Pride 2019 edition
LIFE: Life's a Ball
Lemz, Scottie B, Vjuan Allure
Sunday Jun 9
10:30 pmU Street Music Hall
This event is 18 and over
*** Free before 11:30PM. Ages 18-20 by advance ticket only. ***
Second Sundays are legendary at U Street Music Hall. Pride Sunday we present you a special edition of LIFE: Life's a Ball. There will be categories to walk and prizes to snatch. If you’re here for a history lesson from some of the finest in the DMV, look no further than U St Music Hall for a floor-shaking exploration of the annals of house, vogue, and all the good shit in between that paved the way for today’s generation of underground club music. Lemz, Scottie B, and Vjuan Allure give you LIFE. Categories, judge panel, commentators, and more to be announced!
Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors.https://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/1859846/
Baltimore Club music is raw. Ol’ Dirty Bastard raw. Like eating hamburger that has not been cooked, teeth clenched into the meat as blood drips down your chin, raw. B-more Club music prides itself on being rough, rugged. It’s nothing if not unpretentious.
“The DJ was an extension of the crowd,” Scottie B says, “and there was a lot of nonsense going on at these clubs, from fist fights to cheating, so the sound was made as a reflection of that.”
This is the kind of primal music that makes you want to dance. It exists off emotion. In the late 1980s, Scottie B was known for his ability to mix any style of music, and out of this developed a hybrid of hip-hop, house, club and hip-house. The sound is exemplified by an 8/4 beat structure, a tempo that ranges from 126 to 130 beats per minute. There might be sampled break beats of the songs, repetitive hooks of well known hip-hop and R&B songs, as well as the use of weird pop culture references and of course, most notably, there’s the kind of raw sex talk that would make Luke from 2 Live Crew blush and Bill O’Reilly’s head explode.
Besides being one of the pioneers of the scene and a top-notch DJ and producer, Scottie B also runs one of the most successful B-more Club record labels, Unruly Records (unrulyonline.com), with his partner, Shawn Caesar. Since 1994, they have been putting out the best releases in B-more Club, and their label roster now reads like a Who’s Who of the scene, with artists such as Rod Lee, Blaqstarr, KW Griff, DJ Class, Say Wut and K-Swift.
"I know everybody will say Scottie B = club music, but I play more than that, you know what I mean," he says. "And I try to get out of that hole to a point. Of course, I want 'em to know who the best guy for that job is, but it's not the only job that I can do."
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009