Category Archives: EVENTS

Sonic Goodies: Chocolate City Soul Revue Official Mix

Now, I am a huge James Brown fan and a lover of all things related to soul music, so when I first heard about the upcoming Chocolate City Soul Revue event on June 4th at DAR Constitution Hall, I knew I had to go.  So imagine how much more certain and excited I was about going when I got this really amazing soul mix via Lunchboxtheory Productions in support of this upcoming Chocolate City Soul Revue event. Let’s take a look at what they wrote:

In anticipation for the massive soul show, Chocolate City Soul Revue, coming to DC on June 4th, DJ Pari  and Mr. Fenty decided to give us a tease by creating an hour long funky fresh mixtape full of rare soul grooves. DJ Pari, founder of SoulPower has an extensive history delving into the depths of funk and soul when starting out as a DJ in Germany in his teens, Now a master producer and DJ, Pari plays almost exclusively rare Soul and Funk 45s and he has performed in clubs and at festivals across the world. Mr. Fenty has a love for records and started collecting rare soul records from a young age.  Together with DJ Pari they created one of the most popular radio shows of its kind in the global Soul scene.   There is nothing like a little funk and soul to put a hop, skip, and a jump into your day.

http://soundcloud.com/lunchboxtheory/chocolate-city-soul-revue

Check out The Impressions, the reunion of James Brown’s Orginial Funky Diva, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, DJ Pari and Mr. Fenty at DAR Constitution Hall on June 4th. (More information about the event here)

Take a good listen to this soulful funky mix and mark your calendars, this is surely an event you don’t want to miss!

Selamawit

EVENT: Femi Kuti and The Positive Force @ 9:30 Club

Femi Kuti and The Positive Force are blessing the DMV with a show at the 9:30 club on Saturday April 23rd. Having the father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, as your father only makes sense for Femi to take the reigns and continue to spread the power and heat of Afrobeat music. The group weaves in telling tales of political corruption, love for life, people, and one’s country, with African drums and horns. Take a listen for yourself here and here are the event details:

Sat, 4/23
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
Late Show! 10:00 PM Doors
$30

Femi and The Positive Force are not to be missed, so mark your calendars now!

-Selamawit


CONTEST: National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM PHOTO CONTEST SUBMISSIONS

Deadline – April 9, 2011

Washington, DC [March 28, 2011] — FotoDC, the premier photography non-profit, which has evolved from FotoWeek DC, is celebrating the power of photography and its unlimited possibilities with the onset of spring. FotoDC has partnered with the National Cherry Blossom Festival to produce the National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest. The submission deadline has been set for April 9, 2011.

“This is a special contest for us as the festival is a widely-anticipated and important tradition in our Nation’s Capital,” said Theo Adamstein, FotoDC Founder, “With everything that the festival entails – the people, the cherry blossoms, the city – photography is the perfect medium to make these classic moments timeless.”

The contest, which began on February 11, is accepting entries in three categories: Landscape, People, and Festivities, taken during this year’s festival (March 26 – April 10), or taken within the previous two years.

The judges for this inaugural contest will be comprised of some of the biggest names in the industry including David Hicks, Washingtonian Photo Editor; Kim Hubbard, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic; and Jayme McLellan, Curator, Founder, and Director of Civilian Art Projects.

For each category, first place winners will receive a $500 cash prize, second place winners will receive a weekend stay at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, and third place winners will receive a Nikon Coolpix S3000, sponsored by Penn Camera.

All finalist and winning images will be projected at FLASH in Crystal City on April 16, 2011; gain media and online exposure at FotoDC.org andNationalCherryBlossomFestival.org; and will be shown in projection and/or exhibition form during the 2011 FotoWeek DC Festival, November 5-12, 2011.

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About FotoDC

Founded in 2008, FotoWeek DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has evolved from a city-centric photography festival to FotoDC, a multi-season tribute to photography in all its forms. FotoDC celebrates the transformative power of photography through the exhibition of inspiring and provocative images, diverse programming, and collaboration with the local and international community.  FotoWeek DC continues to play a central role in FotoDC programming, with its annual festival in November.  For further information visit www.FotoWeekDC.org.

 

Sonic Goodies: Africa Undone

In celebration of their 2 year anniversary party tomorrow, the Lunchboxtheory crew have released a new mix called, Africa Undone, and did a revamp of their site.  I have to say it is definitely my favorite mix thus far. I couldn’t help but dance in my chair as I sat listening late into the night. Take a listen for yourself here:

 

So make sure you listen to the mix and prep real good for the party tomorrow night at Bossa Lounge in Adams Morgan. Also, be prepared to listen to the delicatable sounds of Heturu and the hypnotizing mixes of Dj Underdog and Dj Camjus. Also word is, there will be delicious homemade treats for everyone!

See you there!

Selamawit

EVENT: “RESTORE : Japan”

ReadysetDC & Curating for a Cause present “RESTORE : Japan”

Exhibition and Art Auction Event to Benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society

As the waters recede on the coasts of Japan the DC art community joins together to provide relief for all those who have lost everything in one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of man.

On Thursday, March 31st, 2011, ReadysetDC and Curating for a Cause team up to host RESTORE: Japan at Lamont Bishop Gallery.

RESTORE: Japan will feature artwork by 32 of the area’s top visual artists. The exhibition is curated by ReadysetDC’s Peter Chang and Curating for a Cause’s Jackie Cantwell and Allison Byers and will feature an art auction.

