Live Review: Boldy James @ Songbyrd Music House — 10/6/21

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Boldy James in his element at Songbyrd Music House on Oct 6, 2021. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

Bo knows football and baseball but Boldy knows rap. Boldy knows the “Drug Zone” in Detroit and James Jones aka Boldy James knows exactly what his diehard fans want when he stops through a venue like Songbyrd Music House in Washington DC Wednesday night. 

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Live Review: J. Cole @ Capital One Arena — 10/4/21

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J. Cole performs during his ‘Off-Season Tour’ at Capital One Arena on Oct 4, 2021. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

It’s the 4th quarter, you’re down by 2 and the game is on the line, who better to pass the ball to for the game winning shot other than Grammy award winning, label owner, and hip-hop Icon Jermaine Lamarr Cole aka J. Cole. 

After a two year live performance hiatus Cole returns to Capital One Arena in Washington DC Monday (Oct 4th) for the 8th stop along his highly anticipated nationwide outing The Off-Season Tour. The tour features frequent collaborator 21 Savage, upcoming Dreamville artist Morray, and rising comedian/social media star Druski. No surprise that the 20,000+ capacity venue was filled to the rafters with anxious Cole stans chanting “Dreamville, Dreamville, Dreamville!” in-between each openers set. The stadium was on fire quite literally and figuratively.

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Song of the Day: “Big Steppa” by Dayon Greene

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Dayon Greene (Photo courtesy Leoht House)

Dayon Greene recently shared the video for “Big Steppa” off his 2020 debut album, Me.

Inspired by his love for soccer the visual is an homage to the game (“If you not playing to win, what you playing fo?”), but much could be said off the field. Where power and precision collide, Dayon intricately weaves parallels from the sport to his experience as an artist. On the cusp of stardom, the DMV rapper shows what staying the course gets you.

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Song of the Day: “Ride” by Kandisha and Falcons

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Kandisha and Falcons (Photo courtesy Sacks & Co.)

Producer Falcons and LA rapper Kandisha debut a new song, “Ride,” and its accompanying video.

The track was inspired by Black Lives Matter protests across the country, and recorded after the two artists attended a march together in Los Angeles earlier this year.

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Livestream Preview: José James and Taali @ Noon Chorus, 8/13/20

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José James (Photo by Janette Beckman)

Rainbow Blonde Records presents a special livestream with José James and Taali from the legendary Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York via NoonChorus on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Live performances include José’s future soul album No Beginning No End 2 (which features Aloe Blacc, Ledisi & Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, Taali & more) and Taali’s Were You Busy Writing Your Heart Out? EP — both released earlier this year on Rainbow Blonde Records.

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Song of the Day: “Motivation” by Priest Da Nomad

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Priest Da Nomad (Photo still courtesy ADST Media)

Priest Da Nomad releases his new single and video “Motivation,” from his current album The Manhood Project, which reminds us that human beings all over the world are embracing the concept of caring for one another through everyday acts of kindness, and providing inspiration in so many ways!

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Song of the Day: “Pac-Man” by Gorillaz featuring ScHoolboy Q

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Gorillaz with ScHoolBoy Q (Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

It’s no secret by now that Gorillaz are making some of the most alluring music of the pandemic. With the animated band’s Song Machine project, 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel are turning out banger after banger with special guest stars.

Gorillaz’s latest is no exception as the band team with American rapper ScHoolboy Q for “Pac-Man.”

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Around Town: Congrats to the 2020 Wammie Award Winners

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Elizabeth II won the 2020 Wammie Award for Best Rock Song with “Lonely.” (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The MusicianShip recognized winners of the 2020 Washington Area Music Awards, or Wammies, in a series of virtual announcements with Events DC last week.

Parklife DC salutes the 2020 Wammie Award winners!

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Live Review: Eze Jackson @ Creative Alliance Sidewalk Serenades — 7/4/20

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Eze Jackson performs as part of the Creative Alliance’s Sidewalk Serenades on July 4, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)

On a hot afternoon recently, right outside of my house in East Baltimore, the amazing Eze Jackson gave a spirited Sidewalk Serenade.

Sidewalk Serenades is a program through the Creative Alliance in Baltimore that helps local musicians provide socially distanced performances as a way to provide a vital line from artists to audience in the age of COVID-19. But it has the added benefit of highlighting the best musical artistry in and around Baltimore. And Eze Jackson is certainly one of the best.

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