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This is a thread where all DC residents past and present can post information about the music scene in the city and any interesting or important upcoming events. Anyone who has lived here knows that there is a) a lot going on and b) not enough coverage to prevent a lot of frustration from missing shows that nobody knew about. Hopefully this thread will become valuable.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 21:19 (12 years ago) Permalink

I can get everything rolling with a few contributions:
anyone wanting to get into the free improv scene here should sign up with the DC Improv yahoo group, which has listings for a lot of events in the area. They bring in a lot of good artists like Sabeer Mateen, Susie Ibarra and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.

The only electronic night i have ever been to is called Matter and it is held at the Blue Room on 18th street. I am not sure if it still exists, as i havent seen it listed for a while. The Djs played a lot of techno, including all the requisite hip german stuff, but whenever i went, there were 20 people there, and everything was being played at lounge volumes. it was a bit sad really, though the bar has a good beer selection.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 21:26 (12 years ago) Permalink

At Recessions (18th and L St) on Fridays and Saturdays, sometimes local rappers come and rap over karaoke. I saw it once, and they were really good, considering.

Chris H. (chrisherbert), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 22:10 (12 years ago) Permalink

cool. keep em coming.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:22 (12 years ago) Permalink

I grew up in DC, but I don't live there anymore. I'm visiting in mid-March with my friend. She wants to see live music. Any suggestions? I was thinking of seeing British Sea Power at the Black Cat, but that's kind of boring. Anything more local to recommend?

Debito (Debito), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:32 (12 years ago) Permalink

Matter at the Blue Room ended a couple of months ago. In its place there's a rotating cast of weekly Sunday nights. I'm listing them with some of the other less club oriented regular DJ events around town:

SALT (listed first, because it's my night, dammit)
synthfunk, indiepop, dancehall, grime, electropunk, hip hop, industrial, hits
DJ's Sad and Lonely
1st Wednesday monthly
Cafe Saint-Ex

indiedisco and beyond
DJ Will Eastman
generally 3rd Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

disco, new wave, funk, postpunk, hiphop
DJ's Serpico, William Alberque, Cullen Stalin, Sad
generally 4th Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

Yellow Fever
reggae, groove, soul, hip-hop, dub
DJ's Yellow Fever
Tuesdays biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

Spilt Milk
rock, disco, funk, mod, punk, soul
Tuesdays biweekly

indie house?
DJ's Bob Mould and Richard Morel
9:30 Club

Taking the Piss
jingle-jangle indie pop & psychedelic
occasional Fridays
Marx Cafe

We Fought the Big One
UK post punk, shoegaze, guitar pop, indie dance
DJ's Brandon Grover and Rick Taylor
1st Friday monthly
Marx Cafe

The Wag
60's garage soul & trash
DJ Mark Zimin
1st Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

The Mousetrap
brit pop, indie
DJ Mark Zimin
generally 2nd Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

coldwave, darkwave
2nd Sunday monthly
the Blue Room

post punk, UK indie, dream pop
3rd Sunday monthly
the Blue Room

The Melting Pot
everything, 1964-1980
DJ Neville Chamberlain
Thursday biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

rock and roll
DJ Johnny
Cafe Saint-Ex

soul, mod, garage
DJ Beat Neat-O
Thursdays biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

I'll work on a whole separate list of the club/hip hop/EDM events...

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 14:55 (12 years ago) Permalink

and here's what counds like a good upcoming special event:

24 Hour Access: 24 Hour Psycho

February 28, 2004 at 5:30 p.m.
A first for the Hirshhorn---the Museum will open the Douglas Gordon exhibition for twenty-four consecutive hours. 24 Hour Psycho (1993), the artist's video installation that stretches the Hitchcock classic into a twenty-four-hour experience, is the inspiration for this all-night happening. Launch the leap year with this unique, drop-in event, which will also include music, gallery discussions, and a "Meet the Artist" interview with Douglas Gordon conducted by Hirshhorn Director of Art and Programs and Chief Curator Kerry Brougher on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium. "24 Hour Access: 24 Hour Psycho" is made possible through the generosity of Aaron and Barbara Levine.

