Casey Rae is a man of many talents, and with William Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll he adds “author” to that list. Equal parts history of and on-ramp to all things Burroughs, Cult tells the tales of the long strange trips that artists throughout rock ‘n’ roll history took to worship before their pope of dope,” how the words of one man influenced our modern world in ways we can hardly imagine, and much more!
Brad Mehldau, simply put, is one of the most respected living jazz players on the planet. He’s also one of the most prolific. Think Stephen King levels of prolific, but for music. Many of you may know him from his work covering some Radiohead tunes, but rest assured he is much MUCH more than that. In fact, on his new album Finding Gabriel, he is doing nothing less than searching for the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Suffice to say the album is HEAVY, but it’s also one of the most exhilarating listens of the year in any genre.
Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.
On our latest podcast, we're kicking off a twelve-part series exploring the sounds of our home, where they come from, and where they may be going. Joining us for this inaugural installment of Sounds Of Washington, D.C. are Hometown Sounds host Paul Vodra, and Philip Basnight, one-half of D.C. folk-pop powerhouses Broke Royals.
D.C., being the multi-cultural crossroad that it is, is a great place for musicians from all corners of the globe to team up, influence one another, and create new music. Such was the case for Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, whose members hail from various countries including Romania, Ghana, and Nigeria. The result of their meeting each other? A funky, fourteen-piece orchestra with horn, rhythm, and percussion sections that meld traditional West African musical styles with modern influences. Adding even more to Chopteeth’s worldly vibe are the group’s vocalists who sing in a total of seven foreign languages.
Since forming in 2004, Chopteeth has garnered much local acclaim, most notably through winning numerous Wammies from the Washington Area Music Association. Among the band’s prizes are Wammies for Best World Music Group in 2007, Best Debut Reording in 2008 for their album Struggle, and 2009 Artist of the Year. Chopteeth, reaching a milestone of ten years as a band next year, continue to play local venue and festival circuits as well as travel around the country, sharing the infectious Afrofunk they create.
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