SOUNDBITES - Music * Food * Change
Lee Fields and The Expressions, DEATHFIX (Brendan Canty • Richard Morel • Devin Ocampo • Mark Cisneros), DJ Will Eastman, The Razz, Kid Congo and his Kid Congo Power Hour
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
SOUNDBITES - Music * Food * Change
To benefit D.C. Central Kitchen (whose programs help the area's homeless and underprivileged via meals, outreach, and counseling services, to name a few), Sound Bites combines some of the best music and food D.C. has to offer for one tasty evening. Whatever flavors float your boat, make sure to come do some good for those in need while having a blast with those who rock.
Lee Fields and The Expressions
After his rediscovery in the mid 90s, his faithful have featured him on a slew on singles, a full-length on Desco Records entitled "Let's Get It On', a full-length on Soul Fire entitled "Problems", and on Sharon Jones's critically acclaimed album, "Naturally". Most recently, he has featured on a number of tracks by French house producer, Martin Solveig. Suprisingly, many of of those songs have become top ten hits for Solveig and have turned Lee Fields into a bonafide celebrity in France and other parts of Europe. Yet, outside of a rabid cult following, his story remained untold in America.
When Truth & Soul rose from Soul Fire's ashes in 2004, the first mission of label owners/producers Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels, was to record a sweet soul record that would be modeled after the near perfect formula that bands like The Moments, The Delfonics, and The Stylistics had created. But with a decidedly modern bent. The two producer/songwriters were perfect for the job, having dedicated their talents to the likes of Adele, Iggy Pop, Amy Winehouse alongside Just Blaze, Ghostface Killah and Jay Z
Turning their attention to Lee Fields, the duo wanted an album full of music that was both tough as nails and sweet as honey. They wanted ballads laced with lush strings and smooth vocal harmonies layered over a hard-hitting rhythm section. Michels and Silverman enlisted the service of a the group of New York studio musicians that have provided the back drop for records by The Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse, Bronx River Parkway, El Michels Affair and TV on The Radio. Those musicians include Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss, Quincy Bright, Nick Movshon, Thomas Brenneck, Toby Pazner, Aaron Johnson, Dave Guy, Michael Leonhart, and members of legendary doo-wop group, The Del-Larks.
Four years later and Lee Fields & The Expressions have successfully created a unique and personal sound that can hold court with the bands they set out to emulate. However, what they've created in the process goes beyond just a carbon copy of a sweet soul music from the 60's and early 70's. The formula has remained the same but the style has been adapted for the ears of youngsters whose experiences with soul began with Amy, not Al, Otis and Marvin. Thirty years of retrospection has colored this cross-generational melding of the minds. It sounds odd on paper, but the results are classic: hip hop-reared record collectors come full circle to produce an album of beatuful soul music with one of the progenitors who made it all possible.
DEATHFIX (Brendan Canty • Richard Morel • Devin Ocampo • Mark Cisneros)
DJ Will Eastman
Washington, DC-based DJ and producer Will Eastman is one third of the group Volta Bureau and co-owner of U Street Music Hall, named by the Washington Post “best dance club in the region.” The Washington Post also calls him “one of DC’s titan DJs” and dance music authority Discobelle named him “a new force to be reckoned with.” Eastman’s releases and remixes have received support from a diverse range of DJs, including heavyweights Fatboy Slim and Tiesto, and media coverage by Urb, RCRDLBL, NPR and BBC Radio 1, among others. He is also founder and Editor-In-Chief of Blisspop.com, DC-based music events, website and community covering new underground house, indie dance & electronic music since 2000.
Kid Congo and his Kid Congo Power Hour