The following music (presented by Signal 66) will be played:
5:30 ˆ 7:00pm DJ Sandwich Man
7:00 ˆ 8:00pm Band Chessie
8:00 ˆ 8:30pm DJ Debut
8:30 ˆ 9:15pm Band The Hipnotix
9:15 ˆ 9:45pm DJ Beat Neat-o of Groove
9:45 ˆ 10:30pm Band Rose
10:30 ˆ 11:00pm DJ Neville Chamberlain
11:00 ˆ 11:45pm Band The Phobes
11:45 ˆ 12:15am DJ Neville Chamberlain
12:15 ˆ 1:00am Band Sounds of Kaleidoscope
1:00 ˆ 1:30am DJ Happy Family
1:30 ˆ 2:15am Band Sons of Disobedience
2:15 ˆ 2:45am DJ Neville Chamberlain (tentative)
2:45 ˆ 3:30am Band Gully Jimson

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 14:57 (12 years ago) Permalink

Wed. 2-11

Habib Koite from Mali at the National Geographic Grosvenor
Hall--Habib's got a nice live cd out--He trys to meld styles from
different parts of Mali, and while he's not a big fave of mine he's
definately not bad

Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache at the K. Ctr. Eisenhower Theater--A
wonderful percussionist, bandleader, and sideman (not to mention a
college professor) who is very charismatic and entertaining with his band

Los Hombres Calientes from New Orleans at the Clarice Smith Center-An
interesting bunch from New Orleans who blend that city's jazz with
flavors from throughout the Caribbean. I believe WPFW's Jim Byers is
hosting and leading a chat with them as well.

Muzsikas at the Freer-Hungarian vocal combo

Sat. 2-14

Sanchez and Richie Stephens at the Crossroads-Jamaican lovers rock for
Valentines Day
Sun. 2-15

Haj Youness, Casablanca, Moroccan oud player and the Voice of Wisdom
Orchestra at 2 p.m. at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Lecture Hall

La India and Sonora Caruseles at the Washington Hilton, 1919
Connecticut Ave. NW salsa
Tues. 2-17

Peru Negro at the Kenn. Ctr- Excellent Afro-Peruvian veteran combo--if
you like Eva Aylon or Susanna Baca this outfit's blend of soaring
melodies, strumming, and funky drumming (on instruments including
wooden boxes and donkey jawbones) will be up your alley
Other cool stuff:2-11-Super Furry Animals
from Wales at 930;2-12( & 2-13) jazz singer Jane Monheit at the
Birchmere; 2-13-Atmosphere at 930;2-14 Black Dice at Ottobar;Jazz
singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at K. Ctr.;Carmaig De Forest at Roots Cafe;

To get on my DC African/Latin/World whatever events ocassional e-mail thing, contact me at The above comes from that...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 16:05 (12 years ago) Permalink

For more DC events there's an improv jazz e-mail list, a few salsa ones, the Take Me Out to the Go-Go website,, a few dc dancehall only sites, a zydeco/cajun e-mail list and website, and the Taking the Piss djs listed in Brian's post also do a reggae dub and more dj night.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 16:16 (12 years ago) Permalink

this is getting even better...!
are there any TechnoTechno nights out there?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 20:08 (12 years ago) Permalink

Since the demise of Filler/Matter there aren't any techno techno nights that I know of - house owns DC. You may want to check for special events being put on by the 'DC Skillz' crew. Cubik (nu-Buzz) has been getting in a few techno-oriented DJ's, including Green Velvet a couple months ago, but now that they're compressing their lineups into the main room they haven't been as thematically strong as before.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:08 (12 years ago) Permalink

DJ Neville Chamberlain

Which reminds me...any news regarding a new location for the Metro Cafe? (, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:10 (12 years ago) Permalink

They were working on a location in the old MetaTrack studios, behind the 7-11 on Rhode Island Ave at 14th St, to be a bar/upstairs small theater. No live music, though, and not to be called Metro. Originally supposed to open in October but it slid Then Cherry Red, who was supposed to be the theater tenant, disbanded. Since then nobody seems to be able to get any answers about what's going on.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:28 (12 years ago) Permalink

So are Mathew Dear, Michael Mayer, Soundmurder or Dizzee coming to town and/or where could you hear their music?