Thursday, March 31st | 7-11PM
Lamont Bishop Gallery
1314 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Proceeds benefit The Japanese Red Cross Society. http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html

THIRD MONDAYS-March 2011

THE ECLECTIC EIGHT

SXSW Edition

Here we are again in March and this time I have to yet again miss SXSW in Austin. On the upside, I’ll be enjoying myself in Paris and Turkey so I’m not losing entirely and I’ll also have few new goodies to talk about on here from my trip. And trip or not, The Eclectic Eight list will always be up and just like last year in March, it’ll be more geared towards featuring just artists who are set to perform at SXSW. So take a look and listen…and if you are in Austin during this epic week, make sure to stop through and support these various artists!

1. ZORCH

Psychedelic experimental pop duo. Set to perform Saturday March 19th, 8pm at Malaia Upstairs.  Take a listen to their music here.

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2. SECRET CITIES

Trio hailing from North Dakota making psychedelic electro-acoustic music. Set to perform Friday, March 18th afternoon at the REDEFINE Mag first-ever epic house party. Even if you miss that you can still catch them at one of the SXSW official shows at Lamberts on Saturday, March 19th at 9pm. Take a listen to them here.

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3. COUSIN COLE

DJ and half of group Flagrant Fowl. Set to perform Thursday, March 17th at 12:30am at Malaia Upstairs. Downloan and listen to his most recent mixtape, Major Rager, here.

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4. FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

Soulful multi-member group of musicians and singers. Set to perform Friday, March 19th at 11:15pm at Mellow Johnny’s. Take a listen to their music here.

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5. BUTCHER BEAR AND CHARLIE

Soulful electronica group. Set to perform Thursday, March 17th at 9pm at Mellow Johnny’s. Take a listen to the group’s music here.

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6.SAADI

Pop, reggae, and electro singer. She is set to perform on Friday, March 18th at the Clive Bar. Take a listen to her music here.

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7. NICOLE ATKINS

Experimental folksy singer-songwriter. She is set to perform on Friday, March 18th at the Clive Bar. Take a listen to her music here.

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8. THE ECHOCENTRICS

Electro-Soul band with deep Latin-American roots. They are one of the many great musicians set to perform at Wax Poetics SXSW Music Showcase on Wednesday, March 16th. Take a listen to the group’s music here.

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of THE ECLECTIC EIGHT.

Selamawit

EVENT: “Handkerchiefs, Heels, & Hangovers… A Night At The Cotton Club”

WHO:www.YEBIES.com

WHAT: “Handkerchiefs, Heels, & Hangovers… A Night At The Cotton Club”

WHERE: |201 Lounge| 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington D.C. 20002

WHEN: February 19, 2011 (9PM-3AM)    Happy Hour (9PM-11PM)

Why: To unite the new tastemakers, trendsetters, and socialites of the DMV and neighboring cities around an evening full of drinking, dancing, and music for a great cause. We’ll also raise money for our teacher’s scholarship at the Cape Mount Association; helping to pay tuition for future teachers in Liberia, West Africa.

Video- Cotton Club Prerequisite

For details on how to win free tickets or donate go to http://yebies.blogspot.com/2011/02/handkerchiefs-heels-hangovers-night-at.html

Mark your calendars and please do make sure to make out to this great event and support YEBIES !

Selamawit

4th Annual AFC Holiday Benefit|Dec 4th

Please join Artists For Charity on Saturday, December 4th, 2010, for the 4th Annual AFC Holiday Benefit at the WVSA’s Articulate Gallery to raise funds for the non-profit organization, Artists for Charity (AFC). The organization operates a children’s home for HIV-positive orphans in Ethiopia. For more information on this organization and the great work they do, please visit www.artistsforcharity.org.

The Holiday Benefit is being held at WVSA’s Articulate Gallery located at 1100 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 from 7pm-11pm. There will be an art auction, featuring the work of emerging and established artists. The benefit will also include a taste of the Ethiopian culture, with music performances by Maritu Legesse “The Queen of Bati” and Setegn Atenaw.

***Advanced tickets are $20 and at the door is $25. There will be drinks and Ethiopian hors d’oeuvres catered by Enat Restaurant in Virginia. ***

Please spread the word and be sure to use #AFCBenefit when tweeting before and during the beneft (follow Artists For Charity here). ***If you’d like to volunteer, need a press pass or have questions please contact Hanna Tadesse or Bethel Tsegaye **

RSVP & Get YOUR Tickets Here: http://artistsforcharity.eventbrite.com/

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See you there!

Selamawit

“Can you dig it?” Art Show|Dec.3rd

ANIEKAN presents CAN U DIG IT? a solo exhibition featuring all new and affordable works . This new body of work will take you back, all the way back to the 70’s. Drawings, paintings, prints, t-shirts and more!!!

This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY event so please dont miss out. Come and witness the visual growth of the artist known as ANIEKAN UDOFIA

WHERE: CRE8 SPACE STUDIO GALLERY

WHEN: FRIDAY, DEC 3RD 2010

TIME: 7PM  TILL 11PM

DAMAGE: ABSOLUTELY FREEEEEE!!!!!!!

The world famous COOL DJ UNCLE Q will be providing the best of  the grooves for your listening pleasure!!!

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Selamawit

Undercult Relaunch/Anniversary/1 Year Pop-Up Shop Event

Undercult Relaunch & Anniverary Party

When: 9pm-12am, Wednesday-December 15th, 2010

Where: 1939 12th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Featuring: Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw/O.J. Simpson/Random Axe), Karriem Riggins (Yesterday’s New Quintet/The Supreme Team w/ Madlib), DTMD (Dunc& Toine)

*All Performing and Spinning all new and unreleased material

Damage: $10

Free Refreshments courtesy of Heineken!!

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Mark your calendars and make sure you come out and support this great event!

Selamawit