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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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

cool. keep em coming.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:22 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 20:08 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

DJ Neville Chamberlain

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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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


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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 5 March 2004 00:56 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

Amanda of Fort Reno concerts is looking to document the whole history of the concerts there since 1968.

I think she’s also waiting on a permit from National PRk Service for later this summer 2021 shows.

Meanwhile Fort Dupont Park’s online only 2021 series is still tba

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 21:28 (three months ago) link

rapper IDK is busy

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 July 2021 17:04 (three months ago) link

Lamont’s club 30th anniversary show today in Pomonkey md. No website. Owner once snail mailed me a schedule. It’s an outdoor event today with Sons of Soul; and O’Jays tribute band; Hardway Connection; Jim Bennett

Nellie Travis of “Hey Mr Sexy Man” fame is at the Pomonkey American Legion July 17

There’s go-go at Lamont’s July 31

Black Cat reopened w/ DJ Baby Alcatraz

curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 July 2021 13:28 (three months ago) link

DMV rap and go-go together Wednesday at Hanger's in Camp Springs , MD

rappers Big Flock and 30H Black plus go-go bands CCB, XIB, Ambition Band, Drastic Measures Band

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 04:00 (three months ago) link

La Manplesa movie doc about 1991 Mt Pleasant uprising debuts tonight at Gala Hispanic; then for free Thursday at Kennedy Center Reach. Movie focuses a lot on DC Latinx activists & musicians

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 14:11 (three months ago) link

Songbyrd will take over Coconut Club’s former location on Penn Street NE …The exact date of its grand opening in Northeast is still to be determined, but in the meantime, Edmonson and Lapan will reopen Songbyrd’s original location on Aug. 16

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 July 2021 04:07 (two months ago) link

Velvet Lounge and Dodge City permanently closing

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 July 2021 04:08 (two months ago) link

Fast Eddie's in Maryland got in trouble for having live go-go music before they were legally allowed to have live music under Covid rules. Prince George's County is not allowing them to have live music for now, but is letting them be open as a bar.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 July 2021 04:11 (two months ago) link

Jazz singer Aaron Myers has a song called “The New Jim Crow” on his new album. He’s at the Eaton Hotel Friday July 30

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 July 2021 03:30 (two months ago) link

Six August Fort Reno gigs starting Monday with Clear Channel, Nice Breeze, & Black Rails

Also , virtual online only Fort Dupont starts this weekend . I forget who

Sirius Company & Jo-go Project Saturday August 7 online

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 July 2021 14:23 (two months ago) link

Mask up if you're going I guess--

Thurs. Aug. 5 – Feedel Band at Bossa
Raga at the Reach 5:30 p.m. DJ set with DJ Anandroid
8:30 p.m.-Raga: A Film Journey to the Soul of India film screening on the Video Wall

Fort Reno

Fri. August 6 –
Raga at the Reach 5 & 7 p.m.-DJ sets with Shuno Re!
6 p.m.-Performance by Rini
7:15 p.m.- Performance by Deepak Ram

Kundalika ( global jugalbandi- inspired by traditional Indian ragas plus jazz, bluegrass, Western drums, and Latin rhythm.) @ Rhizome

Sunstoney and Sir EU @ DC9

8:00 pm La Marvela (women, African-rooted Columbian/Caribbean @ Lubber Run Amphitheater, N.2nd &
Columbus Sts., Arlington,VA 22203; free

Rafael Ponde samba band @ Bossa DC @ 8; Alfredo Mojica salsa group @ 10:30pm

Sat. August 7- Sirius Company & Jo-go Project virtual show @ Fort Dupont Park

Ethiopian music fundraiser for city of Ataye, Ethiopia @12 noon in Barcroft Park, 4200 S. 4 Mile Run, Arlington, Va

Crazy Doberman (free jazz) , Model Home (DC rapped voice & electronics), Lazuli (DC noise) @ Rhizome

Raga at the reach 5 & 7 p.m. DJ sets with Shuno Re!

