By Mailik Hall. Photo by Roxplosion.
Everyone is fired up for making our country “a truly great place” by fighting against the injustice and Emma G’s new single “(You Can’t) Control the Night” is a testament to that. The New Zealand native is a manager of the Washington DC based music collective – Capital Groove Collective, and host of the Real Talk podcast which has kept the rock goddess busy when she isn’t making music. This progressive pop tune will keep you uplifted during the darkest of times and possibly convert those against the movement to “breath in the fire” and join the good fight. Check out the single on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music and be on the lookout for her video that was filmed at Black Lives Matter Plaza. Emma G is hoping for 1000 subscribers before the video’s Friday release, watch the preview for the video and subscribe.
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As a producer bringing some major events to Capital Pride this year, Zach Renovátes admits that he was keen to get Betty Who on the lineup. After having seen several of her live performances already, Renovátes knew the Australian would make a fine marquee addition to the “Kinetic Presents Candyland” event at Echostage June 10.
Fortunately, she was both available and interested.
“Something that I personally saw was that [Betty Who] is one of the most pro-LGBT singer-songwriters I’ve ever ever seen perform live,” Renovátes said, adding that the D.C. audiences at her concerts come largely from within the gay community. “So she absolutely knows that we as queer people make up a huge percentage of her fan base.”
The June 10 event is the main draw of a weekend of collaborations between Kinetic Presents and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebration of D.C. Pride 2023. Other big names who will play at various venues around the District include DJs Abel and Cindel, Dan Slater, as well as Jerac and Paulo Fragoso. It’ll be a pride-filled musical weekend indeed, with Echostage, Sax, Bunker and Bliss Nightclub hosting the pulsing sounds of revelry. And there’s also the big parade on June 10.