There are many things in life that people enjoy spending their money on, but two of those things that comes first to my head are live concerts and sporting events. We already know that with the way that that the economy has been working as of lately, inflation has impacted both of these industries, making costs of either event, well costly.
The Washington Wizards are helping take the brunt off of that ordeal by offering you the chance for a buy one get one free type of deal. Starting in December, the franchise is kicking off its Friday Night Concert Series, which is a totally free concert after specific games at the Verizon Center.
The first of the advertised shows takes place on December 31st, when four-time Grammy Award nominated artist Tank and DJ Quicksilva will tipoff the concert series with a performance that will also feature a special guest appearance by four-time Grammy Award nominee Johnny Gill of New Edition.
Other acts throughout the months will be:
Jan. 6 – Backyard Band, Team Familiar, and DJ Rico
Mar. 17 – Bell Biv Devoe, and DJ Money
Mar. 24 – Erica Campbell and DJ Enya
Again, these shows are totally free, but only with the purchase of a game ticket for that night’s Wizards game. For ticket information call 202-661-5050 or visitwww.washingtonwizards.com/concertseries.
In the state of music today, we get a lot of music that I consider “pop corn” music, meaning it’s cooked up in an instant, you eat it while it’s hot, and then when it starts cooling down, you throw it away aka disposable music. The time of artist not only being articulate in their words, but actually having a voice, and USING that voice to enlighten the minds of the youth has mostly slipped passed us.
With this current presidential race being one of the more heated ones in the past 30 years, you would think we would have more conscious material on the radio, I guess not, but then again, possible. In steps a relatively new artist on the scene by the name of Funsho.
He is an R&B artist based in the Washington, DC area and has just released his new single titled “Prezzy“! Why did he decide to write this record? See below:
“This song, “Prezzy” represents the current state of frustration that many people feel with politics and society in general. I wanted to speak on a lot of issues that bother me about the way that our society is constructed. I wanted to talk about our obsession with war and our tendency to bend, and often times even break the rules of what’s ethical in the name of profit. I was inspired to write this song after noticing all of the things that are happening in the world right now. I want the song to represent the idea that we can take things into our own hands as a society instead of relying on politicians and the powers that be to dictate our futures. The idea that I’m “running for president,” considering that I have no political experience nor do I consider myself to be an expert on politics is an attempt to claim power over my own destiny and what I want my world to be like. I hope that the song empowers those who listen to take power over theirs as well.”
Tonight, October 19th, Funsho will make a bold statement as an artist by having a Presidential debate watch party. In all of my years following music, I don’t think I can ever remember this happening, or if it did, it totally wasn’t broadcast. To mix things up and not keep things to heavy, the party is also doubling as the video release party for the “Prezzy” single.
If you’re not doing anything tonight and are in the DMV, we’ll say go check out his album release party. Just click on the image below to RSVP. Stay tuned to the happenings and the buzz around Funsho, because we need more music and artists like this today.
Just like fresh air, Yuna appeared at the perfect time in the music industry. After releasing much audio and visual content, all containing her beautiful soothing pop-jazzy sound with impactful lyrics over pop and hip-hop beats, music lovers fell head over heels. So, it was no surprise that on Tuesday September 27th, 2016 Live at the 9:30 club in Washington DC, all of her fans where ready with many of her lyrics memorized in anticipation of them hearing their favorite songs.
Yet another summer has technically come and gone, and all the while we are still holding onto most of the memories that we made, there’s still a chance to take advantage of the dwindling days of nice weather to create new ones. Insert the inaugural Break The Internet Festival that took place just this past weekend in Washington, DC.
With what was one of the hottest days of the season, the temperature sure didn’t stop over 4,000 millennials from packing out the Gateway Pavilion in South East D.C. on Saturday, September 10, 2016. A burning question that I’ve been wondering is, why is it that some of these promoters choose to hold these outside shows when the heat is turned up to oven hot? I mean I know that they don’t have any control of it, but it seems like too much of a coincidence that it chooses to be 95 degrees and above at most of these outside events that we’ve covered lately.
It’s always interesting to see music festivals start out at their very beginnings, and I had the honor of saying that I witnessed the VERY first Break The Internet Fest. With some new festivals, people are a little shy to attend because of the sheer fact of the “unknown”, but that totally wasn’t the case because of the powered up lineup. The organizers had tapped some big names in the rap game to tackle this show…Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, O.T. Genasis, Jacquees, Dreezy, Kent Jones, Reesa Renee were all there, but we were treated to a few special appearances too.
The show officially started at 3 PM with a few local DMV acts to help welcome the crowd in. To our surprise, quite a few people had already started arriving relatively “on time”. The festival DJ kept the tunes pumping while people walked around the grounds of DC Gateway, and while music was the main focus, there were also vendors on site, as well as a nice variety of food trucks.
Unlike most music festivals, this one came with a purpose. The underlying reason for this show was to honor those striving for academic excellence. Co-founder Mia Fields-Hall says “(The) Break The Internet Fest was created to give college kids a chance to continue their education without financial stress and to encourage them to go above and beyond their dreams.” This was no more evident than when $2,500 college tuition scholarship was awarded to a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University.
For anybody who ever tried to say that Wale doesn’t either rep for or put on for his city, is a straight up liar!
Once again, he’s coming back to the area for a totally free concert with a major brand behind him. Billboard, yes, THAT Billboard and 1800 tequila will host the Back To The Block concert on Thursday, July 9th.
Tickets are totally free, but you’ll have to be over the age of 21 in order to reserve yours. RSVP at the official site and you’re on your way to see Wale!
Everybody here at Concert Daily certainly loves good music, and a lot of us are huge fans of R&B. We especially have a huge place in our hearts for the R&B of the 90’s. At the end of the 1990’s, music experienced an influx of young budding starlettes in all of it’s genres.
One of those young ladies to emerge during that time was Washington, DC’s own. Mýa released her self-titled, double platinum, debut album, Mýa, in 1998. The album launched the then 18-year-old Mýa into the fabric of pop-culture.
Granted she’s been releasing music on the underground scene, much of the general public has been missing the performance force that Mýa once was. Little to our surprise, she’s been scheduling a few spot dates around the United States, and one that caught our attention was the most, was her show back home.
Slated for Friday, May 13th, Miss Mýa will take over the historic Howard Theatre for a one night only concert. Some of her more recent shows have seen her take a more acoustic approach, but we can only hope and wish that she brings the full package, including some of her phenomenal dancing skills. Tickets for the show are $30 and now on sale via Ticketmaster.
[Feature photo courtesy of Dawn Wolfe McPike / Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Clear Channel]