Posts Tagged ‘Dante Ferrando’

Does D.C. Really Need Two More Punk Retrospectives?

Backwards-looking sentimentality is anti-punk as anything.

Rebel Girls: At Girls Rock! DC, Punk Starts at Preteen

Jenn Fox-Thomas can already envision it: a private space where girls and women from all over D.C. can gather to learn to play instruments and practice with their bands. The walls would be covered with photos of powerful female musicians like Rosetta Tharpe and Ma Rainey. And after hours, they’d rent out the room to [...]

Arts Roundup: Kennedy Center Honors Edition

This year's Kennedy Center Honorees include two Latinos, Carlos Santana and Martina Arroyo. Other recipients are Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, and Shirley MacLaine. [New York Times]
Metro Connection on the history of Gala Hispanic Theatre and its place in D.C. [WAMU]
U Street's Duke Ellington Memorial won't be restored, but it will be replaced. [PoPville]
Arlington woman leaves $700,000 [...]

Skank and File: An Oral History of D.C. Ska

Strike up a conversation with 70 percent of this town’s 20- to 30-something punk rockers, and they’ll probably tell you they grew up with hardcore or emo. Talk to the other 30 percent, and they’ll say it was ska.
Most folks probably remember ska from the brief time when trumpet-toting dudes in plaid suits and pork-pie [...]

Arts Roundup: Indulj Shut Down Edition

Three men shot and injured outside U Street NW's Indulj nightclub early Monday morning; Police Chief Cathy Lanier shuts down the club for 96 hours [AP via WJLA]
Shakespeare Theatre Company's lawsuit against its landlord moves forward another step [The BLT]
Clinton Yates: WPFW has been gentrified [The Root D.C.]
Backstage Inc. at risk: The beloved Barracks Row [...]

Black Cat Hires a New Booker, Candice Jones

The Black Cat has found a new booker to take over for Vicki Savoula, the venue's longtime talent buyer who left the club in early August to pursue a career in education.
Candice Jones will begin the job in late September or early October, owner Dante Ferrando says. Jones is a former Black Cat employee who [...]

Talent Buyer Vicki Savoula Leaving Black Cat

After 10 years booking music at the well-known rock club on 14th Street NW, Vicki Savoula is leaving Black Cat, effective Aug. 3.
She's not abandoning her perch for another club—Savoula, 33, is leaving the music business entirely, embarking on a new career in education. (When asked where she's headed, she declined to give specifics.) She [...]

Sins of Admission: Why It’s a Problem When a Club Asks, “Who Are You Here to See?”

For a moment, on the first night he worked the door at the Velvet Lounge, Andrew Bucket thought he was staring death in the face. Her name was Allison Wolfe.
"I was excited to meet her, let alone work the show at all," he says of the Partyline singer, who helped found the riot-grrrl movement in [...]

Tonight: Gray Matter Reissue Party @ Black Cat

Ask veterans of Dischord Records, and they'll tell you that 1985 was their Summer of Love. It was the "Revolution Summer," when strands of D.C.'s punk scene cohered into the forward-thinking, inward-looking sound—epitomized by Embrace, Rites of Spring, and others—by which the label made its bones. A pedant might say it was the moment when [...]