Head-Roc’s Mouth: Chocolate City Rock Stars Performing Live This Weekend
An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
With so many events popping of in D.C. week after week, deciding what to do can be overwhelming. And though I hate to admit it, I am pretty much just using Facebook to assess what’s good in D.C. area entertainment these days. Everyone and their mamas—literally—has a Facebook account, and because they're all "artists," I seem to be Facebook friends with all of them. That means I'm getting something like 100 Facebook event invitations a week.
So allow me to peruse my Facebook event invites, and pull out my recommendations for this week in hip-hop, funk rock, roots reggae, and go-go for all the people of culture in Chocolate City:
Friday: Guerrilla Republik D.C.’s “Hip-Hop 4 Wealth: Winter Food, Clothes, and Toys Drive" hosted by DMV hip-hop heavyweights The Beat Konductaz DC, who will provide music, games, and live performances by local artists. Bring nonperishable foods, toys, blankets, and winter jackets to benefit local homeless and needy families. These generals of the DMV hip-hop scene, operating out of Northern Virginia, are using their God-given talents and weight in the scene to benefit local communities—and that always gets a high salute. In fact, that’s what hip-hop is all about. More info on Facebook. 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va. Donations encouraged.
Also on Friday, Thaylobleu wants you to help shoot their next video. The D.C. funk-rock phenomenon is inviting fans to bring their video-recording devices and film them rocking live, then email their video clips to firstname.lastname@example.org for the footage to be used in Thaylobleu’s next music video. Also performing will be The Unruly Band and Vinyl Side. More info on Facebook. 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Axum, 1934 9th St. NW. Free.
Saturday: “Roots Reggae and Culture Showcase” at Soul 57. Following Healthy Life Choices' "The Holiday Syndrome II" workshop sponsored by the African Holistic Health Association, D.C. area roots-reggae rock stars are set to bless the stage, including Akua Benjamin and the Illavibez Band, Baba Ras D, Intellect Keith, Sista Inora, Rasta King, and others. Shout out to my brother Omawale Sia, CEO and founder of Soul 57 and Earth Things 4 U, for his important work promoting healthy living, and also for providing a space for D.C. area conscious musicians to engage the community. More info on Facebook. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Soul 57, 1326 Florida Ave. NE. Free.
Monday: It's another edition of "Wind Me Up Chuck! Mondays" at the Howard Theatre with the Chuck Brown Tribute Band and WAMA's "Go-Go Group of the Year," Be'la Dona. Personally, I have only been to the Howard once, and that was with my daughter to pay our respects to the godfather of go-go after his transition to ancestry in May. Members of D.C. go-go royalty, the legendary Buggs from Junkyard Band and Shorty Corleone of the equally iconic Rare Essence, are are slated to rock the house. And yep, you guessed it—there is a Facebook page for this event as well. 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20-$25.
You probably have a Facebook account, right? Sure you do! And maybe I’ll see you in the house supporting our fantastically gifted and alive DMV music community at one, two, or all of these Chocolate City rock-star events.