Music News Roundup, No Sitting Edition
Local DJ faves Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman and a group of partners are opening up their own space on U Street, the Going Out Gurus report at The Post. Expect the 250- to 300-capacity U Street Music Hall to open early next year at 1115 U St., formerly the Cue Bar. "The whole place is going to be a dance floor," Eastman told the Gurus. "There will be a few booths and bar stools, but it's a dance club. It's for dancing, not sitting." Eastman will still be hosting dance nights elsewhere though, like his popular Bliss night at the Black Cat.
From the Dept. of Ex-Washingtonians: Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, whose last two labels stopped releasing music, are now signed to Matador Records. And the dubby, noisy group Mi Ami—which, like Leo & Co., was on Touch & Go—has signed with Thrill Jockey. The San Francisco outfit includes two members of the disbanded Black Eyes.
The Kennedy Center announced its 2009-2010 jazz season, Jazz Times reports. Highlights include Mavis Staples on April 23 and a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on Jan. 24 featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.
In other jazz news, the Congressional Black Caucus is hosting a free jazz (but not Free Jazz) forum and concert tonight in Ballroom A of the Convention Center. The evening features lots of local names, and caps off with a tribute to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, in celebration of the album's 50th anniversary this year.
Aural Suppository has some videos from the Black Cat's recent 16th anniversary show with Dead Meadow and The Shirks. Including this one:
Photo courtesy of Mi Ami's MySpace page.