Arts Desk

Local Music Day Returns, Um, Today

Nappy Riddem

Once again, today is Local Music Day, which means more than a dozen D.C. establishments are playing nothing but D.C. music all day. Step into your favorite coffee shop, bar, or ramen joint, and you'll hear music from recent albums by sophistipop dude Black Hills, neo-soul/funk/dance hall mainstays Nappy Riddem, acoustic blues young gun Johnny Grave, jazz trombonist Reginald Cyntje, one-man cello orchestra Wytold, faerie folkers Pree, electro-funk outfit Big/Bright, and folk-punk ensemble Typefighter. The full list of participating businesses—which includes Tryst, Toki Underground, Sova, and a bunch more—is here.

(A disclosure: The organizers asked a handful of "experts" on local music to recommend artists. I use scare quotes because I was one of them; I offered one group's name.)

The group behind the Local Music Day, Listen Local First, is hosting a showcase tomorrow at The Parlour—a temporary space organized as part of Digital Capital Week—that will feature most of the Local Music Day acts. That's 8 to 11 p.m. Beforehand, beginning at 7 p.m., there's a panel discussion in the same space on the local music economy, featuring a few experts and artists.

So, yes, it's the wonky side of the local music scene. More on all of this, I promise, soon.

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