by Borderstan.com January 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm 1,201 0

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

"Tropicalia"

The fun is back at Tropicalia’s DJ Kostas  monthly parties. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tropicalia and DJ Kostas are ready to kick off 2013 by launching their monthly global gay and gay friendly monthly night, “Universal.” Be ready to dance at Tropicalia this Thursday, January 3, from 10 pm to 2 am.

Doors open at 7 pm and the Invitational Open Bar is from 8:30 to 9:30 pm — request an invitation via Tropicalia DC on Facebook. Tropical says they are going all out for the event, with treats, surprises, a flashing rainbow bar and decorations. And, “yes,” says Tropicalia, men may remove their shirts while dancing.

Tropicalia, at the northeast corner of 14th and U Street NW, has one of the best sound systems in the city — perfect for Kostas who is remembered from the days of the Lizard Lounge Sunday parties — and a great place to dance. (See Tropicalia: A Psychedelic Buena Vista Social Club at 14th and U.)

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan October 26, 27 and 28.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Jazz Jam’s Halloween Costume Jam: On Sunday, October 28, Jazz Jam will have its Third Annual Halloween Costume Jam at Dahlak (1771 U Street NW) from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • The Little Goblins Halloween Parade: Dress your little one up in his or her Halloween finest for the annual Little Goblins Parade on Saturday, October 27. The parade starts at 3 pm at Stead Park and ends in Logan Circle.
  • The Third Annual City Blossoms BULB BASH: On Saturday, October 27, City Bulbs will lead community members in planting over 1,000 tulip, daffodil, crocus, allium, and garlic bulbs in the garden and around the Shaw neighborhood with kids, families, and friends, while enjoying music from DJ MESS, filling up on tasty potluck treats and competing in a scarecrow competition. The group will meet from 11 am until 1 pm at Marion Street Intergenerational Garden (1519 Marion Street NW).
  • Christopher Jenkins at Church of the Holy City: On Sunday, October 28, Christopher Jenkins will play in the Music with the Angels concert series at Church of the Holy City (1611 16th Street NW). Sunday’s performance will start at 3:30 pm and will be followed by a reception. Admission is free.
  • DC Bike Party’s Halloween Ride: On Saturday, October 27, grab a costume and your bike, and head to Dupont Circle at 8:30 pm for a Halloween bike ride with DC Bike Party. The ride will be making a pit-stop at the Oak Hill Cemetery before heading to Duffy’s Irish Pub. For more information, check out the event details on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Story League Contest: On Sunday, October 28, Story League will hold a story contest with the theme of “My 15 Minutes – Stories about brushes with fame and the famous.” The contest will be held at Busboys and Poets (4251 South Campbell Avenue, Arlington) from 7 until 9 pm. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.
  • Washington Walks, The Most Haunted Houses: Washington Walks will host a Halloween-themed tour of DC’s most haunted houses through October 27. The walks begin at 7:30 pm and run for two hours. Details are available on the Washington Walks website.
  • Community Film Night at Busboys and Poets: On October 28, Busyboys and Poets will screen the film, As Goes Janesville, a story that reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland — the town of Janesville, Wisconsin. Special guest, Dean Baker, economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will be on-hand for a discussion after the film. The event runs from 5 until 8 pm and is free. Busboys and Poets is at 2121 14th Street NW.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, October 27: He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, 9 pm
  • Sunday, October 28: The Young Evils, The Blakes, The Mean Ideas, 8 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, October 26: Harmonic Blue, The Takes, Pluto and the Moon, Tim Boate and Sean Lynott (no time listed)
  • Saturday, October 27: Nunchucks, The Mean Season, Dance for Dying, Golden Looks, 7:30 pm – Costumes encouraged

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, October 26: Old 97’s, 8 pm
  • Saturday, October 27: Super Diamond, White Ford Bronco, 8 pm
  • Sunday, October 28: Nouvelle Vague, Yasmine Hamdan, 8 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, October 26: AC Newman, The Mynabirds, 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 27: Yellow Ostrich, Fort Lean, 9 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Friday, October 26: Dru Hill, 11 pm
  • Saturday, October 27: Bettye LaVette, 8 pm
  • Sunday, October 28: Sunday Gospel Brunch, Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW)
  • Sunday, October 28: Raya Brass Band with D.J. Thomas Gobena, 8:30 pm

