June Featured Artists and Events!

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JUNE DC LOCAL MUSIC DAY – Wednesday June 6th
Visit http://www.listenlocalfirst.com to check out participating businesses
June Featured Artists: Visit their site, download their album!
Fire and the Wheel- http://fireandthewheel.com/
Mynoni & Friends – http://mynoniandfriends.com/
Donvonte McCoy – http://www.donvontemccoy.com/
JUNE SHOWCASES & COLLABORATIONS
  •  Capital Bop Jazz Loft Mega Fest, Saturday June 9th 3:00pm – 2:00am –  LLF will co-sponsor Capital Bop’s Mega Jazz Loft as the culmination of the DC Jazz Festival.  Purchase tickets HERE to enjoy the  pop-up shop, art gallery, improvised music venue, movie theater, eatery and more!
  • Second Annual DC Flag Day Celebration, Thursday June 14th – The Rally and Party sponsored by DC Vote, LLF and L.U.V DC will start in Dupont Circle and end at Eighteenth Street Lounge – More Details HERE
  • Listen Local First presents Dance For The Dying at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Wednesday June 27th 6:00pm – 7:00pm
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May Featured Artists and Showcases!!!

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Local Music Day May 9th 
Listen Local First Showcase May 17th @ Blackbyrd
Panel Discussion on Web Streaming and Digital Platforms for Local Music Discovery: Presentations and Discussion from Tixelated, ESL Music and MORE…
Live Music Performances by: The Grey Area, Teen Mom, Adrian Kyrgowski and MORE
Artists:
Mary Alouette – http://maryalouette.com/
Teen Mom – http://teenmomdc.com/
All Good Funk Alliance – http://www.allgoodfunkalliance.com/
Don’t Miss:
Participating Businesses


Tryst, Open City, The Diner, Flying Fish Coffee, Yola, Sova, Domku, Local 16, Fojol Bros, The Big Board, Ebenezers, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Pulp, Nana, Big Bear Cafe, Mellow Mushroom, Busboys & Poets, Qualia Coffee, Acre 121, Marvin/Blackbyrd, Blind Dog Cafe

April Featured Artists and Showcases!!!

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April Featured Artists: Visit their site, download their album
Latristic –  http://latristic.com/
Victoria Vox – http://www.victoriavox.com/
Les Rhinoceros – http://lesrhino.bandcamp.com/
Kindlewood – http://kindlewood.co/

 

APRIL SHOWCASES

During Lumen8 Anacostia (http://www.lumen8anacostia.com/), using a combination of projection, art installation and live music performance, Gallery O onH Streetwill recreate their gallery and courtyard in a historic Anacostia building.  Located at2021 Martin Luther King Blvd.the event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. and will showcase outsider artist, Brian Dowdell and live music by Listen Local First.  The pop-up gallery, much like the space at 1347 H Street, will combined art and music allowing music to flow into the street using using speakers to project the music out the windows of the second floor space.

Performing Artists: Rene Moffatt, Justin Trawick, The Sweater Set, Jess Dye of Lightfoot

Listen Local First presents Birdlips at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium – April 20th  

Friday 20th Listen Local First kicks off its newest monthly Kennedy Center local showcase withe Birdlips at the Millennium Stage 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

Blossom Bake & Brew at Gallery O on H St – April 21st 4:00pm – 7:00pm

– Exclusive Beer Tasting from Chocolate City

– Pocket Pies from Dangerously Delicious Pies

– Listen Local First Music Showcase featuring Lightfoot and Victoria Vox

More event details HERE

The Water St. Project and Listen Local First – April 20th – 21st

Friday April 20th 8PM – 2AM Water Street Project Grand Opening

The Water Street Project opening, sponsored by Honest Tea, showcases the core collaborators of this project “the Artists.” The Water Street Project includes Murals and Installations by artists Kelly Towles, Brandon Hill, James Kerns, Dafna Steinberg, Kate Campagna, Maggie O’Neil, James Meade, Paul Mericle, Billy Mode, Gaia, Gregg Deal, Jacqueline Levine, Drew Storm Graham, Tariq Tucker, and Hamilton Riley . Evening Programming and Listen Local First Showcase will include special music performance by Lightfoot, Ugly Purple SweaterTypefighter, and Cold Fronts (Philly).

