Posts Tagged ‘U Street Music Hall’

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: D.C.’s Signature Fall Social, Believe It or Not

As the sun set on Virgin Mobile FreeFest Saturday, Merriweather Post Pavilion’s panoramic lawn harbored buzz-fed patrons enjoying chicken strips and those lemonade cups that exist to be spiked with clear spirits. Seven p.m. felt like a universally agreed-upon time to chill.
Legacy-act sets are perfect for clapping politely from your camping chair, but ZZ Top [...]

Rolling In the Deep

Now is a fine time to make money as an electronic-music producer. That’s a fact that hasn’t escaped a few companies in the D.C. area: Since 2010, the local dance-music biz has gone from fledgling to booming. But sacrifices have been made along the way, most of them artistic. In the rush to capitalize on [...]

ToDo ToDay: More Julia Child! Tipsy Bicycling! Shirts Off!

Everyone knows the funny little—and large—facts of Julia Child’s life: She stood 6-foot-2, worked in Ceylon for the Office of Secret Services, and started her second career late in middle age. So why bother with a biography, when tributes and pop-culture odes to Child are as common as butter? Because Bob Spitz did the same for [...]

Watch: Video for Kindness’ “That’s Alright” With Trouble Funk

Earlier this spring, Brit musician Kindness released World, You Need a Change of Mind, his (often) acclaimed, bouncing-all-over-the-place LP that spanned disco, R&B, The Replacements, new jack swing, and yes, go-go. His track "That's Alright" is practically a remix of Trouble Funk's bombastic hit "Still Smokin'"—a tribute that may have gone right over the heads of [...]

Photos: The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ U Street Music Hall

In a sold-out show Friday night at the U Street Music Hall, Gaslight Anthem's audience pogoed, crowd surfed, and screamed along through the band's blistering 19-song set, one that pulled from all areas of their discography. By the time the band wrapped things up with a downright searing version of "'59 Sound," the walls were [...]

U Street Music Hall Fires Bouncer Who Tried to Boot Male Patrons for Dancing With Each Other

The last time Robyn was in town, she was opening for Katy Perry, playing to a packed  Merriwether Post Pavilion. Last weekend, in D.C. for a two-night stand with Coldplay at the Verizon Center, the Swedish singer brought her vocoded vocals and drum-machine hooks to U Street Music Hall. The 33-year-old performer's Saturday appearance included a [...]

DJ Poirier and Boogat’s Tropical Boom

America is a melting pot and tonight’s pre-July 4 “Tropical Boom” event at U Street Music Hall is a celebration of musical culture  from the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa. Arts Desk spoke with headliner DJ Poirier and his colleague, rapper Boogat, both of whom are based in Montreal. They will be joined by a number of [...]

U Street Music Hall’s Show-Poster Minimalism

Before a cluster of local DJs turned the former Cue Bar at 1115 U St. NW into a dance club, it “looked like a Dave & Buster’s had sex with a Thai restaurant,” co-owner Jesse Tittsworth once told Washington City Paper. The club’s current minimalism couldn’t strike a more different tone: It’s stripped down and utilitarian, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Four Tet’s Dance-Floor Evolution

Called “folktronica” for his collagist, mixed-genre approach in the mid-2000s, Four Tet’s Keiran Hebden has quietly grown into a legitimate dance-floor threat. Through collaborations with dubstep pioneer Burial, an entry in the “DJ-Kicks” series, and a residency at London’s famed Plastic People nightclub, his left-of-center music has found real groove and buoyancy. Hebden’s stage show, [...]

Red Baraat’s Sunny Jain on Marrying Bhangra, Brass, and Go-Go

Red Baraat’s musical approach almost seems too contrived: Bhangra meets New Orleans brass meets jazz and funk and go-go. But since this Brooklyn nine-piece group formed a little over three years ago, it's made this largely instrumental style work, and garnished a following to show for it. The group includes three percussionists and six horn [...]