Listen Local First in conjunction with Funk Parade presents: An Extravaganza in the Spirit of Funk
Come join us at Liv Nightclub Thursday, March 13th to celebrate the final stretch of Funk Parade planning and to kickoff our fundraising efforts!
This celebration will feature *for one night only* The Funk Parade All-Star Band (aka Ninja Bunny), including members of Elikeh, Lucky Dub, Eme & Heteru & special guests!
The Funk Parade is a one of a kind sidewalk fair, parade and evening music festival happening on Saturday May 3rd throughout the U Street Corridor. In order to put on this unbelievable event we need to raise money to cover the costs of permits, security, and payment for musicians and artists. This night of celebration also marks the launch of the Funk Parade Indie GoGo Fan Funding Campaign. Stay tuned for more information, donation opportunities, and great give-aways.
Ticket Link - funkparade.even
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of event, and $50 supporter. Doors are at 8 pm. Come enjoy an extra funky Thursday night at Liv and help make Funk Parade happen!
Listen Local First presents two Kennedy Center Millennium Stage shows this month:
Tuesday, February 11th, 6pm: In collaboration with Multiflora Production, we present Hailu Mergia with guests Low Mentality
In the 1970s, Hailu Mergia was a famous African funk musician in Ethiopia performing with the group the Walias Band. In 1981, the group performed in the United States and Mergia, along with a few other bandmates, remained in the country to avoid returning to their homeland’s toxic dictatorship. Today he’s been picked up by the label Awesome Tapes from Africa which has allowed him to continue his solo accordion career with synthetic accompaniment. Mergia will be joined by Low Mentality, which is known for its beat and bass heavy reinterpretation of non-American music.
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For more on Low Mentality, see their Official Website
Check out the Facebook Event Page
Wednesday, February 12th, 6pm: Listen Local First presents Nappy Riddem
“Since releasing their debut album on Fort Knox Recordings in 2011, NAPPY RIDDEM has been busy touring nationwide and releasing a string of remixes, transforming itself into an uplifting and conscious reggae band that is funky enough to pack the dancefloor. Started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem, NAPPY RIDDEM is now joined in the studio and on stage by drummer Jon Modell as part of their 6-piece live band.
The Rock Steady EP contains four upbeat reggae tracks that represent NAPPY RIDDEM’s fresh new sound! The EP starts off strong with a track that shows the group is serious about the healing of the nation. “I Wish” is a deep and meaningful track that reaches the soulful depth of Mustafa Akbar’s vocals. The title track, “Rock Steady” oozes positivity with a groovy, rocksteady vibe, and features Rex Riddem on Ukulele and lead vocals. Keeping the dance vibe going is “Rastaman”, rudeboy defiance on top of an irresistible stepping beat results in pure fire! Closing out the EP is “Red Blood”, featuring Brittany Tanner on additional vocals, a emotional ballad for the people, it is sweet and full of soul.
The Nappy Riddem sound has developed into its own brand of “Dancehall Funk” that moves bodies, hearts, and minds. The Rock Steady EP represents a new beginning for this exciting band from Washington, DC. Reggae for the dancefloor, messages for the people, and fresh beats for the heads.”
(Quoted from their official website)
For more information:
Check out the Facebook Event Page here
The LLF team is proud to finally announce our newest partnership and #DCMusic event!!!!
This morning we launched the The Official Funk Parade Website as well as our Twitter (@FunkParade) and Facebook pages. After months of planning and anticipation, Listen Local First, the founding partners, and over 70+ supporting local businesses, civic leaders, and neighborhood organizations are finally spreading the word of the Funk!
The planned event has three parts: a street fair by day, the mighty Funk Parade in the afternoon, and a music festival in the evening. The events will be rich in music and art, and will honor both the neighborhood and the spirit of funk, “the subatomic particle of love,” which brings people together and makes them feel all right. The date, May 3, is the 211th anniversary of the District’s incorporation.
“Bringing people together in the spirit of music and celebration is part of what makes the U Street neighborhood a crown jewel of the city,” said D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1). “I’m proud to support this unique event.”
Funk Parade is supported by a broad group of leaders, businesses and community groups, from Councilmember Graham, Ben’s Chili Bowl and the Howard Theater to ANC 1B, U Street Music Hall, the Brixton, Bohemian Caverns, Blind Dog Cafe, Twins Jazz, WJLA Channel 7 and dozens more. For a full list of supporters, click here.
