Sounds of the City Festival’s Mainstage Showcase at Black Cat

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Sounds of the City Festival’s Mainstage Showcase at Black Cat

Sounds of the City Festival presents its biggest music showcase of the weekend at Black Cat’s Mainstage! Bringing together some of the city’s most forward-thinking, innovative bands and visual artists, this is a show you won’t want to miss. D.C. Music Download will also celebrate its five year anniversary party here too!

The intimate music of Den-Mate–the latest project from DC songwriter/producer Jules Hale–is arresting, like peering into a funhouse mirror. Her sparse, dreamy jams reflect and distort private nighttime thoughts of desperation and isolation, transforming abstract fears into throbbing bass lines and static-washed riffs. Drawing a bridge from Babe City Records’ dreamy guitar pop and the exciting world of progressive electronica, Den-Mate brings a new style for adventurous listeners in D.C. and beyond. Earlier this year, Den-Mate was selected from hundreds of D.C. hopefuls to perform alongside music icons like Erykah Badu and Wu-Tang Clan for SXSW.


Nag Champa DC
Nag Champa is an ensemble comprised of D.C.’s most esteemed musicians. Together, they make futuristic, genre-bending music that feels like it was made in another dimension. On stage, Nag Champa brings an incomparable, moving live music experience that should be at the top of everyone’s concert bucket list.


Fellow Creatures
Part circuit-bending weirdos, part self-deluding pop stars, Fellow Creatures emerged from the remains of the beloved Ugly Purple Sweater in late 2014 and quickly became known as one of Washington, D.C.ʼs most distinctive and compelling live bands. Centered on the deft vocal harmonizing and genre-blurring songwriting of Sam McCormally and Will McKindley-Ward, Fellow Creatures makes an impression with their layered, intricate arrangements and propulsive rhythm section of Rishi Chakrabarty on bass and David Greer on drums. The band’s eclectic, physical sensibility has earned comparisons with the Talking Heads and Yeasayer. Fellow Creatures debut record, produced with composer Louis Weeks, was released in April 2016.


Stronger Sex
D.C.’s Stronger Sex plays music that is equal parts emotional as it is futuristic, some kind of tender cocktail that swings between both the profoundly human as well as the fantastically unreal.


“Five Years of D.C. Music in Concert Posters” is a pop-up art installation highlighting five years-worth of D.C.’s best concert poster designs! Visual artists from around the city will showcase their work and sell prints at the show.
Participating Artists: Sophie McTear, Jeffrey Everett (Rockets are Red), Scott Siskind, Navid Marvi, Sarah O’Donoghue

PLUS: Cake and balloon drop at midnight!

Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Doors: 8 p.m.
Tickets only $12–buy them here:

For more info on other DCMD Sounds of the City Festival events, check out:

-Thursday, March 2-D.C. Music Industry Night at WeWork’s Wonder Bread Factory

-Friday, March 3-Ace Cosgrove with bobmoekill, Ciscero, DJ Ayes Cold at Tropicalia

-Saturday, March 4-The First-Ever D.C. Record Label Expo at Songbyrd

-Sunday, March 5-Sounds Advice: A D.C. Music Panel+Networking Event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

March 04 2017


Start: March 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
End: March 5, 2017 @ 12:00 am
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1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States

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