For those of you who enjoy talented, local performers… look no further than ArtUnplugged this weekend! There are plenty of acts to go see:
Tonight, check out Triflava, a DC-based progressive hip-hop band consisting of three members, Christylez Bacon (emcee, beatbox, guitar, djembe), Slyce-D (emcee, poet, beatbox), and Myke P. (piano, guitar, djembe, etc). All members are from the Southeast section of the District Of Columbia. Christylez and Myke P. started performing together around September 2005, however Christylez and Slyce-D was friends since 8th Grade, when they called themselves, Flava. With all of them being students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, they crossed paths and connected musically. With the addition of super-musician Myke P. (Mychael Pollard), they add the prefix tri, meaning three and became the urban musical ensemble, TriFlava. For more information, please visit http://www.myspace.com/triflava.
Thursday, don’t miss Maimouna Youssef + Band at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse. Maimouna “Luna E” Youssef is a seasoned singer, emcee, songwriter and poet. As a youth she joined the Baltimore/Washington based musical theater group, called Uprising. Maimouna toured nationally with Uprising as a lead vocalist. At 16 Youssef along with her cousin Omari “AzIz” Forman-Bey, formed the jazz/hip-hop/funk/ band, called Cirius B. Maimouna Youssef also won the title of “Baltimore’s Idol” appearing frequently on Baltimore’s Fox 45 morning show as well as every major local radio station. In 2004 Luna E and band mate AzIz relocated to Philadelphia to work with Grammy Award winning producer, James Poyser. Youssef was then asked to sing lead vocals on the Roots’ new hit single, “ It don’t feel right.” Shortly thereafter, she was packing her bags as she joined them on their world tour. Most recently Maimouna has received credits in the Vibe, USA Today and many other prestigious magazines for her haunting vocal chorus on the Roots, “ It Don’t Feel Right,” which received a Grammy nomination in 2007 for best rap song. Maimouna is currently in the studio recording her debut solo album. Youssef describes the album as, “feel good music,’ layered with colorful harmonies and sincere lyrics that revere the past styles we all love, while ushering in a new wave of sound.
Friday, start the weekend right with Nistha Raj at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Nistha Raj’s initial training in music began with an introduction to western classical violin at the age of nine, which she pursued until graduating from the University of Houston in 2003. Because of her Indian heritage, she was exposed to the classical music of India from childhood and had a desire to deeper into the study of the Hindustani classical violin. To immerse herself in the music and culture of India, in 2004, Nistha traveled to India to study the oldest form of classical music, Dhrupad. Upon her return to the US in 2007, Nistha has remained constant in her pursuit of music by continuing to develop her skills and technique.
For an entertaining Saturday evening, check out Finn Maccol, also at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Named after one of Ireland’s legendary leaders, Finn MacCool delivers Celtic based original music with an edge. They combine the magic of ancient times with the excitement of driving rock, creatively blending instruments and styles from both spheres. Finn MacCool will take you on a journey through ancient Ireland to modern America.
Hope to see some of you out there!