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

DC’s famed 9:30 Club, known for hosting various artists mainstream, local, and underground, is back with its annual DC Music Rocks Festival. Bringing the DMV together for a night of music, dancing, and partying, the event will feature five local bands, six DC based singer-songwriters, a photobooth, giveaways and even more surprises to be announced. 

The event highlights its local, community gathering intentions. The show is all-ages and will donate a portion of its proceeds to The Musicianship, a “local music education organization which helps educate underprivileged youth with music through after school and summer programs.” 

Join Alchemical Records for a lively night of musical entertainment by buying a ticket here, and make sure to check out the featured performers below.

Iza Flo

Iza Flo
By Molly Guillermo

Maracas, drums, guitar shreds, keys and low-end lines on bass–all are blended in a whirlwind of heart and soul by the Iza Flo’s MC Dior Ashley Brown and vocalist Jillian Willis. This is the harmony of Iza Flo’s hip-hop, funk and disco, soon to be rocking the stage at DC Music Rocks Festival on August 17th. 

The newly formed glitter clad supergroup, based in the DMV, features the Natalie Ahearn’s synth, Tiffany Lloyd’s bass funk, guitar riffs by Alena Budd, energetic drummer Isabelle De Leon and percussionist Rikayyah Wilson. Entering center stage are the vocals of Jillian Willis on the hook and the playful and fast-paced MC Dior Ashley Brown. Their sound is the musical equivalent of long nights at the disco, late-night after parties, and the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. In short, it’s an adrenaline pumping good time.

“Super group with super grooves to make you move,” their purple and pink toned Instagram reads in its bio. And if that’s their goal, it’s working– if their performance at DC’s Block Party at the Apple Carnegie Library last month is any indication. The proud all-lady group is both empowering, fun, and worth paying attention to.

Take my word for it and check them out here. And make sure to catch them at the 9:30 Club at all-ages DC Music Rocks Festival for $15 a ticket. 

Check back for more bands tomorrow!

Molly Guillermo

Based in DC by way of San Francisco, Molly originally hails from southern California and has a background in English. She aims to explore music’s inextricable tie to pop culture and its evolving relationship with politics.

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