POLITICS & ART – A Jam Session at The Wilson Building
Wednesday November 19 6:00pm – 9:00pm
John A Wilson Building
1250 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC
FREE – RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot
Join Washington Performing Arts and Councilmember David Grosso for an evening of politics and art devoted to the wonderful performing arts scene of Washington, D.C. Come and network with local/national elected officials, local musicians, dancers, and other performance artists. If you are a performer, we invite you to bring your instrument to help us celebrate D.C.’s unique performing arts culture!
“Please join me and the Washington Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 19 from6 p.m. – 9 p.m. as we host “Politics and Arts: A Jam Session in the Wilson Building.” The event will showcase local musicians and also provide musicians from different genres and backgrounds with an opportunity to network and share their own passion for the arts. Special performances of the night will include SynchroniCity, Roof Beams, and for an added bonus a dance selection by SerendibDance.
This spectacular event will be the third in a series of arts events that I have hosted. The events are used as an opportunity to showcase the thriving arts community and also serve as a continuing effort to provide community engagement opportunities at the John A. Wilson Building. Prior events have been held in my office but I wanted to expand the event to welcome the arts community and members and staff. The event will be held on the first floor (foyer) and will consist of a “mix and mingle” with light refreshments followed by a program with several local musicians.”
Hope to see you all next Wednesday. More musical guests TBA.
First things first! If you are a musician and you live in DC. You need to do whatever it takes to clear your schedule and get to this Summit at Georgetown Business School next Monday and Tuesday. Artist Scholarships are still available. Technically the deadline is today but I am sure the kind FMC folks will let some stragglers sign up late. SIGN UP NOW! https://futureofmusic.org/summit2014/scholarships-working-musicians
LLF has been a huge supporter for the FMC Summit for the past three years. If you do not know what we are talking about check out the link below and view the schedule kicking off on Sunday October 26th and going through Tuesday October 28th. https://futureofmusic.org/events/future-music-summit-2014
Below you will find a brief run down of the events and panels that LLF is involved with…
SUMMIT KICKOFF AT COMET PING PONG – Sunday October 26th 8pm
Event Post - https://www.facebook.com/events/871960036156620/
SpokesBUZZ, a Colorado-based music nonprofit, will help kick off the 14th Future of Music Policy Summit with “Summit at Comet”, a party featuring community networking and live music performances on Sunday, October 26, at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C. Starting at 8 p.m. and presented in partnership with the Future of Music Coalition, Listen Local First, Metro Music Source and Sasha Lord Presents
8pm – 9pm – Metro Music Source – Networking Hour
The focus topic of the networking hour will be Fair Trade Music DC (The FTM Summit Collaboration and meeting will be discussed at this networking session)
- 9pm – Wiredogs – an American punk rock band formed in Denver, Colorado in 2013. BRAND NEW EP ‘The Basement Tapes’ out now http://
- 10pm – Lowercase Letters – powerful DC soul, funk and blues rockershttps://soundcloud.com/lowercaseletters
FAIR TRADE MUSIC DC AT SUMMIT
Since Fair Trade Music DC is still in the middle of our data collection phase, we will be located throughout Summit at various booths conducting interviews with DC based musicians about best practices in the DMV live performance space. Look for our tweets and signs.
PANEL DISCUSSION – BRIDGING THE GAP: Building Connections Between Local Music Advocates and the Public Sector presented by SpokesBUZZ
David Freedman WWOZ-FM New Orleans
Lisa Gedgaudas Program Administrator, Create Denver
Dani Grant Founder, SpokesBUZZ; Owner, Mishawaka Amphitheater (moderator)
Chris Naoum Co-founder, Listen Local First (moderator)
Karin Wolf Arts Program Administrator, City of Madison
- Email us a logo so we can put it on the website
- Click on this link and either stream the playlist in their business or host it on their blog all day on Wednesdays (Either shuffle the playlist or play each album all the way through – up to you)
- Go on social media and tell the world you are streaming the LLF local music playlist for DC Music Wednesdays
- Feel free to post the name of the 8 artists featured on the stream
- Feel free to share the image of the local artists that is attached.
The Funk Ark is about to release their much anticipated 3rd full length album, “Man is A Monster” and we are going to help them celebrate the right way!!!
