Blisspop and U Street Music Hall present
Blisspop Disco Fest ft. The Black Madonna
Josey Rebelle, Wayne Davis & Lisa Moody (Deep Sugar), Amy Douglas
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
This event is all ages
The Black Madonna
DJ and producer from Chicago, US. Founder of We Still Believe.
Crack Magazine’s 50 Most Exciting DJs in the World. Mixmag’s Top 20 Breakthrough DJs of the Year. Time Out’s 10 Best Radio Shows in London. Pitchfork’s 10 Best Mixes of 2017.
With appearances at clubs and festivals across Europe and Asia, a debut US tour, and an abundance of accolades for both club sets and radio shows, 2017 was a standout year for London-born DJ Josey Rebelle. But to be one of the most respected DJs in the game you’ve got to earn it, and Josey has shown year on year that she’s a force to be reckoned with, proving herself as an artist that can seamlessly ride countless genres with a raw and brutal underground energy while keeping the audience in the palm of her hand, all with one overwhelming priority: heavyweight selection first and foremost.
Josey was introduced to the decks at an early age, taught to DJ by her brother on his house, techno and hardcore collection when she was 13, but it was some years later that she graduated from bedroom DJ to the club, eventually earning her stripes as a resident at legendary London basement club Plastic People. She has since graced the line-ups of clubs such as Panorama Bar, Fabric, Concrete, Good Room, De School and Nitsa, and 2018 sees her settle down for an exclusive London residency at The Pickle Factory. Josey has also been booked for festivals including Dimensions, Primavera Sound, Bestival and Afropunk NYC, has recorded highly-acclaimed mixes for Resident Advisor, The Fader, Discwoman, Fact Magazine and BBC Radio 1, and also appeared on the very first official Boiler Room broadcast in 2010.
While her club sets centre around house, techno and breakbeat sounds old and new, Josey demonstrates the full spectrum of her musical knowledge on her three-hour Sundaymorning Rinse FM shows, described by Time Out as ‘the best way to spend a Sunday.’ 2018 marks Josey’s seventh year on the station.
"I never intended to be a dance music artist. I always envisioned myself in some version of Led Zeppelin or something extremely loud and heavy but as i do love classic disco and soul, transitioning into dance music was fun for me, and it's been exciting to bring a very singer/songwriter point of view into that world".
Amy Douglas is dance music’s bonafide rock chick. Though she has made her reputation across the worlds of House and Disco with her incredible voice and stellar songwriting ability (she also bangs on a mean piano) Amy is here to ROCK you. After stunning features with everyone from Juan MacLean to Treasure fingers, and repetitive collaborative work with The Crooked Man and 33Hz’s Tim Wagner, DFA’s bad girl rose to international prominence blazed a path when her first solo single “Never Saw It Coming” blazed up the dance charts, and the dance floors, most notably in the UK where incredible support from Bill Brewster, Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston, and the Crooked Man Remix of the song became the #2 of Brewster’s Furtive 50 of 2018, and Justin Strauss’s incredible remix only poured gasoline on the fire. This was followed most notably with a relationship that has become iconic, her work with the Disco Juggernauts Horse Meat Disco “Let’s Go Dancing” has become a bonafide disco anthem, that has set off dance floors across the world, and she has been hard at work with Luke Solomon and the Glitterbox/Defected camp writing more and more Disco Bombs for the Fabulous Four Ambassadors of Disco.
Then everything exploded. In addition to more work on DFA Records coming this fall, expect collaborations soon to come with everyone from Joe Goddard (Hard Feelings), Roisin Murphy, Justin Strauss, Man Power, Low Steppa, The Crooked Man, Luke Solomon more from Horse Meat Disco, Michael The Lion, and The Black Madonna. She will also be starting her own imprint "Ladyballs Records" with her creative partner Tim Wagner, and following up not only the single that started it all, but a full on dance rock masterpiece. Also soon to come is a massive "tribal transglobal organic hippie dance project spearheaded by Amy and Jim Stanton of Horse Meat Disco called #Head. Their first offering, a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Two Tribes" exploded across New York Pride this year where Amy and Moon Boots collaborator Steven Klavier performed it to 5K plus sweaty dancing bodies.
*** At Backbar: Philco b2b Samantha Francesca b2b Hot Coffee all night (entry only with a ticket to the main event) ***
Now returning for its second year, Blisspop and U Street Music Hall are proud to present Blisspop Disco Fest, a multi-day celebration of the evolution of disco featuring performances from pioneers in the disco genre and some of the most recognized names in dance music.
Acclaimed DJ/producer The Black Madonna will headline the first night of the festival, while Canadian duo Chromeo will perform a DJ set on Saturday—all playing in-the-round on a special stage in the middle of the legendary 9:30 Club.
All-day/night festivities at U Street Music Hall will include DJ sets from the legendary disco artist Cerrone, Jellybean Benitez performing a Studio 54 set, Crazy P, a special live performance by D.C.'s The Blackbyrds, and many more celebrated international and local artists.