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Talk of the Town: DC Music Rocks Festival, August 17th, Part III

Los Empresarios

By Dylan Nuamann

Get up and shimmy your way to the dance floor because Los Empresarios is about to grace the stage at the DC Music Rocks Festival with their high energy Latin grooves. The group Los Empresarios has been embarking on a sonically diverse journey for years. Touring through Puerto Rico, appearing on numerous Puerto Rican TV shows and showcasing one of their hit songs, “Sabor Tropical” on the 2012 FIFA video game has kept their energy at an all-time high. Blending multiple genres together such as hip-hop, salsa, cumbia, alternative and house creates a one-of-kind sound in the world of Latin alternative music.

The 8-piece band is based in Arlington, VA. All eight members bring their own unique flavor and experience to the music, especially during live performances. The abundance of genres that are blended throughout their music is justified by the rich diversity that’s represented in the band. From African American, Asian American, Puerto Rican, and Caucasian, the group casts a multi-cultural experience that vibrates throughout the DC area and beyond. Be sure to check out their music here and see their set at the D.C Rock Festival on August 17th

Dylan Naumann

Dylan Naumann is a freelance musician, composer, writer, and improviser. Born and raised in Towson, Maryland, he’s currently finishing up his degree from Towson University for jazz commercial performance. He enjoys wondering around town, from local venue to venue, trying to find the inspiring sounds from local artists.

More AM Than FM

More AM Than FM

by Daniel Warren Hill

Selena Benally, Mel Mast, and Anjalee Sharma are the fiery rock and roll trio that is More AM Than FM. This all-female guitar, drums, and bass powerhouse based in Southern Maryland follows the vein of American punk-rock bands like The Ramones and Social Distortion, while finding creative ways to share their influences by alt-country acts like Old 97’s and Uncle Tupelo, as well as Piedmont blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Etta Baker.

Fast-paced, tightly driven hard rock rhythms combined with intricate guitar licks set the tone for thought-provoking lyrical content, all carefully crafted into hooks and melodies that will have you head-banging while simultaneously questioning the status quo. This depth of songwriting and instrumental proficiency combined with the band’s unwavering passion and energy will captivate you from the first note. More AM than FM has indeed “found their niche amongst the chaos of the rock ‘n’ roll cosmos.”

When More AM Than FM takes the stage at 9:30 Club in Washington DC on August 17, it will mark, almost to the day, the two year anniversary of the band’s sophomore release, Oh, the places I have been…. Fans may be able to expect new recorded music soon, though we contend that the best way to hear new music by this incredible Washington DC area band is to experience it live and in-person.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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