Nemesis - Spyda the dj - Majestic
Thanksgving Thursday Nov. 27th
Tropicalia 2001 14th St. NW Washington DC 20009
Doors open 10PM // Complimentary Admission before 11PM // Spydathedj.com
Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. You can hear this sound all over the world now – from New Orleans (Hot 8) to Belgrade (Boban & Marko Markovic), Paris (Fanfarai) to Cotonou (Gangbe Brass Band), and right here on the east coast area as well (Red Baraat & No BS! Brass). A major party alert for this band – Black Masala puts on an amazing, high-energy live show that features brass, tuba, accordion, electric guitar, drums and vocals.
With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, dance, and slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.
DJ CASTRO (DC/SF/I&I Vibration) and CONGO SANCHEZ (Thievery Corp/See-I) present:
Every Friday At Tropicalia
Two of DMV's most prolific tropical selectas-Congo Y Castro keep the fire burning hot on U Street. Come prepared to get down.
Tropicalia DC in conjunction with Multiﬂora Productions announces Congo Y Castro as resident DJ's Friday nights starting September 6, 2013.
Made up of two of DC's most eclectic mainstays, Congo Sanchez and Selectah Castro present "Congo Y Castro," an experience best described as "Pura
Vibra"(Pure Vibes). The sound starts with a foundation of deep mid-tempo kick snare grooves, escalating the listener/dancer in to a mural of Moombahton, DiscoHouse, and Electro Cumbia that has been said to hypnotize Tropicalia goers for days at a time. One patron reported a "euphoric tingling" in her forehead and chest describing the experience as "an aphrodisiac."Congo Y Castro have been developing their concept over the past year but have a unique history in the DC scene. A random rendezvous at the famous "Reggae
Rising" festival of 2009 in Humboldt California was the beginning of the exploratory sessions. Congo got to witness Selectah Castro along with his I&I Vibration Sound
Sytem crew from San Fransisco run the dancehall every night opening his eyes to the roots of DJ culture. Castro continued to rise to prominence as a resident DJ for
"Rockers International," Reggae Wednesdays at the famous Eighteenth Street Lounge. Soon after Congo was brought into See-I (the house band for "Rockers International") as the drummer and the story of Congo Y Castro continues. Congo began touring on drums with electronic music icons and DC legends Thievery Corporation projecting him further into the DJ/producer culture, all the while Castro, branching out of his reggae crates and into his latin roots is looking for more. Naturally the two ornament the Moombahton movement in DC with a mIX of dancehall, disco, funk, proven to keep the dance ﬂoor rocking. Tropicalia uniquely has a different live act from 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. every Friday curated by the ever diverse Multiﬂora Productions (Jim Thomson). Congo describes the ﬂow of the evening…"I love taking over after a killer show and hyping the crowd for the encore…the fun part is studying the music of the live band and blending that with our sound…it makes for a fresh vibe each week." Fridays at Tropicalia are scorching hot and full of varied talents. From burning live
music, to epic dance battles, to resident DJ's Congo Y Castro and their "Pura Vibra" it's the place to be.
10 pm - 3 am
Live reggae showcase featuring current and former members of Steel Pulse, Culture, The Original Wailers, Moja NYA, Midnite and Bambu Station.
Christos DC: The Long Road Excursion w/ special guest Mateo Monk & Dj set by Dub Architect
The artist Christos DC aka Christopher Vrenios, was born and raised in Washington, D.C. by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. He takes his name from his Greek heritage using a nickname given to him by his grandmother & also to represent his birthplace that set the tone of his musical journey.
His sound is best described as a blend of Downtempo, Reggae with overtones of jazz.
His career began in the early 90's producing hip hop & r&b tracks w/ indie artists from DC & New York, but it was his deep appreciation for the sounds coming out of Kingston, Jamaica that led him to record with legendary reggae artists Sly and Robbie as well as the Firehouse Crew. He was later recruited by Don Carlos of Black Uhuru and The Itals to tour. He spent several years on the road as a guitarist and backup vocalist performing in the United States and a few places abroad. During this time, he also produced and recorded an album entitled Offering, which featured various artists from Jamaica singing over his tracks as well as his solo debut. The album included artists such as the Sugar Minott, Meditations and Don Carlos. The majority of the album was recorded in Jamaica with the late great Augustus Pablo and other well known session players from the island. He then went on to do session work, playing guitar, bass, and even co-writing with the world famous Thievery Corporation, as well as other groups. In 2008 he released his first full album "Time to Rise" which lead him to creating an independent record label Honest Music, that his latest recording "Under The Sun" was released on.
A brand new single w/ a video from the upcoming album "Long Road" is scheduled to be released early 2014 . The song, entitled "Just Talk To Me" features Kenyatta Hill, (son of the Legendary Joseph Hill from the group Culture). "Music is a gift," Christos says. "When we share it we should consider the effect it will have on others.
This is why I make honest music".
DOPE IN THE DISTRICT is back at Tropicalia with our 3rd installment on December 7th, 2014. Continuing with the tradition of showcasing the best talent the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, we've curated an all new line up featuring some of the District's best & brightest.
Come through & see live performances by
DJ: Mista Selecta
Based in Washington, DC, La Unica (in Spanish, "the one and only") is paving the way for eccentricity the world over with the 2013 release of their debut, self-titled album. The band's performed over 125 shows from New York City to Virginia and credits a diverse fanbase extending from Europe to South America.
With celebratory and energetic shows, La Unica blends a unique brand of soulful roots music influenced by Irish folk, Latin rhythms, and contemporary American sounds. This is a seriously fun band that you must see live.