Quick Facts

From: California

Style: pop

Famous Tracks: The Time (Dirty Bit), Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling, Pump It, Just Can’t Get Enough, and so many more.

Best Known For: Bringing hip-hop to the mainstream spotlight, bending genres, and becoming a household name.

Ranked the industry’s “Top Group” at this year’s Billboard Music Awards and with a performance at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show in February, the Black Eyed Peas are impossible to miss. With too many hit songs and awards to count, this is possibly the area’s biggest show all summer.

 

About The Black Eyed Peas


In an era of an ever-changing music industry that’s defined by diminishing expectation, where a “successful” career means having one, maybe two hit records; The Black Eyed Peas are a glorious exception. They have become one of the best selling, most popular and most innovative groups for over a decade. They have transformed themselves from a beloved backpack rap troop from the West Coast Underground into fully-fledged, massive global superstars whose music can be heard in any country around the world.

They’ve done this the right way: creating albums that are more innovative than the last; which has translated into each new album being more popular than the last. And in following this pattern, The Black Eyed Peas – will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap – are releasing their sixth full-length album, The Beginning.

The Beginning follows on the heels of 2009’s The E.N.D., BEP’s most popular and most creative album to date – and the album that reaffirmed their singular status as global music icons. The E.N.D sold more than 11 million copies worldwide; it entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #1 outperforming their previous cd, Monkey Business– an unheard of feat in this day and age. It yielded 5 Top 10 singles (the first album to do so in 20 years), spent an entire year in the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and earned the group 3 new Grammy Awards, for a total of six Grammy Awards they’ve won. In all, they’ve sold 29 million records worldwide (plus over 30-million digital tracks). They’ve sold over 3-million tickets and headlined over 300 different tour dates in 29 different countries. Simply put, there doesn’t exist another contemporary artist or group who can come close to their sustained success.

 
 

Bobina: Sat 7/30/11 [Glow at Fur]

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Monday, June 20, 2011, 9:41pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:50pm) Add comments

GLOW Washington DC presents:

Bobina

Opening set by Roberto Gonzalez

Saturday July 30, 2011
Fur Nightclub
33 Patterson St NE
Washington D.C., DC
(202) 842-3401

Doors Open at 10pm, Ages 18+

Quick Facts

From: Russia

Style: Trance

Famous Tracks: Invisible Touch, Time & Tide, Angel of the North, You Belong to Me, The Last He Said

Best Known For: Being the #1 DJ out of Russia

DJ Mag Rank: 25

Russia’s top dance music artist returns to Glow at Fur for more bang-out trance bliss! Along with Ilya Soloviev, Bobina recently produced the Global Gathering 2011 anthem! He recently finished working on his artist album, so expect trance, hot off the press!

 

About Bobina


For over 5 years, Bobina has formed the leading edge of the Russian EDM breakout. His DJ adventures have taken him around the planet numerous times, playing tent-pole events like Gatecrasher Summer Soundsystem, Trance Energy, and the WMC. Ferry Corsten sums Bobina up as: “one of the most talented producers ever to come out of Russia”… Meet Bobina, Russia’s first dance SuperTsar!
 

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Keith Urban Get Closer World Tour: Thurs 7/28/11 [Verizon Center]

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Monday, June 20, 2011, 9:20pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:58pm) Add comments

Verizon Center Events presents:

Keith Urban
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@keithurban
Keith on YouTube

Thursday July 28, 2011
The Verizon Center
601 F Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20004

(202) 628-3200
Doors Open at 7:30 pm

Quick Facts

From: Nashville via New Zealand

Style: Country

Famous Tracks: You’ll Think of Me, Only You Can Love Me This Way, Somebody Like You, Without You, Put You in a song

Best Known For: Winning a slew of country music awards from Billboard to CMT to the Grammys. Keith has done it all! He even married Nicole Kidman!

