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Last Friday, I did my weekly ritual of heading down to DC for Red Fridays @ U Street Music Hall. Normally I roll by myself, then a few of my buddies show up and we dance like crazy. And if they don’t accompany me, then I dance by myself and have a blast.
But last Friday I bought a friend with me…someone who’s never gone house dancing before.
If you’ve never gone house dancing, let alone house dancing with me, then you are in for a wild night of non-stop dancing. I don’t stop. I dance all night. I laugh. I twerk. I salsa. I get sweaty. I sweat. Oh, and I sweat. Clothes dripping wet from hours of cardio. But as long as I’ve got some water and some good music, then I’m straight. But if the DJ of the night decides to tease my ears with some deep x jackin’ house, then I’m going to loose all control.
And I did. At the last minute on Friday, right when I proceeded to call it quits around 2:25am (after 3+ hours dancing non-stop,) the DJ, Sam “The Man” Burns, dropped Bicep’s “Vision of Love” and I tore it up! Well, let’s just say my skirt was riding high, and I was jumping up in the air, doing a lil’ house footwork, and getting super sweaty. But according to the guy I was with, something about me dancing and being so energetic is sexy, perhaps exciting; house music does something to me. I don’t know what it is, but I like it.
I was ecstatic to end the night dancing to Bicep, and it made me think of how infectious deep house and jackin’ house is. When that beat is jackin and punching your body, you’ve got to just jack your body: left, right, up, down, and all around.
Does house music move you? Does it make you shift into a euphoric high? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing I know for sure is that deep and jackin’ house are hard to resist: Dancing is not an option, you must shake yo rump!
Check out “Vision of Love” and fall in love with Bicep’s Boiler Room Mix. Hands down, one of the best Boiler room mixes!
Today is probably going to be a Sunday funday for most folks, but my day is going to be super chill. My itinerary consists of watching Arrested Development, hitting the gym, listening to house, watching Food Network Star season premiere tonight, and topping the night off with some more house. Why so chill? Because Friday night I had such a long adventure making my way into DC from Shady Grove Metro.
Here’s how it went…
I made my way to Shady Grove Metro Station around 9:05 PM and was ready to hop on the train, make my way to Gallery Place, switch to the Green/Yellow line and then get off at U Street Metro. The plan? Once I would have arrived at U Street I would have walked down to Tropicalia for Sam “The Man” Burns birthday bash. Considering I’m a fan of “The Man” and his presence in the DC house community, I had to come through and show my support. Plus, I hadn’t gone to Tropicalia before, so it would be a new experience.
Well, it was a new experience! But before I get to my thoughts on Tropicalia, let me tell you what happened at the metro station. Normally I check the schedule, but I had forgot to see if their was any track work, and apparently the Red Line from Shady Grove was closed from Friendship Heights( I think that’s where we all had to get off the train) to Woodley Park. So between those stations, hundreds of us had to get off the train and take shuttle buses. No fun.
Now, I could have made the decision around 10:15 to go home, but instead I decided to push on. In the name of house, I’ll go the extra mile to enjoy myself. I don’t have a lot of friends that are really into house, so I go out to clubs by myself. From point A to B, I’m normally by myself. It might sound dangerous, but it really isn’t; I’m already 6ft tall and intimidating, so I haven’t had any issues yet (knock on wood.)
Alright, so back to the story. As I made my way up the escalator to the shuttle, this stocky short dark-skin lady with dreads, a fitted cap on, and all black was cussing and going off about having no idea where she was. Apparently, she’d never gotten off at the Woodley Park metro station, and from the looks of her, she wasn’t an Adams Morgan buppie. So, me being the nice person that I am, I told her where we were, and that the shuttle would take us to Shady Grove.
Well, my kindness ended up turning into the strange lady hitting on me, asking for my name, number, and trying to see what club I was going to so we could dance together. WOW. Oh, and she was 39 years old (she was so proud of her age.) Not only did she hit on me, but she touched my butt. Yes, she hit it real quick and smiled. AWKWARD! I have nothing against lesbians or bisexual chicks at all, but don’t randomly touch me when clearly I’m not interested. SMH. That was annoying and I couldn’t get rid of her, but finally I rushed to the shuttle bus and she got left behind in the crowd. Whew, close one.
The bus ride wasn’t half bad, and finally I got to a very crowded Metro Center station. Once there I waited for the train with a bunch of people, we got on, and me, as well as groups of girls in too short skirts and heels they had no business walking in, got off at U Street metro station. By the time I checked my phone, it was 11:45 PM. What normally was a 35min ride turned into 2+ hours of waiting, shuffling, waiting, shuffling, and staring off into spaces.
So, fast forward to meeting up with my friends at Tropicalia. They had already been inside dancing, so I went inside and checked the place out. Nice place, pretty artsy decor. I will say that it was too crowded. I can’t stand being somewhere and not having the space to dance. Yes, U Street Music Hall can get crowded, but I can still tear it up in the front near the speakers or in the back of the club. U Street Music Hall is still my favorite venue. But this summer, I do plan on checking out other spots…so we shall see!
After dancing (as much as I could,) I called it quits at 1:55 AM and my way for the train station. Then, the long process of getting home finally began. I didn’t make it home until 4am. Yes, 4 am. But was it worth it? Yeah, it was. I got to hear Sam “The Man” Burns spin and I had a great time checking out a new venue.
Will I go back to Tropicalia on a Friday? Probably not. Why? Because normally I’m at Red Fridays @ U Street Music Hall. I prefer Red Fridays. But I wouldn’t mind going again to check out some of the other nights they have and live shows. The vibe was pretty chill and quite diverse, so I’m going to have to check out Tropicalia again. Just not on a Friday not. My heart belongs to Red Fridays.
