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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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

cool. keep em coming.

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

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

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

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


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

Ron Moten wants to start a DC go-go Museum in Anacostia. Moten is a DC activist respected by some, but who makes others nervous as DC once brought a lawsuit against him finding he had used funds for himself that weren’t supposed to go to his own personal use.

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 April 2019 16:01 (six months ago) link

Moten ‘s co-founder of Peace-aholics seems more at fault than Moten

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 April 2019 19:32 (six months ago) link

The co-founder used the funds for personal use, not Moten

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 April 2019 19:33 (six months ago) link

RIP Fred Foss, DC jazz sax and flute player who moved here from NYC decades ago. He played locally and with in the past Tito Puente, Hugh Masekela and more

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:12 (five months ago) link

There was another #dontmutec event at 14th & U in front of Reeves last night with New Impressionz and TCB. One of the groups did a bouncebenat version of "Old Town Road"

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:13 (five months ago) link

And now another #dontmutedc event Tuesday May 7 with Backyard Band, ABM & DJ Kool from 6 to 9 pm

Also Chuck Brown band will be at Funk Parade Sat. May 11 from 6 to 7 pm at Vermont & U st (between 9 & 10th) by the African-American civil war Memorial

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 May 2019 22:56 (five months ago) link

I was jammed in tight 20 feet from ABM & BYB and could hear them but not see them, as they were on the sidewalk with no stage. Wow, the singalong to Backyard ‘s version of Adele’s “Hello” was amazing, as there were 3,000 people there.

Alas, the ugly comments on a Popville story and a Washington Post review blame gogo for any trash left anywhere on U Street, for any atv and motorcycles that showed up, for any violence that has occurred in DC this year, and for not being “realistic “ and just accepting that luxury condo dwellers should get priority treatment.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 May 2019 03:01 (five months ago) link

Just noticed on FB that Peterbug Day Fest is Saturday 11 to 7 in SE DC w/ EU, William DeVaughn, & old-school DC soul singer Richard Knight who was part of the Knight Brothers way back when (per Wiki)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:13 (five months ago) link

Fugazi data & zines exhibit closes after Sunday

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:14 (five months ago) link

Another #DontMuteDC this time on Memorial Day Monday at Freedom Plaza.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 04:07 (four months ago) link

And another Friday May 24-- #gogo 4 Justice @ United Medical Center In SE #DC 6 to 9 pm w/ TOB, UCB, Sirius Company, Go-go All-Stars Ft. Michelle Blackwell

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 May 2019 03:50 (four months ago) link

More about the politics and activism side of things.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 16:53 (four months ago) link

Saw Des Demonas rock fiercely and loud @ Dew Drop Inn. I like their garage rock Stooges but with Farfisa sound. They played twice locally within last few weeks, but aren't gigging again locally till August. I wonder who guitarist Mark Cisneros will be playing with in the meantime.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 16:01 (four months ago) link

Nothing to do with present-day DC; but I was interested to learn in this long WaPo article (from the Purple Mountains thread) that David Berman apparently lived at least part of his childhood in Reston, and also spent time with his dad in the District. I (partly) grew up in the Herndon/Reston area, and never heard of a cool rock figure from Reston before.

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 16:48 (four months ago) link

Ah yes, the suburbia of Reston. It does have that town center with summer concerts, although most don’t interest me. They do seem to have a zydeco one every summer which is kinda cool. My son sometimes played baseball out there.

I think I had read Malitz talk about Berman’s Virginia & DC background before this long story ( that I haven’t read yet).

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:09 (four months ago) link

There was go-go outside the African American History & culture Friday night; and another person put together a bouncebeat bill at the Washington Monument Saturday afternoon

curmudgeon, Sunday, 9 June 2019 15:58 (four months ago) link

Go-go for statehood rally w/ bouncebeat go-go bands tonight Tuesday 6 to 9 in front of Reeves bldg at 14th & U.

