04/14/14 12:40pm


From a press release:

“On Friday, May 9, DC’s newest concert venue Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, DC. www.echostage.com) will host Paris Hilton, for her first-ever DJ set in the nation’s capital. Tickets to see The Heiress start at $20 and will go on sale today at noon. District high-rollers and true Hilton fans can get their own royal treatment with Echostage’s VIP-table service. To reserve a table, call 202.503.2330.

Hilton will takeover Echostage, spinning her hottest tracks from “Nothing In This World” to “Last Night,” among other popular hits. Carlos Melangé will open for the international mega-star and the night will end with a performance by George Acosta. With over 20 years of experience as a DJ and producer, Acosta is a driving force in the EDM industry.

Echostage is DC’s newest and largest nightlife concert venue. Between a sprawling, 30,000 plus sq. ft. layout, top-tier sound design, and advanced LED visual displays, it’s no surprise the versatile space – which opened in September, 2012 – has already attracted industry heavyweights such as Lorde, Jay Z, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Tiesto.”

03/12/14 3:15pm

WNO Opera in the Outfileld 2014 The Magic Flute  - photo by Scott Suchman
Photo courtesy of WNO by Scott Suchman

From an email:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced two free special events in conjunction with its forthcoming production of The Magic Flute. WNO celebrates its sixth season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Mozart’s classic The Magic Flute on the opera’s opening night, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pregame” activities for the entire family. The Magic Flute, which will be performed in English in a new eye-popping production featuring sets and costumes by Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko, will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition screen at the ballpark at 7 p.m.

WNO will also present a free exhibition of large-scale ceramic works by Mr. Kaneko in the Kennedy Center Hall of Nations, April 9 to May 19, 2014.

For more information about Washington National Opera,
visit www.kennedy-center.org/wno.

Visit www.facebook.com/WashingtonNationalOpera
for behind-the-scenes news, special offers, and advance notice of events.”

03/05/14 5:00pm

warning explicit lyrics

From a press release:

“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

Where: Howard Theatre
620 T Street NW”

Photo by flickr user @mjb

“Dear PoPville,

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.”

01/30/14 5:00pm

A reader sends Pete Seeger Singalong Saturday Feb 1, 4-5:30pm, Columbia Heights Civic Plaza:

“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.”

01/23/14 11:15am

From a press release:

“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.”

01/22/14 5:00pm


From an email:

“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”

01/16/14 5:00pm



“⋆A special exclusive DJ set from TALIB KWELI⋆

DC’s Newest and Coolest Room with Balcony and Balcony Bar to Rooftop View of the Capitol. BOOM!
1348 H St, NE WDC

with DJ’s:






21 & Over

YES, this is a FREE event! First come first serve. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get there early!

1348 H Street, NE”

01/15/14 5:00pm

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“Total Eclipse of the Art,” maDCap 80′s Dance Party in Brookland this Thursday
6:00pm – 8:00pm
716 Monroe St NE

After the smash kickoff party of the “maDCap Family” art installation, the boys are back by popular demand with another thriller.

Join Dan Bloom & David Ross for an 80′s Dance Party at Studio 21 on Monroe Street Market Arts Walk (7th & Monroe NE) surrounded by the beautiful paintings of Ryan Martinez & Peter Lewis.

Guaranteed plays: Prince, Michael Jackson, New Order, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Run-D.M.C. & Olivia Newton-John, Pat Benetar, Kenny Loggins & many more.”