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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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

cool. keep em coming.

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

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

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

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


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

Saw that too. I will miss that live room, but it's not like there's a huge shortage of good rooms. He's very clever at the board. I do wonder what he's doing with his big console.

imam and apple pie (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:57 (three months ago) link

Don't know. I should find the time to pitch a follow up article and ask him

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 15:34 (three months ago) link

RIP you made some damn good fried chicken (i never tried the fried fish)

Family and friends are mourning the death of Richard “Dickie” Shannon, the founder of Horace and Dickie’s Seafood, who died Sunday at age 84 of complications from COVID-19.

— WTOP (@WTOP) February 10, 2022

Heez, Thursday, 10 February 2022 14:57 (three months ago) link

I only ate the whiting fish. Good stuff

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 February 2022 15:15 (three months ago) link

I have since been to the Glenarden location once, but not the Takoma DC, Camp Springs , or Waldorf ones.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 February 2022 20:07 (three months ago) link

Chris Richards in W Post is excited about following newish dc releases:

New DMV music from...


curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 February 2022 20:11 (three months ago) link

I previewed upcoming gigs by Rare Essence, Mdou Moctar, & R’n’b singer Lucky Daye

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 February 2022 21:55 (two months ago) link

Chip Py-DC Go-go: Ten years Backstage book

Photos are really good; text is is ok

book release event @ Politics & Prose Union Market Sat. Feb. 26 @ 3pm

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:56 (two months ago) link

A guy who's been booking some rock gigs @ Comet P is also now booking shows at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:57 (two months ago) link

If you're ready to go out for live or dj music there are plenty of March options in the DC Baltimore area. My March DC DMV gig list has go-go; a reopened Dwell dc local rock show; soca; gospel; Norteno; Songbyrd; Comet & a dj @ a senior center. Acts playing this month include Hardway Connection, Fatoumata Diawara, Gang of Four, Jorge Drexler, Mdou Moctar, Nick Cave, & Sons of Kemet.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 14:50 (two months ago) link

Added more as I forgot about first friday Save your soul dj event at Lithuainian hall in Baltimore with dj baby alcatraz and rob macy plus some other gigs- Low at Miracle theatre, another soca show, a slash run gig that looked interesting

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:44 (two months ago) link

website covers dc doo wop history and old dc clubs

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 04:09 (two months ago) link

Bandcamp album of the day review to DC rapper Nappy Nappa on March 14. He's also in avante-rap-electro group Model Home

March 16 Bandcamp interview with dc rapper Wifigawd

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 19:40 (two months ago) link

State of Maryland purchases Carr's beach property. When Maryland was segregated, Black beachgoers went to this beach property near Annapolis. There were r'n'b/soul shows there regularly

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 19:54 (two months ago) link

Bethesda mag take on Hank Dietle's tavern before and after fire (with some slightly flawed discussion of whether a place can be blue collar in North bethesda and what that means)

I just wish their "roots/Americana" booking included more local blues and soul acts

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2022 19:07 (one month ago) link

Not much attention in local media for the dumb ol Wammie Awards this past Saturday. I feel I have done my job in pointing out their flaws. Ha .

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2022 19:32 (one month ago) link

Goonew’s stint at MPR is significant because a number of gifted artists from D.C. and Atlanta were on the label at the time. The infectious “punch in” flow favored by the MPR rappers was sometimes dubbed the “DMV Flow.” The cadence, popularized by D.C.-based rappers where bars overlap into the previous bar, was adopted by rappers in other parts of the country, and even internationally as it spread through the hip-hop industry. The origin of the “DMV Flow” is a hotly contested debate, but Goonew’s role in its evolution is on record.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2022 22:20 (one month ago) link

The 24-year-old Maryland rapper had a gift for smearing time, phrasing his rhymes slightly in front of the beat,

Not seeing Goonew discussed anywhere on ilx though

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2022 22:21 (one month ago) link

RIP Goonew

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2022 22:21 (one month ago) link

North Bethesda is just a fancy way of saying Rockville.

