November 25, 2022

DC Black Pride and Other Best Art Bets May 26-June 1 WCP



The last week…or the last two years…have been tough. Take the time this long weekend to take care of yourself. At City Lights, we believe the best way to clear your mind and relax is to lose yourself in the music, spinning on a crowded dance floor or on a grassy field. And, for those who need some extra help from the community, DC Black Pride returns with in-person festivities after a two-year hiatus Do what suits you. —Sarah Marloff

Thursday: Thumbscrew at Blues Alley

Nobody names their band after a medieval torture device to say to the public, “Welcome! You will instantly fall in love with our products! Externally, wing screws seems all the more forbidding because of its composition. Guitarist Mary Halvorsonbass player Michael Formanekand drummer Tomas Fujiwara are each among the most adventurous, uncompromising and unpredictable figures in experimental jazz. Note the word “unpredictable”: who would have expected that this collective (who are celebrating their 10 years together) would practically burst with melody and groove? No, it’s not a convention melody and groove—any convention, but you have to stick with it from the start. It’s Thumbscrew’s textures and interactions that are more difficult to penetrate. Halvorson has a barbed style with streamlined distortions, which can get downright acerbic when encountering Formanek’s rough-hewn basses and Fujiwara’s driving but often arrhythmic beats. (Sometimes Fujiwara takes them completely off the pulse of the song, which keeps the groove going but puts it on some kind of alternate timeline.) Even their toughest clashes, however, offer enough information to let you know they know exactly what they are. do – even avant-garde bands don’t last a decade without serious synergy. And if it’s sometimes a little extraterrestrial, it’s never that seductive. Thumbscrew performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 26 at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. bluesalley.com. $27 to $42. —Michael J. West

Thumbscrews, by Brian Cohen

Friday to Monday: DC Black Pride

DC Black Pride, the first official Black LGBTQ festival in US history, returns May 27 with a full slate of events after suspending in-person activities in 2020 and 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 19. In 1991, Welmore Cook, Theodore Kirklandand Ernest Hopkins hosted the inaugural Black Pride event at Banneker Field to celebrate the African-American LGBTQ experience and increase awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS programs. They have also provided a safe space for the community to come together and address issues like racism, violence, and certain health issues that are particularly important to black communities. The success of the DCBP spread across the country and inspired other cities to create similar prides. This year’s theme – Bigger, Bolder, The Original is Back – pays homage to the pioneering heritage of the local festival. DC Black Pride is presented annually by the Center for Black Equity, and this year’s event is definitely bigger, better, and more spectacular than ever, or at least that’s how it feels after its two-year tenure. absence. The 2022 festivities will include a plethora of educational workshops, seminars, entertainment, and a daily wellness suite sponsored by DC Health. Most official DCBP events are held at the host hotel, the Renaissance Marriott Downtown (999 9th St. NW). Highlights include the Rainbow Row Supplier Expo, showcasing over 50 organizations and businesses; the annual Mary Bowman Poetry Slam, a spoken word competition hosted by the poet Charity Joyce Blackwell; the DCBP Writers Forum with a special guest author James Earl Hardybest known for his B-Boy Blues book series; and Angela Harveythe new documentary black rainbow love, a project that explores black LGBTQ relationships. There will also be plenty of opportunities to party and revel in the brilliance of black gay and trans culture. Celebrities like Tamar Braxton, Keri Hilson, Naughty Santana, Tweeter, TS Madison, Greater Freedia, Tai Aysha, DJ Honeyand Myisha Hines-Allen Washington mystics. DJ Mim, a popular local DJ and entrepreneur who is producing several events this weekend, is looking forward to the festivities. “Every year I love the celebration of black homosexuality during DCBP,” she says city ​​paper. “I love meeting new people, and as a Promoter of Women’s Events since 2009, I strive to provide a memorable experience and showcase the best DC has to offer.” The official DC Black Pride 2022 events will begin on May 27 and run through May 30. Check the website for the full schedule and individual ticket prices. Dcblackpride.org.Sidney Thomas

