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“Brookland Jazz Series” By Save The Jazz Continues This Saturday

Brookland Jazz Series logo courtesy of Save The JAZZ
Brookland Jazz Series logo courtesy of Save The JAZZ

Save the JAZZ is an organization whose mission is “to foster an environment in which Jazz music can continue to grow and thrive and to encourage a new, enthusiastic audience to discover and embrace the music.” This great organization hosted the first half  the Brookland Jazz Series this August and it was a big hit! The follow-up event, which will be free to the public of all ages is coming up this Saturday. From their website:

Location: The Edgewood Arts Building (3415 8th St NE ) 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Admission Free

A thrilling night of scintillating music, art, food, and fun. Groove to live music from top area bands. Meet and greet exciting luminaries from the DC arts scene. Experience soul-stirring works of art culled from your own backyard! The artists of Brookland Artspace, Dance Place’s ‘Art on 8th’, and Save the JAZZ, join with Cultural DC, and Monroe Street Market to present “One Night in Brookland” installment 2 of the Brookland Jazz Series! 

Supported in part with a grant from the DC Council on the Arts and Humanities in conjunction with the Save the JAZZ initiative.

Cool Indie Rock Band, The Mean Season, Make A New Home In Brookland

The Mean Season's Self Titled EP Cover.
The Mean Season’s Self Titled EP Cover.

We recently learned that independent rock band, The Mean Season moved to Brookland. Since 2011, the trio, made up of band mates Cherie, Mathias and Ryan, have been playing DC music venues like the Wonderland Ballroom, DC9, Club Heaven Hell,  Velvet Lounge, Black Cat, and the Rock and Roll Hotel, as well as venues in other cities like Brooklyn and Philadelphia. I checked out their album and was instantly hooked.  Their music is pretty catchy and accessible and leans towards modern folk, although it is pretty solidly rock. The band recently recorded 9 new tracks and we can’t wait to hear those too. Interested in checking them out? You can download their self titled EP, released in 2012,  at iTunes and Amazon or check them out live on Tuesday, September 24 at the Black Cat.  I caught up with the band and asked them a few questions, below. We hope you will join us in welcoming them to the neighborhood!

What prompted you to move to Brookland? Do all three of you live here? 

We all moved here from Columbia Heights so we could have a larger place.  Our apartment was great, but it was small and our neighbors were really loud.

How do you like it here so far? 

We love it so far.  Mathias and Cherie’s bike commute to work has gone from 1.5 miles to 5, but it’s worth it.  The neighborhood is awesome.

Describe your music for our readers, and what are your biggest musical influences? 

We don’t really fit into just one genre.  We try to write whatever we think sounds good and hope people will like it.  We each listen to various types of artists.  Right now, we’re really into Townes Van Zandt, The Kills, and Paul Simon. 

We noticed from your Tweets and Facebook posts that you recently recorded some new songs. How do these compare with the songs on your self-titled album? 

The songs on the first EP all meshed very well.  The songs that we just recorded are a better representation of our song writing ability. We didn’t try to make everything sound similar. There are songs that are heavier where Ryan sings and there are softer songs where it’s just Cherie. We feel like it is a better representation of the band.

What is next for the band? Where do you see yourselves a few years out? 

We are playing a show on September 24 at the Black Cat with The End of America and America Opera.  We don’t have anything scheduled after that and probably won’t have another show until our album is ready to be released.  We hope to tour a lot more in the coming months.  We went on a short tour of the east coast earlier this year and had a lot of fun. 

What are the best ways for Brooklanders to follow and support the band? 

We hope our new neighbors will come support our music at live shows.  They can either look to our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see upcoming show information.

Anything else you would like to tell our readers? 

We are excited to be a part of such a great neighborhood and we hope to see you around!

Town And Gown Chorus Brings CUA And The Neighborhood Together – Sign Up Tonight!

Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music
Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music

Did you know that Brookland has a community choir? TheTown and Gown Singers are CUA’s community chorus, which is open to Brookland residents, CUA students, faculty, staff,  and alumni and basically anyone who wants to sing. The chorus presents two major concerts each year, in addition to performing at various city events. For those interested in experiencing choral music of many styles and getting free vocal instruction, joining the choir is a great opportunity. Rehearsals start today and are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the school year at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Building (Ward Hall) on CUA’s campus and no auditions are required. For more information about the group or to find out how to join , please contact the director, Kevin O’Brien at  obrienk(at)cua(dot)edu or Brookland resident Hayden Wetzel at haydenwetzel(at)hotmail(dot)com or (202) 526-5986.

