Posts Tagged ‘Black Alley’

D.C. at SXSW: The Festival’s First Go-Go Show, Oddisee, and a Big Tribute to J Dilla

Rare Essence turned an Austin show into a mini go-go

ToDo ToDay: Quraishi, Puff Pieces, and Black Alley

In the early ’80s, a young Afghan high school student now known simply as Quraishi fled his country ahead of impending battles between the Soviet Union and the Afghan mujahedeen. He traveled through the Afghan mountains before ending up in New York City with dreams of becoming a guitarist. But when he heard that religious [...]

ToDo ToDay: Pakistani Voices, Bill Callahan, Marky Ramone, and Big Boi

In The Migration Series, painter Jacob Lawrence captures the movement of African Americans from the rural south to cities in the north. Last April, the Phillips collaborated with the U.S. Department of State to host a series of workshops in Pakistan about The Migration Series and its message of social change, then encouraged students, educators, and emerging artists [...]

ToDo ToDay: Surveillance Art, Page to Stage Festival, and Tropicalia’s Birthday

As Edward Snowden has shown us, we’re all being watched. For some lesser-known artists, that might be good news. The Washington Project for the Arts’ timely experimental media show, “Cyber In Securities,” features artists whose work looks at the experience of tracking or being tracked—by private marketers, data miners, drones, or governments—in an effort to [...]

Ceiling Collapses During Opening Gala for “Go-Go Swing” Exhibit

Part of a ceiling in an art gallery run by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities collapsed tonight during a gala opening for "Go-Go Swing," an exhibit focused on the legacy of D.C.'s signature post-funk sound. Seven or eight people—depending on whether you believe WUSA or NBC4—were injured and transported to a hospital.
The [...]

Watch: Videos From the Broccoli City Festival

The Broccoli City Festival wasn't just about broccoli. Sure, the atmosphere was noticeably hippyish and the raw veggies were a nice touch, but it was also a local showcase of sorts. There were plenty of performances—at earsplitting volume—from the likes of Phil Adé, Kingpen Slim , and Black Alley, along with national acts like Detroit grunge rocker JMSN [...]

Broccoli City Wants You to Eat Organic Food and Listen to Local Hip-Hop

D.C. residents with disposable income have no problem eating well. The city's poor and working class residents, on the other hand, fall behind the curve when it comes to "green," healthy living. Los Angeles-based "organic lifestyle" group Broccoli City wants to change that with what it's calling the "first urban Earth Day celebration."
Sunday, the "green"-focused [...]

Listen: Black Alley, Live From RnR Hotel DC

You can't really appreciate Black Alley until you see the band live. Not that Black Alley's 2012 "street album," Soul.Swagger.Rock. Sneakers, wasn't a good showing—it's just that there's nothing like watching the crew perform in front of dedicated fans at Bar 7 or LIV.
Out today, Black Alley's Live From RnR Hotel DC captures the band's [...]

Artists Remember Chuck Brown, “The People’s Champ”

There's a YouTube clip from a few years ago in which Philadelphia songstress Jill Scott appears to be completely overcome by admiration. She's in the middle of her set at the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion, and she's about to perform with Chuck Brown.
"When I heard that band and those drums, I [...]

ToDo ToDay: 4/20 Parties, All Your Favorite D.C. Indie Rockers, Zarjaz

Anyone who considers electronic dance music an inaccessible, overintellectual art form doesn’t listen to Beats in Space, the weekly radio show hosted for the last 13 years by DJ Tim Sweeney. His Tuesday-night program on WNYU 89.1 FM is probably one of the best electronic-music shows in North America. But it’s a friendly one, too, [...]

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