with Dreamcast, Slow Love and McKinley Dixon
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:30 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
Friday July 19, 2019
Ascending from Los Angeles by way of the Bay Area, artist, writer and producer Harriet Brown is back to deliver his debut album, Contact, the follow-up to his 2014 EP, New Era. Composed, arranged, co-produced and performed by your very own himself, Contact is a concept album about communication and the contact we purposely, accidentally and inherently struggle to make between friends, lovers and strangers, be them human or otherwise. And when it comes to the live show, Harriet Brown will stun you. It’s an all-in-one package deal with sensual vocals, live loops, groovin’ drum machines, manic guitar lines and thick synths, all at the hands of one being. It’s no secret that this multi-instrumentalist and producer is influenced sonically and ethically by The Artist himself. And If Prince is his king, Sade is his queen, as they reside over an ever expanding court of every genre that falls in between. Harriet Brown’s sound is not what you’d expect from a one man band – sexual and sensitive, ambiguous and androgynous, prepare to be paralyzed by the sounds of Harriet Brown.
Davon Bryant, aka Dreamcast, Dreamcast.moe is a 25 year old life long resident of Washington DC, formally the Chocolate City. As a singer/song-writer/producer he has his hands touching the roots of what makes DC a soulful place. His influences are DC's own Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway blended with his love for production from artists such as Kid Cudi , Sampha , Melo-X, and others. Join Dreamcast on his journey to explore his sound...
A pop group from Washington, DC. Baby Bry Bry and DeLorean Shane approach electro through a lens of "soft brutalism," inspired by the raw sensuality of The District's oft-loathed concrete palaces.
"A self-described "angry black boy who's lucky enough to talk about it," McKinley Dixon found his voice through rap. The Richmond native's debut mixtape, 2016's Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?, tells the story of a young boy inundated by the harsh realities of police brutality, gang violence and self-hatred after witnessing a drive-by murder in his neighborhood. It's a fictionalized tale reflective of a particular kind of black experience. Dixon's own coming of age was marked by an identity crisis of a different sort. The dissociation he experienced growing up black in a primarily white environment caused him to distance himself from hip-hop, until he came to terms with internalized racism.
Dixon reflects that angst and anger, but also the hope of a young man trying to hone a sense of pride that contradicts messages to the contrary. "Story of a little black boy with his nose all runny / trying to shoot for the stars like them n——- owe him money," he raps on "Sitting On Wire." Rooted in the jazz-rap tradition, his musical journey is equally ambitious — with the help of 20 musicians, he recorded his first mixtape in his bedroom. But it's Dixon's forthcoming mixtape, The Importance Of Self Belief (due in March), that showcases his maturation. On that second installation in his planned trilogy, he plans to continue his quest with an added emphasis on "uplift[ing] voices of black women, femme and trans femme," he says, "whether in my life or outside of it." – Rodney Carmichael, NPR Music