“March 9th will mark the 17th anniversary of the death of The Notorious B.I.G, one of the most influential artists in 90’s hip-hop and who Rolling Stone called the “greatest rapper that ever lived”. The following evening, DC based alternative hip hop band All The Best Kids will take the Howard Theatre stage with Asheru and more than 25 of the DMV’s best MCs & vocalists to pay tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. with their own styles, rooted in DC rock/funk and East Coast hip hop. Notorious B.I.G.’s protege Lil’ Cease of Junior M.A.F.I.A. is also slated to host the event.
· Lil’ Cease: rapper and member of Platinum selling hip-hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A.
· Asheru: Peabody award-winning artist, educator, and youth activist. Also known as the artist behind the opening and closing themes for the popular TV series, The Boondocks.
· All The Best Kids: A DC-based alternative hip hop band.
· More than 25 of the DMV’s best vocalists & rappers, including Deborah Bond, Flex Matthews, Tara Trinity, King Kanja, & Uptown XO of Diamond District
What: All The Best Kids will be doing live recreations of Biggie’s greatest hits, including Big Poppa, Juicy, Hypnotize, Get Money, and many more, while more than 25 rappers and vocalists take the stage for a one of a kind tribute performance. Also featuring full performances by Asheru & All the Best Kids. Tickets are $15.
When: Monday, March 10
Doors open 6:00pm, show time 8:00pm
The red hot music scene in DC these days is marked by more than just indie rock and Go-Go. The jazz scene in Washington has deep roots and is as vibrant as ever, including one element that is revving up the scene ever more: the jam culture. Between DC and Baltimore we are blessed with many top of the line jazz clubs and more talented musicians and singers than can be counted. In addition to the jazz venues, where artists typically play two sets at 8 and 10 pm on weekends, there are numerous jazz jams where artists come together either on an off night early I the week or on weekends after their gigs around town.
The central node of all this frenetic musical activity is the U Street Jazz Jam on Friday nights after hours. Every week at 11 pm the Bmore/DC cats file in and trade licks on stage. The impresario of all of this is Jeff Stacey, a policy wonk by day but music promoter after the sun does down. As designed, a host band kicks things off and one or two songs and then start letting others play in their places. By midnight the place starts to pop, producing a raw uber intense energy that resounds throughout the two floors of Ulah Bistro (where the Jam takes place) and out the windows and doors onto the street.
Stacey is out to prove two things. First, that the pre 1960s jazz culture on U Street is alive and well. Second, that anyone and everyone will respond to this hyperkinetic energy, including the Milennnial generation. According to Stacey, “half the players and singers and tappers come from this generation. So if you tell me jazz is dead, I suggest you coming by and giving that some more thought.”
One of the great things about this community is, everyone is welcome. The U Street Jazz Jam takes place every Friday night at the Ulah Bistro (1214 U St.) at 11 pm and goes until 2 or 3 am. Every Thursday Stacey puts on Dukem Jazz a block away at Dukem Bar and Restaurant (1114 U St.), with jazz sets at 9 and 10:30 pm.”
“Come out in the (relatively) warm weather to celebrate the life of Pete Seeger and make some folk music outside for the masses in Columbia Heights. We’ll gather in the plaza just north of the Metro.
Bring your voices, your guitars, your banjos, and anything else you’d like to contribute. We’ll pick and strum and sing the classics (This Land is Your Land, If I Had a Hammer, Where Have All the Flowers Gone) and will sing others depending on the inclinations of the group. Anything goes, really.
The more the merrier. No previous musical talent or experience required–just an appreciation for the great man who lives on through all of us.”
“Live Nation announced today that Billy Joel will perform at Nationals Park – home of the Washington Nationals – in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance at the ballpark.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 at 10:00 AM
through FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 at 10:00 PM.
JANUARY 30 will also mark the special pre-sale period for Nationals Season Plan Holders. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10:00 AM on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 via nationals.com/billyjoel.”
“The next DC Record Fair will take place next Sunday, Jan. 26 at Penn Social, 801 E Street NW from 11AM-5PM -
Early bird (11-12) admission is $5, after 12 admission is $2. There will be over forty different record dealers here from not only DC but Richmond, Baltimore, Philly and elsewhere.