Art on 8th – Free Events Continue Through August And September

Dance Place Open House 004Last month, we told you about Art on 8th, a new, free series of “interactive music, dance and visual arts events for all ages and abilities”. So far, the events, organized by the good folks at Dance Place have brought live jazz, dance and crafts events to Monroe Street Market and other locations on 8th Street, NE. We think it is just fantastic! Anyway, we just wanted to remind you about the series in case you haven’t had the chance to check one out. Below are the remaining events for August and for September. The venues for these events are:

  • The Monroe Street Market stage is located at the end of the Arts Walk near the Metro by the Drew (Michigan Ave) Bridge
  • The Arts Plaza is the plaza located in front of Dance Place – 3225 8th St. NE
  • Studio 21 is one of the studios located on the Arts Walk that runs the length between Brookland Works Buildings, situated between Monroe and Michigan Aves, NE at 8th Street NE.

August 22 at 6:30pm: Duende Quartet: Smooth Latin Jazz (Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza)

August 23 at 6:30pm: DC Casineros: Cuban Salsa (Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza)

August 24 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts using recycled materials with Carla Perlo (Studio 21 on the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk)

 August 29 at 6:30pm: Vibe Collective: Afro-Cuban Improv Jazz (Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza)

August 30 at 6:30pm: Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble: traditional percussive dance (Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza)

August 31 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts using recycled materials with Carla Perlo (Studio 21 on the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk)

September 5 at 6:30pm: Freddie Dunn Quartet: Live Jazz Quartet (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 6 at 7:00pm: DC Casineros: Cuban Salsa (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 7 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts with Luis Peralta (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market)

September 12 at 6:30pm: Leonardo Lucini: Brazilian Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 13 at 6:30pm: Coyaba Dance Theater: African Dance (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 14 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts with Luis Peralta (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market)

September 19 at 6:30pm: Duende Quartet: Smooth Latin Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 20 at 6:30pm: DC Casineros: Cuban Salsa (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 21 all day: Brookland Arts and Family Day (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market)

September 26 at 6:30pm: Vibe Collective: Afro-Cuban Improv Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 27 at 5:30pm: Freddie Dunn and Carla Perlo: Live Jazz and Hoop Jam (Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market)

September 28 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts with Luis Peralta (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market)

Catholic U Music Library Extends Vinyl LP Giveaway Till The End Of This Week!

Sorry...she's taken!
Sorry…she’s taken!

We posted last week that the Catholic University Music Library is giving away lots of vinyl LP records. We checked in on our good buddy Thad, the CUA Music Library Assistant, and here’s what he had to say:

Shani, advertising our LPs was a great idea. People have been coming in consistently, so much so that we decided to hold on to them for one more week…We absolutely have to get them out by Friday, but please emphasize we want folks to call ahead. We had a lot of people show up without calling this week. No harm done, but it would have been a shame if someone had come a long distance to find we had closed or all the LPs had been taken.

So there you have it folks, if you haven’t had the chance to stop by and score some sweet vintage vinyl, you still have time. Most of the albums are pretty old – think 1960s and earlier, and are mostly classical, with some jazz, musical theatre, and folk thrown in too. As mentioned above, those interested in the giveaway should call the library at 202-319-5424 before heading over, for several reasons including that it is hard to find and you will potentially be walking through a construction zone, given the renovation. Please bring a bag or box to take your records away with you as they don’t have any to spare. The Library will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm all week except for Friday when they are open from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Old School Music Lovers – Catholic U Music Library Is Giving Away Vinyl LPs!

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We learned that the Catholic University Music Library is undergoing a renovation, and is giving away much of their record collection as part of the process. We spoke with CUA Music Library Assistant Thad Garrett, and he told us  “We have hundreds of LPs to give away. It’s mostly classical, but we have a smattering of jazz, musical theatre, and folk. The giveaway lasts until Wednesday the 14th, at which point we’re going to throw away what is left.” We checked out the record collection yesterday and there were some amazing finds! It was hard to only pick a few. For those who are interested in classical music LPs, this is a jackpot as I am guessing that many of these old recordings may not have been digitized yet. It would really be a shame to see all these vintage albums go to waste, so spread the word! 

Those interested in checking out the giveaway should call the library at 202-319-5424 before heading over, since you will be potentially walking through a construction zone, given the renovation. Also, the Music Library is hard to find! Thad recommends that you bring a bag or box to take your records away with you as they don’t have any to spare. The Library will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm today and 9:00 am – 12:00 noon tomorrow, Friday August 9th, as well as from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Wednesday next week.

Save The Jazz Presents “Brookland Jazz Series” – Free Concerts For All!

