Funk, Alternative Rock, and Blues with Soul, Reggae, Hip Hop, and Gospel. All the ingredients you need to dance until the sun rises on a Saturday night.


Joppa is an eclectic mixture of funk, alternative rock, gospel, and blues based out of the Washington DC area. The band was founded in 1998 by Danny Dahan (bass), Ben Ifshin (guitar) and David Karr (drums).

Playing block parties and battle of the bands, the trio began to scratch the surface of what Joppa would eventually become. In 2001 Joppa found its voice when a friend of Ben, Ramzy Suleiman, (Lead Vocals, Keys) was added to the band.

Joppa's music has truly become something new and exciting, unlike anything currently out there. The band has begun to develop a devoted following around the Washington DC, Baltimore area, consistently playing at local clubs and bars.

Joppa recorded their first LP at the Lion and Fox Studios with acclaimed producer Jim Fox this past August. Joppa and their followers are building momentum, and the band is as excited as ever to see what the future has to offer.


Capes and Umbrellas, 2007

Set List

12 originals, 15 covers (Lively Up Yourself, Burning Down the House, Soulshine, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and many more), and improv jams.

can play 30 mins to 2.5 hours