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Perro Sombra: Not Your Average Rock Band
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Perro Sombra: Not Your Average Rock Band

Some bands have experience. Some bands have a fresh sound. And then there are some very special bands who have both, the kind of bands that make music that lasts forever. One of these bands is Perro Sombra. Join contributing writer Jaci Jedrych as she explores Wammie Award-winning rock band Perro Sombra’s roots, influences, and path forward. Learn the key component the band believes is crucial to allowing their music to resonate widely with national and international audiences.

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D.C. violinist Marvillous Beats fuses hip-hop and classical music
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Marvillous Beats: ‘People Look at Me as Bridging the Gritty Roots of Hip-Hop and Fusing It with This Super Classical Instrument’

Bronx, New York-born, D.C.-based violinist Marvillous Beats is no stranger to success. He’s produced songs for Tory Lanez, performed live with Wale, appeared with GoldLink on NPR Tiny Desk, and more. After only a few minutes with Marvillous Beats, you realize one of the secrets to his growing appeal exists in his warmth, authenticity, and ability to serve as a bridge. Learn more about Marvillous Beats’ journey, including how architecture influences his creative process, the effect of fatherhood on his art, and the role his Jamaican roots play in allowing him to inspire young Black males.

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D.C. jazz artist Integriti Reeves shares her story with contributing writer Eric Althoff
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Despite Difficulties of the Pandemic, D.C.’s Reeves Keeps Her Integrity

D.C. native Integriti Reeves found jazz when she was in high school, describing herself as a “late bloomer” when it came to discovering the genre. Since then, she has blossomed as an artist, collaborating with some of the biggest names in music such as Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Learn more about Integriti’s story with contributing writer Eric Althoff, including how she perceives the D.C. music scene, her songwriting process, and the special thing she describes as her greatest joy in life.

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D.C. soul artist Akua Allrich shares her story, including a special commemorative project in the works
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Soul Artist Akua Allrich: ‘If You’re Not Happy with You, You Cannot Be Happy with Anyone Else’

D.C. soul artist Akua Allrich never intended to be a musician – and yet, she has proven herself to be an artist of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. Often likened to legendary talents such as Nina Simone, Allrich has inspired countless artists throughout D.C. and across the world with her brilliant artistry and commitment to equity and justice. Learn more about Allrich’s journey, including her secret superpower, what identity means to her as a Black woman, her original career pathway, and a special commemorative project in the works that pays homage to her roots.

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AZTEC SUN - Union Stage 2019 - Good Foot Media - Jeremy Shanahan
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AZTEC SUN To Brighten DC Venues Once Again

As has been highlighted in this publication many times, musicians are some of the most adaptable and resilient people on the planet. However, in the last few years, even the most seasoned veterans of the industry have been put through what may prove to be the most trying times of their lives. The music industry is just as volatile as ever, and life is not easily navigated even without the threat of a global pandemic. For the members of AZTEC SUN, there have been major life transitions since the release of their 2018 album, “In The Name of Everyone.” Houses have been purchased, careers have been settled into, and children have been born. Still, the nine members of this Washington D.C. ‘Funk with Soul’ band continue to create, producing their forthcoming album in isolation (in stark contrast to their last endeavor), and preparing to debut many of these songs live in the coming months.

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Information Society’s Paul Robb: ‘What’s On Your Mind Now?’

“Pure Energy.” “Pure Energy.” If you hear those words spoken by the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy as his character Mr. Spock over a 1980s new wave dance pop beat and you get excited, then you already know Information Society. Join contributing writer Keith Valcourt as he chats with Information Society keyboardist and percussionist Paul Robb to discuss the band’s latest album, “ODDfellows,” the burdens and blessings of having a massive hit, why roller skating and rock shows are a bad combination, and more.

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Jazz Pianist Chris Grasso Explains ‘Expectations Are the Enemy of Creativity’

D.C. became home for jazz pianist Chris Grasso by happy accident when he was unable to find a job after attending Peabody and graduating from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Grasso serves as music director for Sharón Clark, D.C.’s most in-demand jazz singer, and they have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Learn more about Grasso’s journey, including why he believes expectations are the enemy of creativity and details on his show this weekend at Mr. Henry’s.

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Christie Dashiell: Singer, Songwriter, Educator, Legend

Christie Dashiell “came out of the womb singing.” Dashiell, who has been part of the D.C. music scene for nearly 15 years as a vocalist, composer, and educator, says her ability to be truthful has given her staying power. Learn more about Dashiell’s inspiring story with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych, including what it was like to collaborate with Wynton Marsalis, her experience working with close family in her band, and her list of tour essentials.

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Wylder May Be Tamer after the Pandemic

Indie folk band Wylder continues to build a DMV fanbase one person at a time, while taking their energetic, lyrically-driven sound out on the road. The band has performed with Jukebox the Ghost, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Vanessa Carlton, and has been featured on NPR, SiriusXM’s The Pulse, and more. Learn more about Wylder’s story with contributing writer Eric Althoff, including a sneak peek of their upcoming album and details on their show this weekend at The Hamilton.

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Rachel Levitin Once Played at DC Open Mics, Now She Hosts Them

Ever since she was little, Rachel Levitin has been making songs. She composed them with her father when she was small, and hasn’t stopped. One of her favorite experiences remains seeing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young near where she grew up in Chicago. Learn more about Rachel’s journey with contributing writer Eric Althoff, including her long-time partnership with Tony Lucca and the story behind Rachel’s song that she says is her best work to date.

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Nessa Dove Wants You to ‘Stay Strong,’ No Matter the Obstacles

If there is any doubt music can bring people together, DMV native Nessa Dove has a story for you. The Montgomery County singer has found her voice, in more ways than one. She relates one particular evening busking in the New York subway when a homeless man, whom many on the subway platform felt was dangerous, began to groove to her music. Before long, this man whom people had all but stepped over was enjoying the music together with other bystanders. Learn more about Nessa’s music and movement with contributing writer Eric Althoff.

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Camille Lauren Will Change the Industry

It can be difficult to find someone so young with such passion, confidence, drive, and talent. About to turn 19 this month, Camille Lauren, born and raised in the DMV in places such as Prince George and Leesburg, exhibits all that and more. Full of multiple talents such as percussion, guitar, writing, vocals, and more, there is just no telling what great things she will accomplish. Contributing writer Maura Marcellino had the honor of talking with this brilliant musical prodigy that is sure to take over the industry.

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Emma G Has ‘Faith In You’ That What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

New Zealand-born, D.C.-based activist, youth empowerment coach, author and award-winning musician Emma G is an extraordinary survivor who serves as living proof that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Her messages of courage and empowerment, undergirded by her lived experiences, carry a powerful message of hope and healing, reminding audiences everywhere that they can make it despite the odds stacked against them.

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Geoff Downes: “The Drama Of Yes & The Heat Of The Moment”

Very few musicians have a CV as long and impressive as keyboardist Geoff Downes. Contributing writer Keith Valcourt catches up with Downes from his rain-soaked home in Wales to discuss his musical journey in legendary rock bands ASIA and YES and his favorite gear for this exclusive Alchemical Records interview.

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Matt Tarka’s “Good Morning, Sympathy” Born from Moving Encounter with a Stranger

Just before lockdown last year, Matt Tarka had finished tracking a few songs he’d planned on releasing throughout 2020. The shutdown proved to be a blessing in disguise for Tarka, who was able to continue fine-tuning his compositions. Among Tarka’s new songs is “Good Morning, Sympathy,” a poppy and upbeat tune absolutely baked with a certain sense of much-needed optimism.

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