This event is Free ($8 Suggested Donation – proceeds go to musicians) Open to Public http://www.waterstproject.com/

Saturday April 21st 8PM – 2AM Listen Local First presents Record Store Day Showcase

Listen Local First DC is a local music initiative devoted to building awareness and creating opportunities for LOCAL MUSICIANS and venues in order to raise the profile of DC’s local music scene. LLF partners with local musicians, local arts organizations, local venues and locally owned businesses to create performance opportunities and new avenues for local music exploration. In honor of Record Store Day, LLF presents The Silver Liners, Les Rhinoceros, Shark Week, and The Young Rapids at the Water Street Project space.

This event is Free ($8 suggested donations proceeds go to musicians) Open to Public http://www.waterstproject.com/


A Thanks to Our Kickstarter Supporters!

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We made it back from Austin and documented one hell of a party!  We captured footage and interviews with over 15 DC bands and held over 25 #MobileMusicVenue performances.

We had an awesome team of videographers, photographers, producers and sound engineers that did an unbelievable job.  Thank you Ally Behnke, Ben Droz, Gordon Daniels, Stuart Dilg and Sam Winter.

Please follow all of our trip updates at:

https://www.facebook.com/ListenLocalFirst

https://listenlocalfirst.wordpress.com/

http://mobilemusicvenue.tumblr.com/

But first we wanted to thank everyone who got us here:

Van Sponsors:

Glen Echo Group 

Indie Match/Marble Road 

Pop-Up Shop Records

Social Studies DC  

The Artists who painted the van: Peter Chang & Brandon Hill from No Kings Creative

Additional Thanks to: Honest Tea and Kind Healthy Snacks

Producers:   

Maura Corbett, Howard Liebers, Tom Naoum, Bob Fine, Carlos Saenz., Denuine, Jacob Marzolf, Kurt Wimmer, Markeata Daniels, Neil Chilson., Shadi Zamer, Sorin Naoum, Janakan Thiagarajah

Rockers:

Jeremy Sigmon, Andrew Naoum, Amy Friedman, Rich Behnke, David Jump, Stacy H, Ben Kessler, Jessica DeSimone, Kate Runde, Rachel Levetin, Sara Liebman, GoodOnes LLC, Doug Beridon, Matt Pollock, Raphael Ruland, Mike Sacks, Curtis Leitner & Amanda Stone, Bryan Friedman, Robert Andary, Tiffany Chao, Harriet Friedman

Groupies:

Brenden Sloan, Julie Samuels, Matthew Brazier, Ben Sheena, Lianne Muldoon, Jem Bahaijoub, Paul Geller, Katie Yocum Mussisi, Herban Lifestyle, Ryan Bailey, Ben Usie, Chell Stephen, Patrick Wixted, Brandon Bloch, George Evans, Lauren Cole, Ra Jah Kelley, Kylie Quinn, Michael Ball, Melanie Boyer, Jay Rogers, Casey Rae Hunter, Ben Carron, Parul Desai, Rebecca Chisholm, Anne McNamara, Lisa Markuson, Audrey Matthais, Brick Barrientos, Charles McEnerney, Brian Franke, Jeff Housman, Maria Amodio, Jodi Barbuto, Ryan Stubbs, Bryon Gyllstrom, Natasha Trifun, Jeff Dantus, ChunkyGlasses.com, Casey Barbuto, Andrew Ujifusa, Madeleine Starkey, May Tabol, Cornelius Luca

Fans:

Ashlea Smith, Allison Kasic, Elena Castellanos, Pat Walsh, Kristine Quinio, Laura Valentino Romero, Crystal Wei, Vegas With Randolph, Hirsch Kravitz, Alex Rosenberg, Chhaya Kapadia, Leah Shalev, Raul Flores, Margot MacDonald, Stephanie Mitesser, John Baker, Sweetbread Jim’s, Karn Dhingra, Dwayne Robinson, Dave Mallen, Amy Henes, Nick Brandfon, Max Lopatnikov, Matt Dreyer, Ann Millspaugh, Kat Basile, Jacob Beier, Melanie Oscher, Belinda Rawlins, Mike Boggs, Ben Legman, Jocelyn Cuchack Lichtin, ERica Lee Schlaikjer, Nate Lewis, Dave Klein, Adrian Krygowski, Ad Hoc, Dwight Rundle, Ryan Holladay, Sylvia Syracuse, Danielle

