PoP Presents – Mittenfields, Dangerosa and Crimes of Paris At the Velvet Lounge This Friday

Velvet-Lounge(color_text)small, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I have always had two loves of my life – music and tropical fish. Since I’m no longer allowed in the National Aquarium (a story for another time) I’ve decided to support the local DC music scene. Like my food posts, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not an aficionado. I simply know what I like and recommend it to others. Plus I always enjoy taking the advice/suggestions of those who know far more than I (which should be very obvious from this blog). I’ve noticed that DC’s local music scene often gets no respect in certain circles. But I’ve heard some great local music at Velvet Lounge, DC9, Rock and Roll Hotel etc. So I figured I’d try and start supporting some local up and comers.

As such, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be sponsoring this Friday’s show at Velvet Lounge (915 U Street, NW) with three great bands playing. I’ll be giving out some free PoP t-shirts and there is supposed to be a really good emcee for the show as well. So if you weren’t able to make the happy hour at Solly’s last Thursday, come say hello at the show this Friday.

Here are the bands:



crimes of paris




24 Comment

  • I like this!

    xoxoxoxo meghan

  • Hey POP! Where did you find these guys? This is awesome!!!! I have been living in DC for a little over 2 years now and I have not heard of any of these bands…..

    Good job!!!!

    Bryson H.

  • Instead of giving out free tee shirts…how about giving out some free tropical fish?

    This message has been brought to you by the National Aquarium.

  • Aloha POP………is this going to be something you are going to do more often? Sponsor shows????? Would love for you to sponsor my bands show!!!! I will ensure that I can get you back into the National Aquarium without any hassel if you sponsor my band.

    What do you say?

  • The Emcee of the show this week, Seaton Smith, is hilarious, you can find him easily on youtube. I am posting two links to his stuff one NSFW, and one safe. both are hilarious, but if you can hear the NSFW unleashed Seaton I would recommend it.

    NSFW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X7wzdxec-Q&feature=related

    SFW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPObqAMO9L4

  • Hey, I saw Mittenfields this past Saturday at American University!!!!! Sweet! I saw their bass player wearing a POP shirt…..I asked him about it and he told me that POP was sponsoring their show…I didn’t realize it was as soon as this Friday. Well, I am definitely coming out to this!!!!

    Anybody else coming out to this? Also, will there be drink specials?


    Rob Batterson

  • Nice…..another DC blog focusing on the local scene…hopefully this will be different from what BYT is doing…..don’t get me wrong – they are good for what they are doing but maybe POP will do something different……don’t know what that is though?!?


  • Hey, for more local music. Check out Kashgar. Academic rock band http://www.myspace.com/kashgarmusic. Opening at Wonderland Ballroom April 1st. 9pm.

  • Sweet show this Thurs at the Black Cat!!!!

    Impossible Hair (CD Release Party)
    Olivia Mancini and the Housemates

  • Hey, I know Seaton!!!! That dude can make a brother (or a sister) laugh and make them wish he hadn’t made them wet their pants.

    I’m there!!!!

    Ben Groening

  • Thanks POP! This should be a lot of fun….had a great time last week at Sollys!

    Oh, you said you will be giving out free tee shirts…how will that work out?

    sasha shhhh

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Good question sasha. I can’t give shirts to everyone so I’ll probably bring 5 first edition shirts and 5 new shirts and let the bands give them out.

  • Thanks POP! So if the bands really really really like me…then I can end up with 10 shirts at the end of the night????

    Joy! Joy! Joy!


  • There is indeed a local music scene, although it gets very little attention. It’s full of a variety of amazing bands of all styles, but the crowds continue to be just a small number of friends and other musicians.

    Support your local bands and start going to shows. Mittenfields is a great band, I’ve seen them a few times. Dangerosa is awesome as well, one of my bands (La Coterie) has played with them before. I’m looking forward to seeing Crimes of Paris for the first time.

  • Hey guys! First off, mittenfields are very happy to have this show sponsored by POP! It’s great to see blogs like POP go in and sponsor shows and get the word out to a wide audience that may never hear these bands.

    I am also looking forward to seeing Crimes of Paris as I haven’t seen them live since they were Twins of a Gazelle. That was the band I was in before Mittenfields. Anyways, this is going to be a fun show and a PACKED show so please bring your umbrella because its going to be raining all night in the velvet lounge….

    dave /// mittenfields

  • Oh Sasha…..btw, you have to convince us that you are obese enough to walk away with 10 tee shirts…..I mean…who needs 10 of the same tee shirts? Unless you can also convince us that you are related to Mr. Rogers.

    Dave /// mittenfields

  • I also saw Mittenfields at American U. It was an amazing show. They played an awesome Radiohead cover, and they also performed several original songs. i was really impressed.

  • You were there? Are you coming out to the POP sponsored show this Friday at the Velvet Lounge (see original posting)

    Anonymous Says:

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:06 am
    I also saw Mittenfields at American U. It was an amazing show. They played an awesome Radiohead cover, and they also performed several original songs. i was really impressed.

  • I might have confused the millions of fans out there who were confused by my comment . . . . “I am also looking forward to seeing Crimes of Paris as I haven’t seen them live since they were Twins of a Gazelle. That was the band I was in before Mittenfields. ” What I meant to say was that…..Mat, Fidel, Doug and I had this band called Twins of a Gazelle and then I left….from there…they changed names, etc and revamped themselves into a completely different outfit known as Crimes of Paris….so yes, I am VERY interested to see what they are up to these days!!!

    dave / mittenfields

  • Do you plan on making this a regular thing? Sponsoring shows? I know you have quite a readership so it definitely can not hurt PR for the bands you sponsor.

    Please let me know if you plan on sponsoring any more in the near future.


    Curiosity to POP

  • This show IS going to “sell out” so I suggest you all get there at 9pm when the doors open…..

    crimes of paris @ 10pm
    and so on….

    followed by dangerosa then mittenfields…..

    in between sets….the one and only Seaton Smith http://www.seatonsmith.com he will make you wet your pants!!!!


  • TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks to everyone who came out last night, and to the illustrious Prince of Petworth, Mittenfields, Crimes of Paris, and Seaton Smith for making the concert a lot of fun! We hope that you all enjoyed Dangerósa’s set, and look forward to seeing you all out again sometime soon!

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