With a voice like melted butter and the stage presence like warm cornbread to match, Durand Bernarr has set out to make sure that not only can he share his music worldwide, but his fans leave his shows and album experiences with a piece of him. His recent release, Sound Check EP, is a testament to his growth as he showcases not only his lyrical cadence and storytelling abilities, but it is clear that his voice has matured and his interest in tapping into various genres as taken flight. This will be an experience the listener has never encountered before. You have to believe this to be true. After all, he IS the adopted stepson of Erykah Badu. Badu not only heard his second project which he dedicated to her entitled ‘8ight: The Stepson of Erykah Badu’, but she sought him out AND invited him to join her on tour as a part of her band, Neda Stella, which he still tours with today.
Get into Durand Bernarr and receive the music intoxication that you so well deserve.
durandbernarr.com || @durandbernarr
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQI content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song.
Be started 2017 off as a vocalist in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band at the Women's March on Washington and the Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded be a grant to produce her next album. Be is currently touring her music and screening her film Vow of Silence (2014) internationally.
besteadwell.com || @besteadwell
Danni Cassette, is a singer [audiogiver], songwriter and vocal arranger. Her commitment to origin and originality has framed her career decisions, musical compositions, and even her name. Danni Cassette was born March 25th 1988 in Sacramento, California as the first born to Alicia Ann Harris-Calhoun and William E. Calhoun III.
Danni Cassette’s first EP “The Land of Tapehistry” released December 2011, conceptually reflects that message and the work that is to come will continue to inspire the world of everyone willing to listen, to live boldly, freely.
After touring for almost three years she’s now remerging with her current single “Right Away’ from the forthcoming project, “B L O O M”. Danni is a crusader against how digital our world is becoming. She believes she’s not of this time, but for this time.
The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, Washington, DC based, consists of keyboardist/drummer/producer, Asha Santee (BOOM), and vocalist/songwriter Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat). Together, they create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection. Since their conception in the fall of 2012, BOOMscat has released three projects including No Life Jacket EP which reached #18 on the iTunes Top RnB Albums, performed at several venues in Chicago on their "Peace & Body Roll Tour" including the University of Chicago, and have gained support from gospel music legend, Richard Smallwood, international performing artist Ayanna Gregory, The Gateway Arts District, Kimpton Hotels, several event promoters throughout the Metropolitan Area and many more avid music lovers. In March 2017, BOOMscat was voted #1 of 300 bands in DC securing them a slot on the WEDC SXSW stage in Austin, TX alongside music greats Erykah Badu, Wu Tang Clan, and Thievery Corporation. Their 4th project and first full album, Kinetic, is scheduled to release summer 2017. The mind requires emotional meditation. BOOMscat is the method. Press play.
boomscat.com || @boomscatmusic
Carolyn Malachi, the Grammy-nominated songstress hailing from Washington, DC, is a shining example of how music truly is universal. Her vocal talents, breathtaking live performances, and songwriting acumen have served international audiences and wowed music lovers in South Africa, China, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Haiti, Barbados and beyond. Generating global excitement about American art and delighting local cultures are the just a few of the qualities that, according to MTV, make her “An R&B artist to obsess over.”
In 2016, Carolyn Malachi kicked off two successful tour collaborations: a Black History Month college tour with Amtrak as well as a Jazz education and exchange tour in Haiti. In addition, she received the Project Amplifi Artist Leadership Award and released a new album RISE: Story 1, an album inspired by the journey from working full time to life as a full-time artist who creates joyful experiences through music. Songs “Blowing Smoke”, “Where I Come From” and “Primary Color” are currently playing on satellite and terrestrial radio in the United States, Japan, South Korea, Italy and the U.K.
carolynmalachi.com || @carolynmalachi
The Coolots are intersectionality personified. Hailing from Washington, D.C. they stand at the zenith of a sound that RAW has described as “A melting pot of different styles and talents…come together to create feelings never experienced before.”
The individual talented entities that comprise this band carry a distinct style and swag of their own, but together they melt into a ragtag eclectic group that will appeal to the eccentric in us all. The Coolots have a sound that moves within and across genres such as rock, alternative, indie, soul, and rhythm and blues, just to name a few. Their unbridled musicality is something akin to the likes of No Doubt, M.I.A., Paramore, Sade, Staind, System of a Down, Jimi Hendrix, and N.E.R.D.
Their head rocking, hip bopping, rhythmic alternative style gave us infectious and cathartic anthems such as Amerikkka, N.U.N, and Doors. In addition to playing at large local venues such as the Howard Theater and Rock and Roll Hotel in D.C., the Coolots brought their sound to the Brooklyn museum, Rhinestone Steele in Pittsburgh, P.A. and various venues in the Northeast; earning them a traveling fanbase.
