Lumen8 Anacostia This Saturday

H Street Gallery and Courtyard creates Pop-Up Gallery with Video Projection

Gallery O on H activates historic Anacostia building during Lumen8

During Lumen8 Anacostia, using a combination of projection, art installation and live music performance, Gallery O on H will recreate their gallery and courtyard in a historic Anacostia building.  Located at 2021 Martin Luther King Blvd., the event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. and will showcase outsider artist, Brian Dowdell and a live local music showcase by Listen Local First.

Gallery O on H, located at 1354 H Street NE is an indoor/outdoor community space where art, music and minds intersect for cultural experience.  The pop-up gallery, much like the H Street space, will combined art and music allowing sound to flow into the street using speakers to project out the windows of the second floor space.

The space will be recreated through a mix of live art, live music and projected video scenes of the original space, featuring hyper-local H Street celebrities.  The experience is open to the public.

“Recreating the outside in is an exercise in fusing sensory realities, and I find that fascinating. This piece of video projection art captures the burgeoning and exciting Gallery O on H space – and its lively community on H street – within the walls of Anacostia,” explains Isabelle Carbonell, videographer.

Live musical performances include local artists Rene Moffatt, Justin Trawick, The Sweater Set and Jess Dye of Lightfoot.

Gallery owners and community advocates, Steve Hessler and Mary Ellen Vehlow are using this experience to launch a series of events that they hope will build community on H Street.  After holding onto this property and surrounding structures for years, the couple has begun execution for a mix-use plan including temporary and permanent concepts that foster creative entrepreneurs.  The full concept, set to roll out in stages over the next two years, will begin with a more active use of the current gallery and outdoor venue space for ticketed events including art, music and community featuring a pop-up markets for food and retail.

“We see this as an opportunity to infuse local community with an energy beyond the bars and the night life of H Street,” explains Vehlow.

The space will host their first event, Blossom Bake+Brew, on April 21 in collaboration with ScoutMob, Chocolate City Beer and Think Local First to benefit H Street Main Street.  Jazz in the Hood, a component of the DC Jazz Festival, is set for June 2 and 9th.   A summer music series, Music in the Courtyard, hosted twice a month begins in July.  A full listing of events can be found online at www.galleryoonh.com.

For more information about the pop-up space in Anacostia, Gallery O on H or their events please contact Stacey Price atstaceydeniseprice@gmail.com.

About Isabelle Carbonell

Isabelle Carbonell is a documentary photographer and documentary filmmaker who documents political, social, whimsical, ethnographic, and environmental stories around the world. When filming, she becomes her environment — sleeping, eating, and breathing with those she is focusing on, absorbing their culture, transcending the divide between observer and subject.

Isabelle also taught documentary filmmaking to a class of software designers and engineers at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and more recently did a two-week photography workshop for National Geographic.

Unique in her perspectives and methods, she also comes from a wide cultural background as half-Belgian and half-Uruguayan. Based out of Washington D.C. and Brussels, Belgium, she graduated from the Residential College at the University of Michigan with degrees in Environmental and Social Science, Photography and Filmmaking. Her documentary skills have taken her to countries such as India, Qatar, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Kazakhstan, and Nicaragua.

About the Music

Rene Moffatt – http://www.renemoffatt.com/
Justin Trawick – http://www.justintrawick.com/
The Sweater Set – http://www.thesweaterset.com/
Jess Dye of Lightfoot – http://www.hellolightfoot.com/

Listen Local First, an program of Think 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. This campaign includes a monthly Local Music Day and Local Music Showcases highlighting a variety of venues and genres of local music. www.listenlocalfirstdc.com

About Brian Dowall

Like many of the self-taught artists, Brian is prolific & compulsive, he intuitively taps into a space that spontaneously spills out onto that which is his favorite canvas “cardboard” or scripts sand spirits deftly.

Brian Dowdall is an original self taught creative force; prolific in paint, colors drawn from nature’s elements: fire, water, wind & earth …he calls up the spirits of animals & goddesses from his inner being. The work is joyful, unconscious & sometimes strange. Brian is a 35 year VISIONARY & “outsider” internationally exhibited.

