Rand
Nov 28, 2018 12:26 AM
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_the_1970s

Anjan Mukherjee
Nov 27, 2018 10:27 PM
anyone want to do a "decades" theme-within-a-theme? like, a set list of number ones exclusively from the 80s (or 70s, or 90s...)?

Event Leader

Graham Robertson is leading this event. Have questions?
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