By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, DC Music Live
DC area music organizations Listen Local First and Metro Music Source co-hosted the Future of Music Summit kickoff party on November 12 at the Dunes following a pho (and fun) filled dinner at Pho 14 in Columbia Heights.
The party at The Dunes featured performances from local musicians including singer-songwriter Dan Fisk, jazz/bluegrass duo Bumper Jacksons, Michael Shereikis of afropunk band Chopteeth and Grammy-nominated hip hop artist Chrystylez Bacon.
Attendees mingled and sipped cocktails in the open space at The Dunes and discussed the plans for the highly anticipated Future of Music Summit.
Co-hosts Metro Music Source which is an area music industry event series and resource outlet and Listen Local First, the DC music initiative that works to build awareness and opportunities for local musicians discussed several of the issues that the Future of Music Summit was to explore.
The Future of Music Coalition, a nationwide non-profit organization is dedicated to ensuring a diverse music culture in which artists are fairly compensated for their work where fans have access to the music they love. The 11th annual Future of Music Summit held at the New American Foundation addressed issues concerning resolving issues between musicians and the increasingly powerful technological sector, the effect of the elections on the music industry, and cultural policies that continue to affect the ecosystem of the music industry.
Party guests enjoyed with fellow musicians, journalists, promoters and others in the music industry and were silenced by the collection of eclectic performances the party boasted.
Chrystylez Bacon commanded the attention of the room by showcasing his oral percussion, or human beat-box, skills. For his last song, Bacon challenged party guests to give him a list of eleven random words. With the group of words selected, Bacon created an impromptu rap using all of the words, including “orange” and “juxtapose”, to the delight and admiration of the audience. The only thing faster than Bacon’s rapid-fire lyrics was his sharp wit.
As the party drew to a close, guests left the party noticeably happier than they were upon arrival, and that’s one of the aims of music, isn’t it? To bring together and enlighten a group of people who had at one point been strangers. If the kick-off party for the Future of Music Summit is any indication for what lie ahead, then it’s certain to remain bright.