Listen Local First at Future of Music Summit

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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

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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)
PERFORMANCES:

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

Panel Discussion – Tuesday October 28th 1:30pm – 2:15pm – Salon H at Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

While many people talk in terms of a music industry, FMC focuses our language on the music community – the vast network of community leaders, volunteers, small businesses and others who provide the critical infrastructure that supports music and musicians. In an increasingly digital world, innovators across the country are developing new models for local organizing and support. A primary goal over the next decade is to align these organic, grassroots passion project with both policies and resources to maximize their impact. This panel features innovators from across the country and asks how we more effectively integrate with local, regional and federal policymakers.
Michael Bracy Co-founder and Board Member, Future of Music Coalition
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)
Ellen Stanley Executive Director, Minnesota Music Coalition
Karin Wolf Arts Program Administrator, City of Madison

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Chuck Levins

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DC Music Wednesdays Fall Edition

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October is Listen Local First’s three year anniversary.  We have been doing our best to promote local musicians and create alternate avenues for local music exploration.  Whether through our Kennedy Center shows, local music festivals, panel discussions or Fair Trade Music focus groups we have been championing our local music community for over three years.
As some of you might know, we started with a featured artist monthly stream that was distributed to local businesses.  In August we brought the stream back after a year hiatus.  Using Spotify we are featuring 8-10 DMV artists every couple months and making the playlist public.  Anyone who wants to listen to the stream can follow it HERE or play it in their local business.
We are labeling this initiative DC Music Wednesdays and trying to get local businesses and blogs to highlight the stream every Wednesday.
The NEW Fall Music Stream launches today! To listen click –  LLF Fall Stream
Local businesses and blogs are listed on our website www.listenlocalfirst.com
This month we want to double and even triple that number. If a local business or blog wants to host the stream they should:
  1. Email us a logo so we can put it on the website
  2. 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)
  3. Go on social media and tell the world you are streaming the LLF local music playlist for DC Music Wednesdays
  4. Feel free to post the name of the 8 artists featured on the stream
  5. Feel free to share the image of the local artists that is attached.
MORE INFO ON ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE STREAM
This month we selected 8 local bands/ musicians who released their new albums in the late summer or fall.  The artists and their albums are listed below…
Ex Hex – Rips - http://www.exhexband.com/
Young Summer – Siren - http://youngsummermusic.com/
Sean Barna – Cutter Street - http://www.seanbarna.com/
The Cowards Choir – Cool Currency - http://thecowardschoir.com/
Laughing Man – Be Black Baby - http://laughingmanmusic.com/
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses - http://shekeepsbees.com/
The Funk Ark – Man is a Monster - http://www.thefunkark.com/
Diamond District – March on Washington - http://www.mellomusicgroup.com/pages/diamond-district
The albums selected represent a diverse selection of local artists who have recently released new music.  The playlist covers many genres including folk, jazz, funk hip hop, post punk and indie rock.  It is a representation of local musicians who have their music available on Spotify.

She Keeps Bees

She Keeps Bees

 

WEBSITE - http://shekeepsbees.com/

Album – Eight Houses

She Keeps Bees have self-recorded and released music made at home since 2006. Their debut album, Minisink Hotel, wasdescribed by NYC’s Other Music as “the best album you’ve never heard.” Nests, their second full-length, was admired by the Guardian as “sparse, soulful and defiantly retro.” Their third LP, Dig On, was praised by the BBC as “an album of fire, spirit, and sweat.” 

Sean Barna

Sean Barna

 

WEBSITE - http://www.seanbarna.com/

Album – Cutter Street

“Seán Barna’s debut EP begins at the end. Rather than a narrative about love, Cutter Street is a story about the resurrection afterwards. Barna immediately makes that clear in the opening track of the same name. “In the end we go insane / When we find our common ground / What we need we take in vain / You should have thrown that bottle down.” Woah, Seán.

After a stint in California, the drummer-turned-songwriter returned to D.C. to celebrate this reawakening. The following album’s five ballads are related reflections on the booze, pills, and bar bathrooms that both destroyed a relationship and healed at least one of its victims. Barna’s intriguing Scottish accent augments the torturous immediacy of the singer’s pain. ”

— Tori Kerr, DCist, http://dcist.com/2014/09/listen_to_this_new_tunes_from_the_e.php

 

Diamond District

Diamond District

 

WEBSITE - https://www.facebook.com/DiamondDistrictDMV

Album – March on Washington

Washington DC is home to our nations politics and some of the wealthiest African-Americans in the country. It is also home to one of the nations largest income gaps with some of the highest crime rates. It is a culmination of these statistics that defines DC Hip-Hop. Emcee/Producer Oddisee formed Diamond District with fellow emcees XO and yU. The idea was to create a mid-90′s boom-bap record for the DC metropolitan area. With their debut album In The Ruff destined to appeal to fans of Hip-Hop’s golden era, Diamond District is poised to simultaneously travel back in time and push the boundaries of DC Hip-Hop.

Laughing Man

Laughing Man

WEBSITE - http://laughingmanmusic.com/

Album – Be Black Baby

Hailing from historic Washington, DC, Laughing Man blurs its own peculiar take on art-punk with old-school R&B and blues. Lyrically, the group tackles race and romance in equal measure, simultaneously pulling sounds from disparate sources–free jazz skronk, folky stomps, and unhinged garage rock. The soulful result thrives on contradiction, offering both hooks and agitation, melody and dissonance, tradition and futurism. With an album named after a landmark, interracial marriage, and with a new record based on a film about radical, black performance art, Laughing Man isn’t shy about confronting America’s anxieties. The band’s chops and sheer charisma have landed it spots opening for acts like Wavves, Wale, Blk Jks, Ted Leo, The Love Language, and The Evens.

The Funk Ark

The Funk Ark

 

WEBSITE - http://www.thefunkark.com/

Album – Man is a Monster

A Native of the Washington DC 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 nd 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 poly rhythmic 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 an driving beat that act as a bed for
soaring melodic improvisation and tight, rhythmic horn lines.