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Today Is Local Music Day

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Just a reminder: Step into your local coffee shop/pub/diner/yogurt shop/furniture store/cupcake joint/ramen shack today, and you just might hear some local tunes. It's Local Music Day, which means a bunch of businesses are playing whole albums by eight D.C. acts. Those would be: singer/songwriter René Moffatt, reggae duo See-I (reviewed in WCP!), rockers Modern ManU.S. Royalty (reviewed in WCP!), and Deleted Scenes (reviewed in WCP!), indie-pop singer Olivia Mancini, and jazz artists Brian Settles and Andrea Wood.

The full list of participating shops is here.

Listen Local First, the group behind the event, is hoping to become a resource hub for local musicians—as well as a source of some revenue for them. The stores participating in Local Music Day kicked in some cash, which will be divvied up among artists. One eventual goal, says Listen Local First organizer Chris Naoum, is to make a permanent local music stream for businesses to play. The group has a launch event tonight at The Dunes in Columbia Heights, and some of the aforementioned artists will be playing (including "members of Deleted Scenes"—cool). 8 to 11 p.m. $10 donation.

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