 


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/


Arts Advocacy Receives Research Gift

Two major Arts Education studies were released this past week, the FRSS 10-year comparison and the Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth a 12-year longitudinal study.  When these studies are married, their effectiveness as a tool for advocacy becomes undeniably clear.  While the FRSS will get much of the press because Secretary Duncan presented it, the study is of little consequence to the progression of arts education other then outright stating of significant declines in the amount of offerings across the board.  On the other hand, move over Charlie Bucket, the longitudinal study is the golden ticket arts education advocators have been praying for.

The longitudinal study gives the data for students of Low Socioeconomic Status (low SES) with both high and low arts exposure and their counterparts in the High Socioeconomic Status (high SES).  The matrixes measured for each of the four categories include high school graduation rates, civic involvement, recorded GPA, college graduation rates, average test scores, volunteer rates, other extracurricular activities, and labor market outcomes.  The results are startling, not because they affirm what advocates have said for years, but because of the achievement gap between low SES/low arts and low SES/high arts.

Looking at graduation rates alone, low SES/low arts had a dropout rate of 22%, compare that to low SES/high arts with a dropout rate of 4%.  The low SES/high arts students are even below the overall sample average of 7%.  For the mindset of these low SES/high arts students, we need only to look at the percentage of 8th graders planning to earn a bachelor’s degree 74% compared to 43%.  These are motivated students and compared to their low arts counterparts they are 14% more likely to vote in a national election or local election, 21% more like to volunteer, and 29% more likely to read the newspaper.  Looking at grades and curriculum, the high arts students have an average GPA of .39 points above low arts and were 10% more likely to enroll in calculus while in high school.

It should be noted that the high arts students are inherently involved individuals, as they are participants in athletics and service organizations.  However, students who are involved in other activities but are low arts do not have as high of GPA or curriculum gains as high arts students.

This is all fine and dandy, but why am I saying that this is hugely important when combined with the FRSS data?  Because in secondary school music alone there was a drop of 19% of offered programs for students in the low SES, but the high SES saw an increase of 6% between 2000-2010.  In affect, the advantage is going to the advantaged, while the disadvantaged are becoming disenfranchised.  But there’s more: of the high SES, 62% of schools offered 5 or more courses in the music, while low SES only measured 32%.

One area the low SES has dominated though is in collaboration and integration.  Music teachers in low SES are 14% more likely to consult with other teaches to incorporate units of study from other subject areas into the music curriculum and 17% more likely to utilize an integrated music instructional program with other academic subjects and 18% with other arts subjects.

Like music, visual arts have rather similar data (in secondary schools): a drop in offering for the low SES of 13% and only 22% of the remaining programs offering 5 or more courses.  Compare that to the 95% of high SES schools of which 56% offer 5 or more visual arts classes.  The unexpected number in all this comes from the consulting with other teachers to incorporate units of study from other subject areas into the visual arts curriculum indicator for low SES, which stands a staggering 17% above high SES.

So what’s the conclusion?  The students who benefit most from high exposure to the arts are receiving less of it then they did 10 years prior.  Granted we had the Great Recession and states have to balance their budgets, as a native Californian (and boy, did we get hit hard in 2008) I understand.  That does not mean we are off the hook.  As Secretary Duncan has said time and again, “we’re either going to invest in education or not, it comes down to the values.  Everyone has to step up or we’re going to struggle.” (March 2, 2012)

Stopping the Music Monopoly: Why Independent Musicians and Music Fans Should Take a Stand

Listen Local First supports talented independent musicians in developing their art form, building their brand and cultivating their fanbase.  It is for these very reasons that we believe a merger that threatens the development of new digital distribution services and the ability of consumers to access new music at an affordable price is one that needs to be stopped.

As an artist or a music consumer, YOU can Help Stop the Music Monopoly!

HERE is a link to an Op Ed we published in the Huffington Post titled “Tell the FTC to STOP the Music Monopoly – Support Music Freedom”  We have highlighted some key points from the article below.