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:39 (12 years ago) Permalink

you can get e-mails about DC area events from:


Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:47 (12 years ago) Permalink

We've played plenty of Matthew Dear and Michael Mayer at my night, SALT, and we did a listening party for the Dizzee album last week. Haven't tried to play Soundmurderer, though - got a sort of cease and desist after playing Venetian Snares a couple months ago. We're doing a listening party for the new Telefon Tel Aviv and Neubauten at our next night.

Dizzee's supposedly coming back for a bigger tour in the summer, but I'm not sure if he'll hit DC or not. I don't know of anything regarding Dear or Mayer, but if they came I imagine it would be at 5ive, unless it was a one-off somewhere else.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 14:49 (12 years ago) Permalink

why is the electronic dance scene here so seemingly mediocre? I used to be proud that there were all of these famous artists from the area (deep dish, BT, Saeed and Palash, etc.) but they all seem to only sleep here. i guess i just have different ideals. I like the fact that Danny Tenaglia travels 'round the world and still has a weekly in NYC (or at least used to... i dont know what he is up to now)playing everything from Basic Channel to Salsoul. When was the last time Deep Dish played here?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 14:59 (12 years ago) Permalink

Deep Dish is around every once in a while at Nation, but it seems like just another stop on the tour. And I guess they have even less incentive to be around since the end of the Yoshitoshi store. Saeed and Palash pop up from time to time, but not as much as a few years ago. I can understand that maybe it's not seen as the most exciting place to have a weekly or monthly, but you'd think there'd be some more visibility. Thievery Corporation have achieved a similar level of success, and you can't swing a Gucci belt without hitting something they're involved with around town. They enjoy playing to thousands on tour and then to a hundred people in a small room.

What's odd it that it seems to be only the EDM scene that really tries to escape the city - the most successful go-go and indie artists are, if anything, too tied to DC.

Is it odd that the most interesting and boosterish electronic dance DJ in DC over the last year has been Bob Mould?

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:33 (12 years ago) Permalink

im confused... the Bob Mould? I didnt know he was living in DC.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:39 (12 years ago) Permalink

Yes, Bob Mould. He and Richard Morel started a DJ night called Blowoff as a monthly at the Velvet Lounge last year, now it's weekly at the 9:30 Club backbar. It falls somewhere between esoteric electronic lounge and shirtless gay dance party, usually within the same night.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:20 (12 years ago) Permalink

Yea, Bob has his own blog and either there or at a separate website he posts his playlists. He used to do his thing at the Velvet Lounge and moved it to the 930 Club. There was a feature article about him in the City Paper and in the Post weekend section. Brian, your choice of music sounds more interesting to me.

The DC go-go artists have seemingly given up on being national and international acts (go-go hasn't crossed over) although Chuck Brown gets flown to Japan periodically to play.

Dischord indie rockers are always playing worldwide but such gigs just never get much local press here. Q and Not U are also booked to play that big fest coming up in California over the summer(Coachatella or something). Black Eyes toured Europe awhile back.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:19 (12 years ago) Permalink

I'm really looking forward to the Black Eyes show coming up, March 26th. The whole last half of March is pretty sharp at the Black Cat, hopefully we'll be able to get some of the acts playing to come DJ afterwards at Saint-Ex.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:53 (12 years ago) Permalink

And I guess they have even less incentive to be around since the end of the Yoshitoshi store.

Why did they locate it in Georgetown? You can only make so much money from selling prog to white hats from GW. Better to be on U st with a big deep house section. They never seemed to have their shit together anyways. They cheated me out of $40 once but totally inadvertantly. I had my revenge during their clearance sale I guess.

As for Q and not U, I tried to see their last show at the Black Cat and ended up waiting in line for an hour by myself. As I was waiting, the show sold out. That is all. They need to play here more often.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:55 (12 years ago) Permalink

According to their website Q and Not U are laying low and recording a new cd now. Black Eyes are playing the Warehouse Next Door near the new Convention Center Friday February 20th. Solomon Burke and Anthony Hamilton are offering different generation takes on soul that night at the sit down and keep your mouth closed Birchmere.

