We typically start looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend in mid-January, right around the time that we start to seek refuge from the chilly nights of winter through dreams of sunny Summer days next to the pool. As a result, we are crazy excited for this weekend and wanted to share some of the best bets for soaking up the sun and some Gourmet Beats:
The Rock and Roll Hotel was one of the first establishments to trail-blaze their way into DC's NE H Street Neighborhood, now dubbed the "Atlas District". Since those early days they have presented a consistent formula of live indie, rock and electronic acts downstairs with local DJs upstairs playing a blend of get-your-feet moving music. With a recently finished rooftop deck going up just in time for Summer, R&R was already on our short list of places to go in the District. Now, our good friend Neil Kurland of Baltimore's Soul Mob is taking over Sunday nights in the upstairs, leveraging his many travels around the globe to bring DC a sampling of some of the amazing artists that he has had the pleasure of meeting, and introducing their sounds to the District. Expect a night of truly underground house music with a focus on the dance floor!
Gourmetbeats will be in attendance this Sunday the 13th for the soft-opening featuring Philly's DJ Terreyl - Bring your Mama!
Once again, Baltimore's legendary Artscape festival is upon us. The largest free arts festival in the country, some things that we have seen at past festivals include Biz Markie controlling a crossfader with only his belly, a group of 6-year-old breakdancers, a car with a built-in stage driven by a Gwar-like heavy metal band, a man on a flaming skateboard, and any number of other things to keep your attention-deficit ridden selves busy for at least a day.
This year our own Joe Nice will be gracing the decks on Saturday the 16th, bringing the hurricane straight to the streets of B-More. In addition, our good friend Neil Kurland will be performing on Friday the 15th. It's all free, and details can be found on the artscape website at http://www.artscape.org!
Decisions, decisions. Great music going on this Saturday! ForQuarters brings their regular brand of booty-shaking house to Red Maple, SEE-I lights it up at Mosaic Lounge with some rasta flavor, and H Street holds their annual street festival in DC. If it were us, which it is, we would check out all three! Come down to DC during the day for some great music, and keep it rolling in Baltimore for the evening with these two great shows. Rest up on Sunday with bloody mary's at your favorite brunch spot. (We suggest Mama's on the Half-Shell in Baltimore or Kramerbooks and Afterwords in DC) Weekend, set and match. Reset for Monday.
Labor day for many signifies the end of Summer, so we suggest treating this three-day weekend as your last hurrah before the scarfs come out of the closet. This means wearing as little as possible, getting plenty of pool-side sun, consuming many cold beverages, and of course dancing your ass off.
If you are in the DC/Baltimore area, a few of our friends are ready to help you check that last one off your list!
We got two heavy-hitting events going on in the Baltimore/DC area tonight. For those up in B-More, don't miss the man Neil Kurland of Soul Mob Productions performing a marathon 5 hour set at Red Maple in Mt. Vernon from 9PM to 2AM. It's part of BIMAfest which is going on at the same time, and badge holders will receive FREE admission. Also, don't miss the BIMAfest after party at Paradox. Good times in the city that reads.
For those of us in DC, our good friends Jason Joseph and J Mack of For Quarters are back at the legendary Eighteenth Street Lounge for another night of gorgeous women and sexy house music. These guys never let down a crowd, and it's sure to be a fun night, not to mention the venue is one of the coolest around. Definitely not to be missed!