Black Cat 25th Anniversary Show (Night One) feat., Subhumans, Ocampo Ocampo & Watt, Ted Leo
Des Demonas, Dagger Moon, Scanners, Honey, plus more!
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Black Cat 25th Anniversary Show (Night One) feat.
The Black Cat opened its doors in early September, 1993. Twenty-five years later we're still the best place to find new music in DC. To celebrate our anniversary we've invited old friends and new to party with us over the course of two days. From local favorites to staff bands to punk legends, we've put together a lineup of artists that we love. Come dance with us as we look forward to another 25 great years.
Long-standing punk rock band from the United Kingdom. Formed in 1980, the band broke up in 1986 but then got back together in 1999 for a reunion tour, after which they continued to tour. Members were also active in Citizen Fish and Culture Shock. Originally the band went under the name Subhuman but changed their name to Subhumans within their first year together.
Not to be confused with the early Canadian punk band The Subhumans from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Born September 11, 1970 in South Bend, Indiana, Leo grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where his family was from, and spent many formative years in the hardcore punk scene of New York City during the 1980s and early 1990s. He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange in 1988 and the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 1993 with a degree in English.
Leo was a founding member of the New York punk band Citizens Arrest in 1989. In the 1990s, Leo played in bands that included Chisel, Puzzlehead, and The Sin-Eaters.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists was formed in 1999 in Washington, D.C. The group recorded six studio albums between 1999 and 2010. Leo has also maintained a consistent presence as a solo performer since the 1990s.
In early 2013, Leo and Aimee Mann formed a duo called The Both, after Leo had toured with Mann for several months as her supporting act.
Brother of Chris Leo and Danny Leo.
Des Demonas hail from Washington D.C., and have been denizens of the byways and highways of the city’s musical underground for years. Jacky Cougar Abok is the six-foot-five-inch tall Kenyan punk singer who has drummed with Thee Lolitas and Foul Swoops. Guitarist Mark Cisneros has bent strings with Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Deathfix, and Medications and pounded the traps for The Make-Up and Benjy Ferree, the latter alongside organist Paul Vivari. Joe Halladay (Citygoats) on bass and Ryan Hicks (Suns Of Guns) on drums round out this squared circle of sight and sound.
The songs on Des Demonas [debut LP] range from Nuggets-style snottiness on “Tuff Turf”, to the brash warnings of "Liez" ('Lies… only seem to matter if you never wise up'), to the stomper “Psychedelic Soldier” and cool psycho creeper “Say You Tried”, to the hard boiled 70’s punk of Swahili-sung “ Golden Eggs”. When Abok sings “There are no vampires in Africa,” it may be a warning. It may be a fact. Or it may be a whole lot of unrelenting scuzzy fun. Dig the Des Demonas. Play it loud. Twist your wig.
- Kid Congo Powers
Honey is a rock trio from DC, born out of a love for rock camp and interpretive dance. One moment they'll have you laughing at society's worst offenders, the next you'll be feeling the feels with all the moody chord changes. Guitars will be cranked, drums will be impressive, and you'll definitely want to get a copy of the lyrics.