Hearing the Coolots, you can imagine yourself unlimited.
thecoolots.com || @thecoolots
Black Assets was born Ashley Yates from Itta Bena, Mississippi. She is, the representation of a race's struggle, triumphs and the new erts of Fun, RnB, Soul, Funk, Spoken Poetry music. She's spent time in different cities before attending Morgan State and now Coppin State University, where she has settled in Baltimore, but has always been an artist no matter where she's lived. Dedicating 2015 to the creation of a live compilation of "Raw Poetry and Passion filled Vocals", called "The Project" as she says. Now, in 2017 to the completion of her First EP "Soul Language EP (the Black Noise)". She delivers poetry with emotion filled vocals. Black Assets is surely a dynamic Artist on the Rise!
soundcloud.com/blackassets || @blackassets
Eat The Cake Band
Eat The Cake Band is an all empress Hip Rock & Soul band based out of Baltimore, MD. If you want to know what they sound like you must be able to imagine The Incredible Hulk making love to Jem & The Misfits while the X-Men stand watch. You must open your third eye in order to fully comprehend their avante garde style and sound of music. Mzz the lead lyricist + emcee was a solo hip hop artist before forming the band and putting out an all call for an all empress squad. Ladie Clair the guitarist was the first to answer the call.
They began their musical journey of exploring their musical styles Hip Hop & Rock in the basement of Mzz's house and quickly fell in love with the idea and all of the possibilities. Jayda and DZL the vocalist/singers add the Soul, Ciara the bassist brings the funk and DJ Young Ella Baker sprinkles that much needed force. The band currently records and performs with two drummers; Erica and/or Shawnie who as Mzz likes to say," are the heartbeat." Eat the Cake Band is currently working on their first album which is expected to be released sometime in the summer of 2017.
Most people come to Washington, DC to work, others come to party, and many just rep DC with no knowledge of the value and history of the city. That isn’t the case when it comes to DJ MIM, the female DJ we have grown to love. MIM is DC - born and raised - is the real deal. Since 2009, MIM quickly became one of DC’s most sought after female DJs. She is a Washingtonian who continuously uses her craft to support the local music and fashion scenes as well as non- profits and social causes. Due to her extensive music knowledge, she is extremely diverse and skillfully mixes and blends throughout her sets while priding herself on being more than a “one genre” DJ.
MIM is not only a club/event/mixtape DJ, she is also a radio personality/host on one of DC’s top-rated Internet radio stations - Blis.FM - that broadcasts internationally. In addition to continued performances at DC area clubs, DJ MIM is the resident DJ for Lucky Strike DC and has also performed at large venues such as The Fillmore (MD), The Patriot Center (VA), The M&T Bank Stadium Arena (MD), Tampa Amphitheatre (FL) and The Howard Theatre (DC) and opened for Hip-Hop artists Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti. She is also the Brand Ambassador for FOU-DRÉ Vodka. MIM continues to expand her reach and with each new venture she continues to soar and become YOUR favorite DJ! #WhosYourDJ
djmimdc.com || @djmimdc
LadyRyan, a Bay area favorite, has been rocking crowds coast to coast for close to a decade. Her music and voice has been riding the wave of partygoers in major cities such as New York City, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle and The Nation's Capitol Washington D.C. for a lot of that time.
LadyRyan’s passion for music started at an early age singing in her Church choir at 6, sampling and making beats at 20, and ultimately tapping into her true passion buying her first set of turntables at 23. LadyRyan’s talent crosses the board from vinyl to digital ranging in a deep knowledge of Breaks, Soul, Latin, Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae, Afro-beat and Top 40. She has played and opened up with artist such as George Clinton, Tracy Chapman, Erykah Badu, Digable Planets, Camp Lo, Chef Jarobi of ATCQ, The Internet, Foreign Exchange, Cakes Da Killa, Stic Man of Dead Prez, Flying Lotus, MC Lyte and Goapele.
In 2011 “Soulovely” was created one of the best seasonal outdoor monthly packing in hundreds of people at one of Oakland’s most popular clubs: The New Parish. LadyRyan stands as a founding member. She has held long-standing residencies at some of East Bays most popular clubs and breweries.