I always wanted to check out the Grits & Gravy dj night at Bar Nun... Years ago I saw DC rappers Opus Okuben playing with a live band at the now defunct Metro Cafe. Wow, they were great. Now they just mostly play Europe, sometimes with Ny jazz guy Steve Coleman. They were at Black Cat around New Years Eve but I missed them.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Friday, 13 February 2004 04:38 (12 years ago) Permalink

I like going to out-of-the way places like Chick Hall's Surf Club in Bladensburg (Chick Hall plays awesome honky tonk and surf guitar!) or Lamonts in Pomonkey, MD. Jim Bennett and Lady Mary sing Malaco records style bluesy soul there.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Friday, 13 February 2004 04:42 (12 years ago) Permalink

Anybody know anything about DC 9, a live music/DJ venue at 1940 9th st nw that looks to be replacing Metro Cafe in the club ecosystem? It's opening tonight, and their website is at, but doesn't say anything about who's behind it.

Brian Miller, Friday, 13 February 2004 22:59 (12 years ago) Permalink

For those complaining about lack of real techno in DC -- a freak occurance has Titonton Duvante playing this Thursday at Mantis on Columbia Road. I'm pretty sure there is no cover.

Michael Minnich, Wednesday, 18 February 2004 23:16 (12 years ago) Permalink

fuck how did i miss this post!!! Tombot (another techno techno fan) and I were sitting in a bar two blocks away bitching! damn! Is Mantis generally cool or is it usually the Wallpaper models I see inside (heh not that that is a bad thing I am just too ugly)?

anyways, wednesday night P Brotzmann is playing with Hamid Drake and William Parker. Its at Twins on U st (btw 13th and 14th?) at 8pm.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 1 March 2004 18:31 (12 years ago) Permalink

I received an e-mail about DC/9 which I think I deleted! It's run by some guy who did a one-off indie-rock dj thing at a sports bar in Chinatown I think. It was called Exit something i think. I'm not sure whether it will cover the same variety of entertainment that Metro Cafe did. My question is isn't the location of DC/9 where a mostly African-American house dance club used to be. Maybe I'm wrong and this isn't a new sign of gentrification--indie-rock replacing house.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:40 (12 years ago) Permalink

Anybody been to the dj nights at Bar Nun? Their ad lists a hiphop/r'n'b night and a "grits n gravy" night. The latter was the subject of a Washington City Paper article many years back.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:43 (12 years ago) Permalink

I went to Mantis to check out their new basement DJ space this past Friday, and it's very impressive. Holds maybe 100 people, good soundsystem, DJ near the entrance, bar down part of one side and some low sofas in the back past the bar. Dark, a little blue light, and a disco ball. Sort of a mini-Red. They're open Wednesdays - Saturdays, but I can't find a schedule online. It's grabbing the expected upscale house crowd, but they're definitely serious about booking talent.

DC 9 is in the original Asylum space, I'm not sure what it was between then and now. Half the music I've heard played there has been great indie/hip hop/disco, the other half has been too much midrange compressed guitar and singers that sound like they're in beer commercials. Which is a better hit rate than most places, but the DJs seriously can't mix or sequence their tracks.

Brian Miller, Monday, 1 March 2004 20:06 (12 years ago) Permalink

were people dancing? it sounds like a good space if a little small (meaning i would prefer 250 people, not 500). how is the list of EDM events coming? ;-)

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:32 (12 years ago) Permalink

There were only a few people dancing, but I left pretty early. The flow of the space is a little screwy, so I can imagine it not working too well when packed. Then again, few places do.

List of EDM events is not so good. Seems like no place is doing well with regular nights and lineups are changing like crazy. And Cubik is filling the main room at Nation with the level of talent that would have played the front room at Buzz.

Brian Miller, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:09 (12 years ago) Permalink

ugh. i feel like there needs to be a fucking organization or something. can we negotiate a lease for a K St office for the new headquarters of Futurists Against Crappy Techno?

how long have you been in DC? what is the reason for the instability?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:47 (12 years ago) Permalink

WPFW djs and others formed a group that brings avante-jazz and other improv music to town, so Aaron you'll have to put together a group to do the same for techno and other electronic-based sounds!

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 14:24 (12 years ago) Permalink

How come the Ottobar in Baltimore books more hiphop than DC clubs?

Is the below show which is at the Ottobar coming to DC?