How bout we start calling Springfield South Alexandria or some shit.

But why stop there?

Newark = North Princeton

Oakland = East San Francisco

So's your imam (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 02:33 (one month ago) link

smug locals (pricks) only refer to DC as "Washington" and bristle at the rubes still calling it DC.

Ira Einhorn (dandydonweiner), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 02:52 (one month ago) link

I know it's Rockville . Meant to put quotation marks around that. Was there a long time ago. I think Dandy Don is making a joke.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 03:04 (one month ago) link

So several dcers here went to Low ( but alas I missed it). I have never been to that theatre

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 23:45 (one month ago) link

Loved the Miracle theater. It seemed perfect for Low. Is it a new venue? I dont get out much.

tobo73, Thursday, 31 March 2022 00:55 (one month ago) link

I don't know how old the building is, but yeah it has only been used for concerts for a few years at most. The folks who book Jammin Java and Union Stage use it.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 March 2022 02:06 (one month ago) link

First time I've been there but it's a very nice room. Some other interesting shows coming up there (Bedouine, Jenny Hval, Aldous Harding)

Chris L, Thursday, 31 March 2022 02:09 (one month ago) link

Looks like the Funk Parade is becoming the Funk Festival (and a less large one than it was when there was also a parade) . Trying to find out why

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 April 2022 14:50 (one month ago) link

Awwww. Bad news. In 2017 Carter Barron was shut down because of structural problems with the stage. Then the National Park Service decided it need to update the entire amphitheater. It pledged to get the plans started by 2020 or 2021. It has sat since and now yesterday April 10, 2022 there was a fire below the stage. It was once a mainstay for r'n'b and more Black music styles, and for the local community. It also hosted a Bruce Springsteen show in the early '70s, and Shakespeare in the Park for many years. This so Sad. [Was reminded that I saw Bobby Bland there. I also remember a great soul harmonies bill there that I took Brendan to. Hardway Connection played there. A zydeco battle of the bands with Bouzou Chavis and Beau Jocque. Sheila and I saw some other local soul acts there as well as poets.]

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 April 2022 20:39 (one month ago) link

Spring Silver album is well done and skilled but something is keeping me from being as impressed by others. It is too 90s, too Shudder to Think for me. Friday show w/ Born I and Outlier.mp3 @ Chaos FM (once The Void) in College Park, MD

Born I does rap and meditation. Not sure about Outlier

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 April 2022 23:24 (three weeks ago) link

I went to The Hard Art 1979 ( second edition) book release event 3 to 7 pm Sunday April 24, 2022 w/ photographer Lucian Perkins and Alec Mackaye . Mackaye wrote text for this book that includes Perkins photos at 1979 DC punk gigs including at the Hard Art Gallery. 3 bands - POA , Quattracenta Time is Fire performed @ Lamont St. plaza and saw Perkins photos on display in Elle Alley off of Mt Pleasant St NW . POA had a dub-punk sound and have Jerry Busher on drums (who sometimes used to do extra percussion for Fugazi), Dug Birdzell (from Beefeater) on bass and Shawn Brown (Dagnasty) on vocals. Kinda cool and timeless at first (but after a bit I hoped for something different or new) .

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 11:20 (two weeks ago) link

When Blue Monday Blues at Westminster Church in SW DC gets soulful with Eddie Jones ( and last night his sister and son as well) there’s no better place to be. Eddie leads on old school renditions of songs and keeps them vital. Little Willie John and William Bell covers sounded great

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 11:23 (two weeks ago) link

June 8 Home Rule Fest @ the Parks at Walter Reed with jazz, funk, and bouncebeat go-go - Doug Carn, Plunky and Oneness of Juju, David Murray, TCB

Juneteenth fest-- Pharrell was feuding with his home of VA Beach so he moved his Something in the Water Fest to DC . $$$ for 3 days with stages on Constitution Ave?

