Gypsy Sally's Presents
Hallowscene Ft. Drop Electric, Nappy Riddem, Staycation
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Based in a city known for stagnant bureaucracies and business as usual, Drop Electric tells a
different story about the nation's capital. The band's sound is a manic barrage of soaring vocals,
heavy guitars, atmospheric textures, and thunderous percussion, born in the
the band members shared experiences as the children of immigrants.
Drop Electric's debut album, "Finding Color in the Ashes" was self released in December 2010.
Exploring a dark postrock sound reminiscent of Mogwai and Mono. It was met with a positive response from critics, The Washington Post calling it a "rumbling, expansive sound." The album helped the band break through in the Washington DC music scene.
In the following years, they transformed their sound with the addition of a vocalist, Kristina
Reznikov. They introduced their new sound via an online only EP ("Drop Electric Sampler
Platter"), which featured the song "Empire Trashed". This song was featured on NPR's "All
Songs Considered", after the show's host, Bob Boilen, caught one of their shows at the Black
Cat in Washington DC. Describing the band's sound as "epic", the podcast helped to drive
interest in the band outside of their hometown.
The band eventually signed with Lefse Records/Fat Possum to release their followup album in 2013.
Following a week-long premiere on Pandora Premieres, the band released, "Waking up to the
Fire" on Lefse Records in October 2013 to critical praise. Since the release of the album, the band has played extensively around the mid Atlantic, including the CMJ Festival in 2014, All Good Festival in 2015, and headlining a sold out show at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC and the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.
The band also found success in licensing with "Santo Domingo" being featured in the theatrical
IMAX trailer for Warner Brothers blockbuster, 300: Rise of an Empire and "Blue Dream" being
licensed for commercials by H&M, Maybeline, and fashion website Refinery 29.
The 2015 album, "Lost in Decay" was released via Waaga Records in the US and Rallye Label in Japan. Completed before the departure of former singer Kristina Reznikov in 2014, it was a return to the post rock, guitar based sound of their previous releases.
In 2016, Drop Electric plans to release its fourth album with new members Anya Mizani and Steve Smith.
Since releasing their debut album on Fort Knox Recordings in 2011, NAPPY RIDDEMhas been busy touring nationwide and releasing a string of remixes, transforming itself into an uplifting and conscious reggae band that is funky enough to pack the dance floor. Started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem, Nappy Riddem has expanded into a six-piece band, whose live show is engaging and compelling, getting the crowd moving and grooving with a smile on their faces.
In 2013 Nappy Riddem released "The Rock Steady EP" and was awarded "Best Reggae Recording" by the Washington Area Music Association, in 2014. Nappy Riddem stepped out of the studio to focus on touring. They've toured up and down the East Coast as well as Texas, Colorado and California. Nappy Riddem has headlined world famous venues like the 9:30 Club and Brooklyn Bowl. This band of brothers has had the pleasure of supporting Steel Pulse, the English Beat, Go-Go rockers Experience Unlimited, John Brown's Body, Lee Scratch Perry, and every current incarnation of Bob Marley's Wailers, most recently featuring Aston "Family Man" Barret and Marley's Lead Guitarist Junior Marvin. Junior Marvin also selected Nappy Riddem to mentor and tour with him as his backing band during their 2014 California tour. The highlight of which was headlining the prestigious Joshua Tree Music Festival. Nappy Riddem's performances meld Reggae, Rock, and Funk together into their unique brand of "Dancehall Funk".
Blending electro-funk, gritty psychedelic rock, and infectious vocal melodies, Staycation's eclectic sound reflects the diversity of their hometown Washington, D.C. In Fall 2017, the group released their explosive debut EP, Escape Plan, which was independently recorded, produced, and mixed at Mystery Ton Studios by Kenny Eaton (Scale the Summit, Exist), and mastered at BIAS Studios by Mike Monseur (Pasadena, John Jennings). Critics dug it, with outlets such as DC Music Review saying the album “masterfully fuses heavy-hitting riffs with electro grooves, smooth horns, and lyrics evoking hints of sci-fi and soul.” The band is following up Escape Plan with a live album, due out Summer 2018.
Known for their explosive live shows, Staycation has played many of the mid-Atlantic's flagship venues, including the 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, the 8x10, and Baltimore Soundstage, and made festival appearances at All Good Festival and Camp Barefoot, among others. The band has shared stages with heavyweights such as Lotus, Steve Kimock, Vinnnie Amico (moe.), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo's Almost Dead/Brothers Past), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Holly Bowling, Zack Deputy, and the Heavy Pets.
Staycation is David Ray (drums/vocals), Neel Singh (bass), and Nikhel Sus (vocals/guitar), along with featured players Zack Be (keys/vocals), Tula Pisano (vocals), and Will Sautter (sax).
Advance $10/ Day of Show $12 + Fees
Halloween + Best Local Bands in the Scene = Hallowscene!!!
Drop Electric: Post-Rock/Ambient/Electronic
Nappy Riddem: Reggae/Funk/Soul
Staycation: Rock. Funk. Dance. Partytime.