It’s the day of the Columbine Shooting, the Deep Water Horizon oil rig explosion, the Bay of Pigs invasion and Hitler’s birth. Oh yeah, and a bunch of people get nice and high.
With all of these factors at play, you don’t want to get caught at a second-rate concert while you’re celebrating. We have you covered with the 420 concert guide. Read on.
CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND with LUCKY DUB at U ST. MUSIC HALL (Doors @ 7PM) $15
Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band is a 14-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms.
DC Music has a new sound. Pulling together elements of funk, jazz, latin and world beats while keeping a rock-steady reggae vibe, Lucky Dub brings a fresh sound to the DC music scene! Since forming in 2008, Lucky Dub has been lighting up stages and getting audiences moving all over the DC metro area. (more info: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com)
GARY BECK with PENTAMON, DECAIR at U ST. MUSIC HALL
(Doors @ 10PM) $10 but FREE ENTRY BEFORE 12 FOR AGES 21+
Beck is regarded as one of the most prolific and inventive producers in techno; having gained support from Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Nic Fanciulli and Chris Liebing. An early release on Hawtin’s Minus label put Beck into the limelight (“Consumed,” 2010), and since then he’s set out powerful releases on Fanciulli’s Saved, Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe and Drumcode. (more info: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com)
JJ GREY and MOFRO with SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS at 930 CLUB (Doors @ 7PM) $25
Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey’s grimy blend of front
porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again.
Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a
continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is a nine piece powerhouse that delivers a blend of gut-busting soul, earthy rock, and New Orleans-inspired beats. Front woman Arleigh Kincheloe’s powerful voice is ten times her size and mature beyond her 22 years; delivering her seductive lyrics with an electric stage presence. Sister Sparrow is backed by a heavyweight horn section, soaring guitar, and shredding harmonica – all laid over a funky, thundering bass and drum lock-up. The band’s infectious energy and huge sound generates ecstatic crowds and packs dance floors night after night. (more info: http://www.930.com)
DJ REKHA (of Basement Bhangra NYC) DJ BRIAN SENYO (of Swenka) visuals by Robin Bell at BLACK CAT (DOORS @ 9:30PM) $15
Can she kick it? Hell yes she can. ‘Cause Rekha is one of the best bhangra djs in the country. The founder of NYC’s long-running Basement Bhangra night, DJ Rekha is credited with helping to popularize bhangra – a traditional Indian dance music – here in the US. But Rekha doesn’t keep things traditional. She mixes bhangra with hip-hop, dancehall, and all kinds of beats. (more info: blackcatdc.com)
MADAM’S HOUSE PARTY FEATURING DJ INDIA at MADAM’S ORGAN (10:00PM)
Check out one of Adams Morgan’s institutions for the night. For more info on DJ India, go to www.deejayindia.com