It’s gonna be a long hot summer in 2011, but Keith Urban’s Get Closer Tour is headed to DC to relieve some of that humid with some cool country! Keith Urban’s July event at the Verizon Center will be one of the biggest of the year. He’s done it all from the Grammy’s to the American Music Awards and everything in between. He’s easily one of the hottest stars in country right now!

 

About Keith Urban


For Keith Urban’s sixth studio album, Get Closer, the singer-songwriter dives even deeper into the explorations of love and relationships that have established him as one of the world’s biggest country music stars—while also extending his rock & roll side, as his hard-charging guitar work reaches new heights. The album is the follow-up to 2009’s Grammy-winning and platinum selling Defying Gravity, which entered Billboard’s pop and country charts at Number One, and spun off five Top Ten hits, including the chart-toppers “Sweet Thing” and “Only You Can Love Me This Way.”

For Urban, the songs on the new album build on ideas that he introduced the last time around. “On Defying Gravity I started touching upon the theme of the courage to love,” he says. “It’s all well and good to say, ‘I can’t find anybody to love, I wish I could find someone to love.’ But do I have the courage to love? Am I willing to open my heart and give the sword to my partner and go, ‘All right, I trust you, absolutely and completely?’ ”

The ambition for Get Closer is made explicit right on the cover. “The title is multifaceted,” says Urban, “because my instincts have always been to run from things that are good for me, to run from love. I have always run from intimacy, and marriage has been a real awakening for me in looking at that very differently. That’s what the title really refers to.”

New Zealand-born and Australia-raised, Keith Urban moved to Nashville in 1992. His first American album came as a member of The Ranch (1997), followed by an increasingly accomplished series of multi Platinum-selling solo albums: Keith Urban (1999), Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004), and Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing (2006). The compilation Greatest Hits: 19 Kids (2008) included such Number One hits as “But For The Grace Of God,” “Somebody Like You” (which was named the top country song of the decade), “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “You’ll Think Of Me,” “Days Go By,” “Making Memories Of Us,” “Better Life,” and “You Look Good In My Shirt.”

Urban has been honored with Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of County Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, American Music Award and Australia’s coveted Aria Award. His remarkable musical gifts have also brought him to places where country superstars have rarely gone before, including such very recent appearances as a blazing rendition of the Rolling Stones’ classic “Tumblin’ Dice” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a powerful rendition of “Lean on Me” alongside Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow on the Hope for Haiti telethon and a CMT Crossroads taping with John Mayer.

Yet as Get Closer illustrates, rather than rely on formula, Urban continues to innovate with his music. The sound of the album expands the contrast between old and new styles that has underpinned much of his previous work. “I love using drum machines when I write,” he says, ” and I love the juxtaposition of a great, funky ’80s drum machine with a banjo. Merging those instruments together was something I was really drawn to—we got to a certain point on the record, but I’d like to keep exploring it more.”

Some of the sonic experimentation, though, was the result of more than just creative ambition. “I used a lot of new guitars this time, because all of mine got lost in the (middle Tennessee) flood,” says Urban. “It was a real blessing in the end, because it got me out of my comfort zone, and I was really focused on making music, and not what we were making it with. I borrowed a few guitars, bought a couple of amps on eBay, and just sort of embraced it—that whatever we’ve got to work with, we’re gonna make it work.”

Produced with long-time collaborator Dann Huff, Get Closer blends such chugging rockers as “Long Hot Summer” or the first single, “Put You in a Song,” with more emotionally complex and nuanced compositions like “Right on Back to You” and “Luxury of Knowing.”* Urban considers “Luxury,” written by Lori McKenna, an especially rich selection. “I love that song, because it’s written from such a unique, open-ended, unsettling place,” he says. “I look for songs that people are going to feel something towards—like, ‘I’m not in that place now, but I’ve very much been in that place.’ I’m trying to find those songs that connect with people.”

Urban worked with such previous co-writers as Sarah Buxton, Darryl Brown and Richard Marx on Get Closer. But it was a song by two Nashville writers that captured Urban’s own experiences with remarkable precision. “‘Without You’ really is my life story,” he says, with some disbelief. “It’s crazy—the fast cars and the guitars and the little girl coming along. It’s just an amazing song, and I never would have allowed myself to write it.”