Thursday March 25th
The Perceptionists
(Feat. Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, DJ Fakts One)
RJD2, C Rayz Walz
Hangar 18, SA Smash and more
Doorsat 8pm/ Show at 9pm- ALL AGES

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 15:43 (12 years ago) Permalink

One more thing. Last summer the DC govt Commission on the Arts sponsored an event called Fete del la musique in which they had free music all over town. The selection of genres involved wasn't wide enough. I want to try to find out how to widen the selection for this summer.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 15:46 (12 years ago) Permalink

get a new Commission? ;-) Steve is the WPFW crew = Transparent productions? I would love to promote again. I did it in college. I need to get to know all the venues around town first though. Its going to take a long time. In about 3 years, start looking for flyers with Kevin Saunderson's name on them.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 17:15 (12 years ago) Permalink

Transparent Productions is the improv crew. Not all of 'em are WPFW djs though some are--Bobby Hill and Larry Appelbaum, others?...

3 years! I want stuff NOW ;)

I've been complaining to friends for 2 or so years that I wish someone would book all of the Afropop and Latin acts that play for free in Central Park in NY each summer, in DC... So I'll have to form my own group to do this...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 18:53 (12 years ago) Permalink

I asked excellent local DJ Milo (Filler, Matter) about nights, and he said the DJ at the Mantis basement on Wednesdays plays tech house, but that's about the closest - no BANGIN TECHNO nights.

There's the once.twice festival coming up in Baltimore next month-

April 15th - 17th, 2004
Baltimore's 4th Annual
once.twice:festival of sound and video art feat.

once.twice also runs the occasional Treatment night at Sonar, the last one in November featured Magda and Sammy Dee.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 3 March 2004 20:22 (12 years ago) Permalink

milo is nice. i have talked to him a couple of times. that fest sounds fun. why does baltimore seem to have a better scene than DC?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 4 March 2004 04:26 (12 years ago) Permalink

Baltimore: city in decay + large warehouse/manufacturing base = cheap venues. Cheap venues + art students + laissez faire police/health/fire department = good scene.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 4 March 2004 06:53 (12 years ago) Permalink

So is Nation (Buzz people) afraid to book some of those folks coming to Baltimore, and is 5 too small, and is the 930 too booked up with bands to consider those artists (and also unwilling to face police/fire dept. scrutiny)?

On a different note, any musicians (d.j.'s?) who wanna perform for free outdoors or maybe at Carter Barron or other locations during the June 18-21st 2nd annual Fete de la Musique DC should call 202-724-5614 or e-mail . There will also be meetings at the DC Arts Commission, 410 8th St. NW , 5th Fl. on Mon. 3-15 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 and on Thurs. 3-18 from noon to 1.

I'm trying to encourage them to expand the musical horizons of this event...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 4 March 2004 16:52 (12 years ago) Permalink

Nation needs to take in a huge amount of money at the door just to break even for a night, so they don't have a lot of incentive to book artists that won't appeal to their existing crowd. There would have been a better shot there in the Buzz days when they would let a different promoter/collective take over the patio, but now they're really only booking the main room.

Five is a great venue, nearly perfect, but the different promoters that do nights there only really book house, d+b, and reggae. There was the electroclash/breaks night there, too, but that's over and has turned into a retro night.

9:30 Club, as you mentioned, is a live music venue. They'll have the occasional DJ, but it always comes off as a bit out of place.

It costs a lot of money to run a club in DC due to the scarcity of suitable spaces. In a town with 8-foot ceilings in 95% of all buildings, there’s going to be a lot of competition for the remaining few with large open spaces. Permitting, safety codes, and accessibility standards are pretty tightly enforced, which means you have to sink a lot of money into a space before you can do anything with it. This goes for bars, dance clubs, live music clubs, and pretty much everything. And don't even get me started on ANC's and "voluntary agreements".

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 4 March 2004 18:24 (12 years ago) Permalink

Ghostly International showcase at Warehouse Next Door, April 1. Not sure who's playing.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 5 March 2004 00:56 (12 years ago) Permalink

The indie-rock stores keep dropping one by one. What's left? The below is from an e-mail from Now...

"After over 4 years in business, the owners of Now! Music and Fashion
have decided to close permanently, so we can move on and pursue
other opportunities. We've had a blast talking to you about music,
putting on instore performances, and participating in the local
community. But the best thing about running a record store has been
the opportunity to meet you. Many thanks to our loyal customers and
friends we've made along the way.

We will be having a going-out-of-business sale beginning this
weekend. All clothing and music (except consignments and bargain bin
stuff) will be on sale for 30% off the regular price."

