Elikeh at the Funk Parade

Elikeh: “Elikeh is a multinational band that includes a Nigerian lead guitarist, a Ghanaian percussionist and a bassist, keyboardist, drummer and horn players from the U.S. The group started as a solo project for Dogo, who came to D.C. in 2000 and recruited local players to record Nyade, his first album as Elikeh.”–Bandwith

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Black Alley at the Funk Parade

Black Alley: “BLACK ALLEY has been pushing the art of music to its rhythmic limits for some time now. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, BLACK ALLEY has taken the finest ingredients of funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a sound and genre all their own; they call it “Hood Rock”–Black Alley

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Congo Sanchez at the Funk Parade

Congo Sanchez: “The group blends its members’ reggae, funk, hip-hop, and jazz influences, giving their music a global feel. This sound, coupled with their use of electronic rhythms from various genres, led them to choose their given name, says Congo.”–DCist

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Into It. Over It. at the Black Cat

Into It. Over It.: “Into It. Over It. have been creating and playing music for almost a decade; consistently developing and shaping their sound, helping to push the underground emo revival to the surface. Third album, ‘Standards’, sees main-man Evan Weiss tread new waters to create a truly honest record that will only push the band further.”–Upset Magazine

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These Wild Plains at DC 9

These Wild Plains: “Even here in Boston, country music is huge. But its biggest area supporters, especially, will tell you that most of it is garbage. That’s why These Wild Plains are on a quest to highlight the non-cringeworthy aspects of the genre…”–Vanyaland

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Run River North at U Street Music Hall

Run River North: “Run River North, a six-piece indie band from the San Fernando Valley, continue their unlikely and unorthodox rise to the top of the indie heap. Their sophomore release, the lush and ambitious Drinking from a Salt Pond (Nettwerk Music Group), is a testament to their drive, growth, and commercial appeal.”–Playback:stl

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