Brookland Jazz Series logo courtesy of Save The JAZZ
Brookland Jazz Series logo courtesy of Save The JAZZ

Save the JAZZ is an organization whose mission is “to foster an environment in which Jazz music can continue to grow and thrive and to encourage a new, enthusiastic audience to discover and embrace the music.” We were excited to learn that this great organization will be hosting the Brookland Jazz Series which will be free to the public of all ages. From their website:

Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Kick off event

Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 8th Street, NE Washington DC)                                                                                                         4:30pm -6:30pm

Groove to the sounds of trumpeter Freddie Dunn leading a smoking troupe of stellar musicians.Check out cutting-edge art, and meet your resident artists and neighbors! Light refreshments provided

Saturday, September 21

Brookland Jazz Series vol. 2 “One Night in Brookland”                                                                                                                             Brookland Edge Arts Building                                                                                                                                                                                    6:00pm -9:00pm

 A thrilling night of scintillating music, art, food, and fun. Groove to live music from top area bands. Meet and greet exciting luminaries from the DC arts scene. Experience soul-stirring works of art culled from your own backyard! The artists of Brookland Artspace, Dance Place’s ‘Art on 8th’, and Save the JAZZ, join with Cultural DC, and Monroe Street Market to present “One Night in Brookland” installment two of the Brookland Jazz Series!

For more information contact info(at)savethejazz(dot)org or check out their Facebook page.

A Song About Brookland! Are We “A Thousand Miles Away” From The “Rat Race”?

While listening to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition news program the other day we became aware of a new album called MetroSongs, Volume 4: Multi​-​Tracking. The recording artist, Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors set a goal of recording one song about each stop on the DC area Metro Rail System. That got us curious about what the Brookland/CUA Metro song would be like. So here you have it folks (skip (>>I) to song number 9 in the embedded player below for the Brookland song). I copied the lyrics below so you could follow along with the song. Pretty interesting. The song conveys what I think a lot of us associate with Brookland, peace and quiet, gardens, and the sense of being “a thousand miles away” from the “rat race”. There is also a strong nod to the religious institutions in and around the neighborhood, both in the lyrics and organ solo and what sounds kind of like monk chanting at the end of the song. What do you think?

Brookland
(Mendelson)
 
Valerie carefully reflected
Pointing her lens
Framing the shot
With palm treesBut when a car backfired
She lost track of the butterfly
So much for the perfect outdoor dayShe needed peace
Not the rat race
Everyone can see it
But no one really understands
A thousand miles away from Brookland

Valerie thoughtfully inspected
Aspects of her entire life
She was so assured of

And in a quiet place
With nuns and monks
It was clear what she had to do
Gladly leave it all behind

She needed peace
Not the rat race
Everyone can see it but no one really understands
A thousand miles away at Brookland

In the garden it all came down to this
She had a fascinating vision there
Giving her life in service for
All the people who needed it the most

Art On 8th – Free Arts Events At Monroe Street Market And Dance Place Through October

Coyaba Dance Theatre. Photo Couretsy of Dance Place
Coyaba Dance Theatre. Photo Couretsy of Dance Place

The good folks at Dance Place have organized Art on 8th, a new, free series of “interactive music, dance and visual arts events for all ages and abilities”. I am pretty excited that we are starting to see the long-awaited Monroe Street Market area start to come alive with the artsy environment many of us have longed for. Here is the July line up from the Dance Place website:

July 18 at 6:30 pm: Duende Quartet: Smooth Latin Jazz (Monroe Street Market Stage)

July 19 at 6:30pm: POP (People Objects Play):  Interactive Movement Fun with recycled objects (Arts Plaza)

July 20 at 12:30pm: Create flowers from recycled objects with Carla Perlo (Studio 21)

July 25 at 6:30pm: Afro-Cuban Jazz Improvisation with The Vibe Collective (Monroe Street Market Stage)

July 26 at 6:30pm: African Dance and Drumming with Coyaba Dance Theater (Monroe Street Market Stage)

July 27 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts from recycled materials with Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21)

Venues:

  • The Monroe Street Market stage is located at the end of the Arts Walk near the Metro by the Drew (Michigan Ave) Bridge
  • The Arts Plaza is the plaza located in front of Dance Place – 3225 8th St. NE
  • Studio 21 is one of the studios located on the Arts Walk that runs the length between Brookland Works Buildings, situated between Monroe and Michigan Aves, NE at 8th Street NE.

Many thanks to reader Bridget for passing this announcement along!

Tom Goss, Local Musician, Filmed His Latest Music Video In Brookland (NSFW)

We have been friends with Petworth-based musician Tom Goss for many years, he even sang at our wedding. So, of course we were thrilled when he decided to film large parts of his latest music video for the song “Bears” here in our neighborhood. There are scenes filmed in Brookland restaurant Little Ricky’s, along 12th Street NE and in a Brookland backyard on Irving Street, NE. The song is an homage to the “bear” community, a subset of gay men known for being big and burly. The video is meant as contrast to the stereotypical image of  the sharply dressed gay man, with a perfect gym body. Tom wanted to convey that everybody, regardless of size, can feel beautiful and sexy in their own way. The video even caught the attention of the Huffington Post. Warning  – this video is Not Safe For Work (NSFW) and features many half-naked, big, wet, hairy men.