If you are a house music lover from DC, Maryland, or Virginia, be sure to chime in with your thoughts and lets link up! I go to clubs by myself in the city, but I’m always down to mingle with other house music junkies.
Before taking a trip to Los Angeles and living there for the past five months, I was living in the DMV and falling in love with the underground house scene that thrives in Washington, D.C. In the midst of my exploration of house, I met some great people that host underground events, and I was introduced to an amazing house production duo, Indecent Exposure.
Indecent Exposure is a house production duo consisting of Karim Ragab & Yacine A. While they spin in D.C. and have created quite the following, they are actually from abroad…which explains the strong cultural exploration within their music. Karim is from Cairo, Egypt and Yacine is from Algiers, Algeria, and together, they seamlessly blend soulful house, tech house, and deep house with beautiful vocals and middle eastern vibes.
They’ve done quite a bit since I’ve last seen them spin live in late summer of 2012 and they’ve just signed a beautiful new track on Mexa Records, a mighty label based in Mexico. The track they’ve signed is called “Tryin” and it features the vocals of Ashibah. Give it a listen below and watch for it on Mexa’s sampler next month.
Indecent Exposure has a lot of goodies on their soundcloud, so while you are their check it out! Trust me, I know you’re going to love their song. If you’re a fan of deep house, soulful house, tech house, and beautiful summery vibes, then get lost in the sounds of Indecent Exposure.
David “spoonboy” Combs is a singer-songwriter activist from DC. He’s a member of the DIY punk band ‘The Max Levine Ensemble’ also located in DC, but I’m writing this to discuss his solo music. It’s catchy folk punk that covers a wide variety of topics like feminism, parental issues, religion from an atheists view point, the failing US economy, bullying, and how kids are learning too much from TV sitcoms. In a nutshell he’s very political, but that’s why I love his music. Our generation doesn’t have enough protest music while our country is arguably worse now then back when Bob Dylan and Neil Young were telling it how it was.
Spoonboy has a very nasally and high pitched voice that might turn you off from listening. Thats a huge mistake though because the messages are incredible and the songs are awesome sing alongs. His albums are all Do-it-yourself as I mentioned before so the quality is a little lo-fi. But do you trust polished up punk records? They usually suck if you couldn’t tell what I was getting at.
The music goes against THE MAN, THE SYSTEM, & THE MAN’S FRIENDS. It encourages you to educate yourself on issues that matter and to protest for what you think is right. Standing up for your beliefs is the important lesson, don’t conform to what you hate, & be FREE!
“We are all the victims of a culture that describes happiness in economics – Spoonboy”. That’s a line from the song ‘Gerald Lee Palmer’ and was my planned high school senior quote until my school scrapped that tradition. It really describes my generation and how they all want to be rich and famous. We can’t help it, we were raised to want that. It’s pathetic and seeing it pointed out so perfectly in a single song line really touched me.
Go download his albums now because they are all FREE. You’ll listen to one of them some day and know why I’m ranting. If your in the DC area go see him or his band one day, it’s a great show and will probably only cost you $10 to get in. If you’re not from DC don’t worry, he always tours!
Check out the music and download it by googling spoonboy or the max Levine ensemble. Have fun!
- Ramshackle Glory (thinksoul25.com)
Having attended Thievery Corporation’s last concert in DC in August 2011 I can promise you this will be a show that you won’t soon forget! Last year Chuck Brown (his recent passing was a great loss for DC) was on hand to perform a song or two with Eric and Rob, as well as “See I” with their self-described “unique blend of classic roots reggae with a good blend of funk and soul.” I highly recommend checking out some samples of Thievery Corporation, See I, Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead and then getting your ticket. It will be an all day event, and at this bargain price, one you won’t want to miss!
I’ll be covering this event, and will of course be posting some great photos on Thinksoul25 when all is said and done. I hope to see you there!
Here’s The Press Release:
Thievery Corporation Announces Massive Concert Event
In Washington, DC On September 15 @ The Fairgrounds
With Special Guests Gogol Bordello And Michael Franti & Spearhead
1299 Half Street, SE / $59 Available Only Through LivingSocial
August 14, 2012, Washington, DC – International recording artists Thievery Corporation announced today they will headline an all-day music event at The Fairgrounds in Washington, DC on Saturday September 15, 2012. Joining the full Thievery Corporation live band for their own sets will be special guests Gogol Bordello and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
“Gogol and Franti are artists we’re really excited to play with,” Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation said. “We’ve seen both bands at different festivals over the years, but it will be great to share a stage in DC and bring all this great music to our home town.”
The Fairgrounds, located at 1299 Half Street, SE, immediately adjacent to Nationals Stadium, has hosted “The Bullpen” for Nationals games, and a number of other unique outdoor events like Truckeroo. This will be the first full-day concert featuring the main stage, a side stage of DJs and local artists as well as food trucks, vendors and artist installations throughout the venue.
“We’re always looking for a really fun outdoor place to play in DC, “ Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation said. “The Fairgrounds is a unique space that has a ton of cool features with all the artists and food trucks. We’re looking forward to a day of great music and entertainment.”
Georgetown Events manages The Fairgrounds and is partnering with Thievery Corporation and Pick-Up Productions to produce this highly anticipated event.
Tickets for the event go on sale exclusively through LivingSocial (www.livingsocial.com) on Friday, August 10, 2012. The price per ticket is $59 including all taxes, fees and surcharges.