Gentrifying the Monument

Keeping DC’s Unique Musical Culture Alive

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The controversy surrounding a cellphone store in Shaw has prompted lively public discussion of the centrality of go-go music in DC culture (https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/article/21070151/on-their-new-single-rare-essence-wont-mute-dc).

An ABM drummer communicating with stagehands as he plays effortlessly.

Saki Productions, Lansky Entertainment, Just Cooley and I BET IT BUZZ hosted an event called “Gentrify the Monument” in front of a huge audience at the Washington Monument’s Sylvan Theater on June 8, to support the @DontMuteDC movement.

ABM beginning their set.

Many popular go-go bands did free one-hour sets. The set list encompassed many legendary hits. Performances by Tru Expressionz, XIB, ABM and The Reaction Band were truly outstanding. The vibrating music could be heard as far off as the Tidal Basin. The bass was heavy and the passion from the lead singers palpable.

The bands played their greatest hits, triggering a social media frenzy.

Intermission featured local talent. Monyae’s awesome rendition of her single, “Real One,” was a standout. Black Fortune performed his hit “OsshWop” from his latest project, “OsshRock.” Flex Kartel gave a stellar performance of “Recognize.” Noochie took the crowd back with “Something Something.” 2DollarNoWashingtons wowed the crowd with his hit song “Designer.” 3OHBlack closed out with smash hit “Legg Walk” and new single “All Talk.”

As the day went on, more and more people arrived. The crowd danced in front of the monument. There were dance competitions. Winners, including kids, received cash prizes.

The Reaction Band plans to host more peaceful protests like this to raise awareness of the value of DC’s musical culture. Follow the organizers on Instagram:

  • @sakiproductionsofficial
  • @ibetitbuzz
  • @chefbnard

These Go-Go artists are found on Instagram as well:

  • TRU EXPRESSIONZ (@truexpressionz_cde)
  • XIB (@xibdaradiokillaz)
  • ABM (@abm_band)
  • REACTION BAND (@reactionband)

Follow these up-and-coming artists on Instagram:

  • @_djboogie
  • @therealmonyaee
  • @black_fortune
  • @noochiemusic
  • @flexkartel
  • @2dollarnowashingtons
  • @3ohblack

 

I am Kristopher Head. I go by “Kristopher’s Lens.” On Instagram: @KristophersLens. I am a commercial photographer and cinematographer. I specialize in entertainment TV and film. For bookings and to see my portfolio visit my website, kristopherslens.com.