BYT Pop Up, Coming here

In case you missed my coverage of Brightest Young Thing’s pop up on DCist, they will be opening an anti-pop-up pop up starting Thursday and running through June 17 at the vacant retail space located at 2213-2217 14th St. NW, where George’s Carry Out, as well as an old DDOT office used to be.

What will the space encompass? Much like BYT itself, it will feature art, music, and booze. They’ve booked synth-pop brothers Bluebrain, DJ Chris Burns, local electro-pop band Painted Face, and rapper Rye Rye. Additionally, Art Whino’s international arts event, the G40 Summit, will be a part of the space takeover, showcasing work from a few dozen artists. There will be live music, fashion events, art talks, standup comedy, etc. mostly for free or on the cheap.

HR-57, courtesy of Somewhat Frank (Flickr)

Well, this is a bummer. The City Paper broke the news this weekend that HR-57, the great live jazz space, is moving to H Street NE in January. HR-57 had been at their location on 14th and Q for 17 years, a pretty big cultural icon of the neighborhood in my mind. The reason they’re leaving? It’s cheaper on H Street.

The slew of neighborhood pioneers and icons that have closed in the last year have really bummed me out. I understand it’s a natural progression of the neighborhood: once a neighborhood gets popular the rents get too high. But I really bemoan the loss of good, independent, creative places that have left the neighborhood.

9:30 club, courtesy of Kevin H. (Flickr)

This is really cool news! The 9:30 Club is starting its own record label, with Justin Jones becoming the first artist they will represent.

9:30 Club will be celebrating their new record label, along with their first release, Jones’s The Little Fox EP on September 16th. The party will feature a Jones performance. While tickets won’t be sold to the general public, you will have opportunities to get them via lottery and social media outlets.

What do you guys think? I do question if this is the right time in the music industry to launch your own label, but I’m a big fan of the 9:30 and support any venture they start.

U street movie series

The second installation of the U Street Movie Series, Buena Vista Social Club, has been postponed because of bad weather. The movie will screen next Tuesday, 7/20.

 If you’re not familiar, the film follows famous Cuban musicians recording an album and performing in the U.S. Gates open at 7 and the movie will start around 8:30.

U Street Music Hall, almost open

If you’ve been following U Street Music Hall on Twitter you know they are SO close to opening. Their opening night will be tomorrow, and they got their ABRA licenses yesterday. They have posted some pictures of their interior on Twitter, and it’s looking nice.

If anyone makes it out to the opening night with DJ Aeroplane on Wednesday, email me and let me know about it. U Street Music Hall promises to be a good addition to the neighborhood.

UPDATE: U Street Music Hall has just tweeted the following: Come by tonight for a preview – doors open tonight at 8, @AlvinRisk live at 9, DJs all night, no cover.

So go check it out and tell me about it! I can’t make it out tonight, otherwise I would be there.

Flamenco at Coppi's

Flamenco at Coppi's

Now this sounds like fun! A few weeks ago I noticed Coppi’s had applied for an entertainment license, and then walking by the other night I saw that they’re now having flamenco dancing and Flamenca Rumba, gypsy music, on Sunday nights. Sounds like a good time, has anyone checked it out?

PS is it just me, I thought flamenco was more of a Spanish thing vs. an Italian?

Live jazz at HR-57

Live jazz at HR-57

I think I’m pretty lucky to live around the corner from where Duke Ellington was born. I love that the history of jazz in the U street area, when it was once known as Black Broadway, means that Thai restaurants and Caribbean restaurants have a jazz night just because they’re on U street. Of course, there are also jazz clubs Twins Jazz and Bohemian Caverns. Then there’s HR-57, my favorite out of all of them.

HR-57 is named after the House Resolution passed over 20 years ago designating jazz as “a rare and valuable national American treasure.” HR-57 was founded 15 years ago to preserve our rare and valuable national treasure and operates as a nonprofit.

There are world renowned jazz musicians who come to play and local jazz musicians. There’s live music Wednesday through Saturday. The cover is $8 for a week night and $12 for a weekend. Corkage fee is $3 a person, and while you can buy glasses of wine or a bottle of beer there, most bring their own. They’ll open your bottle and give you some plastic glasses if you haven’t brought your own.

Heading to HR-57 is a favorite activity for a lowkey night where you don’t feel like a crazy night out but don’t feel like a quiet night in either. While it’s not conducive for conversation, it is a great venue for live jazz.

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