The last time Philadelphia soul spinner extraordinaire King Britt played in Washington, DC he was on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial during the 2014 Forward Festival. Ideally, Britt's style will work at H Street's, The Lodge at Red Rocks because if headed out with a group of people who love dance, hip-hop, classic R & B and top-40 taken to a progressive place, he'll keep everyone intrigued, excited and dancing all night.
Opening for Britt is DC's Adrian Loving, who as a DJ has most recently gained tremendous acclaim for being a part of the East coast's beloved 80s funk/soul explosion known as Axel F. If the idea of hearing disco boogie, champagne soul and jheri curl activated R & B sounds like a fun night on the town, the cosmopolitan man about town Loving is more than up to the task.
Here's three more reasons to check out King Britt at The Lodge at Red Rocks.
a) Remember jazz-rap favorites Digable Planets whose "Rebirth of Slick" was an unlikely pop/rap hit in 1992? When the rap trio toured with Sade, King Britt was chosen to serve as their DJ for the three month touring stint.
b) In 2007, Britt was a fellow in the prestigious and Philadelphia-based Pew Fellowship in the Arts program, which supports an artist's ability to explore and create unique material that will ultimately aid in their long-term development.
c) To get a true sense of Britt's diverse tastes, consider the idea that he's worked with the likes of rappers De La Soul, legendary saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. and also fellow Philly-based house producer (of 1993's "Higher States of Consciousness" fame) Josh Wink.
If looking for a night on the town where the vibe will be funky, but veer into all grooves both known and unknown (yet magically still keep you dancing), a night with King Britt will more than satisfy a desire for the familiar with a side order of something much more. More event details HERE.
Local legend DJ Dirty Hands will be hard at work maintaining his well-respected status at The Lodge at Red Rocks this Saturday night (12/20). With a set that will in all likelihood (as he has) evolve from hip-hop and dive into EDM while still remaining entirely crowd-friendly, he'll showcase why he's likely more important as a top selector and turntablist than ever before. In an era where the Nation's Capital is in many ways experiencing incredible growth and development insofar as the music and nightlife industries, DJ Dirty Hands still maintains an iconic stature.
If familiar with (or new) to dance music and nightlife and on the fence, here's a few solid reasons that you may not be aware of to check out Dirty Hands' set on Saturday night:
a) He's checked two major achievements by which modern era DJs of all styles and backgrounds are judged. What are they? He's both been a Red Bull Music Academy mentor and an Official NBA All-Star Game party DJ. It's not hyperbole to say that he's rocked with (and for) the best.
b) He's spun at 1 Oak in New York City, DC's infamous Park at 14th, LA's legendary Chateau Marmont and Baltimore's "Get Down" party. Catching him in the more intimate confines of DC's H Street corridor is rare. If a DJ, dance or nightlife fanatic, any of those locales certainly ring bells insofar as providing quality experiences.
c) He's opened the nightspot Heist in DC's downtown Golden Triangle, but as with many DJs across the city, still very interested in what's happening over on H Street, NE. The area is hot right now, and with a top-tier sound system installed, The Lodge at Red Rocks is one of very few venues in the area ideally suited for his set.
DJ Dirty Hands is a DJ's DJ and tastemaker's favorite, locally and nationally. He's cosigned by the likes of DC-to-global mix-master phenom DJ Enferno, with rising names like DC's DJ Brad Piff stating that he always "elevates his game whenever [Dirty Hands] is around." As well, the Washington Post's lifestyle columnist Fritz Hahn remarks, "I remember when [Dirty Hands] was spinning backpacker hip-hop in the '90s; Now he's a party-rocker extraordinaire."