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by Borderstan.com October 23, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,321 0

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Meet Khelan Bhatia and Adam Koussari-Amin, the two D.J.s behind DC’s latest ’80’s dance party. (Photo credit: David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Here at “Borderstan People,” we like to profile local movers and shakers who are spicing up the neighborhood in a variety of ways. Recently, we caught up with two new-ish neighborhood D.J.s who are bringing back the ’80’s in a modern-sort-of-way.

Khelan Bhatia and Adam Koussari-Amin are the two musician masterminds behind BreakfastClub, an ‘8o’s remix dance party held at Duplex Diner. This Friday, October 26, Bhatia and Koussari-Amin will host a Halloween-themed Thriller dance party at 9 pm.

Luckily for us, we had a chance to catch up with the D.J.s before the big night to discuss BreakfastClub, their favorite music and the District D.J. scene.

Borderstan: How and when did you guys first get into D.J.-ing? And when did you start working with each other?

Khelan: I started by creating playlists for myself and friends. Before
long, I was my friends’ go-to-guy for providing music – usually
through my iPod —  at parties and other gatherings. I D.J.’d my first 
set about two years ago at Duplex Diner on a Thursday evening, their 
busiest night during the week. In all honesty, I was a nervous wreck. 
I thought I was going to screw up pretty badly. Well, I must have managed to 
do OK because they keep inviting me back!
 Adam and I met a few months ago through mutual friends. We first
 worked together in mid-August at a party called CTRL, where Adam is a regular D.J.

Adam: My experience began in college where I was part of a hip-hop dance troupe at UVA. As a choreographer, we had to cut and edit our own music for our shows. In terms of live performances, beyond friends’ parties, CTRL was my kickstarter at the beginning early this year. I had been watching my friend Jeff Prior perform some great sets at bars and clubs in the area, and we decided to throw our hats into the ring for a monthly party… And I am so glad we did, because its ongoing success has given me a lot of opportunities, including connecting with Khelan.

Borderstan: One of your main D.J.-ing events is BreakfastClub – How did you come up with the concept for this event and how frequently do you host it?

Khelan: After I guest DJ’d at CTRL, we lamented that DC doesn’t have a regular 80’s night…at least, to the best of our knowledge. After going through a few ’80’s-inspired names, Adam and I both thought that BreakfastClub fit pretty well with what we wanted to convey, especially as we wanted to host it at Duplex.

Adam: In order to make sure it stood out, we had the idea to incorporate remixes of ’80’s songs, in addition to the originals. Not only does it ensure that our catalog of songs never gets stale, it also puts a fresh feel on a ton of songs people have heard before. Songs that were once “head-nod” worthy only are now “break it down on the dance floor” awesome.

Khelan: We’ve only had one BreakfastClub so far, but due to continued interest, we’re going to try to make it a monthly event. The next one is this Friday, October 26th. Since Halloween is right around the corner, it’s going to be Thriller-themed. Costumes more than allowed (hell, they’re encouraged!).

"D.J."

Adam Koussari-Amin of BreakfastClub. (Photo Credit: David Claypool/Kalorama
Photography)

Borderstan: Where are some of your favorite places in DC to D.J.?

Khelan: Duplex, obviously. They’ve got a great vibe and a wonderful staff. Kevin Lee, the owner, has been incredibly supportive. I’ve also D.J.’d at Dahlak, Saint-Ex’s Gate 54, L’Enfant, and most recently, at Town.

Adam:  I have to give love to Dahlak on 18th and U. It’s where CTRL is hosted. The staff is super friendly, the drinks are strong, and the space is intimate, which lets me and the other D.J.s stay ground-level with the crowd and really interact with them. It’s also got a lot of history in terms of events that have started there…and a lot of great memories for me of being on the other side of the booth.

