Jessica Louise Dye of Lightfoot followed failed love to NYC only to find herself falling in love with her new musical identity.
Washington, DC (November 18, 2013) , “Lightfoot is just a stage name I hide behind, because it’s less scary to sing about personal endeavors when you are in character” confesses Jessica Louise Dye, creative force behind one of DC’s many gifted musical acts. However, as the most prolific artists know, peak creativity is often activated by agony.
In the summer of 2012, Dye recorded a few tracks with Lighthouse DC which she couldn’t bear to release due to the painful past they represent. Since then, she has been touring the world and tightening up her sound while simultaneously recovering from the tragic events that led to her despair. Now, over a year later, Mon Petite Chou is the second of two of those “lost tracks” to be made public. Instead of solely marking a time of sorrow in Dye’s life, the release of these lost tracks now celebrates her triumph over the obstacles she faced. Her and her friends Erik Sleight, Ron Storhaug, Adam Orlando, and Rick Irby who helped cultivate these songs are excited and relieved to have finally made it to this point; stream the latest lost track, “Mon Petite Chou” here:
Despite the somber sound, this featured track is about being grateful for good fortune and realizing that one should endeavor to be more forgiving of those who cause us pain.
Unfortunately, it seems all of Jessica Louise Dye’s personal and musical growth will result in the loss of a wildly talented musical group in the District’s local circuit. Lightfoot will be relocating to NYC in preparation for releasing singles off the latest record this winter. Be sure to keep up with her music from afar, as she’s confident this new album will be her best yet.
Every now and then we come across a DC band doing something that is really outside of the box. We hope to make this a monthly column.
DC Band Asks Fans to Take Off Clothes,
Break Record/Shoot Music Video
Wheelie Attempts Guinness World Record for Most Back Up Dancers in Underwear Saturday, November 16th at Stroga Ballroom.
Washington DC (October 26, 2013), On Saturday, November 16th, Washington, DC based band, Wheelie, plans to welcome over 550 people through the doors of Stroga in Adams Morgan to shoot a music video for their single, “The Underwear Song.” The record for most back up dancers currently stands at 547 people. Wheelie added the “in underwear” to fit the theme of the song and the shoot. Participants will be required to wear a white t-shirt and either white briefs or white boxer briefs. Costumes will be provided with registration. The Guinness Book of World Records has been notified and is considering the event as an official attempt.
“The idea is not to sexualize the event,” says Michael Moon, Wheelie lead singer and mastermind behind the concept, “but to promote self-acceptance through hedonistic escape.” All ages and body types are encouraged to attend and dance in the video. “Washington, DC is such a button-down town,” says Moon, “because of that, we believe the most important thing you can do is throw off the shackles of your professional, adult responsibilities and get in touch with the lost innocence of your childhood.” The band sees the video shoot as an opportunity to promote those ideals. The video will be released in early January through production company-Channel 38’s Youtube channel.
A simple dance has been choreographed for the event and dance coaches will be on hand to teach participants the moves. There will be a film crew present who will document the event for the record and also for a music video to promote the single. Tickets for entry are $15 for general participation that will give access to the event attempt, a costume and free giveaways from sponsors. For those who want a “Hollywood Close-Up” and a catered dinner, VIP access can be purchased for $50. Tickets can be purchased at www.wheeliemusic.eventbrite.com.
Stroga, an Adams Morgan yoga studio, will host the event as well as an open house the day before (5pm-10pm) where participants can pick-up their costumes and enjoy $5 classes as well as free appetizers and drink specials. Amsterdam Falafelshop and El Tamarindo have signed on to cater the VIP dinner, Popchips, KIND Snacks and Whole Foods’ Whole Body have committed to supply food and free giveaways.
In the spirit of goodwill, Wheelie has invited local Adams Morgan nonprofit, Mary’s Center to host a clothing drive the day of the event. Wheelie will also be teaming up with Children’s National Medical. For every registrant that uses the promotional code CHILDRENS, $3 will be donated to the center.
Wheelie is comprised of lead-singer/guitarist, Micahael Jantz Moon, and percussionist, Eduardo Santana. The band’s first 5 song EP, as yet unnamed, is slated for release in early May 2014. Along with the proceedings from the video, a Kickstarter campaign will be launched in January to raise money for the endeavor.
For more information about the event or to hear the song, please visit the band’s Eventbrite page at http://wheeliemusic.eventbrite.com or contact Kendra Rubinfeld PR at email@example.com , 202 681-1151. #BreaktheRecordWheelie
Fair Trade Music is a grassroots community organizing initiative with the goal of developing local, community best practices for equitable relationships in live musical performance. As a social movement it spans the US and Canada with local campaigns in locations as varied as Seattle, WA, Rochester, NY, Portland, OR, Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA. It exists as coalitions of locally concerned parties including, musicians, performance venues, labor organizations, music affinity groups and audiences. It’s main activities involve: advocating for fairness and transparency in the local live music industry; educational outreach; and positive recognition of participating community members. Fair Trade Music is, in part, a long-term community discussion for working musicians on the topic of earning a living as a professional musician with an eye towards economic justice and sustainability, artists rights and professional respect. It provides a forum for members of the local music community to recognize successes, discuss opportunities and work through more nuanced issues involving equity, behaviors and attitudes in the community.
Our goal is to use the data we have been collecting to help us create standards that meets basic artist living wages and launch a campaign to promote the venues and establishments that practice these standards. The information we would gather will be publicly available for both artists and fans who want to truly support their local creative economy.
