10 pm - 4 am
Saturday, Dec 27th:
80's Dance Party
"We Need a HOLIDAY!" @Tropicalia
with The Angel
2001 14th Street NW
(Under the Subway)
Reasons to get excited:
•Shopping season is OVER! Ditch the mall, hit the dance floor
•Get revved up for 2015
•Washington's ORIGINAL 80's Night, now in it's 22nd year!
•Big comfy stylish club located RIGHT downtown
•Video Video Video
And once again, The Angel is teaming up with Steve Donahoe to bring this to you!
December 31st 2014 - NEW YEARS EVE - Tropicalia
Come celebrate New Years Eve with us at Tropicalia with a night filled with funky dj sets and live music performances.
FORT KNOX FIVE dj set from Steve Raskin
CONGO SANCHEZ (LIVE)
QDUP dj set
2001 14th Street NW (Lower Level)
21 and Over
Doors 7pm / 7pm - 4am
$10 Limited Advance Tickets
Tropicalia is a global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets, NW.
MUSIC ARTIST PROFILES:
FORT KNOX FIVE dj from Steve Raskin
(fort knox recordings, dc) https://www.facebook.com/FortKnoxFive
Fort Knox Five has spent the last decade as a leading force in the international funk and breaks scene. Having released an arsenal of floor rocking original music and remixes, Fort Knox Five has the midas touch for producing heavy hitting records.
Fort Knox Five consists of Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, Jon Horvath, and Sid Barcelona. They established Fort Knox Recordings in 2003 to release party-rocking music that crosses tempos and defies genres. Their world renowned 'Fort Knox Sound' has overtaken dance-floors with its distinct interweaving of live instrumentation with funky electronic breakbeats.
CONGO SANCHEZ (LIVE)
(herb records, dc) https://www.facebook.com/CongoSanchez
The evolution of this ensemble has happened naturally over the past year and a half. Having already captivated audiences from coast to coast, and now with the completion their first full length record, 'Dealin With This', it is clear that Congo, Haile and Flex are on the rise as a cutting edge musical force.
Congo's time as the drummer for Thievery Corporation has clearly had an effect on his ear as he continues to explore the down-tempo, reggae mezcla, with an obvious hip-hop overtone to the composition. Listeners of 'Dealin With This' will hear an array of sounds and rhythms, paying homage to the roots of music with thick layers of percussion; signature to the Congo Sanchez sound. All of this accompanied by a conscious message and an authentic lyrical approach creates a superb listening experience.
(fort knox recordings, dc) https://www.facebook.com/QdupMusic
Qdup has been making dance floors groove and butts move worldwide since late 2006. Over the years, Qdup has released top selling tunes and remixes on many well received labels including Bombstrikes, Fort Knox Recordings, Bombastic Jam, Goodgroove, Air, ESL Music, Royal Soul, MustBeat and his own Qdup Records imprint.
Having remixed the likes of Fort Knox Five, DJ Love, Thunderball, Basement Freaks, All Good Funk Alliance and Ursula1000 to name a few, Qdup has garnered a spot as one of the most in demand artists for remixing friends of funk and breaks. Also known for his party mashing exclusive edits and re-rubs, he has gained a following via some of the webs hottest blogs, dropping secret weapon DJ tunes.
Come thaw out at Tropicalia in DC on January 13 with an actual band from Hawaii-Kahulanui.
There is a new wave coming from Hawaii, a blend of traditional music and the Big Band Swing brought to the Aloha State by U.S. servicemen during World War II. Its leading exponent is Kahulanui, a nine piece band—four horns plus guitar, bass, ukulele, drums and steel—whose energy and dynamic arrangements have caused a sensation throughout the Islands. Their debut CD, Hula Ku’I, was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the Regional Roots category, and soon Hawaii’s Kings of Swing will be bringing their unique style to audiences across America.
Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. found inspiration from his Grandfather, Robert Kahulanui, who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. In the CD liner notes for this debut release Hawaii radio icon Sylark Rossetti elaborates:
“Throughout Hawaii in the 20s and 30s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Lolena and Kahulanui borrow from these influences and perform classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Lolena ‘Lena’ Naipo, Jr. goes back to his roots in Kahulanui’s first release, Hula Ku’i. It’s Hawaiian Swing at its finest.... one of the most innovative releases to come out of the islands.”
Lolena accompanied his Dad who played music with Aunty Genoa Keawe, Andy Cummings among others. As Lolena grew in his abilities he would accompany musicians like Darrell Lupenui, Kekua Fernandez and even the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders and others… With musical influences from Uncle Alvin Kaleolani Isaac’s, Ray Kinney, Sam Koki, Lani McIntire and even Spike Jones, I am excited for you to hear Kahulanui with the Kahulanui horn section.”
