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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 (twenty 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 (twenty 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 (twenty years ago) link

cool. keep em coming.

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

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

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

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


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

Washington City Paper editor in chief Caroline Jones announced she is leaving this week. She had been at City Paper for 11 years and was eic for a number of years. No announcement on who will take her place. There’s a managing editor there also.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 November 2023 16:46 (three months ago) link

I lost track after the Shafer and Carr eras.

don't let days go by, Listerine (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 14 November 2023 21:32 (three months ago) link

Not joking, I wasn’t aware City Paper was still a going concern. Is it online only?

deep wubs and tribral rhythms (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 14 November 2023 23:35 (three months ago) link

Still distributed, but thinly.

The current revenue model is not unlike NPR (member-supported). I donate occasionally because I am a sentimental sucka.

I don't think we knew (circa 1989) how much the financial model of display ads would crater. But the REAL loss was classifieds and personals.

Once Craigslist pulled the rug out from under classifieds, there was almost no way for a print newspaper to prosper, apart from a few flagship publications with established brands.

don't let days go by, Listerine (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 15 November 2023 01:57 (three months ago) link

Washington City Paper has been online only for awhile now. When the current owner Mark Ein bought the paper he said he would keep it going as a community service and making money with it didn't matter. Then when ad revenue really stopped with the pandemic, he soon fired much of the staff and went online only. I still write "City Light" best bet concert and movie previews for them (and tweet them and share them on Facebook and Instagram). Occasionally I write longer music features for them or restaurant reviews.

I am going to be writing previews of Brazilian singer Roge at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and of Md based Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia at Union Stage for them.

Soon to be former EIC Caroline Jones maintained a low profile on twitter and social media , and with the newsprint gone , lots of folks don't see City Paper. They do have various emails (with links) you can sign up for. A daily one with news, arts, food, and sports ; plus a twice a week art and music events preview one.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 November 2023 05:59 (three months ago) link

I will have to start posting my City Paper articles here!

In other news there’s a ribbon cutting at 12 noon today for a mobile bus go-go museum, and a ground breaking for Ron Moten’s Se go-go museum

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 November 2023 14:47 (three months ago) link

City Paper clearly needs a good audience growth and engagement editor based on the postings here about it!

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 November 2023 17:21 (three months ago) link

Funny to see train-inspired experimental act Chessie in one of the first posts in this thread, gigging at 24 Hour Access at the Hirshhorn.

19 years later, Chessie's Stephen Gardner did well for himself, he's CEO of Amtrak (and pushing to return Amtrak's HQ to Washington Union Station)

theo, Wednesday, 22 November 2023 18:16 (three months ago) link

Yeah, that's pretty wild

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 November 2023 18:23 (three months ago) link

I previewed tonight’s K Ctr millennium stage gig by Brazilian singer / guitarist Roge and Friday’s gig by Md based Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia at Union Stage. They are included with previews by other writers in Washington City Paper link.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 November 2023 21:25 (three months ago) link

RIP Alice Denney at 101. DC art and event curator who brought John Cage to town and showed Sam Gilliam art. Not mentioned in obit is that the Velvet Underground played her Now Fest in DC in 1966.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 December 2023 14:10 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The short-lived Owl Room on 14th St NW closed down with its farewell New Year's Eve 9 to 6 am night of electro/techno with Joyce Lim of 1432 r and others. I wonder if they couldn't afford the rent or what the reason was for the sudden closure. Place opened in the spring in former Marvin spot.

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 January 2024 16:33 (two months ago) link

From a Beverly Lindsay Johnson public post on Facebook:

The past few weeks have been sad as the music world has lost some of the pioneers and legends of DC Doo-Wop.

Steve Charles of the Clovers ("Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash")

Sandra Butler-Truesdale - Founder of the DC Legendary Musicians, Inc.

Ronald "Poozie" Miles - Original founding member of The Rainbows ("Mary Lee", "They Say"). It was my pleasure to have lured him back onto the stage over the past few years before his passing. He adored me and I defintely adored him.

