Michael Brun

Michael Brun presents Bayo

Michael Brun

J.Perry, Paul Beaubrun, Gardy Girault

Saturday Jun 16

10:00 pm

$12

This event is 18 and over

*** $18 at the door. Ages 18-20 by advance ticket only. ***
No photo/video allowed. Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors.

Michael Brun
Michael Brun
DJ/producer Michael Brun blends EDM styles like progressive house with influences that honor his Haitian roots, such as the salsa-like kompa, and rara, a style of festival music that incorporates call and response, driving rhythms, and brass. After notching several hit releases, including 2013's Gravity EP, Brun gave back to his community by founding the Kid Coconut label, which he intended as an outlet for other Haitian artists as well as his own music.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Brun learned to play violin and piano as a child and began experimenting with DJ software a few years later, making mash-ups and ultimately becoming a DJ in his teens. Brun initially wanted to become a doctor and volunteered at nearby hospitals, and eventually attended Indiana's Culver Military Academy thanks to a scholarship program. The discipline he learned there helped him balance premed courses at North Carolina's Davidson College and his growing interest in music production.

Brun began releasing singles in the early 2010s, including 2011's "Shades of Gray" and "Dawn," which was issued by Dutch DJ Hardwell's Revealed Recordings. "Dawn" won him a fan in Dirty South, who invited Brun on tour and released the single "Rise" on his Phazing Records label. Phazing also issued 2013's Gravity EP, which reached number two on Beatport's charts. That year, he also remixed tracks by Tiësto, Calvin Harris, and Armin van Buuren. Brun made his Ultra Music Festival debut in 2014, becoming the first Haitian artist to perform there in the process. In addition, he released the singles "Zenith" and "Sun in Your Eyes" on his Kid Coconut label. In 2015, he released "See You Soon," one of his most successful singles to date, as well as the Roy English collaboration "Tongue Tied July."
J.Perry
Jonathan Perry, AKA J.Perry, was born June 4, 1988, and grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His parents noticed he had a good ear for music when Jonathan started playing music at the tender age of 6. Before garnering the ability to read musical notes, he was playing back songs he heard, so his mother enrolled him in piano lessons. Jonathan soon was participating in concerts, recitals and contests—even performing with a Dominican orchestra at age 11—and played classical music until age 13, at which time he opted to pursue other musical styles. In June 2009, he took a break from the college scene to dedicate himself to completing his debut album.

Working with Carl Fred Behrmann—owner of Haitian independent music label Baoli Records—J.Perry released his first single, “Staring at your body” in 2010. Soon after, J.Perry went to work on his debut album with Baoli Records. Joe Mignon, a music industry veteran, came on board as J.Perry's full time manager. Indeed, Joe Mignon's influence on J.Perry’s project provided a valuable approach to maximize his international exposure.

In November 2011, J.Perry’s debut album “One life to live” was released in Haiti, including to online distributors such as iTunes and Rhapsody. The first song on the album, “Dekole,” exploded to unparalleled airplay, airing 765 times in one week on local Haitian radios. Awarded “Hit Song of the Decade” in Haiti, “Dekole” was chosen as the theme song for the 2012 Haitian Carnival, which was renamed “Ayiti ap Dekole” in honor of J.Perry’s song. He concluded a phenomenal year by being named 2012 Haitian Artist of the Year and accepting an invite to the private home of international superstar Wyclef Jean—also a Zumba collaborator—who publicly put his stamp of approval on J.Perry’s music with a Facebook video and additional social-media postings.

J.Perry was introduced to Zumba Fitness by Zumba instructor Edmee Cherdieu D'Alexis, who had J.Perry’s hit single “Dekole” on constant spin in her New York City Zumba classes. Edmee played the song in 2012 for Zumba’s executives, which ultimately resulted in “Dekole” being featured on Zumba’s “Mega Mix 33” volume. In 2013, J.Perry release another smash hit "Bouje" featuring French Caribbean superstar Admiral T - J.Perry was asked by Zumba executives to perform at Zumba's Orlando Convention 2013 and streamed live on Billboard Live's platform. The Dekole collaboration continues up until this date with a new version that has been recorded in Portuguese by Brazilian superstar, Claudia Leitte. The collaboration resulted in J.Perry being invited by Claudia Leitte to join her for the 2014 Brazilian Carnival in Bahia, Salvador, Brazil. As a dedicated fitness guru who appreciates the “exercise in disguise” that is Zumba Fitness, J.Perry has performed at various Zumba Fitness Conference's in Los Angeles, France and Orlando. J.Perry's latest collaboration with Zumba is his recent song titled "Konsey," produced by Grammy winner Supa Dups featuring Haiti’s celebrity Dj Tonymix.

J.Perry has since toured the Caribbean Islands, Europe, Canada, Brazil and the United States. Industry veterans have slated him as the next major Caribbean Pop star.

Off the stage, J.Perry honed a passion for motorcycles beginning at age 6, and was named 2009 Regional Champion in Florida CCS Road Racing’s amateur Thunder Bike class
Paul Beaubrun
A SCION OF HAITIAN MUSICAL ROYALTY, PAUL HAS SPENT HIS LIFE LIVING TO THE BEAT. SON OF THE GRAMMY NOMINATED BAND BOUKMAN EKSPERYANS, HIS EARLIEST MEMORIES ARE OF RHYTHM AND SOUND. CONSTANTLY AWARE OF HIS ROOTS, THE STRUGGLE OF AN IMMIGRANT AND THE DRIVE OF NEW YORK LIFE, PAUL HAS CREATED A PATH WHERE MUSIC, ACTIVISM AND HISTORY MEET.
Gardy Girault
Gardy Girault’s musical career began in 2008, influenced by the vibrations of home. After the 2010 earthquake, Gardy began to produce original music, blending organic Haitian rara, konpa, and traditional sounds with electronic and house beats. In doing so, Gardy fathered “rara tech,” an experimental genre that introduces Haitian expression into the modern musical world. After releasing music with labels like Vida Records, Nulu Music, Melomania Records, Gardy founded Rizing Muzik, a leading record label in Haiti that contributes to the growth of the underground electronic movement.
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/