In 2016 LadyRyan was awarded East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay, Winner 2016 Readers Choice.
ladyryan.com || @djladyryan
Nestled between Baltimore and Washington, DC in PG (Prince George’s) County, Maryland shaped life for artist Baronhawk Poitier. Spending the bulk of his youth sorting through records and other music memorabilia at The Record Exchange in Silver Spring, Maryland, exposed him to decades of music which heavily influenced his pursuit of a career in DJing and production. As a solo artist, he's played before Nicky Siano, Grandmaster Flash, Slick Rick, DJ Spinna, Dubtribe Soundsystem, Metro Area, Disclosure, Claude Vonstroke, Oscar G, Chromeo Karizma/ Kaytronik and local DC legend Sam “The Man” Burns.
Within LGBTQ dance music community he has earned a name for himself as a member of The NeedlExchange, a DC based, queer DJ collective with partners Bil Todd & Tommy Cornelis. Baronhawk plays an integral role building a resume for the artist group coordinating and playing events such as; Hot Mass (Honcho, Pittsburgh), Fag Bash (P Town) and opening sets for TNXDC showcases featuring The Honey Soundsystem, Sleazy McQueen, Gay Marvine, DJ Harvey, Horse Meat Disco, Kim Ann Foxman and Honey Dijon. Collectively by working through TNX and Urban Artistry, Baronhawk Poitier continues his passion for igniting dance floors into a frenzy while educating fans about cypher etiquette and culture.
DJ Jai Syncere
DJ Jai Syncere’s appreciation for music was influenced at an early age. Growing up as a military brat exposed her to a wide range of musical genres. Jai Syncere started her career as a professional DJ in the DC area in 2004. Her professional efforts, however, began when she gained promotional and production experience at Radio One's 93.9 (WKYS) in 2001 and another leading station 95.5 (WPGC).
Her popularity as a DJ has landed her opportunities to play for clients such as the WNBA's Washington Mystics, Washington DC Presidential Inaugural balls, major retail stores, Power 104.7, concert tours, pride and music festivals, also record label album release parties. She has been featured to play for events hosted by prime celebrities and has shared the turntables with some of the industry’s most credible DJs.
DJ Jai Syncere's underlying goal is to sustain the legacy of the late, "Club Queen" DJ K-Swift, her friend and mentor. In homage of K-Swift, she entered Baltimore’s 92Q Jams “Diva of the Mix Contest 2011” and became a finalist. She also became the winner of Her HRC 2016 DJ battle. Currently she is a nightclub, mix show DJ, host, and tour DJ. Jai Syncere is definitely one that goes against the grain, Syncere loves to motivate listeners with upbeat and energetic mixes that entice everyone to the dance floor. It’s not uncommon to hear her set span from Hip hop to reggae, old school throwbacks, trap remixes, house, baltimore club, EDM and Top 40 hits!! Jai Syncere’s infectious smile and great energy has influenced the numbers of her loyal followers. From the radio, to the club, to concert tours, you will crave her delivery and positive vibes, after all, “She’s So Syncere.”
djjaisyncere.com || @djjaisyncere
DJ Ayes Cold is one of DC's most notorious female selectors. 3 years into the craft, she has steadily created a unique presence in the District's music scene, performing at major venues like U Street Music Hall, the 930 Club, Rock and Roll Hotel, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and Eighteenth Street Lounge, and more.
Ayes Cold builds her reputation around her eclectic selections, her mixes that seamlessly blend varying genres, and her intuitive ability to read and respond to a crowd. As noted by the Washington Post, "her eyes are as sharp as her ears."
Ayes Cold has performed at festivals like Trillectro, Broccoli City, The National Cannabis Festival, the Fields Festival, and SXSW. At SXSW she hopped on 2 official showcases with her drummer friend Madame Gandhi and together they subsequently toured the east coast, hitting The Bowery Ballroom (NYC), The Sinclair (Cambridge), The Ardmore (Philly) and The Hamilton (DC).
Ayes has opened for Tokimonsta, Princess Nokia, and shared line ups with Solange Knowles, Anderson Paak, Chance the Rapper and D.R.A.M. This year she spun at Bonnaroo and The National Cannabis Fest.
ayescold.com || @ayescold
Baltimore, MD native, Nia Johnson , is a lover of blazers and self proclaimed unicorn. She began her professional career as a social worker; graduating from Morgan State University with a Masters in Social Work. In 2013 she returned to her initial passion, writing, and created the LesB Inn book series. She is the creator of GetShitDone, a consulting business that motivates people to reach their goals, and is the co-creator and co-producer of SunSets, a monthly gathering for creatives. Nia continues to work in the field of social work and currently serves as the Director of Admissions & Student Affairs for the School of Social Work at Morgan State University.