Royal Height - The Orioles and DC activist for DC with the songs he writes and performs "Taxation Without Representation" It hurts my heart but I know that they all are in heaven with the heavenly choir. [ me here: I wrote a short 2021 piece on Height’s anti-Trump single

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 January 2024 19:18 (one month ago) link

So Anthony Pirog may be best known for his guitar playing in Messthetics and his solo and group jazz meets prog artsy math music , but a handful of times over last 10 years he played surf and rockabilly with Janelle Leppin, sax player Mark Muncie and others in The El Reys. I just saw them at Quarry House and they were good and fun

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 January 2024 14:57 (one month ago) link

Messthetics are playing with jazz guy James Brandon Lewis on MLk Monday in NY on an impressive bill with Esperanza Spaulding and Shabaka H. Gig might be part of that Winter Jazz Fest happening in NY

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 January 2024 21:01 (one month ago) link

I see on Facebook that the Runaway club, that hosted mainly obscure rock and punk bands , and was owned by Slash Run owner , is shutting down

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2024 16:47 (one month ago) link

City Paper’s arts editor had spoken to Christine Liilyea who ran the 2 clubs , awhile back. Sounds like Runaway and Slash Run have struggled a bit financially for awhile

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2024 16:50 (one month ago) link

I saw a gig for the first time at the Nolan Center at Georgetown Prep. Which is not Georgetown U btw.

A dc based booking agent for international and African acts is now doing occasional shows in that nice theatre.

I saw Senegalese kora player and singer Ablaye Cissoko with French accordionist Cyrille Brotto.

The agent had earlier had a gig with South African guitarist Derek Gripper

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2024 16:57 (one month ago) link

Poozie Miles of the Rainbows funeral is on Thursday. Their best known song was “Mary Lee.”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 January 2024 17:01 (one month ago) link

The Runaway DC survives as it got its rent lowered.

But “We’re gonna continue doing shows, but probably doing more on the DJ side. And we’re going to be more selective on the shows,” says Lilyea, excited for the possibilities. “Now we have a chef and having the landlord reduce the rent so significantly—it’s huge …”

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 January 2024 15:27 (one month ago) link

Former Burnt Sugar pianist & synth & organ player Marc Cary, who also played piano with Dizzy Gillespie , Abbey Lincoln & other jazz greats plus Erykah Badu, now lives near Baltimore and is doing a birthday gig for himself Saturday at Takoma Station in Maryland near DC with his group Marc Cary and Indigenous People. The group membership varies but always includes DC go-go musicians because of Cary's lifelong love of go-go and that he played in go-go bands in high school

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 January 2024 18:49 (one month ago) link

Hmmm, now the Runaway DC has a go fund me. Their website still lists no music events after January 21. An IG story just showed a mid February clothes and records sale

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 05:45 (one month ago) link

Runaway dc now lists a few shows on their Facebook, while some locals are grumbling about how their booking policy wasn’t so great in the past either.

Not many are supporting their go fund me. Can’t blame anyone for not doing so.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 18:12 (one month ago) link

I previewed the Thursday night February 1 El Laberinto del Coco gig @ U of Md Clarice Smith Center plus the Friday February 2nd showings on WHUT-HD , Howard U PBS, at 11 am and 11 pm of Beverly Lindsay Johnson's new film "DC Street Jocks Rocked the House," with DJ Kool, Arthur Maniac McCloud, and Sam the Man Burns and more. Doc will also be showing at other times through Feb 18 on HU PBS .

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 February 2024 03:37 (one month ago) link

Future Band DC got play go-go in Cuba and were there with Ron Moten and Professor Natale Hopkinson from the Dont Mute DC organization.

Wammy awards voting is going on now. I don't know who many of the nominated acts are . It's the usual goofy thing where folks are begging on their Instagram for friends to vote for them

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 February 2024 17:37 (four weeks ago) link

My partner had a bad experience booking a show at the Runaway. The people were perfectly nice as people, but they were not up front about the money / room fee. Certainly left me feeling a bit indifferent about the music side of things going away there.

grandavis, Tuesday, 6 February 2024 20:36 (four weeks ago) link

Sounds like that has been the experience of many with the Runaway.

Nobody is giving to their go-fund me

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 February 2024 17:17 (three weeks ago) link

Throughout this process, much has been said about the challenges of city life — street artists, for example, and crime

DC Mayor Bowser’s letter re retaining Wizards and Caps blames “street artists “ first!

She has failed to get the DC crime lab working , the number of cops and private security folks in the area dropped over the years, but yeah let’s blame loud percussionists , buskers, graffiti.