Please feel free to contact the team at email@example.com.
And finally, get funky:
Listen Local First is partnering with Metro Music Source and Fair Trade Music DC to present a networking and roundtable discussion event at IOTA Club & Cafe on January 22nd beginning at 6 pm. The featured discussion topic will be Fair Trade Music DC, a community initiative aimed at developing local standards for equitable relationships between musicians and venues in the DC metro area.
Come network with other musicians and music industry professionals, and take part in our focus group discussions where you’ll have an opportunity to share your experiences dealing with DMV area music venues on topics ranging from payment to parking. You’ll also be able to take the Fair Trade Music venue survey, which helps us gather the right data so we can all promote and patronize the venues that treat musicians right.
Informal networking starts at 6pm, and we’ll break into groups for facilitated discussion around 7pm. Afterwards, everyone is invited to continue mingling, or even sign up for the Iota open mic!
To find out more, visit www.fairtrademusicdc.org and please take a moment to fill out our 100% anonymous survey. All it asks is that you select a venue you have played at within the last 6 months and fill in the bubbles that apply to your experience there. You may (and are encouraged to!) fill out the survey for multiple venues you’ve played within the 6 month time frame.
To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.
Hope to see you there!
About Metro Music Source:
Supporting the DC area’s vibrant music community for over 4 years, the monthly Metro Music Source event series provides opportunities for the local music community to come together, network, and discuss topics of the day in a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst music creators and music professionals.
About Fair Trade Music DC:
Fair Trade Music is a community organizing initiative that advocates for fairness and transparency in the local live music industry, with educational outreach and positive recognition of participating community members.
POST by Listen Local Warrior – Becca Higgins
‘Tis the season to highlight some of the bigger artists and album releases of 2013! Here’s the Listen Local First Best of 2013 round up:
Top DC Local Artists and Albums of 2013:
Here is the Brightest Young Things Post on DC Music in 2013 - http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/top-20-dc-albums-of-2013.htm
1. GEMS, Medusa EP
2. Beautiful Swimmers, Son
3. The Walking Sticks, Send The Night
4. Deathfix, Deathfix
5. Paperhaus, Lo Hi Lo
6. South Rail, South Rail EP
7. The Morrison Brothers, State of the Union
8. ACME, Synths, Beats, & Psychedelia
9. RDGLDGRN, RDGLDGRN LP
10. Mission South, Migration Vol. 2
11. Asheru, Sleepless in Soweto
12. Oddisee , The Beauty in All
13. Laura Tsaggaris, Everyman
14. Cherry Tree, The EP
15. Priests, Tape Two
16. The Cowards Choir, Reunion EP
17. Paint Branch, I Wanna Live
18. Young Summer, Fever Dream EP
19. Wale, The Gifted
20. Vandaveer , Oh Willie Please
Acts to Pay Attention To in 2014:
The Walking Sticks
These guys burst on to the DC scene this fall. While the Ernst brothers have been playing around the area for a while but the addition of frontwoman Chelsea Lee as electrified this three piece indie pop powerhouse. They have played a couple shows over the past couple months but wait for new
Yes they were all over the Vans Warped Tour this summer but I predict with some new tunes to come these three will be making a bigger splash in 2014 than they did in 2013.
B Side Shuffle
Wonks that jam. Though it might not be your favorite genre every city needs their go to jammers. Opening for Everyones Orchestra gave these guys a whole platform to jump off and exposed them to a much larger local music fan base. They also seem to have taken up the title of go to party band around the city. Let’s see what happens.
This is my total shot in the dark pick. Yet another trio. These guys are amazing live performances and have a complete throwback rock and roll sound. I hope that 2014 is the year that other people start to see how awesome and talented these guys are.
ONE MORE: Band I hope records something new in 2014
The Tender Thrill
I love their last album and I hope they put out more music in 2014.
And for your listening pleasure, a Local DC Spotify mix:
For more than five years now, BLACK ALLEY has been pushing the art of music to its rhythmic limits. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, BLACK ALLEY has taken the finest ingredients of funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a sound and genre all their own; they call it “Soul Garage”. The band is one, each musician surrendering to the union of sounds, each delivering music from their soul, while they are in dialogue with one another through their instruments. Each member of this septet is essential to the workability and funkability of the unit which is BLACK ALLEY.