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 05:45 (12 years ago) Permalink

CD Warehouse in Georgetown (M and 30th), despite its location and hideous clientele, is really outstanding. This weekend I picked up Books' Lemon of Pink, Ghost's Hypnotic Underworld, Arthur Russell's Calling Out of Context, and M83's Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts.

So I don't think DC's gone utterly down the pan. Close, but not gone yet.

paul c (paul c), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 15:42 (12 years ago) Permalink

You found those "used" or "new" in Georgetown? The one time I was there I didn't see much in there. Wow, that's quite a haul. I'm actually as guilty as anybody in buying stuff online rather then local stores. The last time I tried to go to Now (in early january), it was closed despite its hours being listed as open.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 17:35 (12 years ago) Permalink

They were new. But not outrageously priced. Between 14.99-18.99 (Ghost - M83).

They're also stocking the Ellen Allien album and remixes, Coloma's Finery. I think I even saw that Damon Album demo double 10" there, too!

paul c (paul c), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 17:40 (12 years ago) Permalink

Hey, I was the one that got Coloma and Ellen Allien in there! I walk by it on my way home from work, so I stop in every couple of days. They're stupendously nice and will go as far as setting up new accounts with distributors to get special orders. I email them a list of upcoming releases I want and they'll have them for me the day they're released. They can be a little slow on imports, but they usually track them down.

Melody on Conn. Ave. is very underrated - I always thought they were better than DCCD for keeping up with current releases and pointing customers in the right direction. Good international and classical sections, too.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 18:27 (12 years ago) Permalink

Need to write up my mixed thoughts on Funk Parade sometime...what I like and what I don't like and what I wish for

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 May 2016 15:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

x-post Shawn Brown of Dagnasty...

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 May 2016 18:34 (2 months ago) Permalink

Will there be more Fort Reno drama this summer? Jack on Fire tweet states there's been no request for tapes (from groups that might want to perform). Website is still in 2015 mode. I think Amanda M. doesn't start on this until June though

― curmudgeon, Monday, May 2, 2016 10:35 AM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It looks like Fort Reno is NOT happening this year. I for one am bummed.

Diana Fire (, Friday, 13 May 2016 17:24 (2 months ago) Permalink


dc, Friday, 13 May 2016 17:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

Amanda wouldn't respond to my email either. Saw her from a distance at the John Stabb tribute show. Shoulda tried to talk to her there.

Someone else should just apply.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 May 2016 14:03 (2 months ago) Permalink

It's been 4 years since Chuck Brown died, and in a first annual tribute, 9 go-go bands released new songs. Details here plus thoughts from Frank Scooby Sirius of Chuck Brown Band and Team Familiar, Sweet Cheire of Be'laDona and Chuck Brown Band, and Moe Shorter, mgr. of Junkyard Band

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 May 2016 14:06 (2 months ago) Permalink


D. Floyd led Rare Essence for 20 years. He's been vocalizing and playing sax for Team Familiar for many years now. He talks about their band here

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 May 2016 14:08 (2 months ago) Permalink

Amanda time

But MacKaye says Fort Reno fans have no reason to worry yet. “There is no story here,” she writes in a brief email to WAMU. “It would appear on the Internet that liberty has been taken to create a controversy where there is none. Things are just moving slower on my end.”

MacKaye still has time to submit a permit application for use of the Tenleytown park this summer, says a National Park Service spokesperson.

“She can submit the application at least 48 hours in advance of the proposed event,” the spokesperson says, though it’s wiser to apply earlier. She adds that MacKaye has been in touch with NPS permit office staff.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 02:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

She still hasn't updated the Fort Reno website, or sent out a request for bands to send her music to be considered

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 15:55 (2 months ago) Permalink

Also was the drummer for Tru Fax & the Insaniacs

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 May 2016 15:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

and an anti-nuke activist

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 May 2016 16:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

didn't make it to JLin or to Brandy Clark or I think there was another ogig this week I wanted to see.