Saturday: Capital House Fest honors Sam “the Man” Burns in Fort Reno

Courtesy of Capital House Fest

From 1978 until his unexpected death at age 62 in 2020, Sam “the man” burns kept DC’s dance floors full through his deft curation of his disco and dance house record boxes, the latter a Chicago-rooted style that blends black gospel-derived vocals with hard-hitting beats. Burns, who moved people over the years to now-defunct clubs like Chapter II, Tracks, the Club House, State of the Union, Red and U Street Music Hall, was also considered a master at merging records house with occasional excerpts from Martin Luther King jr. speeches, as well as favorites from African and Latin clubs. This DC house godfather, who also worked at 12 Inch Records and DJ Hut, was loved by the local dance community and had the final DJ headliner at the 2019 Capital House Music Festival at Malcolm X Park. After the pandemic put an end to the 2020 festival, it returned in 2021 with a new name: Capital House Fest salutes Sam “the Man” Burns. Returning, this year’s Capital House Fest events include a ‘Samposium’ roundtable, WPFW and Eaton Hotel radio tributes, and the closing outdoor festival itself. The lineup includes artists like the longtime New York singer Barbara Tuckerchicago dj Alan KingDC-DJ Chose the head of the house, and the dance company DC Soundxpressed which will pay a special tribute to Burns. The festival is free, but organizers require Eventbrite tickets in advance and ask for donations to the Sam “the Man” Burns Legacy Foundation, which helped pay for Burns’ son to attend college. The list of attendees, the accessibility and the philanthropic aspect would make Burns proud, as would the attendees shaking their fingers. Capital House Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 28 at Fort Reno Park, 4000 Chesapeake St. NW. caphousefest.com. Free. —Steve Kiviat

Sunday: Lucky Seven Headlines Songbyrd

Seven lucky; courtesy of Lucky Seven

Here’s the situation: it’s Wednesday afternoon and an art editor is heavily weaponizing you to scour DC’s vast event landscape in search of something – anything – to recommend readers do this weekend. . Due tomorrow! You’re scrolling through local venue calendars when you meet the Howard University-graded rapper Buffalonian who just happens to be playing Songbyrd on Sunday, May 29. So you call lucky seven to see what he has to say. On the racist mass shooting in his hometown: Lucky says he lives a few miles from the Tops supermarket where an 18-year-old white supremacist killed 10 people, almost all of them black. “It could have been me or my mother or my sister or my men,” he says. “It was just fucked up, man.” Lucky did not know any of the victims personally, but said he knew three. The security guard greeted each shopper as they walked inside, he said. “I haven’t even been in that direction since,” he says. “At this point, I don’t know what to say. This is America.” Returning to DC: Lucky considers the District his second hometown. He’s been back several times since graduating — to play at a Howard Homecoming event — but his This weekend’s show will be his first big headlining event here. While at Howard, he started an independent label, Howhood University Records, with a few friends. He still releases music under the label. today. But Lucky is worthy of ink beyond his DC connection and hometown political relevance. His music is dope. His latest album, Lucky and the laser gun, ranges from melodic to gritty with anime-inspired dots between tracks. Check out “Orange Soda,” “Nuke Dropper,” and Snoopy’s Penthouse” for a taste. The anime influence in Lucky’s music might surprise some, especially coming from a 36-year-old rapper who looks like Jay. -Z. But that’s the point. That’s who he is. “You might hear my music or see pictures of me and think of one thing, but at the end of the day, I like to relax, smoke my weed, playing my video games and streaming on Twitch,” Lucky says. “I’m pretty straightforward.” Lucky Seven plays at 7 p.m. at Songbyrd, 540 Penn St. NE. songbyrddc.com. $22 to $30. —Mitch Ryals

Wednesday: SHAED opens for Coldplay at FedEx Field

SHAED by Jared Zagha

Early concert experiences are an important rite of passage for anyone. For SHADOW members and twin brothers, Max and Spencer Ernstseeing cold play at the Pier Six Pavilion when they were 12 ended up being a life-changing moment that included an event most Coldplay fans would kill for: a chance encounter with the lead singer Chris Martin. “Our mom spotted Chris Martin walking through the crowd before the show,” Max recalled. “So Spence and I ran over and asked him to sign some ticket stubs and we still have them.” Tickets will not be needed for SHAED members when Coldplay returns to the DMV to play at FedEx Field on June 1. Instead, they will open for them, as well as HIS, chosen specifically by the English quartet. “From what we’ve heard, they sort of choose who they want to play,” says Spencer. “So we were really honored that they chose us to open for them.” June also brought significant meaning to the band with the arrival of June River Ernst, daughter of SHAED lead singer. Chelsea Lee and Spencer, late January. “Somehow we gave birth…I gave birth to the smartest, biggest baby in the world,” Lee said, correcting himself. There’s also a chance that baby June could play a small role in SHAED’s FedEx Field set (which would definitely make her Coldplay’s youngest opening act). If that doesn’t work out, Spencer thinks it’s still possible to see June on stage in the future. “Maybe she’ll open for Coldplay one day.” SHAED opens for Coldplay at 7 p.m. June 1 at FedEx Field, 1600 Fedex Way, North Englewood. coldplay.com. $34 to $200. —Christina Smart