Unrelated—pop-postpunk rock band Flasher at Comet Wednesday with postpunk by numbers band Lithics.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:22 (four months ago) link

Flasher cancelled for tonight, and last night’s scheduled go-go for DC statehood event got postponed till Friday

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:09 (four months ago) link

I saw a bit of the Royal Pocket Tour legendary gogo percussionists ( with a bass & keyboard in the back) thing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It was fun, then we went to AFI to see Punk the Capital. Some great 70s and early 80s footage of DC and bands . I liked it but can nitpick a few things. 1 of the directors was involved with the original Madam’s Organ yippie hippie hangout where DC punk bands played for part of a year. The movie focused on that but barely mentioned, if at all, Wilson Center, Georgetown Hall of Nations, DC Space. I did see on a tv in the hall after some outtakes showing that included Cramps at Hall of Nations.

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 July 2019 13:56 (three months ago) link

The Fort Reno series kicks off tonight (weather permitting). Is anyone else planning on going?

Anne Hedonia (, Monday, 8 July 2019 11:51 (three months ago) link

Gonna go next Monday and see Hammered Hulls (Alec Mackaye, Mary Timony, Mark Cisneros, & drummer whose name I forgot) as I am on vacation this week

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:32 (three months ago) link

Bee Boisseau from Richmond is now in DC and playing electro-jazz Mondays at Bin 1301. On Thursdays they have go-go gone jazz drummer Trae Crudup

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:40 (three months ago) link

Fort Dupont Park free summer weekend shows start July 20. They have Rare Essence in August plus Stokley of Mint Condition and more

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:44 (three months ago) link

Alona wrote a Choppa Black obit:

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 July 2019 12:34 (three months ago) link

Daniel Bachman + Model Home tonight for free at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 6-8 pm.:

grandavis, Friday, 12 July 2019 16:16 (three months ago) link

Bill Orcutt and Bonnie Jones tonight at Rhizome:

Bill's last set at Rhizome was one of the best solo guitar sets I have ever seen, truly great. I mean Bill isn't for everyone, but if you are into it do not miss a chance to see him live.

grandavis, Saturday, 13 July 2019 18:58 (three months ago) link

Bill's a little too out there in his playing for me, but its cool Rhizome exists for musicians like him. DC area is busy. Mock Identity were having their record release at Comet, DC go-go bands always busy, Baltimore Carnival going on with some DC associated events. I was off at the beach....

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:22 (three months ago) link

Saw the Hammered Hulls, Erotic Thrillers, Anti-Planet gig at Fort Reno . Big crowd to see the Hulls. Back in 1979 I saw Alec Mackaye sing with the Untouchables at Fort Reno before a small crowd. Decades later I saw him with the Hulls -- his tight band with Mary Timony on bass, Mark Cisneros on guitar...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 03:42 (three months ago) link

At least $10,000 worth of gear stolen. Terrible

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 23:47 (three months ago) link

Since Dischord is putting out a Hammered Hulls single, I see that someone created a separate thread for the band

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 July 2019 16:50 (three months ago) link

This sucks.

I may have mentioned that I worked with Don Z on a record a couple years ago, and it was a great experience. He is a righteous dude and it is a great studio.

Meanwhile keep a lookout in local pawn shops for a $5,000 microphone.

CumuloNIMBY (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:52 (three months ago) link

Aww shit man, that is a real bummer about Inner Ear. Glad that the insurance will (likely) cover it though. Saw that Hammered Hulls show, was good. Not a bad show for my first Fort Reno experience.

grandavis, Friday, 19 July 2019 18:42 (three months ago) link

I wanted to make it out to National Harbor for dc go-go night with the UniverSoul Circus, but did not. Oh well.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 04:35 (two months ago) link

Tommy T featuring Mahmoud Ahmed - ANCHIN አንቺን

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 04:46 (two months ago) link

Fort Reno has announced two additional shows to close out this summer's concert season.