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 May 2016 16:38 (2 months ago) Permalink

brandy clark back (kinda) 6/4 for a "matinee" gig in annapolis

dc, Friday, 20 May 2016 16:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

Fort Reno website finally updated. Shows in July. Bands can contact Amanda by May 31 if they want to participate

Donations asked for also

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 May 2016 20:45 (2 months ago) Permalink

That was nice of Seth H from 930/IMP to visit Big Tony F of TroubleFunk in the hospital. Tony just had a kidney transplant and has been, happily it appears, posting pics of himself (and sometimes with visitors) on FB and Instagram

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:32 (2 months ago) Permalink

Former New England Patriot Darryl Haley is bringing obscure local r'n'b and gospel groups & some rappers to the Washington Monument's Sylvan Theatre stage on the first and third Fridays. He will also be bringing acts to Carter Barron

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

exhibit and special event at the U of MD Clarice Smith Center Friday night from 6 to 8:30 pm or so

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:17 (2 months ago) Permalink

Matos on the early 90s DC techno and rave scene at WUST (before it became the 930) and Wilmer's Park-- a show with Moby. But hey, he describes WUST as "filthy." That's not how I remember it

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 May 2016 16:35 (2 months ago) Permalink

go-go bands keep making the rounds of the morning tv talk shows...Team Familiar was on News Channel 8 this morning

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 May 2016 17:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

I don't think these djs have been on any morning tv shows lately...

ESL Sunday Memorial Day Edition with Francois K, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Keenan Orr and Groovetop with Mkni, Hakob and Caspian at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Daylight Tenth Year Anniversary with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 May 2016 01:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

Old School go-go percussionist Hosea Williams will be inducting drummer Juju House into the Go-go Hall of Fame tonight on his internet Heartbeat Conga Hour radio show. This morning they were on the Fox 5 Morning tv show

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

They got themselves in a financial hole to start with the cost of refurbishing the theatre, and have struggled on many nights filling their big space. CLub owner vows to keep it going, even if its via reorganizing in bankruptcy.

They've had some nice r'n'b bookings. Plus I saw Nigerian Orlando Julius there (last-minute scheduled show with a small crowd)

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 June 2016 13:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

b/w this and joe's, music is really strugglin in bethesda.

dc, Friday, 3 June 2016 13:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

Montgomery County building rules red tape before opening you mean? Joe's, as in Joe's Record Paradise? Joe's is in Silver Spring and failed to realize how much red tape they would have to comply with before opening in a new locale.

Perhaps, Bethesda Blues and Jazz in refurbishing their classic old theatre also incurred similar such costs.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 June 2016 14:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

But yeah, there hasn't been much music in Bethesda since Twist & Shout and Psychedelly days way back when...

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 June 2016 14:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

yeah meant moco

dc, Friday, 3 June 2016 14:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

I attended two crowded gigs at Bethesda Blues n Jazz. I liked that they had some go-go bands open for r'n'b acts, and that they had old-time DC soul artists like Skip Mahoney and Eddie Jones there.

DC's indie-rock obsessed websites don't seem to care, since the club largely ignored that genre. No tweets or articles yet from any of them (although the news in new).

Trying to compete with Birchmere, Blues Alley, Hamilton and Howard Theatre for the pricey dinner and music audience alone, isn't easy(although Bethesda Blues also has general admission seats in the back without dinner and drink rules)

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 June 2016 14:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

I know very little about choral music, but this DC based Latino one has for 25 years offered an eclectic repertoire. They're calling it quits after a Saturday night gig that will include a Calle 13 song.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 June 2016 17:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

Joe's Record Paradise still has not opened yet at new location. I think they sold some records in a room of the Record Exchange in Silver Spring this past weekend.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 June 2016 15:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

No further details re Bethesda Blues and Jazz club.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 June 2016 15:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

The Smithsonian Folklife Fest always includes a Ralph Rinzler Tribute Concert that includes various artists not connected to their themes for the year (2016 themes are Basque country; and Traditional ethnic music based in California). So Sunday July 3rd on the mall will include:

The Chuck Brown Band; an Iraqi oud player; an Irish-American fiddler; dobro player Jerry Douglas; and Flaco Jimenez and Texmaniacs

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 20:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

I was there at the Gregory Porter gig, but didn't see her. Oh well. A great show.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 June 2016 21:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

Is Blues Alley facing a rising rent and thinking of moving somewhere?

Mr. Schnipper sought to purchase a space for Blues Alley and hoped the District would approve the Historic Music Cultural Institutions Expansion Tax Abatement Act of 2013.