D-NICE is a DJ, producer, rapper, photographer and true gentlemen. Growing up in the Bronx, D-Nice emerged as a rapper and producer in the late 80s as part of Boogie Down Productions (BDP) where he was mentored by the late DJ Scott La Rock and developed his talent as a teenager alongside rap legend KRS- One. He then began to expand his production by working solo with Queen Latifah. D-Nice is also credited as discovering Kid Rock, while producing his early work as well. In the 90s, D-Nice released two solo albums with Jive records, including the hit single "Call Me D-Nice," which reached the top of Billboards rap chart. In the late 00’s, inspired by his peers, Q-Tip, Mark Ronson, and DJ Cassidy, D-Nice begin to elevate himself as the world renowned DJ he is today. He’s since rocked parties on every corner of the globe with and for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Billy Joel, Rihanna, Prince, Kid Rock, Wiz Khalifa, Russell Simmons, Zac Posen and many more. He is also part of the highly respected NYC quarterly called “The Originals” which is an event made up of himself and DJ’s Clark Kent, Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong & Tony Touch. But like any modern day renascence man, D-Nice has expanded his art beyond music in other avenues, such as visual art whereas photography has given him the chance to catalog his life and experiences along the way.
I am personally lucky enough to bring great artists that I truly respect to this amazing city of ours. That being said, The Joodlum Group and THE LODGE AT REDROCKS is very proud to have D-NICE on Saturday June 6th, alongside JEROME BAKER III and The Lodge resident, SHARKEY. Action starts at 8pm. NO COVER! Event Link HERE.
Large Professor is the NYC based producer, DJ and MC that demanded the world’s attention from his work on the widely successful A Tribe Called Quest album, “Midnight Marauders.” But it was years beforehand that Large Processor, also known as Extra P or Large Pro, broke into the industry as producer and MC for the group Main Source.
Large Professor soon after became a full-time producer and worked with every monumental act in hip-hop from Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. & Rakim, Mobb Deep, Grand Puba, and Busta Rhymes, to the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Common, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, and Gang Starr, while also serving as mentor and collaborator to Nas. Some say it was his legendary work on Nas’ forever classic “Illmatic” record that put him in the books as one of the world’s best hip-hop producers. About.com ranked Large Professor #5 on its Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers list.
Whatever Large Professor touches seems destined to become classic and through it all, this Queens auteur continues to push the movement forward whether lacing others or blazing his own path. The Lodge At RedRocks is very excited to have Large Professor on Saturday May 31st for an exclusive DJ set. Also on the bill is DJ Stylus of The Sol Power All Stars and localy acclaimed DJ/producer, SHARKEY. Doors are at 8pm. As always at The Lodge, NO COVER.
This Saturday, hip-hop legends reunite at one of DC's best venues, The Lodge At RedRocks. It was almost 25 years ago when two Columbia University students started what was the most influential radio show in music history, The Stretch & Bobbito Show.
Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia paved the way for many of music's biggest stars, featuring New York's best but mostly unknown artists at the time, spotlighting their talents on the weekly radio show responsible for catapulting many of rap's largest names today. Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem and Wu-Tang Clan to name a few. The Source Magazine called The Stretch & Bobbito Show the greatest radio show of all time. The show ran for almost 10 years before Stretch & Bobbito went on to pursue their own individual ventures. Both still remaining influential figures in the world of music. This Saturday, March 29th, Stretch and Bobbito reunite again for one of DC's biggest nights at The Lodge At RedRocks for a FREE event. That's right, this is a FREE event. Get there early. Opening sets from JahSonic and Sharkey. Doors open at 8pm.
Facebook Event Page HERE.
On April 15, Sony Legacy releases Illmatic XX, the 20th anniversary edition reissue of Nas' classic LP Illmatic. It features a bonus disc containing rare remixes, demos, and freestyles. The second disc includes the above rare and commercially unreleased freestyle from Nas' October 28, 1993 appearance on "The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show" alongside Grand Wizard.
If you weren't able to make it out to see RICH MEDINA w/JAHSONIC & SHARKEY last week, experience the night through these very intimate photos from DC CEDAR of The Joodlum Group and see why The Lodge at Red Rocks H Street was called "the neighborhoods most essential DJ venue" by The Washington Post. If you see yourself or someone you know, please tag them in the photos. Thanks! View all photos HERE.
FRIDAY AT STICKY RICE - THE PARTY HARDER PARTY
John & Laura team up again for their wild rager of ass shaking videos & PBR's at Sticky Rice.