Fête de la Musique
Saturday, June 22, 2pm-3am
Malmaison // 3401 Water St, NW
Entrance Free before 11pm | RSVP
After 11pm: $5 advance, AFDC members
$10 at the door. | Buy Tickets
Inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique, the Alliance Française and Malmaison will play host to a summer journey through many musical worlds.
The Nova Lights | One of the best new bands to hit DC, blending reggae, funk, jazz, and blues into a cocktail of killer grooves.
Taking place along the Potomac River, this grand fête will transform Malmaison and the surrounding area into a haven where musicians, music enthusiasts, artists, and food lovers alike will collide for an all-day musical experience. The festival is a unique opportunity for all Washingtonians to be a part of a worldwide phenomenon that began in France and is now in hundreds of countries around the world.
Kids activities will run from 2-4, with a percussion workshop and drum decorating crafts.
Admission is free from 2pm to 11pm.
Baba Ras D | Baba Ras D, which means "Father of Kings and Queens," is a percussionist, guitarist, performing artist and educator with more than 10 years of experience in youth development, education and conflict resolution. He is the creative director of Revel Youth Shine, Inc., a program designed to keep young people (aged 7 to 21) engaged in positive community oriented activities through music. Don't miss his special percussion workshop for kids!
Natalie J. Plumb and Geoff Browning | An unlikely duo, Natalie J Plumb and Geoff Browning crossed paths at a pay to play and have been making music together ever since. Plumb's music is like a siren, singing contemporary worship while embodying a fluid freshness of spiritual longing and dance-like joy. She immerses listeners with a voice serene one moment and passionately stormy the next – but always pure as the sea.
Browning is the vocalist and guitarist for B Side Shuffle – a touring band that has played for crowds as large as 30,000. Raised from birth to be a musician, Browning initially moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in politics. Fun fact: He composed and performed an original song for the wedding of his friend, Rep. Barney Frank, who became the first member of the U.S. Congress to marry a same-sex partner when he wed his partner, Jim Ready, in July of 2012.
La Unica | Based in Washington, DC, La Unica (in Spanish, "the one and only") is paving the way for Irish-Latin bands the world over with the April 2013 release of their debut, self-titled album! This is America's band, drawing on sounds reminiscent of The Chieftains, Gipsy Kings, Santana, The Pogues, Ozomatli, and the Cranberries... La Unica crosses the bounds of time and nations to reach a unique brand of roots music, combining traditional Irish folk, a panoply of Latin influences, your standard Rock, and Funk ----- and don't forget the cowbell!
Flo Anito | Classically trained in voice, piano, and 'cello, Flo Anito began her singer/songwriter career at age 16 when she got her hands on her first guitar. Her lyrically-driven, jazz-infused pop sound has quickly proven itself to be a thought-provoking addition to the DC music scene.
Gramophonic | A roots-rock quartet from Washington, D.C. whose high-energy music draws heavily on American folk, blues, and gospel styles with songs that evoke the band’s experience living in the Middle East and Asia. Gramophonic features rich harmonies and a rotating cast of acoustic instruments including accordion, mandolin, cello, A guitar, and percussion.
El Bouffon | Mime, poet, painter, El Bouffon's passion for masks, the Commedia dell'arte and drama drove him to literature in search of his own "meaning of farce." He now dedicates his time to giving classes in schools and centers for child creativity. Meanwhile in his studio he realizes his artistic and wild work.
Honest Haloway | Created by D.C.-based songwriter Tim Kratzer, whose unique and provocative sound was developed years before the inception of the first EP, The Towns. The feel of the music evokes a fast-paced night filled with reverie and intrigue and the songs quickly unravel to showcase Kratzer’s haunting vocals, fused with layers of synth textures and nostalgic melodies. His muted tones gradually build and evolve into memorable intervals, creating visceral tracks that retain an ethereal, moody and, at times, a seductive atmosphere. It’s bedroom indie electronica at its prime.
VJ/DJ Arthur Loves Plastic | Bev Stanton, who was born in the Bahamas and raised near Walt Disney World, is Arthur Loves Plastic. She has won over a dozen Washington Area Music Awards in the Electronica category. Her music has appeared in shows on the Discovery Channel, VH1, MTV and other cable television networks. Stanton is one of 24 female electronic artists and deejays profiled in Pink Noises: Women in Electronic Music and Sound (Tara Rodgers; Duke University Press, 2010), alongside Anne Lockwood, Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Le Tigre and Mira Calix. She recently released a 30-minute download EP influenced and created with iPhone apps. She has also made loops of her music available as themes for the Mikrosonic SPC sketchpad app for Android.
VJ Masrae of SND+VSN | SND+VSN is bringing a new vibe to the DC nightlife. SND+VSN is a collaborative force of music, film, and art photography, coming together LIVE. Take a presentation that would normally be shown in an art gallery and put it into a bar setting. Be moved by the images you see or just listen to the music and party with friends.
DJ BEATrix | With an essential mix of booty-shaking tunes with tropical bass, Afro-Brazilian, Balkan beats, Latin, tribal house, Bollywood/Bhangra, NOLA bounce, and other world beats. DJ BEATrix is currently a resident DJ with Meso Creso, Washington's world music and art collective. She's also a co-founder and resident of Ottomania and Tropic of Bass and spins at numerous east coast clubs and private parties, including VelvetLounge, Zeba Bar, Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club, Tropicalia, and House of Yes.
Mettabbana | Mettabbana started as a vinyl collector with a heavy leaning toward world tunes, which soon had him digging through forgotten vinyl crates in Dakar homes or buying music from the streets of Maputo and Luanda. He found his way into DJing by wanting to spread his love for the grooves he would discover. His sets consist of global organic bass tracks (including his own remixes), melded with raw analog and urban electronic music from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the Balkans and beyond. He has been an active part in building DC’s world/global bass music scenes, playing regularly at Tropicalia, Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, Zeba Bar and at various international festivals, among other projects.
*Photo credit Honest Haloway: Sara Nabizadeh
*Photo credit Gramophonic: Abby Greenawalt