“Happenings”

“When people just go out and explore what’s happening in D.C., they get exposed to more [things].”

~Rob Stokes

This week aims to be filled with plenty of opportunities for music and libations.

1. December 4 – LiveNation presents Wiki & Nappy Nappa 

Nappy Nappa on BloodFeast Livestream edited by Maxwell Young

New York rapper, Wiki, embarks on a three-show sprint across the East coast, starting at Songbyrd Music House tonight.  Be prepared to hear tracks off of his debut album No Mountains in Manhattan, a modern take on the city’s boom bap, hustle trademark. Wiki is joined by Nappy Nappa whose reach has recently been far greater than his D.C. roots.  Last month, you might’ve seen him and the LADS on Adult Swim’s BloodFeast Livestream.  Nappa has been busy this fall releasing a series of EP’s “Fa The Babies On Erf,” which sound even more layered and futuristic than his February project by Babe City Records, “New Balance EP.”

Songbyrd Music House

2475 18th St. NW

$16-18 | 8pm 

2. December 7 – Fete at the Phillips featuring Nag Champa

As part of  The Phillips Collection’s Phillips After 5 series, come browse the works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir and enjoy a beer-tasting from Right Proper Brewing Company.  The late impressionist painter’s work won’t be the only art in the room, though.  Nag Champa, the rock-jazz-hip hop fusion ensemble you just can’t quite seem to label will set the ambiance.  The Makers, comprised of performance artists Maps Glover and Maya Sun who just made their debut at Catharsis on the Mall, as well as The Silver Mountain will also join the exhibition.  Emcee Jamal Gray can confirm Nag Champa studio sessions have been in the works, but there is still no set release date for a new record.

Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. NW

5-8:30pm | $12

3. December 7 – Luce Unplugged featuring Dreamcast

Luce Unplugged is a concert series sponsored by the Luce Foundation and D.C. Music Download.  A busy summer in Europe has certainly increased the exposure for Davon Bryant, aka “Dreamcast,” who was recently featured by The Fader.   Music from his 7″ record “Liquid Deep,” distributed by local label PPU has tide fans over, but head to Bryant’s SoundCloud on any day and you’re liable to find his latest songs no longer visible–opting to save his best work for the new project.  Fans can hear part of the new project this Thursday, as he is joined by Reemz Johnson, Issaya Rouson, and the bassist for D.C. Champion Sound band @tune.in.light.

National Portrait Gallery

8th St. NW & F St. NW

5pm

 

4. December 8 – Release Party, Rob Smokes Funk Disaster featuring Sir E.U, Dreamcast and Raygunomics

Flyer by Rob Stokes

Another iconic bill put together by MediumRare.  Pull up to the hospitable, the reliable Velvet Lounge this Friday to check-in with some of D.C.’s veteran musicians.  The event is in celebration of Rob Smokes Funk Disaster’s new album Live at the Heartbreak Hotel, a follow up to the band’s Spring album, love was made for these times.  Raygunomics is an offspring of Nag Champa, featuring three of the ensemble’s members including Dajando Smith on bass, Kwesi Lee on guitar and keys, and emcee Jamal Gray.  Their blend of synths, funk, and hard rock create an emotional experience.  Although Dreamcast blessed The Fader, we had the opportunity to have a real candid conversation for The Uptown Interview.  Sir E.U was recently seen brawling on the floor of BloofFeast Livestream with Nappy Nappa.  There’s been no comment on whether the act was staged.

Velvet Lounge 

915 U St. NW

8:30pm | $10

5. December 9 – Jenna Camille for Capital Fringe at Shaw Library

R&B/jazz/soul singer Jenna Camille croons by herself or with her bandmates, The Free Radicals.  It’s their improvisational techniques that draw us to her sets.  Beyond the funky grooves, they’re never afraid to flex those jazz muscles, scatting over guitar riffs and piano melodies.  Stay tuned to the Art House pages as Camille is the upcoming feature for The Uptown Interview.  Join her and The Free Radicals Saturday afternoon.

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

1630 7th St. NW

2:30pm

 

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