Posts Tagged ‘Reggae’

With Crossroads Closed, Where Will D.C.’s Caribbean Scene Settle?

You couldn't blame most locals for overlooking the fact that the D.C. suburbs recently lost one of its best venues for Caribbean music. As the Prince George's Newsletter quietly noted in May, the building that long housed Bladensburg's Crossroads Nightclub was sold to J & J Medical Health Care & Equipment for $1.2 million. Outside of the local Caribbean [...]

Soundclash Turns 10: A Decade of DJing Classic Reggae

For a decade, the Soundclash Jamaican music night at Marx Cafe has been one of D.C.'s musical treasures. Named after the island soundsystem competitions, this last-Friday-of-the-month dance night features a crew of local and guest DJs trying to top each other with selections of reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub, and a bit of dancehall. The Soundclash crew [...]

Your Latin and Caribbean Music Weekend

It’s another busy weekend for Caribbean and Latino music in the area.  While the varied genres featured may not have a lot in common, they all can get one dancing.  Although there won’t be a DC Caribbean Carnival parade this weekend as originally scheduled, because the organizers owe money to the city, various clubs around [...]

The Crossroads Nightclub: No Music, No Alcohol, Just Carryout Food (for Now)

The Crossroads Nightclub and Restaurant Entertainment Complex in Bladensburg, which was suddenly closed for “maintenance” last December, has again run into mysterious problems.  Since at least last Thursday, the nightclub has been closed, and the restaurant has been only open for Sunday brunch and for carryout food service on weekdays. No alcohol is being [...]

Crossroads Nightclub Still Closed For “Maintenance”

On December 10, the Crossroads Restaurant and Entertainment Complex in Bladensburg, Md. posted a message on its website stating that the club “will remain closed today Friday December 10th until further notice for ongoing maintenance.  Management apologizes for any inconvenience. We will inform you in a timely manner, when we are scheduled to reopen to resume [...]

Tonight: Gyptian at the Crossroads

Jamaican singer Gyptian's "Hold You (Hold Yuh)" has been omnipresent on R&B and rap radio in recent months. Not bad for a song that was originally released in 2009. Thanks to its simple, finger-tinkling keyboard beat, Gyptian's patois-filled falsetto melody, and a hip-hop remix with Nicki Minaj, this syrupy tune has become the biggest reggae-related [...]

An African Diaspora Film Fest Primer

The fifth annual African Diaspora Film Festival begins tomorrow at the National Geographic Society Headquarters. Entries include a film about the bleaker side of Jamaican reggae, a Sundance-winning doc on the Civil Rights Movement's Freedom Riders, and a coming-of-age tale set in the diamond-rich area of Congo.
The festival is a part of the All Roads [...]

Tonight: Afghan and Tajik Pop Plus Jamaican Dancehall

Tonight’s Superstar Tour  2010 concert—featuring Afghan singer Ghazal and Tajik performer Jonibek at the Sheraton Premiere in Tyson’s Corner— might seem to have nothing in common with this evening’s Jamaican dancehall Ladies Night Out at the Mirage Hall in Hyattsville—headlined by Lady Saw and Assassin—save this: I discovered both shows via postcards left around town. [...]

Tarrus Riley at the Crossroads

Earlier this decade, reggae was getting a fair amount of  attention in the US and UK thanks to rap producers, rap/r’n’b stations, and alt-weekly critics giving love to dancehall.  While those audiences may not be paying that much attention now, Jamaican singers and rappers are still keeping as busy as ever.  Tarrus Riley  is in [...]

Breaking: Crooked Beat Gets Huge Shipment of Reggae LPs

Crooked Beat just got in a huge shipment of reggae vinyl. I am told that the shipment includes over 100 LPs and about 80 CDs—a lot of King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Scientist, Keith Hudson, Dillinger, and quite a few Prince Buster records.
"A lot of stuff that people have been asking for," says Crooked Beat's owner [...]