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Gypsy Sally’s One Year Anniversary DC Music Showcase and Benefit

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On Tuesday September 9, Listen Local First, Atlas Brew Works and Gypsy Sally’s  will co host a spectacular evening of local music and art to celebrate the musicians fans and friends who have supported Gypsy Sally’s throughout this past year. The “All Things Local “ Anniversary week kickoff show will feature TEN OF THE DMV’S TOP SINGER-SONGWRITERS for a night of amazing stories, music and celebration.

Our friends at Atlas Brew Works will be serving up all sorts of specials, and a portion of the night’s ticket proceeds will be donated to Living Classrooms, a regional non-profit that inspires kids to achieve their potential through experiential learning. VA artist Brandy Sommers will open a new exhibit of music photography “O’ Be Joyful” in our Vinyl Lounge. Our 9/9 lineup features: Alan Barnosky, Dave Kitchen, Natalie York, Justin Trawick, Tom McBride, Jonny Grave, Letitia Van Sant, Jackson Edwards, Bobby Thompson, and The Hummingbyrds. These folks deserve a party, so expect a rollicking good time and collaborations galore.

Where: Gypsy Sallys – 3401 K St NW Washington DC 20007

When: Tuesday September 9th

Doors at 7pm/ Show starts at 8pm

Website and Ticket Link: http://www.gypsysallys.com/event/659263-all-things-local-anniversary-washington/

Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1480066275575647/

Artists and Set Times:
8-8:15      Alan Barnosky
8:20-8:35  David Kitchen
8:40-8:55  Natalie York
9-9:15      Justin Trawick
9:20-9:35  Tom Mcbride
9:40-9:55  Jonny Grave
10-10:15   Letitia Van Sant
10:20-10:35 Jackson Edwards
11-11:15      The Hummingbyrds

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DC Music Wednesday’s are BACK!

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Listen Local First is releasing its first music stream in over two years.  Having had some time this summer we have compiled a list of 10 DC Albums released in 2014 for your listening pleasure.  DC Music Wednesdays are BACK!

You can check out the stream by clicking on the link HERE or go visit any local businesses that will be playing the stream over the next month.  LLF hopes that we can release a stream at least every couple months and hopes you will visit these artist’s websites, purchase their albums and buy tickets to their upcoming concerts.
The albums we are featuring for our End of Summer/ Fall Local Music Stream Include:

This new version of the stream is being launched in collaboration with Blind Dog Cafe and Union Kitchen.  Please check www.listenlocalfirst.com to find an updated list of local participating businesses who should be streaming the playlist in full every Wednesday. If you are a local business and would like to participate please email listenlocalfirst@gmail.com

Union Kitchen

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Chuck Brown Week Is Here


This week DC will celebrate the Godfather of Go Go, Chuck Brown.  Chuck Brown’s final album titled “Beautiful Life” was released today and kicks off a weeks long celebration of the life and music of the Godfather.  This week’s festivities include outdoor movie screenings, special events and deals at local businesses like Industrial Bank, Ben’s Chili Bowl and Tryst Coffee shop and am Album Release Concert at The Howard Theatre this Friday!

Check out the Press Release below for more info on the release and related activities around the city.



Many Special Events and Ribbon Cutting of Chuck Brown Memorial Park Scheduled for August 2014 in Tribute to the Godfather of Go-Go

(Washington, D.C.) In honor of the late music legend and Grammy nominated recording artist Chuck Brown, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Vincent C. Gray proclaimed August 22nd “Chuck Brown Day” in the District of Columbia, which would have been Brown’s 78th birthday. In August 2014, the Mayor will also unveil Chuck Brown Memorial Park, a memorial to the artist, who died in May of 2012, located in Langdon Park in Northeast Washington D.C. This memorial will include an impressive memorial wall with 11’ tall iconic images of Chuck Brown and will be a third of a football field in length.

Moreover, the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown’s final album, entitled “Beautiful Life” will be released on August 19th. The new album contains an intro by Doug E. Fresh, collaborations with rapper Wale, R&B diva Faith Evans, R&B star Raheem DeVaughn, local DC icon Sugar Bear, Gospel Singer and winner of BET’s 2009 Sunday’s Best Y’Anna Crawley, as well as three new songs by the Chuck Brown Band featuring his daughter KK, Frank Sirius, and Ms. Yendy. The new album will be available at Best Buy, Walmart, FYE, DTLR, Sports Zone Elite, among other retailers and on iTunes and all digital outlets. Also, attendees of the Spirit Festival on Aug 2 had the opportunity to make history and appear in the final Chuck Brown music video.

“Beautiful Life” Album Track Listing:
1. Doug E Fresh Intro
2. Beautiful Life – Chuck Brown featuring Wale
3. Best In Me – Chuck Brown featuring Faith Evans and Raheem DeVaughn
4. Lighters – The Chuck Brown Band featuring Ms. Yendy
5. Pop That Trunk – Chuck Brown featuring Sugar Bear and KK
6. Still Crankin’ – The Chuck Brown Band featuring KK
7. Love Is My Religion – The Chuck Brown Band featuring Frank Sirius
8. Oh Happy Day – Chuck Brown featuring Y’Anna Crawley and The Howard University Gospel Choir
9. You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine – Chuck Brown

