HI$TO Wets Your Appetite for Juke/Footwork with #GetPSYCHD

Baltimore-based DJ/producer HI$TO, releases his first mix of 2017, featuring almost a dozen/juke footwork tracks. The #GetPSYCHD promo mix, features previously heard and all-new material, some of which will appear on his forthcoming “PSYCH’D OUT” mixtape. HIS$TO had this to say about the mix:

I love the complexity of juke. Artists like RP Boo, DJ Rashad, DJ Nate and Machinedrum are the main people who inspired me. Their styles stood out the most to me, and I just spent time studying and sharing my tracks with my friends involved in the Chicago juke scene while mastering my own style.”

Stream the mix below, and stay tuned for the “PSYCH’D OUT” tape coming soon.

Recap: Dreamcast + Friends – “Liquid Deep” PPU Vinyl Release

D.C.’s Dreamcast celebrated his first vinyl release at The Black Cat, a show which felt more like a family reunion than the average concert. Backed by Champion Sound Band, he performed a number of songs from his catalogue, which includes latest mixtape, and longest project to date, D R E A M C A S T Vol. 03.

Dreamcast invited a number of friends and collaborators to share the stage with him including Nappy Nappa, Afro Velvet, Alison Carney, Sir E.U. After his set, he shared daps and hugs with almost the entire room, before heading to the merch area in the back to sign copies of  “Liquid Deep.” The SASAC-produced single out on People’s Potential Unlimited, is a syrupy throwback to the future, perfect for late nights or long drives. 

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Tropixxx 6 Year Anniversary: A Look Back at D.C.’s Bass Music Haven

This weekend,  Tropixxx – a collective of DJs and party founded by Mathias and The Clown Prince – will celebrate its sixth year of being at the forefront of tropical bass in the District. On Sunday, the crew, which has since included The Lothario and most recently Jackson Kachor, will be back at Velvet Lounge with special guest Trillnatured.

I asked The Clown Prince, aka Marvin Lopez, to reach out to the guest DJs of the past Tropixxx to reflect on the parties. I asked them what they felt was the most memorable part of the night, the song that got the crowd most hype, and to describe Tropixxx as a food. RSVP for the Tropixxx 6 Year Anniversary on Facebook and follow their Soundcloud for speaker-blasting goodness.

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“Sacred Cows” & “Chocolate Cities” Show Video and Photo Recap

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center celebrated the opening of their new exhibits “Sacred Cows” by Imar Hutchins and the group show “Chocolate Cities,” (presented by Chocolate Redux) which were both curated by Martina Dodd, editor of DIRT.

Filmmakers, visual artists, politicians, philanthropists, musicians, businesspeople, and more filled the floor of the Museum, united by a shared passion for the local arts community. DJ Underdog kept the vibes high with music throughout the night, while allies of the Museum, such as Chris Van Hollen affirmed his support for the historic institution. Watch the recap and visit the photo gallery below. 

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Watch Garnish Ep. 12: “NOVA Pro Wrestling”

In December, I premiered Garnish Episode 12 “NOVA Pro Wrestling,” at a screening and reception co-sponsored by Hyattsville’s Creative Edge Collaborative and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council.

NOVA Pro Wrestling, which – in just over a year – has become one of the best destinations for pro wrestling on the east coast. The family-owned and operated business boasts a roster of current wrestlers and alumni such as WWEs Cedric Alexander, Virginia’s hometown hero (and former TNA champion) Sonjay Dutt, as well as a rotating roster of performers from all over the country. This episode features interviews from former TNA superstar Sonjay Dutt, popular tag-team Cutie & The Beast, writer Marcus Dowling, Facelock Feminist’s Lady J and more!

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Interview: Bond St. District (Baltimore, MD)

Bond St. District, the duo of Baltimore MC DDm and producer Paul Huston, brought their grand stage show to the District with a performance at DC9, a U Street corridor staple. The show was a rarity for the city: a line-up of Baltimore artists which included opening sets from the Baltimore Club-tinged electropop duo Chiffon as well as rising star Kotic Coutore backed by Destrukshawn. The top floor of DC9 was as much a stage, as it was a pulpit and theatre. The band made people dance from songs off their first EP “Everybody’s So Sleepy” and new album A Church on Vulcan, laugh at references to the authenticity of the Roseanne sitcom and reflect on moving forward in Trump’s America.

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Marching Forward – Jessica Jacobo

“Marching Forward” is a new series of guest blogs about the demonstrations, protests, and women’s marches that happened during Inauguration Weekend.

I asked women, and women-identifying people, of color if they felt about the march, whether they felt that the march – which initially lacked representation by women of color in leadership roles – met their expectations, and ways that they think people can use the momentum of the weekend to make changes in their community. If you would like to contribute your experiences, please use this form. #WOCMarchingForward

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Marching Forward – Rosalyn Lam

“Marching Forward” is a new series of guest blogs about the demonstrations, protests, and women’s marches that happened during Inauguration Weekend.

I asked women, and women-identifying people, of color if they felt about the march, whether they felt that the march – which initially lacked representation by women of color in leadership roles – met their expectations, and ways that they think people can use the momentum of the weekend to make changes in their community. If you would like to contribute your experiences, please use this form. #WOCMarchingForward

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