Elikeh mixes Afro-beat with traditional Togolese polyrhythms to produce captivating tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys. Black Masala is an eclectic high-energy nine-piece group of DC based musicians from a diverse variety of musical traditions and backgrounds. The band is comprised of members from Thievery Corporation, See-I, Yamamonem Jazz Band, Yellow Dubmarine and Bellflur. Featuring a wide array of instruments from tuba to accordion to banjo, the band’s music features a colorful mix of sounds that draw inspiration from the melodies of Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, ambient/experimental indie rock riffs, and even a hint of Appalachian twang. Nappy Riddem is a ragga-soul electro-funk super group comprised of Rex Riddem, Mustafa Akbar, and Ashish “Hash” Vyas.
Their debut album One World Sovereignty blends the sultry soul of Akbar’s voice, Hash’s dubby basslines and Rex’s funky afro-Latin percussion with a roster of DC all-star musicians including edgy guitar riffs by Rob Myers (Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, Thunderball), funky saxophone from Frank Mitchell jr. (Thievery Corporation See-I) and rhymes from Asheru (Unspoken Heard, “Boondocks” theme song). Nappy Riddem was nominated for a 2010 Washington Area Music Association award for best performance artist in electronic and has performed locally at the 930 Club and U Street Music Hall and across the country including SXSW. The trio is a unique combination of longtime collaborators with independent music industry stalwarts Afrika Bambaataa, Thievery Corporation, Thunderball, Fort Knox
"A meaty sound...a delightful spring in its step...abundant in jovial wit." -The Washington Post "Exciting new ensemble...playing with great sensitivity and accuracy...moments of musical ecstasy." - DC Performing Arts Examiner
The National Chamber Ensemble, Artisphere's Ensemble in Residence, performs exceptional music and enriches our cultural life. From the classical to contemporary compositions, the National Chamber Ensemble's internationally-acclaimed musicians provide outstanding performances of chamber music in an intimate setting. The Ensemble also hosts visiting guest artists. The National Chamber Ensemble brings together composers, musicians, performers and audiences to create an environment that is fun, welcoming and engaging. At times, the musicians share fascinating, short anecdotes about the composer and music, giving the audience another perspective on understanding the performance.
The National Chamber Ensemble offers the connoisseur, as well as the first-time concertgoer, an exciting, musical experience. This season includes:
The Art of The African-American Spiritual - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:30pm
The Three B's: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms - Saturday, June 01, 2013 at 7:30pm
For National Chamber Ensemble Concerts discounts are provided for students. Please join us at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere for a season filled with wonderful music!
Formed in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.
Their experience in the refugee camps was documented by American filmmakers x in the critically acclaimed moving saga, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. They have performed at New York’s Central Park SummerStage, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and the revered Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. They appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, contributed a song to the Blood Diamond film soundtrack, participated in the U2 tribute album In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2. In addition, the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars opened for Aerosmith at the 12,000-capacity Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Step into the bizarre world of the carnival sideshow, and prepare yourself for a night of unparalleled amusement as James Taylor’s "Shocked and Amazed" presents the LUCKY DAREDEVIL THRILLSHOW. Step up, step in for a fast paced and funny, death-defying daredevil stunt spectacular with all the glitter, glamour, and gut-wrenching thrills of a Vegas show guaranteed to please, amuse, and amaze audiences. Presented as an intimate cabaret evening with private bar in Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, the evening will be hosted by silver tongued devil, Tyler Fyre, and the darling of danger, Thrill Kill Jill.
The IIDA MAC Washington Metro City Center is pleased to announce this year's Cosmo Couture Fundraising event. Cosmo Couture fosters a direct collaboration between local Architecture and Interior Design firms and their manufacturing partners in the Washington DC area, to create garments reflecting a given theme. The garments are judged during a runway show and awards are given to design teams in different categories. This year's event will benefit My Sister's Place, an organization providing asisstance to victims of domestic violence. Go to www.cosmocouture.org for additional event informaion.
The schedule of event for this year's Cosmo Couture on September 19th will be as follows:
VIP Reception 5-6PM
Runway Show 7:30-9PM
**Please note that you must be an IIDA member in order to purchase tickets at the "Member Rates" and your membership ID will be required at check-in. Tickets for Members and Committee Members require that you enter a code in the coupon section of the ticket buying page. Please visit the "Tickets" section of the Cosmo Couture event website www.cosmocouture.org to get your IIDA Member coupon code. Please log in with your IIDA membership code to access that information.
Low down dirty honky tonk with block rockin' beats. Gangstagrass combines bluegrass/country with hip hop and was Emmy Award nominated for "Long Hard Times To Come," the song that opens every episode of the FX series Justified.
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Global Dance party with Elikeh, Black Masala and Nappy Riddem
Global Dance Party with Elikeh Black Masala and Nappy Riddem