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.
For more information:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
The Walking Sticks - http://thewalkingsticks.
ACME - http://music.123acme.com/