Posts in Concert
Broccoli City Festival V

The Broccoli City FestivalV returned for its fifth installment bigger and better than ever. With a massive set of performers and headlining acts to interactive photo booths, retail and food options galore, this year was even more epic as the music festival was preceded by a host of events spanning 4 days.

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ICYMI: Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. Tour and Pop-up in DC

Kendrick Lamar touched down in Washington, DC on July 21st for TheDAMN. Tour, but not before he held an exclusive, one-day-only pop-up shop. Filled with merch, M Street "popped" with hundreds of die-hard fans waiting in line--some got in line as early as 5am!

From hats to concert t-shirts, fans were able to grab their favorite piece before heading to the Verizon Center for the actual show.

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JAY-Z x DC

Wrap around stages and large projection screens aside, the vibe immediately enveloped you and wrapped you up into the world of Hov. Transported out of DC, we were in Brooklyn for the night under the spell of the latest inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame: Sean Carter. 

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Seeing Sounds and Pharrell: 18 Years Later

It was the moment I had been waiting for what seems like a lifetime: seeing Pharrell, in the flesh, again. As soon as I found out about The Roots Picnic's line-up for its 10th anniversary, there was no doubt that I was going. And upon my entry into the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, I tried every finesse trick I had in the bag to get better access to the front of the stage: it was that important. But alas, to no avail and without the press pass I so desperately wanted, I decide to forgo seeing Solange (again), and try to make my way to as close to the front of the stage as possible.

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10 Reasons Why Inclusion in the Arts is Vital

The calm after the awards season is here, and I had many thoughts on what I saw and did see during this time. And while Chance the Rapper won 3 Grammys without a label, and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture, I still couldn't shake lasts year's #OscarsSoWhite sentiment. Not that this is new, but what we witnessed this years seemed to be a more concerted effort at inclusion than ever before which left me slightly conflicted yet hopeful.  Adele beat out Beyoncé, and Denzel didn't win for Lead Actor again, but we still had glimpses of a more fair and well rounded selection process.

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In My Own Lane ft. Von Vargas, Carolyn Malachi and Japhia Life

Look at God.  I had the opportunity to cover the Press Play event in August, so I was more than pleased to attend this time around.  And I was not disappointed.  If you ever have the chance to attend an event at the Motor House, don't miss out--the space is gorgeous.

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TIDAL x 1015

You knew I was going to blog about it, but I will spare the nuts, bolts and fancy details to say this is more of a thank you letter. Sorry for the delay, but this will be in several parts. There were a lot of acts, and the show ran a glorious four and a half hours. I may not mention every performance, but I will say I think this is sort of what it must feel like to go to a big music awards show. Shoutout to Angie Martinez for keeping the flow going between performances and giving us valuable reminders about the importance of education and how a good teacher can change the lives of their students for years to come.

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Blood Orange at the Lincoln Theater, a review

It's 8:23pm on September 13th, and I arrived early enough to the Historic Lincoln Theater on U St to secure a last-minute ticket for a performance by Blood Orange. Two hours prior, I just happened to look at my Instagram stories and found out the good news. Serendipitously, I leapt to my feet and got in gear to witness for myself the performance of an album I've been gushing about over the last few months.

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