As we passed the Electric Maid while we cruised the streets of D.C., we noticed the venues quaint size and comforting vibe. The place was obscure, yet inviting. Art from the SeshCollective (@seshcollectiv) and Dieglo (@dearestdieglo) decorated the walls and the stage as DJ Sweendawg (@djsweendawg) spinned a mix of music from an array of underground artists. The venue (which was empty 30 minutes ago) was now jam packed with performers, artists and underground culture enthusiasts who, just like us, had come to check out and support the talent.
As the event began, the energy was very high. Mark Carson (@itsmarkcarson), the host of the event (who donned a pair of dark shades the entire evening) readily greeted attendees as they entered the venue. Participants were extremely rowdy yet extraordinarily involved and interested in each performer who took the stage that night. Performers included Lil Xelly (@lilxelly), Texaco (@therealtexako), RewindRaps (@rewindraps) and Charlie Monroe (@itscharliemonroe) amongst others. As far as the 757 being represented, there was certainly no shortage of VA artists in the building. Shini Gang, AJ? (@ajquestionmark), ZaeK (@zaekta) and Bittersweet (@bitteraintshit) really set the tone as far as performances goes. The VA artists had the audience engaged 100% and gave some of the most high energy sets of the night.
All in all, the event was very successful. The show was a hub for DMV creatives where everyone who attended was able to see some dope art, experience engaging performances and network with other like minded creatives, making for an amazingly fulfilling and inspiring evening.
Last night. at Charlies Cafe, IIIDAZE hosted their own show which they entitled “To The Grave”. The show was in celebration of the release of their new album “Stars Never Die” and featured a very diverse lineup of artists including VonSensei, Daniel Hex, Breezepark and Bittersweet.
The show began with a set by DJ Scholaship and then VonSensie’s set where he preformed all new music including his newest release “Staring and Smiling”. Next we heard from Daniel Hex, a Detroit based artist who is featured on the song “Stellar” on “Stars Never Die”. After an intermission where we were entertained with sounds by Andre Palace, Bittersweet took the stage and performed new music as well as fan favorites such as “Bitteraintshit” and of course, “Im No Bitch”. As we came to the end of the show, Breezepark gave a very high energy performance which set the tone well for IIIDAZE to come on stage and close the show out. IIIDAZE preformed “Elixer”, “Queens”, and “Stellar” with Daniel Hex along with other songs from the newly released album.
In conclusion, the show was a very well put together display of underground talent. We can’t wait to see what IIIDAZE has in store for fans next. Check out their new album “Stars Never Die” here!
Photo by @Playknows
After a long hiatus from performing, Breezepark has kicked off the summer off by headlining their very own show at the NorVa this past weekend. The Suffolk based collective, who has just released their new project “Bloom”, had generated quite a buildup around this event and anyone lucky enough to be in attendance would certainly agree that they did not disappoint.
The concert itself was a perfect reflection of the group themselves, being that it was very high energy, top quality and extremely diverse. The lineup for the show was quite impressive and versatile featuring artists such as IIIDAZE, another up and coming collective from the VA area who has gained a lot of attention from the recent release of their “Night Shift” visual, as well as iLPackMob, a more seasoned collective who have come to be known as a favorite in the 757 area. Other artists on the lineup included Laws, FullMetalParkas and Zara Bash who is also featured on Breezeparks song “Paradise”. The sounds for the evening were provided by DJs Andre Palace and Ril McCoy, both of which did an incredible job of keeping the energy flowing for the entire duration of the show.
Overall the event made for a great evening. Each artist and group brought out their own following which contributed to a very diverse audience full of fans, who at the end of the night, did not leave disappointed.
Check out pictures from the event captured by @nsightz
Check out Breezeparks new album “Bloom” here!