BLACK ALLEY has become one of the most followed, trendsetting and sought-after music groups hailing from the nation’s capital. With endorsements from national recording artists such as Grammy Award nominee Raheem DeVaughn, Hip Hop standouts Big KRIT & Wale, and the legendary Sheila E, Black Alley is untouchable, striving to rock harder and heavier each time they unite and contribute to the greater good of music. BLACK ALLEY has been honored to share the stage with renowned artists like Common, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Wale, Gin Blossoms, Marsha Ambrosius, Meek Mill, Drake, Raheem DeVaughn, Bilal, Tabi Bonney, Busta Rhymes, Scarface, and Chrisette Michele just to name a few.
BLACK ALLEY has been featured on various media outlets to include Okayplayer, EarMilk, T
The video for their single “Artist Prayer” is in heavy rotation on VH1 Soul and the video for their single “Bad Girl” recently debuted exclusively on MTVHive.com.
Washington DC-based band, Mission South, is a group with roots planted firmly in both past and present. Members Dan Miller (guitar/vocals), John Beck (bass/vocals) and Max Harwood (drums) met in the fourth grade and grew up within walking distance of each other’s homes. The boys remained best friends throughout grade school, making music together all the while, but it was not until 2012 that the three officially joined forces under the name Mission South.
The band’s undeniable chemistry can be felt in their music, which much like their story, bridges the gap between old and new. On their sophomore EP, “Migration Vol. 2,” Mission South effortlessly fuses classic blues and folk styles with more modern colors and tones, for a sound that is raw, soulful, and adventurous. The three-part “Migration” series (“Vol. 3″ scheduled for release in Summer 2014) will capture Mission South’s journey as they transform a young dream into a professional endeavor, all the while, never forgetting their roots. less
Deathfix formed in 2009 after Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Rich Morel (Morel, Blowoff) met while touring in Bob Mould’s band. Having discovered a shared affinity for the sounds of 1972 – particularly glam and progressive rock – they started getting together to work on music at Canty’s warehouse studio space. Two years later, hoping to graduate the band from its studio-shut-in phase to its live ensemble phase, they recruited multi-instrumentalists Devin Ocampo (Faraquet, Medications) and Mark Cisneros (Medications) to hold down the rhythm section. Deathfix is now a full-fledged band, with all four members contributing a share of the riffs, song arrangements, and production tricks. The band released its self-titled 7-song debut in February, 2013. In Fall of 2013, Ocampo left Deathfix and was replaced by Jerry Busher (French Toast, Fugazi).
Since their modest beginnings as two music aficionado college students in a small Baltimore apartment, Beyond Modern has always exhibited two qualities in their music: raw passion and creativity.
Mick Marx, 23, and Sur Jazz, 25, two halves of the musical collective Beyond Modern, were solo Hip-Hop artists when the duo first decided to fuse their talents in 2009. The lyricist and aspiring audio engineer released “The Definition: EPic,” their first full-length album featuring original production under the moniker Sim-PLEX in 2010. The nascent success of these two young artists was a sound that augured something bigger, something inventive. That “something” emerged as “Rebellion EP” (2011), the duo’s first EP as Beyond Modern, pulling from a range of iconic influences old and new like Talib Kweli, The Neptunes, Miles Davis, DMX, Prince and Sade.
Beyond Modern is currently working on their second EP, “The Beyond Modern EP” slated for release on November 1st, 2012. The EP features an exciting bonus video to the single “Ride of Your Life,” directed by DC’s premiere video directing team 1st Impressions Studio whose worked with the likes of Young Jeezy, B.o.B., Wale and T.I. Often noted as a “breath of fresh air,” Beyond Modern approaches their art as just that. They win over diverse audiences at carefully curated events like FADER presents vitaminwater uncapped LIVE, ARTOMATIC and BrightestYoungThings.com’s New Year’s Eve party with their unique and memorable sound. “We want to create a legacy like those who have inspired our music. Art is lasting. It influences. So ultimately, we want to remain artists…and make people dance,” says Marx.
The result: a fresh take on hip-hop. The duo possesses the raw talent that cultivates beyond where modern music peaks to a sound that fuses genres and takes center to culture. Fervent and unrestrained — “Beyond Modern.”