The legislation would give a tax abatement to qualified D.C. historic music centers that want to lease or purchase sites to expand their clubs. Although the D.C. Council has approved the bill, neither Mayor Vincent C. Gray nor current Mayor Muriel Bowser has funded it, offering no tax relief for impresarios.

“After the loss of the bill I put out there for three years, I see no reason to remain,” Mr. Schnipper said.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 June 2016 19:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Anybody check any of the Fringe music fest acts last weekend?

natlawdp, Monday, 27 June 2016 22:37 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

Nope, was out of town. Did you? I have seen locals Kino System once --Ethiopian meets Afrobeat...

Curious about the fingerpicking guitarist Daniel Bachman, and Juanita Cash-- Latino country or something...also Sal P from the legendary Liquid Liquid

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 14:52 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

As I was out of town I missed this old-school soul and disco tribute show and panel. Was pleased to see there were around 250 or so there, via pics and video i saw on facebook. Here was my preview with quotes from the late Billy Stewart's younger cousin, singer Calvin Ruffin (whose Dad was also a singer back in the '40s and 50s)

Stewart came from musicians on both parents’ sides, and he performed in family gospel and secular groups as a kid. These days, Ruffin looks back glowingly on his late cousin’s talents. But he acknowledges that Stewart had personal problems, too.

Discovered by Bo Diddley and signed to Chess Records, Stewart released a song in 1962 called “Fat Boy” that referred to his own large size. When others mocked him for his weight, it was a different matter.

“When I was with Billy he had an entourage, before we had even heard of the term ‘entourage,’” says Ruffin. “If someone called him ‘fat boy,’ he pulled out a gun on them. I was with him at that time. The only reason I know that is the gun’s barrel is about as big as I was. Real long. He would always get an attitude if someone called him that. He had a real complex when it came to his weight, as he was real heavy.”

While Stewart wrestled privately with his health, his fans seemed aware only of his multifaceted vocals. He harmonized with Marvin Gaye as fellow substitute members of The Rainbows, and developed a distinctive variation on jazz scatting, where he repeated words in a powerful yet sweet, church-developed manner.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 14:57 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

I think Big Tony is gonna be back onstage with TroubleFunk Saturday at the 930. He recently had a kidney transplant

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:14 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Title Tracks is on a Thursday July 7th bill at the first Fort Reno show of the summer

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 July 2016 14:01 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Fort Dupont and Carter Barron starting late-- July 30th.

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 July 2016 14:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Still getting used to Smithsonian Folklife Fest having to comply with NPS rules banning tents and such on main portions of the mall lawn. That means 1 big stage, and then smaller tents under the trees with less daytime performances. I did enjoy last night's afghan duo who were joined for a couple of songs by a Basque accordionist and percussionist/singer.

Chuck Brown Band is part of Sunday's special evening Ralph Rinzler memorial show there.

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 July 2016 14:05 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

So former football player and now promoter Darryl Haley may be well-intentioned, but I don't think people are gonna pay $25 a benefit show at Carter Barron to see the same obscure local acts he has been presenting at the Sylvan Theatre on the mall for free. He has 6 of these events planned.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 July 2016 19:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

that local rock series Fort R--- starts tonight. You might have heard about it...

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 July 2016 19:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Team Familiar and some others go-go acts are on a special go-go vacation with gigs thing in Puerto Rico; and other go-go acts are doing the same down in Miami and South Beach right now.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 July 2016 18:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

WPFW benefit with a who's who of local jazz folks, out at Bethesda Blues and Jazz tonight

Fort Reno night of 1,000 cakes with Dot Dash and others

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 July 2016 14:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I went to Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington for the first time, and saw the great Nigerian sax player Orlando Julius and his band Saturday night. What a nice place to see free shows. 300 seat amphitheater under trees, with some room around the edges for standing or sittin on your own chair or blanket. The former Artisphere booking agent Josh is handling the booking, and he had Anthony Pirog the night before and they have Congolese electro-soukous act Mbongwana Star Saturday August 13th. Lots of locals-- I missed some of the international ones I like back in June--Elikeh, Feedel Band, Cissa Paz. Its getting no publicity, as area media folks only tout Fort Reno.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 July 2016 14:23 (Yesterday) Permalink

Me writing up a new Md Haitian band

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 July 2016 16:00 (Yesterday) Permalink

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