Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week.
I’m really having fun highlighting the great events that happen in Washington DC! Make sure to check back to this blog anytime during the week when you get that itch to get out and have some live fun! This weeks featured artist is the beautiful and talented Tamika Love Jones. At least 3 times in the last wo months, friends of mine have excitedly try to introduce me to this lovely ladies music, after being blown away by her live performance. I just tell them really politely… “I already know!”
Tamika, at 11, was discovered when a classmate heard her singing and stated she could no longer keep her voice hidden, from then on, Ms. Jones began singing everywhere. Tamika soon caught the attention of Grammy nominated producer Chucky Thompson. The DC native worked with home bred Tamika for several years mentoring her on songwriting, recording and the music business. As Tamika began searching for her own sound and place in the industry, she found that she was most at home with Jazz & Gospel but her love affair with hip hop is what she found connected her to her peers. Her new project shares her life, love, and passions in the only way she sees fit, through heart wrenching lyrics delivered in the most enchanting of melodic tones.
July 9, 2012 – 6:30 pm
Join us as we welcome the Hip Hop Theatre Festival back to DC July 9-14th. LSP will host an early reception starts of with an early set featuring DC’s own DJ Stylus at Blackbyrd Warehouse. Join us for complimentary food, drink specials and great vibes. At the 9pm hour the kick-off begins! Stay at Blackbyrd and chill out to Sam “The Man” Burns’s BADASS CINEMA or take the patio route right over to Marvin for Jahsonic’s The Main Ingredient, either way, it will be a welcome worthy of the longest running festival dedicated to the five principles of hip hop.
2005 14th St, NW
About the Hip-Hop Theater Festival
For eleven years, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival has consistently broken new ground. The festival elevates both hip-hop and theater by empowering artists to develop bold new works and create a lasting and positive impact on urban communities.
Busboys and Poets Open Mics
Busboys and Poets is proud to be a venue that provides space and support for poets and spoken word performers to showcase their work through its Busboys and Poetry programming. From the cozy atmosphere of the “Sunday Kind of Love” poetry series to the high intensity of Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry at 14th & V, we are sure you will find a Busboys and Poetry event that will leave you inspired and wanting to come back for more! This week Beny Blaq hosts Shirlington, Pages hosts at the 14th & V location featuring. Jeaninne Kayembe. Bomani hosts 5th and k featuring Tarica June. Tokia Hosts Hyattsville
Tarica June’s critically-acclaimed project, Moonlight Revolution (2010), was the first modern-day hip-hop project to tackle issues of empowerment and politics from the female perspective. Tarica has performed around the country, sharing the stage with many prominent artists. She was featured during the 2010 Can-A-Sista-Rock-A-Mic Festival, and she headlined the B-Girl Be Hip-Hop Festival in Minneapolis in 2010. Tarica recently completed a concert series dedicated to raising funds for community-centered organizations. Benefiting organizations included Jobs with Justice, Empower DC, Words Beats & Life, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and KayNou.
Join us for DC’s only weekly variety open mic (poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, etc-ing) where the show is appropriate for all ages (please and thank you to performers). Each week includes a featured artist and guest co-host, as well as resident co-host Gowri K.
Sign-up list opens at 8:30 pm and the first performer goes on at 9:00 pm!
Guest co-host: SHELLY BELL
Shelly Bell represents the DC, MD, VA area as an award winning poet, songwriter, author and social media expert whose wisdom shines unafraid of truths many cannot face. Her vast topic range, widely controversial content, emotional subject matter and ability to teach life lessons in conversational tones makes her writing style one-of-a-kind. Shelly is an Arts Commissioner for the City of Alexandria, a member of Acoustic Rock Soul band, East of Beautiful and Director of Seven City Art Society, LLC.
Featuring: J. OLLIE
“More than words” is an apt phrase for guitarist J. Ollie, whose instrumental songs relay compelling messages through different genres of music. When asked what his musical style is, the quick answer is “yes”, since all genres are fair game. But, his primary influences include classical, R&B, funk, gospel, rock, jazz, blues, Latin, and pop. Acoustic and electric, smooth and funky, serious and playful, J. Ollie tries to explore the boundaries of sound and feeling with his music. His performance will include songs from his upcoming album “Transitions”, a snapshot of one man’s journey through life.
Peace & many blessings to all, this is your weekly invitation to The Up And Up Open Microphone. This week’s show features Killa Cal Da Animal (of Rare Essence) as we celebrate his birthday. The show is hosted by Eddie Bryant (Special Guest Host) & Black Boo of Mambo Sauce and features a live painting by Demont Peekaso which will be raffled off at shows closing. Showtime is 9 p.m. and is preceded by an happy hour (7p-9p) featuring a Dj Two-Tone with food and premium drink specials. Doors open at 7p , admission is $10.00 (comes w/ $3 food/drink ticket before 8p) . This week’s show is backed by House Band is Sound Of The City.
