Free Range: Will Eastman b2b Ayes Cold
visuals by Robin Bell
Friday Jul 28
10:00 pmU Street Music Hall
This event is 18 and over
***Free before 12 AM for 21+. Ages 18-20 by advance ticket only.*** No photo/video allowed. Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors.
Will Eastman and Ayes Cold back to back, running the gamut of the best dance music of all genres: from Disco to Drum & Bass, Hip-Hop to House, and Reggae to R&B.
The show will also feature visual projections by award-winning artist and filmmaker Robin Bell.https://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/1507146/
Using curatorial skills shaped during his time at the Smithsonian, Will is resident DJ at several touring parties that encapsulate and pay tribute to musical eras and guilty pleasures: No Scrubs: 90’s Dance Party and Hot In Herre 2000’s Dance Party. The events have sold out the legendary 9:30 Club in DC 25 times since 2008 and now tour the East Coast. In addition to making and playing music, Will is founder and principal owner of U Street Music Hall, a music-focused venue that hosts top DJs and live bands. Named one of America’s top 10 dance clubs by Rolling Stone and best dance club in the region by the Washington Post, U Hall’s laid back environment with no dress code, 1,200 square foot cork-cushioned floor, award-winning sound system, and internationally recognized programming have made it an underground favorite since its 2010 opening.
Will is currently collaborating with several artists and planning new solo releases for 2016.
Ayes Cold builds her reputation around her eclectic selections, her mixes that seamlessly blend varying genres, and her intuitive ability to read and respond to a crowd. As noted by the Washington Post, "her eyes are as sharp as her ears."
Ayes Cold has DJ'd live on ABC7, performed at festivals like Trillectro, Broccoli City, The National Cannabis Festival, the Fields Festival, Bonnaroo, and SXSW. At SXSW she hopped on two official showcases with her drummer friend Kiran Gandhi and together they subsequently toured the east coast, hitting The Bowery Ballroom (NYC), The Sinclair (Cambridge), The Ardmore (Philly) and The Hamilton (DC). Ayes has also opened for Gaslamp Killer, Tokimonsta, Princess Nokia, and supported line ups with Solange Knowles, Anderson Paak, Chance the Rapper and D.R.A.M.
Catch her spinning first Saturdays at Rock and Roll Hotel, every Thursday night at Tropicalia, and on Full Service Radio at The Line Hotel (DC) this summer.
Building upon his formal training as a classical printmaker, Robin developed a unique style of live video collage which he has performed at well-known venues, including The Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Central Park Summer Stage in NYC, and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles California. Robin was the lead video editor for PBS television show Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria. Also he taught video classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Robin’s commitment to social change through the dissemination of information via video, sound and image is present throughout his artistic career. In 2005, Robin co-produced Operation Ceasefire, a seminal anti-war concert on the national mall. His feature length documentary, Positive Force: More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics In Action, premiered in 2014. His incisive 2017 projection, Emoluments Welcome, on the face of the Trump Hotel in Washington DC garnered media attention from the BBC, CNN, New York Times, L.A. Times, Huffington Post and Hyperallergic, among others.
Robin is the director and producer of the Directed Actions Live Film Series and creates permanent public art installations in addition to his ongoing work with ephemeral media forms.
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009