Spoken Word Artist, host, emcee, motivational speaker, activist and poetry teacher Charity Joyce Blackwell has been continued to utilize her gifts to advocate for social change. As a queer woman of color and daughter of former NAACP president, Charity has always leveraged her crafts to uplift the LGBTQ and African American communities. Her magnetic flow and fierce performance style has demanded the attention of international platforms such as BBC News and introduced her to stages all across the DMV and east coast.
Since her early college days, Charity’s natural stage presence and charm has led her many hosting opportunities, including events such as the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Poetry SLAMS for DC SCORES, the America SCORES New York National Poetry SLAM for 2015 and 2016, Busboys and Poets Open Mic (2016), Spoken World Poetry, Culture SHOCKDMV (2017), and Our Words Our City Poetry Show Case (2017). Charity is currently working on her first book poems as she continues to support her communities.
charityjoyceblackwell.com || @charityjoyceblackwell
Rayceen Pendarvis is ready to welcome you to Honey Groove 2017! Rayceen Pendarvis, known as the High Priestess of Love, the Queen of the Shameless Plug, and the Goddess of DC, is an emcee, entertainer, social media personality, activist, former ANC Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian.
In addition to being a columnist for SWERV magazine, Rayceen is a contributor to The Unleashed Voice and Q Virginia magazines. Rayceen can be seen regularly as host of The Ask Rayceen Show, a free monthly live event in Washington, DC.
askyrayceen.com || @askrayceen
QUEEN OF BOUNCE
Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce music is characterized by call-and-response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and booty-shaking.
After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage including Pride events across the nation!
bigfreedia.com || @bigfreedia.com
Ginnie McKnight is a published Visual Artist from Chicago, IL. For the past 10 years, she has made Baltimore, MD her home. When reflecting on her years of professional painting, there's one question each of her bodies of work provoke. How do you appear to the world, and respond to the world when you have been stripped down to nothing. Using Oil, Acrylic, and consistent hues of gold metallic paint on canvas; Ginnie McKnight's paintings explore this perspective with live audience and studio paintings.
Ginnie McKnight's published design work of the Harriet Tubman National Monument, for the National Park Service’s #SeeAmerica campaign, is an example of the heart of her Visual Artistry. Ginnie McKnight provokes the politics of inclusion by keenly painting, and creating digital content designs that amplify the aesthetic of women of Color. Her paintings and Digital design work are a constant pursuit to make certain the unique stories of the vulnerable, or historically forgotten are told.
LaToya Peoples (LDP) is a Philly bred, Baltimore based Artist, Educator & Promoter. Her visual work is the confluence of figure, space, color and pattern and has been exhibited locally and regionally. (including Artscape, Afropunk Fest, American Visionary Art Museum & Maryland Institute College of Art.) She is the co-producer and resident DJ of queer events Glitterthighs & Good Vibes Only 410. When not creating her own work or producing events, LDP teaches painting and drawing and serves as a lead artist with Art @ Work, painting large scale murals with Baltimore city youth.
My name is Quamaine Giles and I am a Visual Artist. I have presented at numerous cultural, communal, and regenerative events, both locally and regionally. I specialize in acrylic painting technique. My artwork varies from acrylic abstract painting to abstract meets still-life. I also utilize various mediums to present my art, such as canvases, sketch paper, murals, and even t-shirts. As an artist, I believe that art is not aligned with a specific medium. Being passionate about art is my purpose, as well as showing people that whatever they believe in can indeed come true. This is what I strive for everyday as an artist. Knowing that I can inspire or uplift someone with a stroke of paint, gives me all the purpose in the world. I plan to continue to lead by example by being the daily motivation and inspiration to those who want to make their passion their life. In order to continue to motivate people through how I live my life, I also want to associate an inspirational message with every one of my acrylic paintings in order to drive and push people forward in their lives.
artsbyquamaine.com || @artsbyquamaine
Self taught American abstract artist-Graphic & Paint.
She's been slinging colored pencils and markers since the age of 10; heavy painting on found wood since 2009 and selling since entering University. Now 32, when emotion speaks it looks like Dawn Tree's work with a focus primarily on the collision of nature and community.
Tree is also an entrepreneur, she launched a marketing company Underground Tree Projects in 2010. She's been helping businesses thrive and grow their brand via graphics and web design all across the U.S. including D.C., Maryland, Oklahoma & even internationally when she took the business to Ghana in 2014.
*Tree is currently exhibiting a Black Wall Street series, which highlights archived photos of the 1921 race massacre that occurred in Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma known as America's Black Wall Street, mixed with images that resonate modernly, i.e. nikes, gold chains and diamonds, etc.
FB: @undergroundtreelive || @undergroundtreeprojects