This 4th of July Weekend!!!
Special back 2 back vinyl set by Andy Grant & DJ NAV
Mr. V (SOLE channel Music)
"Experiencing Mr. V’s (AKA Victor Font) DJ sets, original productions, or remixes is like taking a trip back in time to dance music’s golden age. Before superstar DJs took over the spotlight, dance music was a cultural phenomenon that did what no other form of music could do – bring people together. It didn’t matter what race or sexual orientation you came from because dance music was all about embracing our differences and creating a homogeneous vibe. The music was built heavily on traditional song structures and lots of heart and soul. DJs played whatever it took to get the party going and th...e music was never predictable. It is with this classic spirit and enthusiasm that New York City’s Mr. V targets today’s dance music world. Mr. V is a throwback in the purest sense." - Resident Advisor
Andy Grant (DC House Grooves)
Originally from London, UK, Andy Grant is a Washington, DC based DJ and record collector with over 20 years experience. Playing exclusively all-vinyl sets from his huge and ever growing collection, his varied style covers all ends of the spectrum, blending classic house grooves with more recent deep house sounds, celebrating the variety of quality tracks from the last 25 years. During the nineties he played in various clubs and parties around London. After moving to Scotland in 1998, he spent several years playing clubs in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 2004, Andy took a break from the scene for a number of years following a move to Washington, DC, coming out of retirement in 2011 to play clubs and parties in the thriving DC underground house scene. Andy is the founder of DC House Grooves, whose mission is promoting Washington, DC’s many talented underground DJs through the DC House Grooves live radio shows and the 24/7 DC House Grooves radio station, and providing trusted information and opinion on what’s going on in DC’s underground electronic music scene.
Is a house and garage DJ and producer who has been making party goers groove and reach out for the baby powder for several years now. Recently coming through the ranks of the underground after playing gigs at U street music hall and Flash bar, he is garnering a well-deserved name for himself as a purveyor of no-nonsense dance music, for dancers. His taste is for the "the golden sound" of house dropping New York and Jersey house dubs, Chicago house jams as well as London garage. Preferring the physical nature and warmth of vinyl, you will find his bag is stocked with both vintage records as well as the latest underground house 12" releases. DJ Nav has himself been releasing successful dance music lately, forming a following with a string of underground releases on labels such as Brooklyn's Love Revolution, Made Fresh Daily, and Spanish imprint Traxx Underground. Nav has also curated an authentic house podcast called The Uptown House Experience, now on its 6th installment. Each podcast has a distinct flavor such as the deep disco of part 4 or the deep and techy sounds on part 5. The cover art depicting locations around the DC area is also a nice touch.
$12 At the door
For the first time in the US.
LOS WEMBLERS DE IQUITOS
Chicha pioneers and creators of Sonido Amazonico
Los Wembler’s, the legendary band from Iquitos, Peru, will be traveling to the US for the first time. The five Sanchez Brothers who make up the band are Amazonian Cumbia pioneers who helped launch the Chicha explosion of the 1970’s. Los Wembler’s have only rarely left the Amazon and this is a unique opportunity to see them. The brothers are still faithful to their original sound, and haven’t lost a bit of their passion and enthusiasm. They will be performing an original repertoire that spans forty years and includes some of their hits, including Sonidio Amazonico and Danza del Petrolero, which were featured on the Roots of Chicha compilations.
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In 1968, in Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon, a certain Solomon Sanchez decided to form a band that would play an electric version of the music popular in the Amazon at the time - pandilla, carimbó, and of course, cumbia. Solomon enlisted his five sons and named the band Los Wembler’s. Using electric instruments came with a certain Anglo exoticism and in the middle of the Amazon, the name Los Wembler’s sounded exotic enough. It still does.
Los Wembler’s were started the same year as Los Destellos and Juaneco y su Combo, two other Peruvian cumbia pioneers who laid the foundation for what would become known as chicha.
Iquitos is the largest isolated city in the world. It boasts five hundred thousand inhabitants, but its closest road is six days away by boat. Still, the city has been the scene of a few invasions, among them the rubber boom of the turn of the 20th century and the oil boom of the 1960’s. Despite its geographical isolation, Iquitos has always been open to the outside world. The Sanchez clan got its inspiration from AM radio broadcasts which would play music from Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, as well as America. All those influences found their ways into their music.
Iquitos had always been a party town and the new Petroleros needed to spend their petro-dollars. The band’s reputation grew quickly and they found themselves touring around the Amazon region, spreading their sound.