The UAU Open Mic| LIV Nightclub | 2001 11th Street NW| Happy Hour 7p-9p | Free before 8p| $10 After|Hosted by Comedian Eddie Bryant & Black Boo| www.theuauopenmic.com
“Say You Heard My Echo” at Bloombars
3222 11th St. NW
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
$10 Suggested Donation
DC Hip Hop Theater Festival presents Kelly’s spoken word theater play “Say You Heard My Echo” which tracks the stories of three Asian American women in NYC ten years after 9/11 in conversation with Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, and Aisha. An explosive fusion of spoken word poetry and narrative theater, “Say You Heard My Echo” questions what remains sacred in times of war while exploring these stories of survivorship and faith.
This special presentation of “Say You Heard My Echo” will be performed by Simone Jacobson, Gowri Koneswaran, and Paige Hernandez, DJ’ed by The Pinstriped Rebel (Les Talusan). Proceeds from this event will go to help fund the 2013 Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word Summit in DC in 2013. For more info on Bloombars, go to: http://www.bloombars.com/.
“Wednesday Verses” at Bohemian Caverns
“This week at Wednesday Verses we are featuring Christiana NotChristina Lynette and Tamika Love Jones and its Lorna’s Birthday!!! Come through “ – Verses Crew
Stop by Wednesday Verses: THE OPEN MIC to experience the best new talent that the country has to offer- this is that place that the “Good Stuff” resides. Located in the historic Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St NW), where legends have played, Wednesday Verses: THE OPEN MIC is where to experience legends in the making! Arrive as fly as you already are- enjoy delicious food and signature drinks in a classic Jazz club setting.
Poetry, singing, instrumental music throughout all genres are expressed on stage along side a live band staffed by super heavy musicians like Dennis Turner, Dre King, “Chris Biscuit” Bynum, Marcus Parker, Chooky Caldwell, Vohn Higgz, and Aaron Hardin. The first hour is filled the funky sounds of DJ Lance Reynolds, providing the perfect Happy Hour mix.
“Will Work For Food” at Sweet & Natural
We’re blaaack! (Well…we are.) This Wednesday at Sweet and Natural, “Will Work For Food” open mic is black in effect..featuring the one and only, Ms Holly Bass! Holly is a “one of a kind” act… engaging, talented, quirky and intelligent… A poet, an actress, a work of art…What a great opportunity to witness this one-woman phenomena! Come celebrate great artists, wonderful artwork, peaceful vibes and each other. This Wednesday, July 11th at 4009 34th St Mt Rainier, Md. Hosted by Ra Brown. Show at 8:30p. See you in the place to be…this Wednesday!
For more info, please contact Ra at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Upper Room at The Red Lounge
Welcome to the Upper Room Thursdays at Red Lounge. This is where you go to experience the upper echelon of food, drink and entertainment in Washington DC. Located in the historic U Street corridor, The Upper Room is the perfect evening out with guests for fine dining and a tasty helping of DC’s finest artist. This weeks feature is DMV hip-hop veterans Bomani Armah & Immlaetchufinish. No Cover! Expect a bunch of special guests as well!
Thursday #SpitDatDC at the ECAC Building
SPIT DAT is a weekly open mic held every Thursday @ 9pm at the ECAC (733 Euclid Street, NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20001). Consistently named one of the best poetry spots on the east coast because of it’s serene scene based on a sincere love of the art of poetry. Drew “Droopy the BrokeBaller” Anderson and Dwayne B host. flowing $1 (ONLY $1!?)
Yahzarah, Deborah Bond and Tamika Love Jones at The Carter Barron
Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m.
Free Words Beats & Life is a D.C.-based organization dedicated to transforming individual lives and communities through hip-hop. During the first half of this event, spoken-word artists paint verbal pictures of the uncommon beauty of the places they find themselves. Afterwards, visitors are invited to enjoy an open mic session.
The featured artists include:
Patrick Washington: Member of the Poem-Cees http://www.poemcees.com/
Bomani Armah: http://notarapper.com/
Tony Keith: Educator. Poet. Nerd. http://www.tonydapoet.com/Tony_Keith__Poet._Educator._Nerd./Welcome.html
Charneice Fox Richardson: Straight, no Chaser Productions http://www.sncfilms.com/#!
Ms Taylor Johnson: Youth Poet
Mike Penn: Youth Poet
7th Annual DC Loves Dilla Tribute & Fundraiser at The Fillmore