On Friday October 10th The Monster will be released at The Black Cat. Dragons…Godzilla…King Kong… Cthulu…Cookie Monster… BEWARE! The Funk Ark, Black Masala, Hung Tao Choy Mei Lion Dancers and special guests will forge a soul shakin psychedelic voyage to celebrate The Spirit of Funk and DC Music. Funk Parade and Listen Local First will be co hosting this evening of Funk, Rock, Afrobeat, Monsters and Dance
When: Friday October 10th
Where: The Black Cat DC – Doors 9pm
The Funk Ark
Album Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgYSJ4Bm41k
Man is a Monster track – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy48Vum36lk#t=98
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Academy
AND Many Special Secret Guests!!!
About The Funk Ark:
A native of the Washington D.C. area, Will Rast (Antibalas) grew up listening to old music. Rast has been composing and playing professionally since the age of 14. A love of vintage Funk and Soul, as well as a wide range of instrumental jazz styles were the ultimate impetus behind the formation of the group in 2007.
As a member of Washington DC’s fast growing community of artists, it was easy to find a set of incredibly talented instrumentalists to form a band big enough to create the range of sound he was looking for. The band began with some compositions that were reminiscent of Lonnie Liston Smith, or Herbie Hancock, but it was Rast’s growing interest in the Afro Beat music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Mono Mono, of Nigeria, Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia, as well as the legendary Salsa ensemble The Fania Allstars, that caused the band’s direction to shift towards a more polyrhythmic funk sound.
Each of the many rhythm instruments you hear in The Funk Ark’s songs is playing a small, but integral role in the overall groove. Like the various gears and springs in a clock, each player performs their role with precision to create an intense and driving beat that acts as a bed for soaring melodic improvisation and tight, rhythmic horn lines.
“Man is a Monster is a collection of songs from a period of two years during which I traveled more than I ever had before, spending time in countries, most of which, I had never visited. The songs were conceived in that spirit of exploration, in a global sense, but also of our musical and technical abilities. This album’s eclectic sound is an indication of the many influences and experiences of the group, as well as our intent to take the emphasis away from traditional 4/4 rhythms and channel those influences into something deeper and more challenging than our previous work.” – Will Rast
About Listen Local First:
LLF Is a local music initiative that aims to create alternate avenues of local music exploration. For three years LLF has worked with local businesses, cultural organizations and musicians to raise awareness for the vibrant, talented and diverse music scene within our beltway. LLF currently, distributes a bi monthly local music stream which can be found playing in local businesses throughout our region, hosts monthly DMV artists on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and co-produces two of the city’s largest all local music and art festivals: Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival and Funk Parade.
About Funk Parade:
Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind parade, street fair, and music festival to celebrate U Street, the District and the spirit of funk. Funk Parade exists to make good things happen by bringing people together and making them feel all right through music, dance and the visual arts.
ART UNDER THE STARS
Art Under the Stars is a collaboration between Monroe Street Market,Arts Walk at Monroe Street,Union Kitchen and Listen Local First. This evening of food, beer, music, art and theater is a celebration of all things DC and all things Fall.
Date: Saturday October 4th
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Monroe Street Market, 625 Monroe Street NE WDC 20017
FREE but reserve your drink tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-under-the-stars-tickets-13210818915
- Alcohol and food will be brought to you by Union Kitchen and Members. The vendors will include: B.LinCatering, Milk Cult, Motisola, Haute Saison Catering, Popcorn Queens, The Capital Candy Jar, and Timber Pizza Company.
- Blind Pug Arts Collective,a DC based collective of theatre artists will host an afternoon of live outdoor theater. Plays will be written by Katherine Clair, Robert Montenegro, and Timothy Guillot, and directed by Linda Lombardi.
- Following the theater performance Listen Local First will present an evening of Funk, Rock, Reggae and Afrobeat featuring the amazing Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band. Joe Keyes and his band will “takes audiences back to the days of Miles Davis and early P-Funk, when big bands were lead by strong forces of individuals.” http://latebloomerband.com/ Video of Stink Bug in My Brownie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAHSzkNz274
- Last but not least there will be art, featuring some of the 27+ resident artists from Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
For additional info please contact: