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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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen years ago) link

Dc go-go bands have been doing gigs in indoor Va clubs that are supposedly complying with Covid rules, as well as outdoors gigs in far from dc exurbs in Md & Va. Birchmere & state theatre have had rock bands. A Latin dance club in Tyson’s appears to be open. I am not going to any of these . Doesn’t feel safe to me

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 September 2020 14:35 (five months ago) link

Black Cat club 27th anniversary gig is on Youtube on September 18 w/ Algiers, Ted Leo, Mike Watt, and David Combs

Rare Essence anniversary gig also online Saturday the 19th plus the debut of new single with guest Snoop Dogg

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:48 (five months ago) link

Apparently the new movie Residue on Netflix directed by M Gerima, son of director Haile Gerima who owns Sankofa Books in DC, has a Moechella scene amongst the DC gentrification.

Speaking of sorta, Yaddiya is doing a voters registration outdoor gig with TOB tonight downtown

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 18:22 (five months ago) link

I wish I had gone to DC jazz guitarist Bill Harris' club , The Pigfoot, which was on Rhode Island Ave NE in the early to mid 80s. Guitarists Danny Gatton and Joel Harrison both learned a bit from him. He was also in rnb band the Clovers. This 1987 picnic he held looks like it was great also: Among those scheduled to perform, in besides Harris, are Charlie Byrd, Shirley Horn, Nap Turner, Milton Smith, Archie Edwards, Harmonica Phil Wiggins, Charlie Sayles, Bo Diddley Jr. and former Ellingtonian Jimmy McPhail.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 September 2020 22:05 (four months ago) link

Yaddiya keeps doing go-go protests with TOB and /or CCB playing on the back of a flatbed truck. CCB did a 7 am one as close as they could get to Mitch Mcconnell's house.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 September 2020 03:22 (four months ago) link

RIP U Street Music Hall.

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 5 October 2020 17:56 (four months ago) link

Saw that bad news. Neither the Mayor nor City Council want to dip into DC’s rainy day fund to provide pandemic relief, so everyone has to wait for federal relief that may never come.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 October 2020 18:05 (four months ago) link

specific details here in this article :

For the last few months, the club has sold T-shirts to raise money to pay employees, and hosted live-streamed DJ sets that asked viewers to tip DJs or make donations to an employee relief fund. (“The live streams were great,” Eastman says. “They did not pay for themselves.”) The club received a Paycheck Protection Program loan, but the scattershot approach couldn’t replace revenue from events, and rent went unpaid for several months. Meanwhile, Eastman has been involved in what he describes as a long-running legal battle over the terms of the club’s lease. In the end, the combination was fatal. “The senseless litigation with our landlord, along with [covid-19], were the cause of us vacating the space,” Eastman says. “We had four years left on our lease. If it wasn’t for covid, we would have been there for at least four more years.”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 03:49 (four months ago) link

In 2010 B*ian took some of us into UHall to check it out

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 03:51 (four months ago) link

Oops I mean “I Died” took us there.

In other news:

Merawi Gerima , @Gerima_Gang the Director of acclaimed film Residue ( & son of Director/ store owner Haile G) will be talking go- go and DC and politics and movies w/ Moechella go-go activist @Yaddiya on Washington Informer’s Bridge TV at 12 noon today

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 October 2020 15:13 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Check out this official trailer for Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story.

See the documentary, brought to you in part by the HumantiesDC DC DOCS grant, when it premieres on @whuttv this Saturday, October 24 at 9pm.

— HumanitiesDC (@HumanitiesDC) October 22, 2020

Documentary on late DC soul singer Billy Stewart premieres Saturday night 9 pm online and on WHUT Howard U public tv

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 October 2020 04:54 (four months ago) link

Making my way through the DC rap, electro, R’n’b, punk, & experimental acts that I haven’t heard before on this Chris Richards zine list that got posted in UK magazine/ site The Wire.

— Steve Kiviat (@SteveKiviat) October 21, 2020

Chris Richards dave dc rap, electro, metal, hardcore, R’n’b, experimental

Or you can listen to new artsy pop Beauty Pill single

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 October 2020 05:01 (four months ago) link

Profoundly stoked @thewiremagazine asked me to contribute to the charts page of their latest issue

My “DEBUSSY RINGTONE 15” chart = quartimes wildstyles coming out of the DMV (of course)

Do something nice for yourself and subscribe to the Wire today!

— Chris _ _ Richards (@Chris__Richards) October 13, 2020

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 October 2020 05:04 (four months ago) link

TCB, Wanted Band, Pure Elegance BLM songs

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 October 2020 05:07 (four months ago) link

Aman Ayoubi, owner of Tropicalia and Local 16 just lost his dad to Covid-19, and Tropicalia was robbed. Plus no money from DC and Mitch McConnell

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 00:42 (three months ago) link

Save DC venues events today in front of Wilson Building all day and at 6 in some neighborhoods. Trying to persuade Mayor and City Council to help.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:01 (three months ago) link

Help by passing a bill with $ I mean

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:02 (three months ago) link

Kino Musica are a strong DC band led by 2 Ethiopians ( one who grew up in Texas)

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 November 2020 15:03 (three months ago) link

There was a Moechella bouncebeat gogo thing early Saturday at McPherson Square with TOB and CCB & Eleanor Holmes Norton spoke. Another one with TOB later in the day in SE. The go-go flatbed truck also briefly made it to BLM Plaza where thousands were there .

I heard WPFW DJ Lance Reynolds say he was going to be spinning music from 3 to 7 on Sunday At BLM plaza

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 November 2020 03:41 (three months ago) link

Too many DC , DMV, Baltimore rappers for an old guy like me with limited time to keep up on. Writers Chris Richards and Lawrence Burney are trying though

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 19:40 (three months ago) link

Rip Andrew White dc based , Hu grad saxophone player who transcribed Coltrane solos, played dc space, toured with Stevie Wonder . And wrote wild books

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 November 2020 04:34 (three months ago) link

RIP to a devoted jazz fan who also listened to Youssou N’Dour and other artists he discovered on his own or via me—my Dad who died suddenly Saturday November 21 after a heart attack at 90. Dad hung out at jazz clubs in NYC in the late 40s & 50s before moving down here with my Mom and family. We saw music together and talked about and I am so sad he’s gone.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 November 2020 04:09 (three months ago) link

I’m really sorry, curmudgeon.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 26 November 2020 04:21 (three months ago) link

my condolences

yes m!ch!gan - the feeling's forever (morrisp), Thursday, 26 November 2020 04:57 (three months ago) link

Sounds like a cool dude, curm. Very sorry for you and your family

Heez, Thursday, 26 November 2020 13:07 (three months ago) link

Condolences, curmudgeon

gabbnebulous (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 26 November 2020 15:22 (three months ago) link

Thanks all of you

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 November 2020 05:35 (two months ago) link

Crazy Legz & Noodlez , DC beat ya feet dancers doing their thangs and being interviewed in Ben’s Chili Bowl

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 02:42 (two months ago) link

Doc about go-go and politics airs at 7 pm tonight. Free if you register - Go-go City is made by a guy has previously made political films from a liberal perspective and who played guitar as a hobby and began seeing EU at some point after moving to dc

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 20:06 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I have now missed 2 zoom screenings of Go-go City. Maybe they’ll eventually just put it on YouTube or make it available for streaming.

On to a different music style- the hiphop jazz funk instrumental sounds of Aquatic Gardener aka Jamal Gray of Nag Champa Art Ensemble. His parents worked at WPFW and his late dad Jimmy Gray started the Black Fire label whose reissues were recently highlighted in The NY Times

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 December 2020 02:29 (two months ago) link

RIP Bobby Ferrando, at age 75, who owned Food for Thought vegetarian restaurant , hangout, and occasional music club. His son Dante owns Black Cat. Dante's grandfather once owned a NYC place called Black Cat.

Seeing elsewhere on Facebook & Instagram sad news that Bobby Ferrando who owned Food for Thought restaurant has passed at around age 75. Food for Thought at its original 1973 opened Connecticut Avenue NW location was a low-key not fancy vegetarian hangout with a bulletin board covered , pre-internet, with flyers for protests, music, and apartments wanted. It is where I first ate hummus. It had folk and blues gigs and in the 80s held some DC hardcore punk matinee gigs that I attended (it held more in the 90s and some jazz too). Around 1999 it moved into the Black Cat where it lasted until 2019 I think, owned by Bobby’s son Dante. The below slightly snide 1999 article refers to the location as The Hippies Last Stand. I never met or knew Bobby Ferrando, but I admired what he did. He’s gone too soon. My condolences to the family.

1999 article

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 04:49 (one month ago) link

emailing with Jamal Gray aka Aquatic Gardner for this little piece on his instrumental hiphop and more release was great. He gave me so much info on his listening habits -- Eno, Dilla, Soft Machine, and many more

His parents met at WPFW and his late dad Jimmy Gray founded the 1970s lbel Black Fire whose releases were recently reissued and hailed in the NY Times

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 04:57 (one month ago) link

I also talked to rapper Lightshow for this little piece -

Here's part of it: Rapper Lightshow moved to Atlanta from D.C. two years ago, but his Instagram handle is still @lightshow10thpl—a reference to 10th Place SE, where he grew up—and his latest album, Heart Still in the Trenches, was recorded locally during the pandemic at Connected DC studio in Oxon Hill. The lyrics were inspired by life in the Congress Heights neighborhood where he grew up, he says. Lightshow says he even slept on his grandmother’s couch in Southeast during the period he was here recording. The album cover shows the Holiday Market convenience store on Wheeler Road SE where Lightshow sometimes bought snacks; it’s also marked by the shooting deaths that occurred outside it, including the murder of 15-year-old Somerset Prep student Maurice Scott in 2019. Lightshow says the cover documents both the pain of the murders and his fond memories of his neighborhood.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 04:59 (one month ago) link