Lots of rap plus Davido, Ozuna, Dave Matthews Band, Jon Batiste, Rare Essence, Backyard Band,

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 19:31 (two weeks ago) link

Bowser and Events DC (w/ National Park Service signoff I guess) hosting $350 to $550 event near national mall

DC to host Pharrell’s ‘Something in the Water’ Prices for three-day passes run from about $350 to $550, and it prompted one to question whether there’s ever been an event near the National Mall that was not free.

Bowser cited Dîner en Blanc dinners,


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

How near are we talking?

DAMAGED by Black Flat (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

They're saying Constitution Ave . Wonder how many people they can fit

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 05:19 (two weeks ago) link

The Messthetics are playing the Petworth Porchfest this Saturday, April 30. On a porch.
4515 5th st. NW at 3pm
2pm is Janel and Anthony

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 14:26 (two weeks ago) link

If it’s on Constitution Ave. I guess the Park Service has no say?

DAMAGED by Black Flat (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 18:03 (two weeks ago) link

That's what I am thinking.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 April 2022 02:17 (two weeks ago) link

Another Saturday April 30 event

* "Billy Stewart: How Nice It Is" program @ 1:30pm @ MLK Library, 901 G Street, NW, w/ - Screening of doc "Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story. A Panel discussion; Hand Dance Showcase; & "Silk Soul" performing

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 April 2022 02:18 (two weeks ago) link

The Petworth Porchfest thing seems promising. Many friends and occasional collaborators seem to be involved. I know and like Sidewalk Soul, Sid Satellite, Social Musica. Probably several others.

Fifty Centaur (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 28 April 2022 02:30 (two weeks ago) link

I have a family commitment and can't do any of them but if I could I might also want to check out

Lightmare @ 4 @ 600 Emerson St.; Samba school @ 4 & DMV rumbaros @ 821 Upshur St.; Near Northeast @5 @ 801 Taylor St main stage; Weird Babies @ 5 @ 720 Varnum St

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 April 2022 03:30 (two weeks ago) link

came here to ask if you were here @curmudgeon :’(

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Saturday, 30 April 2022 22:22 (two weeks ago) link

can confirm it’s been kinda lit

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Saturday, 30 April 2022 22:22 (two weeks ago) link

Cool. Noticed that Homie Salazar played Porchfest too. He was in kinda shoe gaze band Go Cozy but has also done things with experimental rapper Sir EU

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 May 2022 02:40 (two weeks ago) link

Broccoli Fest day 1 happened in the rain; Funk Parade got postponed to a day tba; and Big G of Backyard Band afternoon birthday event at Bullpen got postponed till uh today Sunday 2 pm to 7 pm.

Washington City Paper final print issue is out with lots of tales told by writers and editors from multiple eras. Online too.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 May 2022 05:39 (one week ago) link

Noticed late (on Facebook) that there was another big gospel bill in Capitol Heights yesterday (and one in Baltimore too). Have been to a few in the past and have always been wowed by the powerful vocals, sometimes delivered old-school quartet style.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 May 2022 14:10 (one week ago) link

Taste of Jamaica today Sunday May 8 from 1 to 9 pm @ 1 Veterans plaza in Silver Spring MD

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 May 2022 16:04 (one week ago) link

Chris Richards has the dc hardcore punk scene covered. New article on band Hologram who are at Slash Run on the 13th. I don't know 'em

This is profoundly lonely, hyper-percussive hardcore punk delivered at varying neural speeds, all of it composed and performed by one brain — D.C. vocalist-guitarist-bassist-drummer Brendan Reichhardt, formerly of Kombat and Closet Christ, among other groups

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 May 2022 12:53 (four days ago) link

RE was great At MGM. 40 some years of music covering their early soul and funk stuff plus later rap and trap influenced sound. So many folks onstage plus nice video tribute to members of the Rare Essence family who have passed over the years

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 May 2022 01:38 (twenty-one hours ago) link

CNN Sunday night 10 pm travel and food and culture show Nomad did an episode on DC. I dvr'd it but haven't seen it yet.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 May 2022 16:19 (seven hours ago) link

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