Tag Archives: April 2011

THIRD MONDAYS-April 2011

THE ECLECTIC EIGHT

1. THAO and MIRAH

This pop-folk duo has been generating pretty good buzz for the past few years. Each musician bringing her own aesthetic and sound to create an interesting balance between folk, pop and rock. They have a new album coming out on the 26th of this month and luckily NPR is live streaming it so definitely take a second and check out their music here.

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2. SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME

I came across this experimental pop group from Michigan and instantly loved their songs Make a Plan and Mighty Cloud. Check out their music here.

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3. CLYTEM SCANNING

She is a Parisian one-woman band creating house and experimental pop music  Take a listen to some of her music here.

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4. kIM NOVAk

An indie French band of boys  with a woman’s name as their group name, making pop music. Got it? Okay good, now go check out their music here.

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5. MOZEZ

He is a Jamaican UK-bred lounge, electronica and R&B musician. He intially started out in a music group during late 90s but as of late embarked on a solo mission. Take a listen to his music here.

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6. SOPHIE BAKER

Baker is a breathy folk acoustic-guitar playing singer. She has released a few albums since 2004, most recently being this year’s Seagull. Take a listen for yourself here.

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7. BEBEL GILBERTO

She is a Grammy nominated Brazilian singer who comes from a well-known musically inclined family. She has been working on her music for quite some time and although she isn’t Indie in the traditional sense, I think too often in the states we overlook too many great international musicians. So take a second a listen to her music here.

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8. PIERS FACCINI

I came across this indie folk singer and songwriter and instantly loved his song, Your Name No More. He has this bluesy quality to his famous that reminds me of a Amos Lee or Ben Harper. Take a listen to his music for yourself here.

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I hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of THE ECLECTIC EIGHT. Make sure to check out each respective musician’s sites and support their music.

Selamawit

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.