Arts Desk

Head-Roc’s Mouth: Head-Roc’s Weekend Picks

An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.

Here are the Head-Roc-recommended events for people of culture in the D.C. area to check out this weekend.

Friday: A benefit concert for Occupy DC and the People of Color Working Group at OWS
Uptown Friday Nights at Ras Hall is a weekly party supporting the activities of integrity-based groups and organizations working for principled change here in D.C. and the surrounding areas. These events feature great music and culture with high-caliber performances by talented local artists who contribute to popularizing D.C.’s social justice movement and agenda. The food at Ras is spectacular, featuring a tasty menu of Ethiopian and Caribbean fusion cuisine. For folks looking to get away from the madness and segregation of U Street and Adams Morgan Friday nights, Uptown Friday Nights are always worth checking out. Ras Hall, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW, 8 p.m., $10 suggested donation.

Saturday: Kilbourne Street Block Party
This annual fall/pre-Halloween street party in Mount Pleasant is the brainchild of longtime D.C. African music griot Frank Argbo,  of Francojazz fame. Founded on the principal of community unity, the event blocks off Kilbourne Street NW between 17th and 18th streets NW and neighbors come out to promote brotherly love and community interaction. There are live performances and activities for the family throughout the day and night—including a moon bounce for the kiddies. Last year, partygoers were treated to a special appearance and One Love performance by D.C. legendary rock star and worldwide punk-rock icon HR of Bad Brains. Complete people of culture fun for the entire family! Noon to 10 p.m.

Sunday: D.P.E Rocks Black Fox Lounge (live video taping)
This Sunday is the “D.P.E presents "ILL-LUMINATE the Party Show" featuring Kev Brown, Kaimber, and The Package. It’s a free event and you are invited to be a part of the video production for D.P.E’s first single “ILL-LUMINATE” off the upcoming album 3X’s DPE. This native-Washingtonian hip-hop super group comprises of DarnGood, Princess of Controversy & Enoch 7th Prophet. Further strengthening the weight and credibility of this event as a true D.C. hip-hop rock-star bonanza, The Package (Noyeek, Dimes, and Theory of Infinite Loop) along with Kev Brown and Kaimber of Low Budget Crew are part of the line-up. This is a show you don’t want to miss! Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave., 9 p.m., Free.

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