This was the most challenging time I’ve ever had putting together a local year-end list and that’s because of how much amazing shit came out the Baltimore/DMV urrea in 2020. Presenting the top 60 tracks from the region this year. 🦀🙏🏿🏛. Art by @reemunknown

— Lawrence Burney (@TrueLaurels) December 30, 2020

Baltimore & DC area rap and r'n'b top tracks list

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 January 2021 02:11 (one month ago) link

Some blogger list of fave 2020 DC music that includes DC Ethiopian led band Kino Musica & a link to my article

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 14:54 (one month ago) link

List has a Spotify playlist with it

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 14:55 (one month ago) link

Re mob insurrectionists ease at getting into US Capitol building

It’s harder to get into an RE or Backyard Go-Go.

— Bobbie Westmoreland (@Miss_Bobbiedoll) January 7, 2021

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 January 2021 05:34 (one month ago) link

Queen P , DC beat ya feet choreographer and dancer has cancer. There’s a go fund me to help her

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 January 2021 05:35 (one month ago) link

I think dancer Queen P may have moved to Atlanta.

In other news I think the deadline for DC venues to apply for the latest dc government financial aid program was yesterday. There’s still time to apply for US government one.

Moechella promoter and activist Yaddiya has released a mixtape where on one song he raps with Killa Cal, rapper in go-go band Rare Essence

I think the end of January is the deadline for Wammies nominations. I am not a fan of the organization and I bet lots of quality DC artists are not nominated.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 20:34 (one month ago) link

I spoke with DC r’n’b singer Royal Height, nephew of late dc activist Dorothy Height about his latest political song that bluntly told Trump where to go

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 15:15 (one month ago) link

So I decided to be nice and just submitted some last minute Wammies DC nominations. No one had nominated Hailu Mergia, Bacchae, Kino Musica, Shalom Dubas, Nappy Nappa, Sir Eu, Selamino, Royal Height , No Savage so I did.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 05:27 (one month ago) link

Added some more. But may do an experiment next year and not nominate anyone.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 19:23 (four weeks ago) link

The @TheMusicianShip @wammiesdc finalists were announced. Carly Harvey is nominated for best blues artist, best folk artist, best pop artist, best soul song, best pop song . But Bad Moves, Coriky, Bartees Strange & numerous acclaimed rappers didn’t make the finals. ...It’s a dumb system where The Wammies DC pick for the finals whatever 7 nominations in each category get the most people to register & vote for them. So C. Harvey can get in countless categories & encourage votes .

During the last week of the Wammies DC nominations period, I made 23 nominations but didn’t vote. Congrats to Selamino, Kino Musica, Hailu Mergia, Bacchae album, Anthony Pirog-Pocket Poem album, that made the finals. Some of my nominations didn’t make it.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 13:12 (two weeks ago) link

Our interview w/ @HowardWuelfing is out now! Forced Exposure, Creem, Meltzer/Bangs, DC scene, integrity in PR. For perspective, dude played in Half Japanese & was reviewing Can records in '73! Available everywhere. @JimDeRogatis @ByronColey1 @robtned

— Rock Writ (@rockwritpod) February 13, 2021

Howard Wuelfing was in Slickee Boys, Nurses, Underheaven, and did zines like Dcenes , Discords, and wrote also for Village Voice, Washington Post, & other zines

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 04:35 (one week ago) link

Blues Alley , that has been in Georgetown since 1965, may have to move. 124 seat place often had high cover prices, plus food/drink minimum, but if you splurged you could often see a great show in that small place

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 05:59 (one week ago) link

Celebrating go-go’s 1 year anniversary as DC official music with a 2 to 7 Friday online event with a panel plus Junkyard Band, Sirius Company, Ccb, big g, Weensey

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 February 2021 05:57 (one week ago) link

Mary Timony video stream filmed by Brendan Canty March 4 for here reissued album Mountains.

On her Bandcamp

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 February 2021 14:22 (one week ago) link

Awesome 1985 Junkyard Band in Georgetown footage. Wearing short shorts & playing actual junkyard paint buckets and such

curmudgeon, Sunday, 21 February 2021 02:00 (five days ago) link

Jeff Heavy Metal Parking Lot Krulik's latest film is not a music one, it's about suburbia in Bowie, Maryland and references racial covenants and civil rights protests, plus has some funny footage from a German company made in 1967

curmudgeon, Sunday, 21 February 2021 05:42 (five days ago) link

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