Gonzo-folk at its finest, Cravin’ Dogs creates a unique, vibrant blend of original, melodic roots-rock that has kept Dogheads howling for 35 years!


Cravin’ Dogs began as a “gonzo-folk” trio in 1986. Founding members Caldwell Gray, Lisa “Weezy” Venable Gray, and Tom Helf crafted a sparse brand of rock & roll that used acoustic guitar, drums and harmony-driven vocals to create a unique blend of folk, classic rock, ’80s new wave and bluegrass.

Cravin’ Dogs has since evolved into an all-original, eclectic, roots-rock quintet that has played over 1000 shows and released ten full-length albums, one EP and two compilation retrospectives.

Cravin’ Dogs is:

Arch Alcantara – Bass & Vocals

Todd Baker – Violin & Vocals

Caldwell Gray – Guitar, Keys & Vocals.

Tom Helf – Drums & Vocals

John Penovich – Guitar & Vocals



The Public Option

Saturday, November 14, 2020

1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE, WDC 

(202) 636-3795





Saturday, October 3, 2020 @ 8pm

El Golfo Restaurant

8739 Flower Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 608-2121


All ages

$10 suggested donation




Friday, May 29, 2020

Public Bar Live DC

With The 16th & T Street Band

1214 18th St NW, WDC 20036

(240) 308-9267


21 & up


Recent Shows:

2-16-20 Hank Dietle’s Fundraiser @ Knights of Columbus, Silver Spring MD

2-1-20 El Golfo Restaurant, Silver Spring MD

12-7-19 The Deej, WDC

10-6-19 Takoma Park MD Street Fair

9-22-19 Dangerous Pies, WDC

8-31-19 Cool Aid, Monkton MD

5-23-19 Red Bear Brewing, WDC

5-8-19 Villain & Saint, Bethesda MD

2-1-19 Hell’s Bottom VFW, Takoma Park MD

12-29-18 The Birchmere, Alexandria VA

11-30-18 El Golfo, Silver Spring MD

10-26-18 Villain & Saint, Bethesda MD

9-8-18 Lahinch, Potomac MD

5-25-18 Pearl Street Warehouse, WDC

4-13-18 Lahinch, Potomac MD

3-10-18 El Golfo, Silver Spring MD

2-10-18 Hank Dietle’s, North Bethesda MD

1-13-18 Lahinch, Potomac MD