Gorillaz (Photo by Bernard Benant; Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)
Tony Allen died aged 79 of an aortic aneurysm on April 30. He of course was a co-creator of Afrobeat, the fusion of funk, jazz, and African styles that he produced in Nigeria in partnership with Fela Kuti in the late ’60s and ’70s.
Animated downtempo quartet Gorillaz featured Tony on their latest track “How Far,” taken from their new album Song Machine, and it is our Song of the Day.
Aztec Sun performs at the Rosslyn JazzFest 2018. (Photo courtesy Rosslyn BID)
Union Stage is bringing artists to you via Instagram in a livestream for its You & US: A Live Series. Next up is DC’s own Aztec Sun performing via Union Stage’s Instagram on Tuesday, May 5.
KT Tunstall (Photo courtesy Facci PR)
KT Tunstall was asked to provide her soundtrack from her friend Zoe Bell the legendary Hollywood stunt professional who organized an all-female Hollywood quarantine Fight Club — #BossBitchFightChallenge.
Madame Ghandi (Photo by Rikki Wright)
Sixth & I continues its livestream series today with musician and activist Madame Gandhi, who performs for the Sixth & I Living Room Sessions on Facebook Live today, Friday, May 1.
David Wax Museum performs at Union Stage on Dec. 29, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
David Wax Museum has really taken live streaming to heart, broadcasting on Sundays, Tuesdays, and fun, family-friendly shows on Fridays.
Catch the band’s next shows on Friday, May 1, and Sunday, May 3, via Facebook Live.
Songbyrd Music House (Photo by Ben Eisendrath)
While DC’s music venues have been shuttered during the current emergency lockdown, several prominent concert halls have moved to hosting performances online.
So, here’s a round-up of DC venues hosting concerts on Facebook or Instagram along with when you can watch!
Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer performs at Mum’s in Baltimore on May 17, 2019. (Photo by Marc Shea)
Drunken Prayer is the one-man band creation of Handsome Family and Freakwater guitarist Morgan Geer. Morgan has released a new single by Drunken Prayer called “Crazy Alone (Quarantine).”
Cat Janice (Photo courtesy the artist)
DC indie rocker Cat Janice performs in a livestream on Facebook as part of Sixth & I Living Room Sessions on Friday, May 8.
Houses of Heaven (Photo by Effixx)
Layering synths, guitars, electronic percussion, and live drums, Houses of Heaven fuses early industrial and techno rhythms with the melodicism of shoegaze and a heavy dose of dub-influenced effects. Formed in Oakland, California, by Keven Tecon, Adam Beck, and Nick Ott, the band follows up the Remnant EP with their first full-length album titled Silent Places, available May 1 via Felte.
Today, the band released a video for “Dissolve the Floor” from that debut album.
Bobby Thompson (Photo courtesy the artist)
The Hamilton might be temporarily closed, but it still hosts performances on its Facebook page. Wishing you could stop by The Hamilton for happy hour? Missing live music in The Loft? Join The Hamilton Loft Virtual Happy Hour series!
On Wednesday, April 29, The Hamilton Loft Virtual Happy Hour series features DC folk-blues guitarist Bobby Thompson.