OUR RECENT PRESS

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-naoum/tell-the-ftc-to-stop-the-_b_1353775.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/listen-local-first-dc-van-sxsw-festival_n_1321413.html

http://scoutmob.com/washington-dc/scoutfinds/3387

http://futureofmusic.org/blog/2012/03/08/qa-listen-local-first-co-founder-chris-naoum

http://pinklineproject.com/article/listen-local-first-qa-christopher-naoum

Listen Local First Press Release for SXSW

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Listen Local First Mobile Music Venue at SXSW
Contact- listenlocalfirst@gmail.com
Chris Naoum

March 12: Austin, Texas (or) Washington, DC.  Listen Local First(LLF), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local music is bringing their message to the national stage this year at the SXSW Music Conference.  SXSW already brings over 2,000 artists performing at over 90 venues: LLF will now add a “Mobile Music Venue” to showcase some of the 30+ bands from the emerging music scene in Washington, DC.

With money raised from a kickstarter campaign, the group purchased a Van and had it painted by local artists.  Sound equipment will make it into a pop-up venue, which will have shows throughout the week.  Listen Local First will be producing an online web series and blog documenting the process, adventure, and music of this epic road-trip.

On Wednesday, March 14, there will be three separate showcases highlighting local, Washington, DC bands, all within a few blocks from each other.  The events are:

DC Does Texas, sponsored by DCist, at Lovejoys at 604 Neches: Noon-6pm
Way Out West, sponsored by Pop Up Shop Records Showcase, at The Bayou 500 E 6th St: Noon- 6pm
Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Showcase at Casa Chapala 101 San Jacinto Blvd: Noon – Midnight

Coverage, which includes video and photography, will be updated live and regularly throughout the week.  It can be found on the blog and through the following:
mobilemusicvenue.tumblr.com
twitter.com/listenlocaldc
#MobileMusicVenue #ListenLocal #SXSWDC
youtube.com/listenlocal
facebook.com/listenlocaldc

March DC Local Music Day, Panel Discussion, and Live Showcase

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MARCH FEATURE ARTISTS

DC Local Music Day – Wednesday March 7th
Parlor Soldiers – http://theparlorsoldiers.bandcamp.com/
Justin Trawick – http://www.justintrawick.com
Dance for the Dyinghttp://danceforthedying.com
Flo Anito – www.floanito.com
We Were Pirates – www.wewerepiratesmusic.com/
yU – http://mellomusicgroup.com/yu.html

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES
Please Visit – www.listenlocalfirst.com

LISTEN LOCAL FIRST MARCH PANEL & LIVE SHOWCASE

Thursday March 8th at Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th Street NW)

Co-Sponsored by:
Think Local First DC

PANEL DISCUSSION 8pm – 9pm

Covering Local Music: As seen from writers and bloggers themselves

Moderator: Brandon Wetherbee host of You Me Them & Everybody

Panelists:
Jon Fischer – Washington City Paper
Philip Runco – Brightest Young Things
Valerie Paschall – The DCist
Gio Russonello – Editor Capital Bop
Marcus Dowling – Free Lance Journalist
Jon Meyers – The Vinyl District


LIVE SHOWCASE – 9:00 – 12:00am

PARLOR SOLDIERS – http://theparlorsoldiers.bandcamp.com/
DANCE FOR THE DYING – http://danceforthedying.com
FLO ANITO – www.floanito.com
+Special Guests!!!

Taking a LEAP into The Dunes

Howard Liebers (MarbleRoad Founder), Jonny Grave (Bluesman), Patrick Hawkins (of Benny), and Linsay Deming (Singer/Songwriter)

Performing for a cause is different than the average concert; there’s a certain appeal philanthropy brings to a musical experience. Musicians can’t be stereotyped as self-promotional or egoistical; instead, they’re lending their voices as a catalyst for change, creating new pools of potential fans and interested attendees. The LEAP Sessions event this Wednesday, Feb. 29th, presented in partnership with Listen Local First (LLF), sheds light on the relationship between philanthropy and music. No, it doesn’t have the publicity of Bono and the ONE Campaign, but it’s a microcosm for the power of 21st century art and advocacy.

