Blisspop and U Street Music Hall present
Blisspop Disco Fest ft. Crazy P (DJ set)
Session Victim (live), Le Youth, Crush Club, Gilligan Moss, Eau Claire, Fady D B2B Noce
Friday Sep 27
6:00 pmU Street Music Hall
This event is 18 and over
*** Ages 18-20 by advance ticket only ***
Now returning for its second year, Blisspop and U Street Music Hall are proud to present Blisspop Disco Fest, a multi-day celebration of the evolution of disco featuring performances from pioneers in the disco genre and some of the most recognized names in dance music.
Acclaimed DJ/producer The Black Madonna will headline the first night of the festival, while Canadian duo Chromeo will perform a DJ set on Saturday—all playing in-the-round on a special stage in the middle of the legendary 9:30 Club.
All-day/night festivities at U Street Music Hall will include DJ sets from the legendary disco artist Cerrone, Jellybean Benitez performing a Studio 54 set, Crazy P, a special live performance by D.C.'s The Blackbyrds, and many more celebrated international and local artists.
And join us for our Closing Party hosted by Pittsburgh's Honcho crew, ft. Gay Marvine, and more.
Crazy P, founded in Nottingham over 20 years ago by Jim Baron and Chris Todd and joined soon after by Danielle Moore, tour their DJ, Soundsystem and Live shows all over the world.
Highly respected for their musical knowledge, selection and skilled production, what makes Crazy P truly unique is their songwriting and incredible live performances. Electronic, melodic, beats and disco all flow through the now legendary live shows, which see the three members joined on stage by Matt Klose on drums and Tim Davies on bass. Live really does mean live, Danielle holds the stage with an energy like no other. What she gives vocally, musically and physically in performance only adds to fuel her now renowned audience interaction. Danielle’s humour and stage presence has fans locked in until the end. You think you ‘know’ Crazy P, but you don’t really ‘know’ until you have experienced the live show.
Following 30 million streams for their previous album, sold-out headline gigs in Manchester and Percolate in London, supporting Chic and Chaka Khan, plus shows for Bluedot, Festival No 6, Love International and Boiler Room in Bali, the Nottingham/Manchester band are more in demand than ever.
Released in early May their immaculately-crafted new album will give fans of Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, Arthur Russell, Jam Hammer, Prince and Bobby O much to like. However, this is clearly modern music, where heavy club beats are layered-up with perfectly-placed arrangement, ace playing and stratospheric soundscapes.
Musically, Crazy P’s breadth of studio and writing experience shines brighter than ever, and ‘Age Of The Ego’ has their unmistakable stamp of quality, but is now augmented with a broader palate, and – like many – a feeling of upset with the state of the world.
“I don't usually write my lyrics in advance, as I feel they’re expressed better in tandem with the music, which seems to help tap into my subconscious. What came out on several tracks was Brexit, the state of UK politics and the way I feel about divisive, abhorrent manipulation by certain media outlets.
Thematically parts of the album were also influenced by the rise of social media, the struggling education system and how it’s failing our young, and the impact all this has on us. It’s been hard to not be emotionally influenced by the situation we find ourselves in; not just in this country, but worldwide.
I feel very angry and frustrated, but sometimes have to laugh at myself, because I struggle to articulate my feelings in normal conversation. I suppose lyrically it is political, a reflection of the times, but with a twist of humour and always a lot of love,” explains Danielle.
Wes James is the slightly enigmatic Angeleno behind Le Youth, a producer without a past whose music is steeped in it. His signature sound is a blend of Clinton-era R&B and the house music that was lighting up dancefloors and radio stations around the globe during the same period, and the leisurely grooves, airy synthesizers, and pop hooks of a song like his debut single "C O O L" that can easily pull a listener back to the pre-millennial, pre-Internet days when dance music offered a transcendentally blissful brand of hedonism that's considerably harder to find on today's macho-tinged EDM landscape.
Viewers of the video for "C O O L" (directed by Renata Raksha) who know their 90s music will likely pick up on the influence of a number of cultural touchstones from the time: chart-topping crossover club acts like Technotronic and Black Box, house divas like Robin S. and CeCe Peniston, and R&B icons like Aaliyah and Ginuwine, as well as a visual sensibility that evokes Herb Ritts in his role as video director to the decade's biggest pop superstars. It's got retro style while maintaining completely contemporary feel that's free from gimmicks and offers stylishly relaxed relief from the ongoing onslaught of dayglo-tinged bass music and big room EDM.
Le Youth's already attracted the attention of taste-making dance music bloggers and DJ's the world over, and his music has continued to impress with each successive release including "Dance With Me," "Feel Your Love," "Girl," and well-received remixes for the likes of Disclosure, Sam Smith, RAC, Jess Glynne, Tensnake, and Chromeo. Having already debuted his latest singles "R E A L" and "T O U C H," and with remixes on the way for Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Seinabo Sey, and Digital Farm Animals, Le Youth is continuing his hot streak in 2015 with no signs of stopping.
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009