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 February 2024 17:22 (three weeks ago) link

$75 raised of $25,000 goal


B. Amato (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 12 February 2024 17:57 (three weeks ago) link

Ooof indeed. As an aside, my partner had trouble getting any local bands to join the bill. Several have noted after the fact that they didn't want to play there.

grandavis, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 17:28 (three weeks ago) link

My preview of Friday Feb 16 Chicago r& b singer and poet Jamila Woods at the Howard Theatre is included in the link

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 February 2024 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

Haven’t listened yet to new J Robbins album Basilisk or the new Mary Timony singles out before the release of her new album

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 February 2024 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

Reuben Jackson, who alternates as dj with Larry Appelbaum on WPFW on Sundays 4 to 6, who used to write for City Paper a bit, who is a published poet, jazz archivist at the Felix Grant collection at UDC, and a busy social media poster just had had a massive stroke about 10 days ago, and has been moved to hospice. Tragic news. Jackson spoke for a lengthy period of time to me for my Greg Tate obit that focused on Tate's life in DC. Jackson was friends with Greg Tate and his brother Brian growing up in DC. A good guy.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 February 2024 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

Folk-artist and performer Lonnie Holley will be backed by Lee Bains from Alabama Joe Lally, and Brendan Canty at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage tonight from 6 to 7 pm Eastern US time. The show is free but ticketed. It will also be streamed on the Millennium Stage Youtube & Facebook page

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 February 2024 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

Damn , this hurts. RIP Reuben Jackson. I will cherish that long phone call we had where you told me about going to Greg and Brian Tate’s house as a teenager where they had jazz records at one end of a room and punk records at the other. You told me about the poetry scene then and the early days at dc space and so much more about your DC and how self-proclaimed awkward Black nerds like yourself fit in.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 February 2024 06:53 (two weeks ago) link

Rare Essence streaming from K Ctr tonight

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 February 2024 23:11 (two weeks ago) link

I want to love the new J Robbins album ( he’s best known from being in Jawbox and Government Issue), and like how he mentions steps he takes to keep his new album and live show fresh, but on first listen it’s to me just good and not innovative enough

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 February 2024 23:16 (one week ago) link

The Wammies voters again did not nominate any of the Capital Bop top jazz albums for Wammies awards. Washington Post Chris R&chards fave dc rapper Wifi Gawd had one of his top 2023 albums of the year, but no Wammy nomination. Some guy named Ethan Spalding got nominated for best rock artist and best rap artist at Wammies. Anybody know his music?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 February 2024 15:43 (one week ago) link

Spalding calls his sound traprock

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 February 2024 15:45 (one week ago) link

WAMU just suddenly shut down DCist

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 February 2024 15:00 (one week ago) link

They’re even blocking insult to the site. Fuckers.

Chris L, Friday, 23 February 2024 15:15 (one week ago) link

Blocking access to my 2020 freelancer article for them on Hailu Mergia and Selam Woldemariam

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 February 2024 16:07 (one week ago) link

interesting article on dc high bpm techno dance club music, dc experimental rap, and dc rhizome experimental jazz , but I wish article could have also mentioned Green Zone middle eastern djs, Adobo DMV, Ethiopian live music & dj scene ; dc Caribbean DJ scene. Article acknowledges dc go-go and dc punk as historic & still alive

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 February 2024 18:50 (one week ago) link

Early 70s DC in exhibit

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 February 2024 18:08 (six days ago) link

ALona in City Paper re Reuben Jackson

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 February 2024 19:31 (six days ago) link

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning doc plus a doc short on great current photographer Dee Dwyer who is best known for her SE DC photos and is a go-go fan; Sat March 2 from 2 to 4:30 @ngadc . See the great Lange exhibit too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 February 2024 22:25 (five days ago) link

The Foreign Correspondents is a power pop band with Brendan Canty , and former DCers Ted Leo, Michael Hampton, and Sohrob Habion

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 March 2024 20:03 (four days ago) link

Sounds interesting! Ted Leo was, of course, in Chisel with my former colleague John Dugan. Next time I saw him he was out with Aimee Mann and Liz Phair. Brendan has been around forever. I confess I don't know the other two.

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 1 March 2024 22:50 (four days ago) link

Michael Hampton was in DC hardcore band Faith , and then in some other bands . Lives in NY now I think

Sohrob was in dc postpunk band Edsel, and I think is now in postpunk band Savak. He lives in NY or Jersey now too.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 March 2024 15:26 (two days ago) link

DJ RBI mix of classic old and obscure new hiphop on Saturday nights 9 to 12 midnight last night on WpFw was so good.

I listened for a bit in the car as my wife and I were coming back from Baltimore where we saw the Ethiopian art at the Walters Museum and heard dc Ethiopian Ras Band there with guest vocalists. They had free tej Ethiopian honey wine samples and food too. We ate a full Ethiopian meal at Tabor afterwards.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 March 2024 15:31 (two days ago) link

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