Kahulanui Band Members on Hula Ku’i: Lolena Naipo, Jr on rhythm guitar, lead vocals, arrangements, harmonies; Patrick Eskildsen on lead guitar, bass, background vocals; Robert Duke Tatom on ukulele, background vocals and Tim Taylor on drums and ipu. Kahulanui Horns and Steel: Jesse Snyder on tenor sax; Duncan Bamsey on alto & baritone sax; Garry Russell on trombone; Andrea Lindborg on trumpet; and Greg Sardinha, Paul Kim, Dwight Tokumoto on steel guitar. Produced at Lava Tracks Recording Studio on Hawaii island by Hawaii’s first Grammy Award-winner, Charles Michael Brotman, for Palm Records.
Hula Ku’i was also a finalist in 2013 for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards) in three categories: Album of the Year, Group of Year and Most Promising New Artist of the Year.
You've seen them GoGo dance. You know how wonderful they look kittening the stage. You've let them sell you raffle tickets. Come see the Chocolate City Kitties take center stage at Tropicalia. Bring or purchase your #CCBC calendar. The Kitties represent January.
Save the date, more details forthcoming.
$10 ADV // $12 DOS
The dynamic showman duo 'Los Master Plus' had their first gig in hometown Guadalajara, Mexico back in 2010 and haven't stopped touring since. It all started with the idea of mixing its members' whirlwind of eclectic taste in music in a project that was fun, fresh and straight up party inducing. One side of the band is perhaps the most representative aspect: the folklore of mexican popular rythms such as cumbia and norteño, along with the outfits and special kind of clever and colorful speech that goes with it. On the other hand there is the inluence of foreign genres such as electronic music, rock and hip hop. The combination of it all spawns styles coined by the band as 'Cumbiatrónico' (cumbia + electronic) and 'Sabrosindie' (sabroso, spanish word for "tasty" + indie).
The group's live shows are full of dance and celebration with a very special feel. You can hear cover songs that take the audience by surprise. Versions turned to cumbia of bands such as Kings of Leon, Radiohead, No Doubt and Daft Punk, but completely adapted to the folksy, playful kind of spanish that represents a big part of mexican culture. They also play unique interpretations of spanish speaking bands such as Los Teen Tops, Joan Sebastian, Jeans and Los Huracanes del Norte. Los Master Plus do not limit themselves to cover songs, their self produced tracks such as 'La Cumbia del Pero', 'La Ultima Coca del Desierto' and 'Mamarazzi' are also sang and danced cheerfully by their audience. 'El Comanche' and 'Larry Mon', the two members of the band, keep the crowd interactively entertained and make every presentation an unforgettable experience, a completely fun show where it's almost impossible not to dance.
Los Master Plus have played more than 25 cities all over Mexico with a huge success. They have also taken their live show to some of the most important cities in the U.S. such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Austin and many more; obtaining a great response from both latino and american audience. Among bands and artist that have shared stage with the band are: Molotov, Kinky, Nortec, Celso Piña, Toy Selectah, Datarock, Mike Laure Jr., Sussie 4, Jumbo, Kid Sister and Modest Mouse.
After having a succesful european tour, they will release their first LP album in 2014, which will focus on their original productions and will feature very important names in the mexican music industry.
G-Flux Born and rasied in Mexico City, Gustavo Naranjo didn't become space cumbia producer G-Flux until he relocated to the United States. It was the year 2008 and electronic, sample-based cumbia was the new cool thing happening all over the continent. Through the internet Gustavo first contacted with what was going on in his hometown's nu-cumbia underground and soon enough up-and-coming artistss starting requesting his services as a remixer/producer. Thus, “El Ciclón Del Caribe” was born, a collaboration with DF's cult cumbia duo Afrodita that would end up becoming one of the biggest hits of the genre, and the first track Gustavo signed as G-Flux.
G-Flux was new to cumbia, not not to music production. Since he moved to Washington, DC over a decade ago, to study music production he has been involved in several projects, such as Pascha and Antifaz, focusing on down-tempo and lounge, jazzy electronica (Antifaz's music has been featured on TV shows such as Law and Order Dexter, The Glades, From Spain With Love and national TV Commercials for McDonalds, Nintendo and Jimmy Choo ). Choosing cumbia was a political statement in itself, even if the lyrics aren't combatvie," explains Gustavo, "because of the place that cumbia has in Latin America as the music of the working classes. It's the most democractic of all genres."
After the success of “El Ciclón Del Caribe," G-Flux has kept busy doing remixes and releasing his own productions of digital compliations and through blogs, earning considerable internet explosure. Fans started demanding a G-Flux album, a proper official release. Thats' G-Sound: a collection of some of the best collaborations and remixes signed by G-Flux, plus four previously unreleased tracks. G-Sound includes guest appearances by Mexico's Los Master Plus and Afrodita, Canada's Boogat, DC's Empresarios, and Peruvian chicha guitar legend Jose Luis Carballo, among others.
$15 ADV / $18 DOS
Quantic AKA Will Holland: Musican, Producer & Music Selector heralding from Worcestershire.
Currently beat making and tape splicing
in the tropics of Colombia, South America.
Sinkane plays soul music! A truly universal sound, uniting rhythm and styles from our world over to help you move, relate, and be.
Followed by Pura Vibra Fridays feat selectors Congo Y Castro.