$5 suggested donations
- The North Country, Ballad’ve, Brenda at The Lot at Union Kitchen - https://www.facebook.com/
- The Stick Mob CD Release Party at Acre 121 - https://www.facebook.com/
- The Dismemberment Plan and Deleted Scenes at 9:30 Club - http://www.930.com/event/
- Justin Trawick Group - at Iota Club and Cafe - http://www.iotaclubandcafe.
- Priest and Joy Buttons at the Black Cat - https://www.facebook.com/
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- The Dismemberment Plan and Paint Branch at 930 Club - http://www.930.com/event/
- RAW Natural Born Artist Local Artist Showcase at Penn Social featuring performances by Marshal Simms, Billy Winn and Cecily http://www.rawartists.
- DC Punk Surf Rock House Show at Paperhaus – featuring DC artists Big Hush and Collapser with musical guests from out of town Week of Wonder https://www.facebook.com/
- Gloom Merchants, The Joads and Dagos at Velvet Lounge – DC Punk show - http://www.velvetloungedc.
- The 9 Songwriter Series at Iota Club & Cafe - https://www.facebook.com/events/591331190912760/
- Carolina Story with DC opener Far Away at the Hamilton - http://www.thehamiltondc.
- The 9 Songwriter Series at Artisphere - https://www.facebook.com/
- HARDCORE SHOW at The Pinch - https://www.facebook.com/
- Elikeh and Djesben at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Super Club - https://www.facebook.com/
- DC’s own The Silver Liners open at Comet Ping Pong - https://www.facebook.com/
- East Ghost opens for San Fermin at DC9 - http://www.dcnine.com/event/
- Blue Pinto and Round About - DC blues at Velvet Lounge - http://www.velvetloungedc.
- Asheru at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage - http://www.kennedy-center.
- Dance for the Dying and US Royalty (Acoustic Set) at The Lot at Union Kitchen FREE SHOW https://www.facebook.com/
- DC Music Halloween Cover Benefit Show at St Stephen’s Historic Church – Benefit for We Are Family - https://www.facebook.com/
- Bella Russia and Young Rapids at Comet Ping Pong - https://www.facebook.com/
- Shark Week open for Fidlar and The Orwells at Rock & roll Hotel - http://www.
- Establishes a temporary business license to reduce the cost and procedural requirements when someone wants to conduct business for 90 days or less.
- Establishes a fast-track approval process for temporary uses that targets key information to help applicants get their permits and ensure that applications can be submitted online.
- Establishes a threshold of temporary occupancy that will remove the costly vacant building classification, prompting more owners to consider short-term temporary leases.
- Creates a centralized database of available spaces in D.C. government buildings, with clear categories for how the spaces are permitted, thus using our own government assets to help entrepreneurs try out their business ideas.
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Over the past couple months Listen Local First, Metro Music Source, Innovation Station Music, and Fair Trade Music have been working on collecting data from music venues and artists regarding performance and payments throughout this city.
We need your help. We would like to explain the Fair Trade Music Mission and solicit your help and input as performing artists as we launch our website and online musician survey. Youl are the ones that perform all around town and know the venues the best. Come join us for a couple beers and a little meet and greet to kick off this awesome local music initiative. To find out more about Fair Trade Music join us on Thursday or check out updates on the Fair Trade Music DC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/fairtrademusicdc
Join us for a Thursday night Networking Lounge of the Media Rise Festival – a panel discussion with musicians dedicated to social and environmental change, followed by a special show, HER FUNKY SOUL, featuring performances by The Good Thing, Edy Blu & Candice Mills – three ladies doing funk, soul and RnB grooves.
WASHINGTON, DC: Raise Your City, LLC is launching their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today, Tuesday, September 10th! The campaign will last 45 days and we need $10,000 to ensure our continued growth over the next year, putting us on the path to financial sustainability while maximizing impact for our non-profit partners.
Support of our campaign, through donations and spreading the word to those who are interested, will ultimately determine whether this dream becomes a reality! As a show of gratitude, we’re ready to offer a number of incredible perks in exchange for support!
We have some of our favorite, DC-based GOOD companies ready to hook our contributors up. Companies like Waveborn, who are offering a pair of their “shades that give sight”, Twice as Warm, who, with us, have designed a limited-edition t-shirt, with each shirt claimed providing a similar shirt to a child in need, and Scratch DC, who will deliver delicious, healthy, easy-to-cook meals right to your door.
We’ve come a long way over the past fifteen months, but have a much longer way to go. That’s why we need your help! All of the successes we’ve realized thus far have been due to the grassroots support and donated time and talent of our stakeholders. This amazing generosity helped us get on our feet and stand on our own. But we know that to ensure continued growth while having the most beneficial impact on our community, we must pay our talented artists, musicians, and creative partners, and we must expand our geographic reach, introducing our virtuous nightlife to every corner of every city.
Raise Your City, a local social venture, orchestrates social change by connecting civically-minded people to local nonprofits, artists, and businesses invested in making a difference in their immediate community. Our events instigate civic participation with a low barrier to entry, creating an amazing experience for attendees by bringing together neighbors, socially responsible businesses, talented artists and musicians, and local, high-impact non-profits.
Please contact Brendan O’Connor, co-founder of Raise Your City, with any questions or comments. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-306-1367.