Som Records will have a table of records that have not been in the shop yet. Come by and say hi.
(Som will be open regular hours on Sunday as well)
Did I mention we’ll have DJs and drinks (food too)?
Here’s the DJ line-up -
11:00 – 12:00: Crown Vic – Electric Cowbell Records
12:00 – 1:00: Geologist – Animal Collective
1:00 – 2:00: Cerphe – Eco Planet Radio.com
2:00 – 3:00: Kid Congo Powers!
3:00 – 4:00: Eric Hilton – ESL Music
4:00 – 5:00: Josiah – SiriusXMU
We’ll also have Zeke’s Coffee on site with a special brew for the event”
We’re excited to be a part of all the new Georgia Ave. development! Located just a block from the Petworth metro station (above Manny & Olga’s Pizza), Cardon Studios is a neighborhood music school offering Voice, Piano, and Guitar lessons. Having moved from a smaller space in Columbia Heights, we work with mostly adult students (some kids, too) in private lessons and group classes.”
“The National Symphony Orchestra will make Capitol Hill and H Street, NE, the focus of its free community engagement activities in January 2014. Between January 7 and 13, members of the NSO will break into small ensembles to perform chamber music and educational activities as requested by more than 20 community organizations. The events will include three free orchestral concerts, one at Atlas Performing Arts Center, and two at Union Station.
The first orchestral event will be a performance at Atlas Performing Arts Center on January 8. Built in 1938, in the area then known as Swampoodle, this recently renovated art-deco cinema has been key to the revitalization of the Near Northeast portion of DC. Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl will lead this performance and the two at Union Station.
Two performances will take place in the East Hall of Union Station on January 11, one at 3 p.m. aimed for children and families, and a second at 7 p.m. Works by John Adams (A Short Ride in a Fast Machine), Aaron Copland (John Henry – A Railroad Ballad), and more round out this travel-themed program. The Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra will present the ever-popular “Instrument Petting Zoo” at 1:30 p.m. outside the East Hall.
All NSO events are free, but not all events are open to the public. Events at schools, for example, may be closed except to the students and faculty. Some venues may have a cover charge or service charge. Please check with the venue in advance.
A complete schedule of the week’s events can be found here“.
“One Direction announced today that the band will perform at Nationals Park – home of the Washington Nationals – on Monday, August 11, 2014 as part of the North American leg of their worldwide “Where We Are 2014” tour.
Tickets and parking will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m., online at www.tickets.com and by phone at 888.632.6287. Nationals Season Plan Holders will be able to participate in a special pre-sale to purchase tickets. An email notification will be sent on December 3 for a December 5 and 6 pre-sale period. The show will be held rain or shine and will be promoted by Live Nation.
One Direction – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe. It has been an incredible year for the boys, as they took home a BRIT Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six TEEN CHOICE Awards, three MTV EMAs, two 2013 American Music Awards and a moonman for Best Song Of The Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. With two albums to date, UP ALL NIGHT and TAKE ME HOME, the boys have sold more than 35 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 67 No. 1 songs. One Direction made their movie debut in 2013 with their global No. 1 box office hit 3D concert movie, “One Direction: This Is Us.” Their new album, MIDNIGHT MEMORIES, which includes the worldwide smash hit, “Best Song Ever” and the current hit single, “Story Of My Life,” is available now.”
“Neighborhood Music Festival Launches in Adams Morgan: PorchFest
36 Performers Play 12 Houses in 4 Hours
Saturday, October 5th 2-6 pm
It may never be easier to get up close and personal with the musical talent of Washington than at the first annual Adams Morgan PorchFest when the front stoops and porches of the community will be transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. And it’s free!
Inspired by similar Porchfest events across the country aimed at creating a family friendly, neighborhood-based alternative to the nightclub music scene, Adams Morgan’s version will span an eclectic range of styles from Brazilian, Irish and jazz, to indie rock, children’s music and even Egyptian Nubian folkloric(!) (more…)