DMV Soundcheck is a segment for local musicians to showcase their talents. It's proudly sponsored by the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment to support the District's creative economy.
Several successful artists hail from DC and its surrounding neighborhoods. Dave Chappelle, Taraji P. Henson, Mýa, Chuck Brown, Dave Grohl, Marvin Gaye, and many others are from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Our great schools and array of different cultures allow creativity to thrive. DMV Soundcheck is the perfect opportunity to see who will take off next.
Celebrate great music at the Lit in DC Awards Saturday, May 18 at Audi Field. The ceremony kicks off at 8:30 p.m. and honors more than music. It's a multicultural event that brings community members together. Activist and Spokesperson for the event Ron Moten discussed it on Great Day Washington May 17, 2019.
To fully appreciate new talent we have to look to the past and see how musical legends paved the way. Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman, and Joe Blunt are all natives to Washington, DC and were lead singers of the groups The Temptations, The Platters, and The Drifters respectively. The three are now combining their talents and performing classic hits. Fans can listen to "Under The Boardwalk," "Just My Imagination" and more Sunday, May 12 at The Carlyle Club.
54 years ago Blues Alley Jazz opened its doors in Georgetown. The music venue has hosted such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, and Tony Bennett. But Blues Alley is looking to the future. The club just hosted a competition in honor of Fitzgerald that attracted talent from around the world, and it's focused on promoting jazz education among youths. As part of its "Big Band Jam" program, students from Richard Montgomery performed on Great Day Washington May 3, 2019.
Music has the power to heal. This is true for everyone, but especially resonates with Logan Smith. The singer/songwriter learned to play the keyboard and write music at a young age. When he experienced personal tragedy with the passing of this father, music is how he made sense of his emotions. “I really wanted to put that experience into music. So I wrote ‘What If You Had Stayed,” says Logan. The song clearly hit a nerve with others. The accompanying video had 30,000 views on Facebook within the first 24 hours. Fans reached out with their own stories of how the song had helped them. Logan’s been expressing himself through music ever since. He sang “Pandora” from his second record on Great Day Washington April 26, 2019.
"Girls don't play drums." This naysayer set a fire under musician Isabelle De Leon. "I come from a musical family and my dad taught me and my siblings all the instruments," said Isabelle. When it came time to choose which instrument to focus on, Isabelle was motivated by her critic. "I wanted to prove him wrong." Not only does Isabelle perform with multiple groups, she empowers talented youths through Girls Rock! DC. "They offer music programs for young girls," Isabelle told Markette Sheppard on Great Day Washington April 19, 2019. This woman is teaching others to play the drums for years to come.
There's no better way to highlight our local talent than with a concert at the Freedom plaza. DC Emancipation Day is Saturday, April 13, 2019. It's a day to celebrate the unique legacy of freedom in our nation's capital, while pursuing the fight for DC Statehood. The event will be kicked off with a parade starting at 2 p.m. at 10th Street NW and Pennsylvania Ave NW, followed by the concert at 3. Doug E. Fresh, Mýa, Faith Evans are just a few of the acts who will be featured on the stage. Celebrate this important day with some of music's biggest talents.
DC has no shortage of burgeoning talent. But before highlighting the next generation, we have to pay respects to artists who paved the way. The Sugar Hill Gang is widely known for bringing hip hop to the mainstream. Rapper's Delight is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The song changed the music landscape for decades to come. Master Gee, founder of iconic group, explained the impact the song had on Great Day Washington on April 5, 2019.
Originally founded in Paris in 1997, the woman-dominated percussion band Batala broke out in DC in 2007. These talented musicians have exposed the DMV to Afro Bahain culture and Samba Reggae Music. Their main mission is to use their skills and rhythm to empower women. Batala performed on Great Day Washington March 22, 2019.
International sensation Layla Khepri is known for her viral hip hop videos and high-energy shows. Her musicality mixed with her social media savvy has led her to take the world by storm. Layla performed her single "Smile and Wave" featuring The Experience Band and show January 11, 2019.