Live Review: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley @ The Anthem — 7/13/19

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Damian Marley performs at The Anthem on July 13, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

The idea of a “family business” may be an antiquated notion for some but not if you’re a Marley. Bob Marley’s progeny have been making hits for decades and there’s no sign of that tradition ending. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley recently took the spotlight at The Anthem in DC. The three-time Grammy winner performed his signature dancehall reggae, father’s timeless classics, and possibly introduced us to the next Marley hitmaker.

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Live Review: Helado Negro @ U Street Music Hall — 6/28/19

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Helado Negro (Photo courtesy of RVNG Intl.)

What does black ice cream taste like? If you’re Roberto Carlos Lange, you may say it’s a combination of flavors that inexplicably vary with every lick. The producer and singer-songwriter, better known as Helado Negro (“black ice cream” in Spanish), served up an eclectic mix of synth-pop, electro-folk, and Latin music during a recent performance at DC’s U Street Music Hall.

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Live Review: Ibeyi @ 9:30 Club — 6/9/19

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Ibeyi performs at 9:30 Club on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

In a modern world, it may be easy to overlook our ancestry, but often these influences cannot be denied — they beat louder than a drum. French-Cuban duo Ibeyi weaved their Afro-Caribbean heritage with hip-hop, electronic music, and soul during a recent show at DC’s 9:30 Club.

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Live Review: Jamila Woods @ Union Stage — 6/4/19

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Jamila Woods performs at Union Stage on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

“What will your legacy be,” poet Margaret Burroughs asked in her poem of the same name. It’s a lofty question, but one not lost on Chicago singer, songwriter, activist, and award-winning poet Jamila Woods during a recent sold-out show at DC’s Union Stage.

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Live Review: J.I.D @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/3/19

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J.I.D performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

East Atlanta rapper J.I.D recently kicked off the second leg of the Catch Me If You Can Tour. The latest member of J. Cole’s seemingly unstoppable Dreamville Records label performed for a sold-out audience at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently.

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Live Review: Tobe Nwigwe @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 4/8/19

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Tobe Nwigwe performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

How do you make purpose popular without coming off preachy? First, you learn how to rock a crowd. That’s exactly what Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe (pronounced nuh-wee-gweh) did during a recent show at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

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Live Review: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ MGM National Harbor — 2/20/19

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Anderson .Paak performs at MGM National Harbor on Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Federal government offices in DC closed for a day due to snow recently, but icy evening conditions didn’t deter fans from venturing out to see Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. The sold-out show at the MGM National Harbor was part of the “Andy’s Beach Club World Tour” that kicked off earlier this month.

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Live Review: Gregory Porter @ Strathmore Music Center — 2/15/19

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Gregory Porter performs at Strathmore Music Center on Feb. 15, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Two-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter provided a bonus night of romance for a Strathmore Music Center audience not ready to let go of Valentine’s Day recently. The baritone vocalist gave a virtuoso performance as he delivered his deeply personal lyrics and paid tribute to jazz greats.

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