Nas will be in D.C. March 27 for a conversation with Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson – a day before his two Performances at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. – Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Nas’ upcoming concert at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts sold out months before the March 28 show, but fans shouldn’t fret too much. The Kennedy Center added another show on March 29 to appease the masses.
If fans still can’t make it to the show Georgetown University will present a live webcast of a conversation between Brooklyn rap icon and renowned author and sociology scholar Michael Eric Dyson on March 27.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’ debut classic, Illmatic. The album’s impact and the current state of hip-hop will be among the topics he and Dyson discuss at Georgetown.
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By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Photo courtesy of Mittenfields
Hey there world. Looking for something to do on April 2? Well, I’ve got a great show for you to check out. DCML fav’s Mittenfield will be taking the stage at Velvet Lounge along with Case Conrad, King of Prussia and another local group (and owners of a killer band name), Girafftermath.
Doors for the show are at 7:30pm, the show starts at 9pm, and is 18+. Tickets are $8.
For more information on the show, check out the event’s Facebook page, or head over to Velvet Lounge’s website.
Check out a few videos and tunes from the bands below.
By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Sting and Paul Simon took the stage together last night at Verizon Center
After countless Grammys and other awards, and scores of hit songs, Sting and Paul Simon join forces to put on a show that is every bit a testament to their legendary careers. In what might seem an odd pairing, the two icons brought their show to Verizon Center on March 13 in what was billed as “Sting & Paul Simon – On Stage, Together.”
Just after 8:15 p.m., the two emerged onstage together with both artists’ bands, and tore the roof off the building.
The pair kicked off the set with Sting’s 1999 hit “Brand New Day,” and continued a set that dipped into both artists’ extensive catalogs, which even saw them swapping vocals mid-song.
By Jason Williams, DC Music Live
The Congress rocked Gypsy Sally’s recently.
Photo by Jason Williams
If the first time you were smitten by music happen before the dawn of the digital age there is likely a physical tape, vinyl record or dare I say it an 8 track cartridge that reminds you of that moment when everything else was muted and you only heard the music.
Despite my relative youth (32) one of my earliest musical memories is rummaging through my father’s 8 tracks. There I was introduced to supergroups and superstars of yesteryear. There were The Delfonics, Mahalia Jackson and dozens of others. No fancy album artwork on 8 tracks there were two staples on most, a picture of the group and the common title was, Meet The (insert name of the artist). Liner notes, artist thank you’s and lyrics would come into the music buying experience at a later time and that point what they looked like and how they sounded was enough.
By: Keiana Smith-McDowell, DC Music Live
Photo by Taylor Foiles
Ballyhoo! the punk-rock-reggae band who hails from Aberdeen, Maryland, welcomed the month of March with an electrifying performance Saturday night at Looney’s Pub in College Park,Md. The house was packed with fans – old and new – who waited a year to see the band perform again at this venue. We got the chance to catch up with lead vocalist Howi Spangler and keyboardist Scott Vandrey before the show to talk about the band’s record label, relationships, and of course, the music.