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Congo Sanchez – Why Do We Wait

DC’s soulful & funky Congo Sanchez opens a night of funk jams at Gypsy Sally’s tonight billed as a “Dear Jerry” Afterparty for the Grateful Dead tribute shows going on in DC this weekend. This trio of singer Haile Supreme, rapper Flex Mathews and drummer Jeff Franca continue to work on a follow-up to their debut full length album Dealin’ With This from 2014. A few months ago they dropped the romantic slow-jam single “Why Do We Wait”, and the music video features the three vocalists crooning to their respective loved ones, in their own unique styles. Trust me, don’t miss their top-notch live show!


Congo Sanchez – A Year Thus Far

There are a lot of great DC music shows to see tonight, including Paint Branch at Comet Ping Pong, Justin Trawick at Iota, Young Summer at Jammin’ Java, Heavy Breathing at Black Cat and Margot MacDonald at Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington. I love you if you see any of them. But if you’re unsure what to check out, my pick of the night is the amazing lineup of Black Masala, Congo Sanchez and The Good Thing at H Street NE’s Rock & Roll Hotel.
The Good Thing are a dedicated and dynamic new funk band that will get the party rolling instantly. Here’s a free download from their recent EP Get Funky.

I admit, I am a sucker for New Orleans brass bands like Rebirth, Stooges and The Hot 8. We may not have any bands in DC that fit that particular mold (yet!), but Black Masala scratches that itch for me nicely. They bring a gypsy influence to their high energy shows, and I could not be more excited to check this out tonight.

And finally, our video feature of the day comes from Congo Sanchez. Best known as the drummer for Thievery Corporation, he turns electronic music performance around by featuring live drums instead of preprogrammed drum machines. Flex Mathews, the most versatile rapper in DC, adds a crucial element to the live show. In this video Congo Sanchez reminisces of the first year of his new band’s forming, performing and touring, and what the future holds.


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New DJ Mixes from Outputmessage & Congo Sanchez

I think this nasty rainy Friday before a washed-out weekend calls for something more substantial than a music video. Instead, here’s a couple of DJ mixes to fill up your headspace.

First up is the third Origins mix by Outputmessage. In case you’re just joining us, Outputmessage is a solo electronic music project from Bernard Farley, 1/3 of the dance music team Volta Bureau with Will Eastman and Micah Vellian. These Origins DJ mixes compile musical inspirations for Farley’s newest album, dropping very soon. Cop a free download at http://bit.ly/13JRt4u.

Congo Sanchez is best known as the drummer for Thievery Corporation, but own his band is working hard to build a solid local following. You can catch them live next at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday June 28th, in a stellar lineup with gypsy brass band Black Masala and The Good Thing. Now chill out with Congo’s latest DJ mix Summer Breeze.

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Congo Sanchez – Ghost Dance video

DC music video of the day! You may not yet know the name Congo Sanchez, but you certainly know his beats. He’s been slapping the skins for The Funk Ark, Empresarios, See-I and Thievery Corporation, and now he’s ready to drop his own magic with the release of his debut EP Vol. 1 on ESL Music April 17th. Last Friday saw the release of the first video from that EP, Ghost Dance, featuring lots of skateboarding and surfing goodness. Check it out!

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