Borderstan: What is your favorite thing about D.J.-ing?

Khelan: To be able to contribute to the mood of a party… and make people dance.

Adam:  The crowd reaction, bar none. The minute you play a song that everyone instantly loves, or even just gets that thumbs up or scream from a random person for a more obscure song, it’s an awesome feeling.

Borderstan: What is your favorite music to play and how do you go about making a playlist for a party? Can you tell us a bit about the process? How long it takes, how it evolves, etc.?

Khelan: I love electro, synthpop, hip-hop, french house, ’80’s pop, indie…you name it. If it’s got a beat, I’ll find a way to work it into a set. Putting together a setlist can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks — it all just depends. I try to guess, in advance, the mood of the party or event and tailor the set to the best of my ability. Before the first BreakfastClub, I started putting together the set a month or so before the event. Mostly because I’m a blend of a type A Washingtonian and nervous wreck.

Adam: Khelan’s a bit more methodical than I am… blame it on being a New Yorker. I usually start a week in advance collecting three times as many songs as I need and cram up till the last minute, whittling them down into something that the audience will hopefully appreciate. Timing is super important for playlists…things that get people jumping after midnight when they’ve had a few cocktails might actually turn them off if you play them at the beginning of the night.  I’m pretty happy playing everything except country – sorry country fans – so long as it makes people dance. I’ve been told I tend to shy from top 40’s — even remixes — and play slightly more obscure songs, no matter what the genre. I want people to discover new music for themselves when they go out.

Borderstan: What are some of your favorite things to do, or favorite places to go in the Borderstan area?

Khelan: Borderstan is definitely the best part of DC. I love just wandering through some of the side streets with a coffee from Peregrine in hand and my iPod on full blast (at this rate, I’m probably going to be deaf by my next birthday). Long-time Borderstanis know that I love fashion and live music. Rue 14 is still my favorite boutique but I love going to vintage stores like Treasury too. For live music, 9:30 club is easily the greatest venue in the country while U Street Music Hall is the greatest club. And I’m (not-so) patiently waiting for the re-opening of DC Noodles… best comfort food. EVER!

Adam:  I’ve been in the city for five years, but moved to the 16th and U area about two years ago… it is such a fantastic place!  I love working out or laying out in Meridian Hill park, grabbing weekend bottomless brunches — Masa 14 is life — and catching local comedy and improv shows at Source Theater and other local bars. Most importantly, I live to go out dancing with my friends… especially if it involves us on the speakers at DC9. I’ve also been told I have an unhealthy addiction to Lauriol Plaza and have dragged almost every friend I’ve had there.

