Magnificent Intentions Music Festival



Magnificent Intentions Music Festival is the brainchild of DC-area musician Ryan Walker (of the bands The Beanstalk LibraryThe Cowards Choir and Justin Jones & the B-sides). The idea for the festival was sparked when Ryan was watching the Grammys and realized he had a plethora of friends in the area who make music as good as (if not better than) what was on display at the awards show. The festival takes its name from a quote by Charles Dickens, calling DC the “city of magnificent intentions.” The festival is a multi-day showcase and celebration of a wide variety of high quality acts from the DC area.

The inaugural festival was held at IOTA Club and Café in Arlington, VA from October 17th through the 19th, 2014. The second festival was held on December 4, 2015 at IOTA, and December 5, 2015 at DC9 in Washington, DC.

Founder & Curator

Ryan Walker

Co-producer & Spreadsheet Jockey

Brian Pagels


Adam Neubauer


Matt Humphrey


Contact the Magnificent Intentions team

It is sometimes called the City of Magnificent Distances, but it might with greater propriety be termed the City of Magnificent Intentions.
— Charles Dickens

Mark Your Calendars

The Second Annual Magnificent Intentions Music Festival is scheduled for December 4, 2015 at IOTA Club & Cafe and December 5, 2015 at DC9. Stay tuned for line-up announcements, ticketing, and schedule details!