Now that the regrets of 2011 have been laid to rest and that terrible New Year’s hangover has worn off, it’s time to get back into what we love doing most here at The Vinyl District: previewing awesome shows around D.C.. And what better way to kick off 2012 than with tickets to five great events!
JB Smoove, Sat. 1/14
Actor-comedian, JB Smoove, best known for his role as Leon on HBO‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm, will be bringing a barrel of laughs to the 9:30 Club stage this month. Having guest starred on shows such as The Chris Rock Show and Premium Blend, one can expect nothing short of pure entertainment with a side of comedic funk. Get ready laugh-til-you-cry Washingtonians during this night of stand up at the Club.
Ozomatli, Sat. 1/21
Ozomatli is an LA band known not only for their music, but their cultural ambassadorship as well. This urban-Latino group infuses hip-hop with salsa, dancehall with cumbia, samba with funk, and other music varieties that takes listeners on a musical journey around the world while standing in place. Their culturally diverse beats and civil service make this seven piece ensemble an inspiration for both musicians and fans. Ozomatli’s most recent release, Fire Away, “captures the band’s growing technical maturity as well as its sheer emotive energy – the light and the heat,” as described by LATimes.com. You can experience dynamic musical vibes for yourself later this month.
D.R.U.G.S., Tues. 1/24
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows last played the 9:30 Club as direct support on the The AP Tour. Now lead singer, Craig Owens (ex-Chiodos), is back with his band mates to headline. Their 2011, self-titled debuted at #29 on Billboard‘s top 200 and has since hit #1 on the U.S. Hard Rock list. The band’s emotionally seething lyrics amidst breakdowns, rapid-fire rhythms, and the occasional dubstep beat are a perfect blend for new age of post-hardcore mosh pits. So if you’re in the mood to dance, or mosh, catch D.R.U.G.S. live as they tour across North America.
Coeur de Pirate, Wed. 1/25
Coeur de Pirate translate into English as “Pirate Heart” and is the stage name for the ever talented singer-songwriter, Beatrice Martin, from Quebec. Martin began playing music at the age of 3, tickling the ivory of her family’s piano; she would later become the keyboardist for December Strikes, a post hardcore band, at only 15 years old. In 2009, Martin debuted her self-titled under her new alias, Coeur de Pirate. Last year she released her follow up album, Blonde–a record that demonstrates the Canadian singer’s growth both musically and emotionally. Exclaim! describes Martin’s work as “[a] modern, youthful twist on the timeless art of piano-driven pop.” Coeur de Pirate will be bringer her delightful sound to a select few U.S. stages, so do not miss this rare opportunity to see her live in the District!
Cowboy Mouth, Thurs. 1/26
With a name that usually refers to “one with a loud and raucous voice,” it’s no wonder Cowboy Mouth bring a powerhouse performance to every stage they play. This New Orleans based band has been around since the early 90’s, spanning two decades with their Bayou influenced alternative rock. Last year, the band released their 10th studio-album, Mardi Gras— a collection of quintessential feel good rock and roll music. Cowboy Mouth will be playing select cities across North America and you can rock with them at the 9:30 Club at the end of the month!
Alright TVD’ers, add these shows to your iCals, and set a reminder because like every preview, we’ll be giving away a pair of free tickets (thanks to our friends at the 9:30 Club) to each event!