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by Borderstan.com October 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Spend the weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan October 5, 6 and 7.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Columbia Heights Day Festival: Saturday, October 6 from 10 am until 6 pm at Harriet Tubman Elementary Field (11th and Kenyon Streets NW). Expect yoga workshops, live music, a cupcake eating contest, a KidZone, a petting zoo, local vendors and an entire row of delicious food trucks. For more information, visit www.columbiaheightsday.org.
  • (e)merge Art Fair: A four-day-long event that celebrates international and underrepresented art from more than 152 artists hailing from 24 countries. The 2012 fair will take place October 4 through 7 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I Street SW). The fair is open to the public on Friday, October 5 from noon until 7 pm; on Saturday, October 6 from noon until 7 pm; and on Sunday, October 7 from noon until 5 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.
  • Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival: A homegrown music event that showcases more than 200 bands at 13 venues throughout the city. The festival is technically free, but purchasing wristbands for the weekend (prices range from $1 to $10) helps to support local and out-of-town musicians. More information on participating musicians, venues and the weekend schedule is available on the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival website.
  • The Fourth Annual North Capitol Main Street Festival: Sunday, October 7 from 11 am until 9 pm on T Street, between 1st Street and North Capitol. Expect a pig roast and buffet provided by Rustik Tavern and Boundary Stone, a beer and wine pavilion, local vendors, live music and a scavenger hunt with some promising prizes. For more information, contact Jordan Culberson at [email protected].
  • Story League Tournament at Black Cat: Story League returns to the Black Cat this weekend for its 9 pm show on Friday where winners from previous contests will compete for a chance to win $250. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.
  • Pleasant Pops Sidewalk Party: Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café will host a Sidewalk Party this Sunday, October 7,  from 2 to 5 pm in honor of its official grand opening at 1781 Florida Avenue NW. The pop shop will have free samples of its own Opal Basil Lemonade pop, plus goods from local vendors its store now carries, including Route 11 Chips, Gordy’s Pickles and Langdon Wood Whiskey Aged Maple Syrup. The party will also have music, cornhole and other games, prizes and the shop’s full menu of café drinks and eats for sale.
  • N Street Village Help the Homeless Walk and SoulFeast: N Street Village, a Logan Circle-based nonprofit that provides services to homeless women, will host a Help the Homeless Community Walk and a SoulFeast Block Party this Saturday, October 6. The walk starts at 9 am and the SoulFeast will begin after the walk. If N Street Village registers 4,000 in-person or virtual walkers, Fannie Mae will donate an additional $50,000 to the nonprofit’s programs. Registration is available online.
  • Sherry Vine Cabaret at Level One: In the mood for cabaret this weekend? Call Level One for an 8 or 8:30 pm seating on Friday, October 4, and you’ll be treated to the sweet voice of Sherry Vine.
  • Curtain Call Sundays (with show tunes!) at MOVA Lounge: Need to unwind from the weekend? MOVA Lounge (2204 14th Street NW) plays show tunes from 5 until 9 pm.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Sunday, October 7: Family of the Year, White Arrows, New Cassettes, 8 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, October 5: Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival (various artists), 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 6: Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival (various artists), 4:30 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, October 5: The Walkmen, The War on Drugs, 8 pm
  • Saturday, October 6: Leftover Salmon, 8 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Saturday, October 6: The Ravonettes, 9 pm
  • Sunday, October 7: Frightened Rabbit, 8 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Saturday, October 6: Mint Condition, 8 pm
  • Sunday, October 7: Sunday Gospel Brunch, Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm

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by Borderstan.com September 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan September 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • The Third Annual 17th Street Festival: The Third annual 17th Street Festival is on Saturday, September 22 from noon until 6 pm. The festival includes local art, live entertainment and activities for kids and pets. For more information, visit www. 17thstreetfestival.org.
  • Tribute to John Coltrane at DC Jazz Jam: Sunday, September 23, DC Jazz Jam will celebrate the birthday of John Coltrane. The show is from 6:30 until 9:30 pm at Dahlak Restaurant (1771 U Street NW).
  • Opening for My Barbarian at Transformer: Catch Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade’s latest project, Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater Flat Busted Wig Beauty Window Fatale, at Transformer (1404 P Street NW). The opening reception is Saturday, September 22 from 6 until 8pm.
  • Invisible Man at Studio Theatre: Catch the adapted play by Oren Jacoby, based on the novel by Ralph Ellison, at 14th Street’s Studio Theatre (1501 14th Street NW).
  • An Improv-Story Mash-Up at Speakeasy DC: SpeakeasyDC and Washington Improv Theater are teaming up on Saturday, September 22 for a production of true stories and improvisation. Times are 7 until 8:30 pm and 9 until 10:30 pm. More information is available at www.speakeasydc.org.
  • Music With Angles at Church of the Holy City: Join the Church of the Holy City (1611 16th Street NW) for a musical concert on Sunday, September 22. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 22: Warchild (!), Stop Fakin 2 world premiere, Mothership, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, September 23: Ital, Laurel Halo, Magic Touch, M Geddes Gengras, 8:30 pm.

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, September 21: The Spots, Hott Tub, Motorcycle Maus, Joel Blumenthal, 7:30 pm.
  • Saturday, September 22: Shark Week, Medicine Man, Dr. Neanderthal, 7:30 pm.

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, September 21: Grizzly Bear, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 8 pm.
  • Saturday, September 22: All Good Presents Papadosio with Drop Electric, 10 pm.