Why the Merger is Bad for the Independent Music Community

  • Universal Music Group/ EMI (UMG) will own 40% of the recorded music market.
  • Sony ATV Publishing will become the largest music publisher in the world with rights to up to 750,000 songs including the Beatles catalog.
  • Digital distribution services have to negotiate licenses with the major labels, and competition is essential for these negotiations. A major label that gains control of 40% of sound recordings would have the power to demand significantly more for its catalog and to choose, for its own purposes, the winners and losers in this market.
  • Without a licensing agreement from the now-largest label, a digital music service would lose traffic and advertising and become unsustainable. If these smaller digital services go under and new ones are prevented from entering the market, these artists will lose additional avenues of exposure and essentially forfeit their bargaining power for higher rates. Higher rates for the services mean smaller payments for independent musicians.
  • A mega label with unchallenged market power could withdraw significant portions of its publishing catalog from performance rights organizations.
  • Individually negotiating for publishing rights with labels would be detrimental to webcasters and streaming music sites. With limited or higher-priced access to playlists, web traffic would stagnate, advertising dollars would dry up, and new programming targeted at local markets that feature independent artists would disappear.
  • Due to higher licensing fees from the labels, music services will be forced to offset those costs by raising prices on the consumer end.
  • Finally, higher prices to legitimately access the digital music market will force consumers to find alternate illegitimate music sites that do not compensate artists.  Those artists that will take the hardest hit will be the independent artist.

 

LISTEN LOCAL FIRST, RYAN HOLLADAY FROM BLUEBRAIN & SASHA LORD CONFIRMED FOR SXSW DEBRIEF PANEL

The Metro Music Source & DC Setlist will be hosting a SXSW debrief panel discussion next Thursday, March 29th at The Dunes as part of their monthly music industry meet-up event. Fresh from their return from Austin, Texas, the Listen Local First team, Ryan Holladay from BLUEBRAIN, and promoter Sasha Lord will be sharing their experiences about SXSW 2012. The evening will feature a performance from Gypsy jazz vocalist and Strathmore Artist In Residence, Mary Alouette.

Listen Local First DC (LLF) 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. At the beginning of the year, LLF launched a campaign to get a mobile music venue to SXSW with the aim of showcasing the talent and diversity of the DC area music scene to a wider audience. With money raised from a Kickstarter campaign, Listen Local First (LLF) purchased a van, decked it out with sound equipment, and took to the road. They successfully showcased 15 DC bands/ musicians and hosted upwards of 25 different mobile music venue performances over the course of 3 days. The process, adventure and music were documented via their blog, and soon-to-be-released web series.

Ryan Holladay is one half of the innovative music duo, BLUEBRAIN. They’ve been featured in everything from WIRED Magazine to the New York Times for their work, which blurs the line between art and technology. Their “location-aware album” for The National Mall is the first ever iPhone app to be included in the Washington Post’s Top 10 Albums of the Year awards. Ryan also serves as the new media curator at Artisphere.

Sasha Lord is the booker and promoter for Comet Ping Pong in DC. She co-produced the “DC Does SXSW” event which showcased a diversity of DC artists including Hume, Deleted Scenes, Edie Sedgwick and DJ Baby Alcatraz. In addition Sasha has partnered, promoted or booked with Civilian Art Projects, The Pink Line Project, U Street Music Hall, The Fridge, Gold Leaf Studios/443 Eye St, Albus Cavus, The Hirshhorns Art Lab program & Tranformer.

The evening will end with music from Gypsy jazz vocalist and Strathmore Artist In Residence Mary Alouette. Alouette describes her sound as “Gypsy jazz, post dubstep, beautiful music and dangerous rhythms”. Her core inspiration is the gypsy legend virtuoso guitarist Django Reinhardt, but her musical influences also range from the great Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Edith Piaf through to progressive contemporaries like Grimes, St. Vincent, and Modeselektor. Mary will be previewing tracks from her debut EP Midas, ahead of her CD Release Show on April 25th at the Mansion at Strathmore.

The Metro Music Source (MMS) is proud to have Ryan Holladay, LLF founders Christopher Naoum and René Moffatt, Sasha Lord and Mary Alouette at their March Meet- Up. MMS is an informal monthly music industry meet-up event with the goal of bringing focus to the vibrant DC music scene, encouraging support, collaboration, and knowledge sharing amongst music creators and industry professionals. Past MMS events have brought together local musicians, record label reps, artist managers, publicists, filmmakers, music publishers, producer/engineers, and many others. This month’s event is co-hosted with DC Setlist, a popular music platform which recommends, discovers and discusses all things music in the DC area and beyond.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Time: 6pm-9pm
Venue: The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place, NW Washington, DC 20009

Cost: Free!

The event will be hosted by Jem Bahaijoub (Founder, imaginePR. Contributor, IndieAmbassador.com), Dave Mallen (Producer, Innovation Station Music) and Jennifer Vinson (Editor, DC Setlist).

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