Monday, 7/29:
The Osyx
dirt eater
The Mauls

Thursday, 8/1:
Don Zientara
amy, ian, joe (name unknown)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 July 2019 13:20 (two months ago) link

Whoah, 8/1 looks interesting ....

grandavis, Thursday, 25 July 2019 15:42 (two months ago) link

Heavy show tomorrow: Kid Millions (Oneida) & Jim Sauter (Borbetomagus) duo + Time is Fire + Yeni Nostalji at Rhizome.

grandavis, Friday, 26 July 2019 13:42 (two months ago) link

Final ever "Shout Bamalama " free dj night w/ DJ Baby Alcatraz @ Haydee's tonight

Also old-school rap w/ Chubb Rock, Special Ed & more for free @ Fort Dupont

Lots going on everywhere fom Rhizome to American Legions to Returning Citizen Day family events. Plus clubs too

But maybe not Woodstock in August at Merriweather

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 July 2019 13:14 (two months ago) link

Ian M , Amy F, Joe Lally Band requested no videotape and audio recordings of their newish unnamed band’s recent gigs in Annapolis and Ft Reno. Not ready yet for the Fugazi Live Archives Website approach.

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 August 2019 16:41 (two months ago) link

*Women DJ Collectives panel discussion 7 to 9 @ Lost Origins Gallery w/ Moderator: Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, I'm in the Band podcast), Panelists:
- Ebony Dumas (DJ Natty Boom, Anthology of Booty); Les Talusan (Les The DJ, Punk Soul Sisters); Maegan Wood (DJ Junebullet, Coup Sauvage & The Snips); Kristy Chavez-Fernandez (Kristy la Rat, Maracuyeah: tropical amor ); - Kristina Gray (DJ K La Rock)

I went to this tonight. The panelists were a lot of fun and told interesting stories about their lives and how they got into dj'ing. Plus the most annoying things people say to them

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 August 2019 03:45 (two months ago) link

Wow, Seth Hurwitz, Chairman of IMP productions charged with solicitation of a massage therapist who was not a prostitute and called the police alleging harassment

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:34 (one month ago) link

What a stupid and offensive thing to do.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:33 (one month ago) link

Washington City Paper article spells out gross details on Seth Hurwitz of 930 Club/Anthem/IMP incidents

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 August 2019 15:50 (one month ago) link

Kojo’s Guests on WAMU the other day

Michelle Delgado Freelance writer; Founder and Editor of Summerhouse; @mdelgadia
Tamei Elliott aka DJ TOMIYEYO DJ, STEAM enthusiast, and artist manager; @occupying_space
Teta Alim Freelance writer and music journalist; Founder and Editor in Chief of @teta_buahzine

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 August 2019 17:37 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Mumbo v Gumbo tonight at Gateway Pavilion in Se

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 September 2019 12:49 (one month ago) link

Saw Janelle Lepin with a big ensemble recently mix atmospheric songs in a set with Siouxsie Sioux inspired ones

Also saw Snail Mail for free at U of Md and several Kennedy Center Reach events

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 September 2019 12:53 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

RIP Little Margie Clarke of the Jewels

Ian, Amy, Joe band now called Coriky (which is some kind of a dice game that some spell kuriki) and they are playing Friday night in Baltimore and Saturday in DC at the DC Punk Archive 5th anniversary show at Georgetown Library . they're at 4 and other stuff starts at 2:30.

Backyard Band and What Band have live go-go albums out

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 October 2019 04:25 (one week ago) link

Chelsea Jade swapping into that music festival at Union Market this weekend—bummed I’ll be in Baltimore for the duration. Otherwise, would have taken the metro out there and paid for a 1-day ticket for her alone.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:13 (one week ago) link

Saw a dc go-go history and more panel on Friday, and an art, jazz, and punk one today re long gone DC establishments Museum of Temporary Art, Hard Art Gallery, and DC Space. Enjoyed em both. Not just nostalgia, Michelle Blackwell talked about current go-go, and there was a reference to Rhizome at the one today

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 October 2019 21:08 (two days ago) link

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