Jamal Gray and Stclair Castro, co-founders of D.C. super-collective CMPTVR CLVB, continue their curation of visual-audio explorations with #CTRLSPACECMD, a series of four events at Capital Fringe. The line-ups feature artists rooted in the District, such as Jenna Camille and the Free Radicals, Tony Kill, Sir E.U, RobSmokesBands, and Jamal’s band Nag Champa. Peep a snippet of the recap from April 13th’s show ALTER: Interstellar Escape Plan below, and stay tuned for the full recap!
Classical Trax, the community of DJs, producers, music writers and ambassadors of electronic music based all over the world, celebrated one year of Guestlist, its monthly residency at 9:30 Club’s subterranean Backbar. Local favorite Jessicunt as well as LSDXOXO main-evented the night, with a slew of house, club, and rap bangers. Check the gallery above and make sure to watch “Garnish” Episode 6, featuring The Borrowers (The Clown Prince and The Lothario), Panch and founder Matt Lutz.
The party continues this Friday, with resident DJs The Borrowers, Panch and guest quest?onmarc. RSVP on Facebook here!
The fourth installment of “Glow End Theory,” was a well-needed night of audio-visual exploration. The premiere of “Garnish” Episode 14 – on Glow End Theory itself – was well-received and resonated with so many in the audience. Sugg Savage, Mudi and Meche Korrect all gave energetic performances, while Kryptk, Trillnatured and Ducky Dynamo held it down behind the decks. Check the gallery above to catch up on what happened on stage and behind-the-stage.
Stay tuned for the next edition of Glow End Theory, slated for this coming May!
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.
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.
Tierra Brown, the creative-entrepreneur behind the interview series #MediaMondays and Pineapple Express shop, hosted the 5th artist showcase in her #PineappleExpress series in Linthicum, MD in conjunction with Godbody, Inc. Relative newcomers like Aquilcvr, Abdou and Mudi gave energetic performances, before After F’s Cal Rips, King Rosé, Sir E.U and Matt McGhee performed posse cuts and solo releases from their deep discography.
Pineapple Express 5 also included performances by Bree Daniels, Bucky Malone and 199xism. Follow Tierra on Twitter for her latest interviews and show announcements.
Kool Klux Klan O.G. Sir E.U and the Station North Sadboi himself, Qué Pequeño, brought back their DC and Baltimore unifying show “First Church of Back” at its new home The Crown. Notacollective’s NeroScream gave an impromptu, but still energetic, opening set with the assist from Nigel Frank. JPEPMAFIA performed songs from his latest releases, including the title track from Black Ben Carson, to a room full of people screaming “Peggy,” while Ghostie shared hosting duties with Sir E.U who introduced a slew of local acts including Dan Mansion and Reko Will.
Glow End Theory Vol. 002 was a huge success! An audience of primarily black and brown folks from all walks of life filled the Black Cat for the second installment of the woman-centric showcase curated by DJ Tomi Yeyo, XiAnne Freeman and Jamal Gray of Nag Champa. help me curate Shiva joined residents Tomi Yeyo, Kleonaptra and Jessicunt for bass-pumpin’ DJ sets that featured everything from R&B to Jersey Club. Guest performers Nuex and Opal presented their unique brand of soul music, while QuannunThrow laced the walls with his unique visual projections.