Howard Liebers, founder of MarbleRoad, followed the typical path of many DC transplants: college, then an entry level position at a non-profit, and ultimately a director level position working in health policy with the DC Primary Care Association. As a young professional in DC, Howard was a driven 9-5er, using his free time to map his love for indie pop culture around the city. But, unlike most DC dwellers in their early 20’s, who are slowly making their way out of the Adam’s Morgan bar crawl, Howard was unexpectedly faced with the death of one of his closest friends, Craig Nolan. Prior to Craig’s death, Howard didn’t know anything about “rare diseases”, but after Craig’s tragic experience with a rare cancer, a type of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Howard became passionate about learning more about this issue – what qualified, who’s affected, and how society addresses these health issues. What he discovered was extremely disheartening.

Firstly, it’s difficult to be diagnosed correctly if you have a rare disease because of the disconnect between primary healthcare physicians and rare disease specialists. Rare disease researchers are often siloed within their own specialties with limited patient interaction. The general knowledge base of primary care physicians often cause rare diseases to go undiagnosed and subsequently untreated. Additionally, since rare diseases in the US are defined as diseases affecting less than 200,000 people, there is little financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to invest in research. Treatments are often extremely expensive and unaffordable.

In 2010, Howard Liebers incorporated the organization MarbleRoad here in DC, and saw an opportunity to integrate his love for indie culture with his newfound passion for rare diseases. MarbleRoad utilizes a campaign called IndieMatch to raise funds to support its mission. The IndieMatch strategy seeks to develop strategic partnerships between independent artists and musicians to support philanthropic opportunities. Using this model, MarbleRoad launched a kickoff event on Make a Difference Day in 2010, held in Alexandria, VA, featuring donated artwork by David Foox, Meredith Towsand, Elizabeth Jameson, Regina Hooliday, and Vesna Jovanoic, and Julie Gideon-Smith. In 2011, MarbleRoad hosted the Flammable Heart Exhibition  during National Health Center Week, displaying collections of artwork at the Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City, in partnership with Lutheran Family Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Brooklyn. Money raised for the organization goes towards subsidizing rare disease treatments and bridging the communication gap between rare disease specialists and primary care physicians.

Fast forward to 2012 – MarbleRoad’s third event, but the first ever “LEAP Session”.  By now, it’s not difficult to see why MarbleRoad and Listen Local First have partnered for this debut. In contrast with previous MarbleRoad events, LEAP Sessions brings together indie musicians (not artists). Yet, the IndieMatch concept still holds strong. As an advocate of the local music scene, LLF is bringing together some of DC’s best artists and bands, and introducing some new acts to the excitement of the DC music marketplace: Nelly Kate (Richmond), Linsay Deming (DC), SoftSpot (Brooklyn), Caged Animals (Brooklyn), Benny (DC), and Jonny Grave & The Tombstones (DC). Together, IndieMatch and Listen Local First will be able to connect individuals through music and philanthropy by showcasing local talent and raising awareness for rare diseases.

The first of many to come, these LEAP sessions will be held annually on the last day of February. (Rare Disease Day is always held on the last day of February – the fact that Feb. 29th only happens once every four years reflects the low incidence rate of rare diseases, hence the name – LEAP Sessions: a rare day for rare disease.) Deidree Bennett, Managing Director at the Dunes, shares her excitment:

“As managing director of the Dunes, and I’m looking forward to the LEAP
SESSIONS event on a very personal level; I suffer from a rare
hereditary form of Primary Lymphedema. Therefore it is my pleasure to
welcome MarbleRoad to help spread awareness about the more that 6,000 rare diseases in the U.S., and the people with them who need your
support. Here is my story.
I look forward to hearing your stories, and rocking out to Benny, Jonny Grave, and everyone else Wednesday night from 7:30 – 11:30 PM at The Dunes. Be a Rockstar!” http://leapsessions.eventbrite.com/