As the happy accident of that song indicates, the album’s creation was less a matter of Urban chasing a theme than it was staying open to songs that revealed where he is in his own life. “This wasn’t a conscious sort of journey for me,” he says. “It was just writing and writing and finding songs that speak to me at this time. I looked for songs that represented all different facets of relationships, but the end result is always stay together, get closer, don’t run. The guy in “Right On Back To You” has driven off—but he’s pulled over and gone, ‘I always do this. This is ridiculous because I love this girl, what am I doing?’ So he turns around and he goes back. They’re all just reconciling with the need to get closer to intimacy.”

The magic of Get Closer, then, isn’t a result of what happened when Keith Urban was in the recording studio; it’s about all the other hours of the day. “I just think there’s more love in this album, and that permeated everything and made the music deeper,” he says. “I loved making this record. I felt a tremendous sense of balance in my life, as a husband and a father and a musician who gets to go and try to capture all that and harness it and create something.”

 

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Quick Facts

From: Pittsburgh, Detroit, Pittsburgh

Style: Hip-hop

Famous Tracks: Black and Yellow, Roll Up, This Plane, On My Level, Ink My Whole Body, Never Been | My Last w/ Chris Brown, Smoke ‘N Drive, Too Fake, Gang Bang w/ Wiz Khalifa | Shaft, Campgain, Got Sh*t

Best Known For: Wiz – Black & Yellow, Green w/ little orange hairs | Big Sean – Impressing Kanye | Chevy Woods – Being awesome

Still fresh off releasing his first studio album, Rolling Papers, in March and surging from the continued success of “Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa is one of the most promising and continually rising hip hop acts around. He’ll be joined by Mac Miller, Big Sean, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Chevy Woods, and DJ Bonics on this stop of his Rolling Papers World Tour.

 
 

Ryan Leslie: Thurs 6/9 [The Park at 14th]

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Thursday, June 9, 2011, 7:48am. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 7:18pm) Add comments

The Park at 14th pres.

Ryan Leslie

NextSelection Lifestyle

  • DC-born
  • Grammy-nominated
  • Producer
  • Singer/songwriter
  • MC
  • Musician
  • Future Media Mogul

He caught the eye of Diddy and Tommy Mottola and left both to do his own thing.

He has produced tracks for Beyonce, Danity Kane, Britney Spears, Loon, New Edition, Fabolous and essentially launched the career of Cassie, featuring her on his hit single ‘Addiction.’

Upon announcing the impending release of his 3rd studio album, Leslie is out promoting a July 2011 mixtape in preparation for ‘Les is More.’

Park at 14th
920 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 737-7275

Doors at 5pm
VIP: 202 269 3939

National FreedomFest DC: July 3+4 [Yards Park, DC]

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 10:16pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 4:33pm) Add comments
minifreedomfest

National Freedomfest presents TWO days of DC’s most popular National, Regional and Local bands and DJ’s, with 40+ acts on 5 stages across two days, this is a massive event!

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Back from a successful European leg of his Love Letter Tour, R Kelly is in DC for a 4th of July to remember!

Kid Cudi: Sat 7/2/11 [Merriweather Post Pavilion]

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 9:10pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:58pm) Add comments
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Get into lumberjack mode, chop ‘em, wrap ‘em up and head over to Merriweather Pavillion for a July 4th weekend bash with Kid Cudi!!

The Uncle Sam Jam DC: Sat 7/2/11, 2-10pm [National Harbor]

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 9:05pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:58pm) Add comments
The uncle sam jam dc

The Uncle Sam Jam is back this Saturday, July 2nd to kick off your July 4th Weekend in Washington DC with dozens of bands and DJs across three big stages on the waterfront!

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3D takes over Ultrabar once again to melt the minds of DMV club kids with drum, dub and tons of BASS BASS BASS!!

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