Los Wembler’s penned two of the early hits of the genre –Sonido Amazonico, which has become the unofficial anthem of Amazonian Cumbia, and La Danza del Petrolero. Both tunes were made famous by Los Mirlos, a band that took many of its clues from Los Wembler’s but being based in Lima, had much easier access to tastemakers and audiences and became the better known of the Amazonian bands.
From 1973 to 1979, Lo Wembler’s recorded two to three albums a year but by the late 1970’s, the band started slowing down. Their style was getting outdated; younger bands were using more synthesizers and processed guitar sounds. After Solomon died, the Sanchez brothers mostly stopped touring and recording – but they would still get together to play local functions and parties. In the past few years, there has been a regain of interest in their music and the band performed in Lima after a twenty-five year absence from the national scene.
And now, Los Wembler’s are bringing their Amazonian funk to the US. The Smithsonian institute has invited to perform in DC as part of their Folklife festival. Their Pioneer Works show will be their only performance outside of their DC appearance.
Leon City Sounds: Two Selectors from Washington DC and Lima, Peru with a lot of love for Roots Reggae, Dub, Ska, Cumbia, Chicha and Fusion. Juaneco y su Combo and King Tubby at The Controls! All Vinyl
Honest Music Presents: Kenyatta ' Jr Culture' Hill - Riddim Of Life Tour 2015
The Official DC ALBUM RELEASE GATHERING
w/ Christos DC & more special guests to be announced soon.
Kenyatta Hill’s career began the day his father’s ended. Joseph Hill, singer and songwriter for the legendary Jamaican vocal trio Culture, passed away in 2006 while on tour in Europe. Left without a lead singer, Kenyatta - who was the band's sound engineer - stepped from behind the mixing board and onstage to deliver 19 electrifying performances until the completion of the tour. Fans, promoters, and critics all agreed: the legacy of Culture would live on.
His new album, Riddim Of Life (Honest Music), features members of the famed Roots Radics band, Culture backing band, and Thievery Corporation's reggae outfit The Archives. The anthemic first single and video "Afrikan" highlights the voice "commented on in countless articles and reviews as being a carbon copy of his father's [which] melts on the instrumentals like bittersweet chocolate," writes Gardy Stein-Kanjora of Reggaeville. "The lyrics stretch beyond purely philosophical matters to very private affairs [without] leaving Rasta-Grounds." As Kenyatta instructs, "Lend not only your ear, but your heart and mind."
Doors Open 8pm
Tickets $12 in Advance - $15 at The Door
$10 ADV // $12 DOS
Happyness are a 3 piece band from South London, formed of multi-instrumentalists Ash Cooper, Benji Compston and Jonny Allan. “The band Happyness is three guys from London with a breathtaking range of sounds, like Wilco crossed with Sparklehorse, Pavement and gritty garage rock.”—NPR
Heavy Breathing are one of DC’s best bands. They exude dynamic, magical, electronic sounds. Heavy music and an overall full-body sensual experience.
Michael Rault is a Toronto based singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. A gifted multi- instrumentalist and arranger, his hooky blend of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar based music through the ages. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox R’n’B, and acid psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the clever craftsmanship of the Beatles and the wiggy New Orleans textures of Dr. John in equal measure.
Friday, July 17th at Tropicalia
Dark0 - Lost Codes / Rinse (UK)
Cosby - Car/Crash/Set (DC)
Throe - #Bodyfeel (DC)
Posers - Panchamakara (DC)
MC Twisty - The UKG Social (Baltimore)
Very proud to announce this incredible FREE night of grime, club, and bass music to celebrate my 28th year cheating death.
NO COVER! 21+
Saturday July 18th, 2015
SAO FUNKY SATURDAYS
Fort Knox Five
Celebrating the release of "Pressurize The Cabin" LP
Fort Knox Recordings - DC
10pm til 3am
2001 14th St NW
(at corner of 14th & U Streets)
Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, singer Janine “Jah9″ Cunningham has firmly established herself as reggae’s strongest new female voice recently, with a string of well-received releases produced by famed selector Rory StoneLove.
Old school blues improvisation, meets hard hitting lyrical prowess, in a rich imaginative blend of vocal clarity and complexity. She sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel. Her philosophy is profoundly spiritual, and her style is Jazz on Dub. Her style is Jazz on Dub. She is Janine ‘Jah9’ Cunningham, the third and final addition to the ministry of Reverend and Mrs. Cunningham. Her mission and music are inspired by a resolute reverence, and a determination to inspire and uplift mind and soul.
“Music, if not to give praise unto the Most High, give comfort to the spirit and share truth, would be for vanity, selfish ambition and inevitably amount to naught. So I sing for the King.” – Jah9