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Sunday, September 23: Wye Oak, Callers, 8 pm.

by Borderstan.com September 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,038 0

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Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan September 14th, 15th and 16th.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Opening of doris-mae Art Gallery: This weekend, doris-mae (1716 14th Street NW) will host its inaugural exhibition featuring the work of four painters (Pat Goslee, Becca Kallem, Paul Pietsch and William Whitaker) and a video project by Will Copps. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 15 from 6 until 9 pm, and the show runs through October 14, 2012.
  • H Street Festival: Yes, it’s a bit out of the way, but the annual street festival serves up plenty of food, art and live entertainment to make up for the journey. This year, the Festival celebrates H Street’s new Heritage Trail. The H Street Festival is Saturday, September 15 from noon until 6 pm on H Street NE.
  • MOVA Weekends: MOVA Lounge (2204 14th Street NW) has a series of events lined up for the weekend. Check out Fresh Fridays (with a special guest D.J. every week) and Scorching Saturdays on September 15 from 9 pm until 2 am.
  • DC Jazz Jam: Sundays mean jazz days at Dahlak (1771 U Street NW), and this Sunday features Howie Jung (keys), Duff Davis (guitar), Phil Ravita (bass) and Anders Eliasson (drums). The show is from 6:30 until 9:0 pm.
  • Lots of Local Music at Area Venues: It’s a good weekend to see some of DC’s local bands at the city’s music hotspots. Junior League is at the Black Cat on Friday, September 14 at 9 pm and The Silent Critics are playing at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 15 at 7 pm (and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I went to college with them). So here’s to local music! And Virginia liberal arts schools!

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 15: Peach Pit, Resident DJ Matt Bailer / 90’s dance party, 10:30 pm.
  • Sunday, September 16: The Bottom Dollars, The Hollows, 8:30 pm.

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, September 14: Miau Miau, Think Fast Jak, In Your Memory, 9 pm.
  • Saturday, September 15: Born Loose, Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness, 9 pm.

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, September 14: The Feelies, 8 pm.
  • Saturday, September 15: The Silent Critics, Aaron Crawford and the Badcards, Practically Einstein, 7 pm.
  • Sunday, September 16: Bloc Party with Ceremony, 7 pm.

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, September 14: Junior League Band, The Torches, Luray, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, September 16: Heavy Times, Thee Lolitas, 8 pm.

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by Borderstan.com January 13, 2011 at 5:30 am 1,859 10 Comments

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Danny reviews the most awesome concerts of 2010. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Danny Shapiro is an avid music lover who has the good fortune to live very close the music scene on the 14th and U Street corridor. A list of his previous reviews is at the bottom of this column. Comments or questions? Send Danny an email.

Hello again music lovers!  Before we turn the page and embark on a new year of amazing shows in the District, it would behoove us to reflect on the year of great live music that was 2010.

After scouring all of my ticket stubs, Facebook updates, and calendar notes to recall my 2010 shows attended, the following is my top 10 list of the best concerts of 2010 as attended by me, Danny. (I apologize for being a bit tardy in getting this up, as everyone else in the world was doing ‘best of’ retrospective lists last month, but better late than never!)

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by Borderstan.com December 28, 2010 at 6:00 am 1,498 0

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Danny Shapiro covers live music in the neighbhorhood for Borderstan.

We met Danny Shapiro last August at the Dog Days Sidewalk Sale on 14th Street NW. He came by our table and asked whether we’d be interested in a music column for Borderstan. After his first review a week later we knew that Danny was really serious about music. He often attends several concerts/gigs a week and we are fortunate to have his reviews on our site, which are listed below.

Thank you, Danny — we look forward to more of your passionate writing about the local music scene in 2011.

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by Borderstan.com October 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm 1,881 1 Comment

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Tuesday sound check at Black Cat. (Danny Shapiro)

From Danny Shapiro

Last week I entered a parallel dimension, an overdrive of the concert life of Danny (yes, that is possible). For 4 nights in a row, I bombarded 5 of the best gigs around town. My life revolved around the night; daytime hours only served as filler in advance of the next gig, and (minimal) sleep was but a stopping point in between the rush of it all.