6 p.m. Performance by Deepak Ram
7:15 p.m.Performance by Rini

August 13, Friday Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble @Peerless Rens Club, 406 Chester Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403 FFIC:


75th India Independence Day Celebration w/ Sukhbir Singh is a Bhangra singer. He is often referred to as the "Prince of Bhangra" plus Kajal Aggarwal is an Indian film actress and model.
Sun, Aug 15 3:00 PM Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121

OUTDOOR CONCERT: Vivien Goldman / Dunia & Aram
Aug 19, 2021 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday August 19 * doors at 630pm * outside at Rhizome * TICKETS

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 August 2021 03:21 (two months ago) link

Frank Scooby Sirius talking about how go-go bands need to reinvent while still maintaining classic sound

Saturday night Fort Dupont streams their show

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 August 2021 03:58 (two months ago) link

James Jas Funk, vocalist w/ DC go-go bands Rare Essence and Proper Utensils is also a
DJ where he usually plays old school soul. But he’s filling in for jazz DJ Myuki today & playing Betty Carter, Freddie Cole, Nancy Wilson plus jazz instrumentalists as well.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 August 2021 17:28 (two months ago) link

RIP dc raised producer Chucky Thompson at 53 from Covid complications. Also produced Chuck Brown and many others

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 August 2021 18:56 (two months ago) link

Lots of Chip Py go-go photos here

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 16:16 (two months ago) link

Chucky Thompson go-go history

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 16:17 (two months ago) link

Final Fort Reno gig of summer 2021 tonight Monday. Mark Cisneros & DJ Baby Alcatraz will be spinning records in between bands Interstate Rivals and Grumbler

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 August 2021 18:19 (one month ago) link

August 28 is March on Washington and a Moechella

Washington Women in Jazz hosting events at K Center next Thursday through Saturday plus Spacycloud Djs

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 August 2021 18:22 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Did my first DMV DC Baltimore concert calendar gig list since March 2020. Lots of fall events including many many today:

Ethiopian New Year

End of Summer Soul Fest w/ JR Walker Allstars Band & Show, Stylistics Revue feat. Van Field, Might Mighty Dells Revue, Dr Salaam Love honoring Smokey Robinson, Hardway Connection, Kevin Langford Band @ Drury Ballpark, 1139 Smith Ln., Lothian, MD

CultureFest DMV (Caribbean music) @ 1 @ National Harbor

Free Kennedy Center outdoor event--Dupont Brass (5-6pm), DC Legendary Musicians Gospel (6:15-7:15pm), Ragamala Dance Co on Kennedy Center Lower lawn 7:30 to 9pm

Proper Utensils, 4 Life Project, X Factor, Pump Blenders, West Mob 12 noon to 7 pm 2 Fort Circle Park/Fort Totten (Between Galloway St. & Gallatin St. NE DC)

Ambition Band (go-go) for free @ 6 pm @ Moechella Gallery in Eastern Market

Fiesta DC 11am to 7 pm on Pennsylvania Ave w/ Mala Fe & Orquestra; Optimo;

Long Branch Festival with Cheick Hamala Diabate @ 6 pm & La Colombopercutivo @ 7 pm in Long Branch, MD

CCB go-go band at halftime of 7:30 pm Howard U. at U of MD football game

Black Cat 28th Anniversary party w/ Algiers; Ted Leo; The Owners; Teen Cobra; Anna Connolly (w/ Hannah Burris) @ Black Cat

Raheen DeVaughan @ City Winery

Kush: Sitali w/ Eliot Seppa @ Bossa @ 7:30 (afro-folk); Latin Night w/ Tumbao @ 9 @ Bossa

Dave Chappell Band @ Hank Dietle’s

Embassies of embassy row tour @ 12 noon

Crown Vic’s Weird World Dance Party at the Green Zone @ 10 pm

BYB & New Impressionz @ Hard Rock Café

Rare Essence @ Aqua

TOB @ 4 pm @ Marvin Gaye Park

Still Familiar @ Masonic Temple on U St NW

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 September 2021 15:20 (one month ago) link


Derek and Clive Get the Horn Street (Boring, Maryland), Saturday, 11 September 2021 15:30 (one month ago) link

Inner Ear Studio history article with lots of Ian Mackaye quotes about the place and Don Zientara. The Arlington location is closing but Don says he will reopen elsewhere. He had a studio in his home basement before Inner Ear.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 03:12 (one month ago) link

Don will be playing music himself at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax on October 2. I am adding that to my concert calendar along with a bunch of other gigs I have noticed

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 03:14 (one month ago) link


Richard Marxist (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 10:11 (one month ago) link

Looking ahead —September 25 has that cool jazz meets go-go event in Malcolm X Park and late that several nice Art all Night events

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:23 (one month ago) link

Broccoli Fest cancelled this year

curmudgeon, Sunday, 19 September 2021 05:10 (one month ago) link

RIP 91-year old blues guitarist Warner Williams whose duo group Little Bit of Blues used to play around in the 1990s. Williams was known for his Piedmont blues style
Here’s an old article about him. Saw on FB that he passed

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 September 2021 19:14 (one month ago) link

German Bear Family label releases 16 cd plus huge book in a box of 1940 to 1960 DC r’n’b

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 03:33 (one month ago) link

RIP Melvin Deal at 75, leader of the DC based African Heritage Dancers and Drummers

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 13:52 (one month ago) link

thanks curm for that blogspot you posted with local shows. bookmarked

Heez, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 14:44 (one month ago) link

I keep updating it too.

