Caravan Palace (Photo by Jeremie Bouillon)
Looking for something different, yet fun and embraceable, for your dancing pleasure? Look no further than the French septet Caravan Palace, who cite among their influences Cab Calloway *and* Daft Punk.
The electroswing collective is coming to the United States again off their very strong third album <|°_°|> (pronounced “Robot Face”), and they perform at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, July 5. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Falty & the Defects perform at Chevy Chase Ballroom on Jan. 30, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Falty & the Defects, four five cats from Baltimore, often come over to DC and play some old-school jazz and swing, getting down with crowds at bars and dancehalls.
Falty & the Defects (Photo by J.S. Almonte)
If you like old-fashioned jazz and blues, you should turn up at Chevy Chase Ballroom on Monday, Jan. 30 for Falty & the Defects.
Peaches O’Dell at the Black Cat on Dec. 31, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
I arrived late to the show on Saturday (due to another commitment), but I still managed to catch some tunes in the last set by Peaches O’Dell and Her Orchestra at the Black Cat’s New Year’s Eve Ball on Saturday.
For 23 years on New Years Eve at the Black Cat, Ms. Peaches O’Dell leads her big band through classic dance numbers from the ’20s to the ’50s.
And every year, it’s a hit that cultiminates in a famous conga line. Come out to the Black Cat, where Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra will do it again this year! Peaches and company roll through Latin dance classics, swing, jazz, and more. You can check out some live recordings on YouTube, which are presented in a quirky retro style that captures her taste and style.
Watch a video for a “retro sci-fi” version of “Mambo No. 5” by Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra on YouTube:
“My ultimate goal is happines and celebration for one and all through some remarkable music and crowd energy,” Peaches said in an email to Parklife DC.
Lounge act Tony Anthony & His Malvivants will provide entertainment between sets when Peaches and Her Orchestra take a break. Downstairs in the back stage, DJ Dredd provides more contemporary entertainment.
Metrorail will run until 3am on New Year’s Eve, and the Black Cat is conveniently located a few blocks away from the U Street Metro Station. Make plans to dance the night away with Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra.
Tickets are available online.
Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra
w/ Tony Anthony & His Malvivants, DJ Dredd
Saturday, Dec. 31
The Bumper Jacksons perform at Biscuit Jam 2016 in DC on Saturday, August 6. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
The Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. turned two years old recently, and instead of simply selling $2 biscuits or some other kitschy idea, it threw a proper birthday bash in Ivy City and called it the Biscuit Jam.
Held at the Industrious Warehouse (1900 Kendall St. NE, DC) on Saturday, Biscuit Jam offered up music, drink, food, and art on a sunny day. The full entertainment line-up consisted of a slate of regional bands: Jonny Grave & The Tombstones, Justin Trawick & The Common Good, Oh He Dead, Jahnel Daliya, Brian Farrow & What Got Over, Ampersand Stringband, and The Bumper Jacksons.
Caravan Palace get into the swing of things at the 9:30 Club on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Clad in an elegant, short black dress, Zoé Colotis slides out onto the 9:30 Club stage and starts to sashay and sing, shooting rapid-fire words as she wiggles her hips.
In “Lone Digger” from the new album by her band Caravan Palace, Zoé makes a call for getting out to dance. And her audience Thursday night responds in kind, jumping, dancing, and clapping along to the rare treat of the French electroswing band.
Caravan Palace (Photo by Antoine Delaporte)
Electro-swing septet Caravan Palace will launch a North American tour, visiting from Paris, this week in support of their third full-length album, <|°_°|> (also known as Robot Face), released last year via Le Plan Recordings.
PopMatters hailed the album as the #2 pop record of 2015, and it hit #3 on the Billboard Electronic/Dance Album chart. The band officially released two singles from the album so far, including the high-energy “Lone Digger,” which came with a smartly animated video (viewed more than 12 million times!) that reminds us perhaps why natural enemies in the animal kingdom shouldn’t drink together.
Watch the official music video for “Lone Digger” by Caravan Place on YouTube:
During their tour, Caravan Palace stops locally at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, May 26 — a perfect place and a perfect time to get out and party.
Caravan Palace consists of vocalist Zoé Colotis and founding members Hugues Payen (violin), Charles Delaporte (upright bass) and Arnaud Vial (guitar) alongside Antoine Toustou (trombone, machines). They take their cues from influences as diverse as Cab Calloway and Daft Punk. All in all, Caravan Palace are a high-energy, upbeat dance machine with a refreshing sound built around horns and keyboards. Check them out!
Tickets are available online.
Thursday, May 26
Parov Stelar (Photo by Stefan Sappert)
Once the exotic and kinetic Cleo Panther stepped on stage to add vocal to the jazz meets electroswing meets house beats of Parov Stelar, the audience knew full well they were in for a sophisticated if unusual show for our city.
From the first song, the Parov Stelar Band brought some remarkably fresh energy — and I daresay ideas — to the 9:30 Club in their debut US performance as a full band. And the nearly sold-out crowd welcomed them with open arms. The audience clearly was full of people who knew their modern swing superband but rarely got the opportunity to see them perform live, as they are a European phenomenon not as well known in the United States.
Eight-piece Gypsy brass band Black Masala has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for their new album.
The DC swing octet plans to enter the studio in May, and so they are hoping to raise $5,000 by May 15. If Black Masala raises any extra money, they will put it toward publicity and travel costs in support of a tour to support the album.
“The past three years have been a wild ride for Black Masala, the eclectic brass band from Washington, DC. The band has quickly become a crowd favorite and is excited to get into the studio and record a brand new album soon,” the band said on its Indiegogo page.
Contributors can donate amounts from $5 to $1,500. Perks and prizes for donating include:
- Black Masala’s New Album Bundles
- T-Shirt / Hoodie Bundles
- Singing Telegrams
- Skype or In-person Music Lessons with the Band Member of Your Choice
- Studio Invites to Sit-in on the Recording of Black Masala’s New Album
- Custom Artwork and Clothing
- VIP Passes to a Live Show of Your Choice
- Live Performance/Private Party Packages and Educational Clinics Packages
Watch a video of Black Masala performing “Super Good” at the 9:30 Club on Jan. 10, 2015, while opening for the Pietasters:
Black Masala won two 2013 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association for Best New Artist and Best World Album of the Year. Its members include:
- Mike Ounallah – Vocals, Drums, Percussion
- Kristen Long – Vocals, Percussion
- Monty Montgomery – Sousaphone, Vocals, Percussion
- Yannick LePage – Accordion
- Kirsten Warfield – Trombone
- Steven Cunningham – Trumpet
- Duff Davis – Electric Guitar
- Tomas Drgon – Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
For more information on the band, visit its website at http://www.blackmasala.com. The band is offering a free track, “Bhangra V,” to visitors to http://blackmasala.com/dl. Enter code 2zci-ik3c.