Wiz Khalifa smokes a joint while performing at the National Cannabis Festival on April 23, 2022. (Photos by Shedrick Pelt)
The National Cannabis Festival returned to RFK Stadium Festival Grounds recently to celebrate the leaps and bounds the cannabis community has made in the name of cannabis advocacy. Vendors, food trucks, local merchants, and of course smokers gathered to fellowship around the love for their favorite pastime.
A crowd estimated at 20,000+, throughout the day of April 23, showed up early to take advantage of the beautiful weather in the DMV. Carts and coolers in tow, the amazing musical lineup had everyone excited as they claimed their spot for the evening. Pro Cannabis organizations Legacy DC & Gifted Curators provided an educational element with a panel of speakers featuring Dead Prez’s M-1 and adult film star Sara Jay.
Glenn Close with Warren Buffett at Fortune The Most Powerful Women on Oct. 15, 2013, in DC. (Photo courtesy Fortune Live Media)
It was a scripted comedy routine at the 93th Annual Academy Awards, but it was still all kinds of awesome to see accomplished actress Glenn Close name-check go-go bands Experience Unlimited and Backyard Band at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday.
Tricky (Photo by Erik Weiss)
Tricky announces his 14th studio album, Fall to Pieces, out Sept. 4 on his own label False Idols, and shares its lead single/video, “Fall Please.”
The legendary producer might be over three decades deep into his music career but he’s currently on an especially prolific run. In the last year, he dropped the enchanting 20,20 EP and put out an acclaimed autobiography, Hell Is Round the Corner.
Anthony Hamilton performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug 3, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion returned for its 14th year recently. This year’s line-up was a blend of soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, and GO-GO, featuring superstars Anthony Hamilton, Jhené Aiko, Raphael Saadiq, DVSN, PJ Morton, and Kyle Dion. The festival also spotlighted DC bands like Be’la Dona with Suga Bear, Backyard Band, and Sirius and Company. It was a great day for music in the DMV! Continue Reading
Jeffrey Tribble Jr., Executive Director of The MusicianShip, addresses the Butterfly Bash in 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
The MusicianShip, a nonprofit dedicated to providing music education to DC youth, sponsored its first Wammie Awards, recently choosing “the best of the best” among DC musicians for recognition to continue the mission of the dissolved Washington Area Music Association.
As editor of Parklife DC, I was a judge and a presenter for the 2019 Wammie Awards at the Lincoln Theatre on March 31, and I’m pleased to provide the full list of winners.
Rare Essence performs at City Winery on March 17, 2019. (Photos by Andy Jillson; Words by Joshua Hudson.)
City Winery seemed like a long way from where this night might have gone down in 1976. But Rare Essence have been bringing their go-go sound to audiences around the DC area for 43 years now, and they brought it again at the winery recently.
Trouble Funk performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 17, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Trouble Funk have done it again, folks. This time they brought their pioneering DC go-go sound to The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, and they did not disappoint.
Trouble Funk performs at The Anthem on Dec. 31, 2018. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
DC native Tony “Big Tony” Fisher will bring his pioneering DC go-go band Trouble Funk to The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Tony “Big Tony” Fisher of Trouble Funk at the official Hip-Hop Museum Launch Party at Blind Whino on Jan. 18, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Thanks to Dave Mays (founder of The Source Magazine), Jeremy Beaver (owner of Listen Vision Studios/founder of Hip-Hop Museum), and Culture House (formerly Blind Whino), DC has yet another museum to add to its proverbial list.
Raheem DeVaughn performs at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
R&B sensation Raheem DeVaughn organized a big holiday show at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, and Chris Castillo was there to photograph it! The show was all about uniting people, and Raheem was accompanied by the legendary go-go band Backyard Band, Major, Faith Evans, and several other acts!