Some ones that interest me—
Cameroon’s Petit Pays Friday night in Burtonsville; Next Fest jazz & go-go w/ specific times listed for Saturday, some Saturday Art all Night events; Erykah Badu; Sept 30- 75 Dollar Bill opening for Mac M at DC 9

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 September 2021 15:21 (four weeks ago) link

yeah gonna take the family out for nextfest

Heez, Thursday, 23 September 2021 15:26 (four weeks ago) link

Chris Richards re the $200 16 cds plus huge coffee table book of 1940-1960 dc r & b

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 September 2021 14:29 (four weeks ago) link

An Amazon reviewer savaged the remastering as flat but I may buy this anyway.

Porking level G4 (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 24 September 2021 14:37 (four weeks ago) link

Some tracks are from 78s and some from tape and yeah some of it does sound muffled and flawed . But I am just going to deal with that .

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 14:54 (three weeks ago) link

If like most people, you've been jonesing to read the origin story of the music biz in DC, and hear its first sixteen volumes, we got you!

Now in stock, hand delivery citywide, free delivery on #capitolhill .

— Spin Time Records (@SpinTimeRecords) September 13, 2021

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 14:54 (three weeks ago) link

Chris Richards on Don Zientara and Inner Ear studio.

At the end it notes Zientara is doing a free gig himself Friday at 6 at a brewery and one Saturday night in Fairfax

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 15:39 (three weeks ago) link

Oh no. Singer Julia Nixon has died of Covid. She used her soulful voice and theatrical power in DC music clubs and onstage in Dreamgirls and other shows on and off from the 80s. She used to play little Mr Henry''s a lot. Then moved back to her native North Carolina in early 2000s

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 October 2021 04:39 (three weeks ago) link

Hey DC locals, I am trying to talk my teenage son to seeing an All Ages show with my wife and myself at the Black Cat and he asked me if there was a place to sit. I told him I was dubious since it's a club but I would ask the locals.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 1 October 2021 16:30 (three weeks ago) link

There are a few tables and seats in the back of the room, yes.

Chris L, Friday, 1 October 2021 17:21 (three weeks ago) link

Now a City Paper writer on Inner Ear Studio

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 October 2021 18:57 (two weeks ago) link

There are a few tables and seats in the back of the room, yes.

― Chris L, Friday, October 1, 2021 1:21 PM (six days ago) bookmarkflaglink

And benches and stools on the side of the room opposite the bar.

Infanta Terrible (, Thursday, 7 October 2021 21:05 (two weeks ago) link

La Marvela and Leo Rua, dc based acts from Colombia are part of the free Down in the Reeds fest Saturday at the old Walter Reed Medical Center ( now the Parks at Walter Reed)

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 October 2021 19:16 (two weeks ago) link

There’s also Saturday in the Parks event at the reopened Franklin Square park ( now with less trees) with club dance music and jazz.

This Saturdays in Franklin Park DC dance music & more series is impressive. OCTOBER 9th
Afrofuturism Meets Jazz
Ron Trent (Music and Power, Chicago)
Live Performance & DJ Set By
Brad Linde’s Tribute To Sun Ra / Adrian Loving

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 October 2021 19:19 (two weeks ago) link

After Inner Ear studio is demolished they might build an outdoor stage and name it after Inner Ear ( or maybe not).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:26 (one week ago) link

Outer Ear

juristic person (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:41 (one week ago) link

Zientaraweather Post Pavilion

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:53 (one week ago) link

All great names!

so there's a new (academic?) book coming out about 1978 to 1983 DC hardcore punk

Politics as Sound: The Washington, DC, Hardcore Scene, 1978-1983 (Music in American Life) Paperback – October 19, 2021
by Shayna Maskell (Author)

She has an American Studies degree from U of Md and now teaches at George Mason U I see online.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:55 (one week ago) link

Due allegedly to complaints about noise from Ellington condo building residents , the Bin 1301 wine bar did not have its lease renewed in September and is out. I started following that place on IG awhile back because awesome drummer Trae Crudup ( who plays with Luke Stewart and has dc gospel, marching band, gogo roots) was playing along with musicians and hiphop djs together at same time . The IG stories from there were great. They had a Monday night live music series more recently. But now place is closed. Boo.

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 October 2021 15:41 (four days ago) link

Bin 1301 wine bar was on U Street btw

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 October 2021 15:42 (four days ago) link

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