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

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Verizon Center Events presents:

Keith Urban
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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

Washington DC National Freedom Fest July 4thNational Freedomfest presents TWO days of DC’s most popular National, Regional and Local bands and DJ’s. Join us this July 3rd and July 4th and enjoy over 40 bands and DJ’s in concert on 5 massive stages, eclectic food vendors and one of a kind craft vendors and so much more.

July 3rd (2pm – 9pm) & July 4th (1pm – 9pm)

The Yards Park – Washington, DC

This party is made in the U.S.A. with the following ingredients:

  • 40 + Bands & DJs!
  • 5 stages
  • 2 days of fun and entertainment
  • VIP Tickets featuring private entertainment and viewing areas
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Countdown to the National Fireworks

All along the DC Riverfront!

Lineup includes:

  • Dirty Heads
  • Yolanda Be Cool
  • Ryan Cabrera
  • DJ KayJay
  • DJ Flounder
  • DJ Neekola
  • Boris Gluck
  • DJ Armando
  • Dave Russell

…and so many more!

See the full lineup and get all the details at www.nationalfreedomfest.com

Quick Facts

From: Chicago

Style: R&B, soul, hip-hop

Famous Tracks: Honey Love, I Believe I Can Fly, I Wish, Bump and Grind, Ignition, Remix to Ignition, Contagious with the Isley Bros.

Best Known For: Ask Dave Chapelle

The infamous R. Kelly arrives in DC for a 4th of July weekend to remember! On the road to promote his latest album, Love Letter, Kelly has brought Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius along for the ride. No matter what you may think of him, the man’s got a voice.

 

About R. Kelly


R. Kelly, the three-time Grammy winning king of R&B, makes music of epic proportions. After 18 years of stardom, the multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist continues to forge an artistic path that caters to fantasy and captures the hearts of adoring fans, which is in essence, how an artist sells over 34 million records, and wears the crown of a king.

The charts are telling of the Chicago native’s storied success— six #1 albums, 11 #1 singles, and 12 consecutive platinum albums. Yet, beyond the numbers is his vital contribution to the soul music continuum. R. Kelly’s musical tome is ripe with scintillating delivery and stirring rhythms that outlast thinner melodies by fleeting one-hit sensations. In one moment, he is the virtuoso that delves into slow, deep delicious seduction, and the next finds him the sexy showman at the center of the party, in full body-rocking up-tempo flavor. From the tantalizing eight-times platinum R., to the Grammy-award winning anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” to his recent hit single “I’m a Flirt” with Bow Wow that garnered a 2008 ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Award, R. Kelly is the essence of true R&B.

The genius of R. Kelly rests in his willingness to break from traditional formula and constantly push the envelope. He flips the method of the moment with undeniable swagger and bold hip-hop sensibility. As a skilled collaborator, he pairs vocals with countless artists — Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Usher among them. With Usher, he performed “Same Girl,” which was a Rolling Stone Best Song of the Year in 2007. Always willing to venture in new directions, his latest duet pairs him with the coquettish persona of Keri Hilson.

As a songwriter, R. Kelly revisits simple, but profound aspects of the human experience – love, lust, desire, joy and pain that define classical art and drama. He applies his concept to rich, full vocals that exude his intended effect. This precise craftsmanship led to a 2006 Stevie Wonder Award for Outstanding Achievements in Song Writing at the Soul Train Awards.

It is this uncanny ability to compose classics and deliver electrifying live performances that define everything that is essential R. Kelly. It’s why he is the recipient of multiple Billboard, BMI and American Music Awards. A prolific artist, he churns out albums on a yearly basis from his Chocolate Factory studios in the heart of Chicago, drawing from the spirit of his musical forefathers Curtis Mayfield and Donnie Hathaway. While, R. Kelly proudly hails from the so-called Second City, with his boundless talent, he is second to none.

 
 

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
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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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David Guetta shows love to Diddy’s Dirty Money project and drops a classic remixed by Laidback Luke!

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His crowd interaction is among the best, the beats bang, the energy is there, what more can we say? Laidback Luke, at #17 in the world, may be one of the most underrated DJs out there!

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