• Clubs,  Music

    Mexrrissey: It’s Morrissey in Español (¡de verdad!)

      What happens when you take the moody, often dark, punk-inspired music of Smith’s frontman Morrissey and translate them into Spanish? You get Mexrrissey, a collaboration of Mexican musicians who have joined together in a tribute to Morrissey. Calling them a tribute band, however, would not do them justice. The members of Mexrrissey are all notable musicians in their own right who have come together to pay homage to the great Moz. This convergence of style brings an extra level of energy to the classic Morrissey songs with notes of traditional Mexican sounds. They played Wednesday night at the State Theatre in Falls Church. From the band’s website: “In Mexico Morrissey has…

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  • Music

    In Memoriam

    A couple of weeks ago, I caught a series of experimental musicians at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, a favorite haunt in Adams Morgan.  The bands were playing a memorial party in honor of Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and musician who died suddenly in April 2015.  Friends and family of Jeffrey attended and the vibe was of camaraderie and mutual support.  It was a beautiful night. Tag Cloud, a local drone musician, kicked things off with a thick and somber set. NarkotroniK, already profiled briefly on DC Focused, followed with dark dance tunes and keytar.   Shooting at Dr. Clock’s can often be a challenge given its minimal lighting…

  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Music

    Let the beat funk you up — music festival is big part of parade’s fun

    The Funk Parade is sort of a misnomer. While a raucous parade down U Street is certainly the eponymous moment of the day, the day-long event is as much free music festival as it is parade. The bands played at 12 stages and performance areas during the day and 15 venues into the night — and DC Focused photographers were at most of them. Be sure to check out our Music Project for bonus coverage. Featured image © 2016 Jeffrey Morris. Chelsey Green © Clif Burns The Ron Holloway Band © Zack Lewkowicz Reesa Renee © Sean Kennedy Lucky So & Sos © Rob Cannon Nappy Riddem © Joe Newman Funk Ark © Zack…

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  • Arts,  Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Music,  Parades

    On this day, it was the District of Funk

    U Street was all about the funk on Saturday — music, dancing in the street, drum lines and tens of thousands of people turning out for the all-day party and music fest known as the Funk Parade. The festival of funk took over the U Street corridor, as old and new DC came together to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. The Mayor of Funk Town was even there throwing beads to cheering constituents, walking just a few hundred yards ahead of parade participants carrying a gigantic, inflatable joint. The parade slogan, after all, was “roll your funk.” Spread along the corridor from the Howard Theater to 14th Street, the festival included…

  • Events,  Music,  Protests

    Celebrating Prince’s life and music with an impromptu U Street dance party

      [nectar_dropcap color=””]O [/nectar_dropcap]ne of my favorite things about living in a city like Washington are the spontaneous celebrations, protests or memorials that happen around big, emotional events. So, it was fitting that after Thursday’s news that Prince had passed away, people would gather to remember the legendary musician who gave us such amazing music over parts of five decades. But the hundreds who showed up at the corner of U and 14th streets didn’t come to mourn his passing as much to celebrate what his music meant to them with an impromptu dance party. It was cathartic. As the organizers wrote on Facebook: “We need to sweat out these tears!”…

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  • Music

    NarkotroniK

    NarkotroniK is an electronic band from Washington, D.C.  That’s both true and misleading.  Part performance art, part subdued dance music, they craft tunes that reference eerily familiar touchstones while subverting it all with no natural sounds.  The uncanny valley is a major part of their aesthetic.  They oscillate across it, representing a strange synthetic human approximation.   Over the past year, I’ve seen the band (once a trio, now a duo) play several shows.  Each one has been unique, vaguely unsettling, and featuring pretty interesting music, regardless of how you feel about a keytar.  I’ve photographed some of these shows as well as a practice at their space in Mt. Pleasant.    …