Fully recovered, I can now rehash what was an incredible non-stop journey through inspiring live music.

For my fellow music lovers out there, I can only say this: however omnipresent music can be in your life – iPod, radio, TV – nothing compares to the purest energy and connection that exists between a live stage and its audience.

And last week was no exception. So, get ready for the recap in best moments from last week’s live music offerings.

Based on reader feedback, I’ve got an accompanying post about shows I think you should get tickets for now: On The Lookout: Danny’s Upcoming Must-See Shows.

Sunday, Oct. 3

English Gentleman, Minus the ‘Gentle’ – Foals @ the Black Cat

Foals rock. Plain and simple. Their groovy electric guitar riffs and lead singer Yannis Philippakis’ badass energy makes this Oxford, England-based band totally cool.

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by Borderstan.com September 22, 2010 at 2:42 am 0

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Get information and listings for live music at 10 venues in the Logan Circle and U Street neighorhoods. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Fall is here. Did you go the entire summer without taking in some live music close to home? The weather is pefrect and the choices are many at local clubs. Check out the live music listings below for Thursday, September 23, through Sunday, September 26.

The listing is below the fold.

Also… be sure to read Danny’s Journey Through Three Unforgettable Concerts–contributor Danny Shapiro shares three great concerts from the past week, two at the 9:30 Club and one at the Black Cat.

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by Borderstan.com September 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm 0

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Get information and listings for live music at 10 venues in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Summer doesn’t officially end for two more weeks. Plenty of time to take in live music in the balmy summer weather at clubs in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.. heck out the live music listings below for Thursday, September 9, through Sunday, September 12.

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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm 0

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Get information and listings for live music at 10 venues in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Decided not to sit in traffic on I-95 or the beach routes? It’s a good weekend to take in some live music at local clubs–chances are lots of people will be out town, making it easier to enjoy a show.

Check out the live music listings below for Thursday, September 2, through Sunday, September 5… always plenty to hear at clubs in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

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by Borderstan.com August 27, 2010 at 11:34 am 2,085 3 Comments

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Sunday pick: Magic Bullets with Foul Swoops at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Danny Shapiro

The last weekend of August is upon us: where did the month go? To celebrate the waning days of summer 2010, and before we all embark on a mass exodus for Labor Day Weekend, why not get out and enjoy the incredible live music on tap for this Friday through Sunday?

Here are three quick picks for you to sink your teeth into for a weekend of fun:

Friday: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

DJ Dredd Presents Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration at the 930 Club Could there be a better reason to throw on your dancing shoes (with white socks, perhaps) and join this ultimate dance party? Come honor the King of Pop’s birthday and his indelible imprint on all of our lives for this nonstop journey through the days of Thriller, Bad, Beat It, Dangerous, and all the other MJ cassettes you know are hiding under your childhood bed.

Saturday: Date Night, and the Music Is Right

Heidi Martin at Bohemian Caverns… Grab a friend or a loved one and make your way over to Bohemian Caverns for a night of jazz vocal elegance with Heidi Martin. Her lyrics bring us on a journey across the American South and all of its beauty, suffering, and resilient grandeur.  Her voice–a mixture of Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, and Anita Baker–is itself a masterful and refined instrument, and honed right here in our own Washington, DC.

The show is sure to allow all of your worries and concerns to drift far away from the District…just don’t forget about the person sitting next to you in the process. Heidi is performing two shows: 8:30pm and 10:30pm, so plan your night accordingly.

Sunday: Morrissey-inspired San Francisco Rock… ‘Nuff Said

Magic Bullets with Foul Swoops at the Black Cat… Just a sample of Magic Bullets’ music online (YouTube video) will send your indie music hearts aflutter. To be a young band with Smiths-like swing beats, vocal angst, and of course, those harmonies to win over any straggling naysayers…this band is on the rise, and a surefire breaking discovery for 2010.

And to cap off the weekend with a PBR in hand… what more could a 14th Street hipster ask for?

Danny Shapiro is an avid music lover who has the good fortune to live very close the music scene on the 14th and U corridor.

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