Posts Tagged ‘soca’

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 [...]

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 [...]

Caribbean Carnival Parade: Shorter but Still On

This year’s 19th annual DC Caribbean Carnival parade, scheduled for Saturday on Georgia Avenue NW, almost didn't happen.
The annual procession, featuring costumed participants on flatbed trucks and on foot, requires a large police presence, and last year the D.C. Police Department hit organizers with an overtime bill, of which $53,000 is still owed. In May, Carnival [...]

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 [...]

International & Roots Music Weekend Roundup: Caribbean Carnival, Folklife Festival, and More

For D.C.’s Caribbean community this is THE weekend—the loud, brash Saturday parade featuring participants in Technicolor costumes plus countless concerts and parties with sound systems turned up to 11.   But if you don't like reggae and soca, this weekend offers numerous other international and roots music choices.  Around this time every year, I run into [...]