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Recording Academy hosts First Block Party for D.C. Chapter

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The Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter hosted its first annual Block Party at the City Winery in Washington, D.C on May 10. The inaugural membership event celebrated the local music scene and united more than 200members of the Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter for an evening of unforgettable performances by past GRAMMY nominee DRAM, Chaz French, Angelica Garcia, MAKUTA, Rare Essence, and Kevin Ross.

The evening was hosted by Joe Clair from the Joe Clair Morning Show and included a special guest appearance by Wale who performed “Lotus Flower Bomb” with local go-go band, Rare Essence.

For more than 20 years, the Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter has supported the Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., area music communities. Engaging with varied genres, including rock, R&B, classical, jazz, folk, rap, Latin, and go-go, the D.C. Chapter is a vital connection and touchstone for professional music makers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This evening marked the celebration of that diverse and resilient community and shed a national spotlight on this local scene.

Executive Director of the Recording Academy D.C. chapter, Jeriel Johnson and Wale, celebrate the local music community at the inaugural Washington D.C. Chapter block party Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Brian Stukes, Getty Images © 2019
Wale performs with go-go band Rare Essence at the inaugural Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter block party Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Lars Niki, Getty Images © 2019

 

Rapper DRAM performs at Recording Academy D.C. Block PartyCourtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Lars Niki, Getty Images © 2019

The evening was generously sponsored by 202Creates, Antigua Productions, Events DC, Motown, Omega Recording Studios, and SoundExchange.

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