On his follow up to 2018’s The Optimist, Ryan Porter and his friends the West Coast Get Down are once again swinging for the fences and bring jazz into the spotlight for a whole new generation. Rehearsed and recorded in five-hour bursts in multiple locations, Force For Good is a fearless step forward into the future of American jazz that celebrates America’s greatest art form even as it challenges what came before it. Join us as we discuss Porter’s seemingly limitless talent, the normalization of jazz in the popular culture, and much more.
Empire of the Sun brought all the costumes, set props, and backup dancers you know and love for three-night, completely sold-out stop at The Showbox in Seattle, all in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut album Walking on a Dream.
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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