by Jared Holt August 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

Aaron Myers Jazz Singer (Photo via Myers)

DC Jazz Jam will celebrate its six-year anniversary on U Street with a free show and open jazz jam contest at The Brixton (901 U Street NW) from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The house band for the anniversary show will be composed vocalist Aaron Myers, pianist Wade Beach, guitarist John Lee, bassist Blake Meister and drummer Tony Martucci.

Local musicians are invited to join the band for a cutting contest, which Meyers describes as a “rap battle for instruments.” During the contest, two people will exchange solos and attempt to “cut” the other person. The audience will decide the winner at the end of each round based on skill, expression and audience connection.

“You’re going to see musicians coming out and bringing their A-game,” he said.

D.C. Jazz Jam organizer and drummer Will Stephens said the first jazz jam in August 2009 formed from a post on Craigslist. The band met for the first time over beer 30 minutes before the show and didn’t perform to a single audience member until a saxophone player walked in around the 2 hour mark.

Now the jams attract between 20-25 musicians every week, he said, and he has to keep a close eye on the sign-up sheet.

“I hope the takeaway is community building, and not just within the jazz community,” Stephens said. “The Brixton is a neighborhood establishment, so people come stop in from the neighborhood and that builds community.”

D.C. Jazz Jam performs every Sunday at The Brixton from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with rotating special guests.

 Image Courtesy of Aaron Myers

by Jared Holt July 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Pie Fest (Via the Brixton)
Four local businesses are teaming up to stuff Borderstan residents full of pie.

Satellite Room, located at 2047 9th St. NW, will serve unlimited slices of pie from bakery Whisked and food truck Sage City alongside “jumbo personal pizzas” from Timber Pizza during its Fourth of July Pie Fest.

During the event, which lasts from 2 to 6 p.m., attendees will be able to watch films “Grease” and “Hairspray” on the patio while chowing down.

Pie Fest was hosted by U Street bar The Brixton last year.

“Pie is a very American food and we want to create a picnic environment for people to come out to,” said Alyssa Moody director of promotions for The Brixton.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15 and $25 at the door.

Photo Courtesy of The Brixton

by Tim Regan June 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

brixtonPatrons who visit The Brixton this Saturday had better be hungry for hot dogs.

The U Street bar will host its annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest this Saturday at 4 p.m.

The prize for choking down way too many hot dogs: One ticket to this year’s Landmark Music Festival in September.

The bar will also sling $4 Bud Lights and $5 shots of Fireball from noon to 9 p.m.

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