Tour dates of The Chuck Brown Band and special tribute events leading up to the album release are as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Official Chuck Brown “Beautiful Life” Album Release date
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 –  Screening of Put Your Hands Up! The Tribute Concert to Chuck Brown at U Street Outdoor Movie Series at Harrison Park. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/ustreetmovieseries.
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 – Chuck Brown Band Performance – Album Release Event and Birthday Show for Chuck Brown at Howard Theatre. http://thehowardtheatre.com/show/2014/08/22/the-chuck-brown-band-2/
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 – Official Chuck Brown Day in Washington, D.C.
  • August, 2014 (TBD) –  Ribbon Cutting of Chuck Brown Memorial Park

In addition, to celebrate the release of Chuck Brown’s “It’s a Beautiful Life” CD, Industrial Bank in collaboration with Full Circle Entertainment is sponsoring a promotion in which anyone who opens an Industrial Bank Steady Saver certificate of deposit account will receive a free CD, while supplies last. Details are available at all Industrial Bank Banking Centers.

Washington, D.C. Radio One affiliates, WKYS 93.9, MAJIC 102.3 and Praise 104.1, have also partnered with Full Circle Entertainment to host the “Share Your Beautiful Life” contest in
conjunction with the album’s release. For contest details and rules visit http://mymajicdc.upickem.net/engine/Rules.aspx?contestid=141380. Join the social media conversation with the hashtag #BeautifulLife.

Despite his death, the spirit of the Go-Go Legend, Chuck Brown remains present among countless fans. Chuck Brown is the founder and creator of Go-Go music, a genre deeply rooted in funk and soul that he developed in the early 70’s and the only form of expressive culture to originate in the District of Columbia. The Chuck Brown Band has continued to perform regularly to full houses in the DMV area, as well as packed shows in Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA.

To purchase tickets for ticketed special event or for Chuck Brown memorabilia got to; http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/chuckbrown


Follow the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown on Facebook and Twitter!

Website: www.windmeupChuck.com,

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chuck-Brown/93060411418?ref=hl,

Twitter https://twitter.com/chuckbrowndc

For more information please contact; Tom Goldfogle, President, Full Circle Entertainment, Inc., Phone 301-879-9811, Email. tom@fullcircleentertainment.net

Media Contact: Priscilla Clarke, Clarke PR, 202-723-2200, priscilla@clarkepr.com





4th Annual Ben Tufts & Friends Concert August 16th at Jammin’ Java

Ben Tufts Show Poster

As a general disclaimer we do not normally use this blog to post about individual events.  Unless the event is an LLF sponsored event there are too many awesome local music shows happening on any given night.  All of our posts would be show promotion and then why would anyone use Facebook?  Right?

Anyways, we wanted to do a separate post about this show because this event is an awesome example of community.  If our goal as a creative community is to build something powerful for the fans and loved ones around us then this show/ benefit is an excellent example.  Perhaps the respect for this event is in part due to our respect for Ben Tufts himself.  Ben is a drummer extraordinaire, a teacher, a mentor and a friend of the DC music community as a whole.  If you do not know Ben, get to meet him, but if you are free this Saturday, the show supports a great cause and has an unbelievable line up of the DMV’s most talented musicians.

The press release for the show reads…

4th Annual Ben Tufts & Friends Concert to be held August 16th at Jammin’ Java in Vienna

In June of 2009, Craig Tufts, Chief Naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation in Vienna, lost a year-long battle with brain cancer.  Craig spent his 30+ years at NWF championing conservation and gardening for wildlife.  It was his wish that any money donated after his passing be set aside for children to study nature.  His friends and family established the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund, which each year sends one youth and an accompanying parent/guardian to attend a week-long summer outdoor adventure nature camp, part of the Family Nature Summit Program.

This August 16th, Craig’s son Ben hosts his fourth annual charity concert at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, the profits from which will go to the Craig Tufts fund.  Ben Tufts is a prominent DC musician, having played in dozens of bands in the metro area.  Each August, Ben curates a stylistically-varied show consisting of up-and-coming talent and established acts, both local and regional.

The show takes place from 1:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday Aug 16th at Jammin’ Java

Event Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/821183684562632/

Lineup Includes:

The Cowards Choir
Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes 
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray
Lauren Calve Band
Rebekah Todd
Simone & the Spectrum
Ed Jackson of The WeatherVanes
Alex Vans
Ryan Walker of The Beanstalk Library
Andrew Gaddy
Dr Robinson’s Fiasco
Classified Frequency
Jasmine Gillison
Lowercase Letters
Emily Henry
Kid Claws
Jacqueline Francis
Jamie and James
Mary-el Music

New Record Store In Town

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Local Music Friends!

It has been a while!  After a crazy spring packed with events activities and excitement we decided to take a couple months off from posting.  Now we are back with a vengeance and hopefully there will be a lot more material coming from the LLF front in the next couple months.


Mobius Records is coming to the Fairfax neighborhood this August and they want to build an awesome DMV music section.  Here is a little blurb from the owner, Dempsey Hamilton.

“Mobius Records will be opening on Saturday August 23rd. Mobius is an all vinyl record store located in the heart of historic downtown Fairfax City near the intersection of University and Main. We sell new and used vinyl and will also buy your records. Local artist are fully supported here and if you are a local band we will gladly sell your records on consignment.

Mobius Records
4007 University Dr
Fairfax,VA 22030

Monday - Closed
Tuesday through Saturday - 11-7
Sunday – 12-5″

DMV Musicians, if you are selling vinyl make sure to get some copies over to Dempsey.  Also set aside some time to stop by and say hello!