Roc Mikey UCB & Hippie Life Krew
Saturday 08/15
Roc Mikey UCB & Hippie Life Krew @ The Howard Theatre
$30 / $50
UCB UCB was founded in 1996 just a few blocks away from the Howard Theatre by a dynamic group of talented young musicians who since then have taken Go-Go internationally like no other. All members hailing from our Nation's Capital, UCB is commonly referred to as "The Party Band." They are a Go-Go band with vision, who understands the soul and funk legacy of older bands as well as the stripped-down intensity of the next generation, while also having a knack for the type of pop song writing that can yield a radio hit such as their all too popular D.C. anthem "Sexy Lady." This song was, and still is, the biggest Go-Go song released since EU's "Doin Tha Butt" back in the 80's. With the success of "Sexy Lady" going nationwide, it granted UCB the opportunity to take the show on the road, taking on the role as Wale's international touring band. A major highlight included the The Blueprint3 tour, where they spent two months on the road sharing the stage with Jay-Z and Pharrell with N.E.R.D. Over the years being a driving force behind Wale's live show, they have also had the chance to back the likes of J. Cole, Big Sean, Chrisette Michele, Bun B, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Pitbull, Solange, and many more. UCB has appeared on late night TV shows Carson Daley, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, and also BET's 106 & Park. In 2009 they performed at the BET Hip-Hop awards and had the honor of performing as the official house band for the 2009 MTV VMAs. They have also been featured in TV commercials, cable TV shows, and Independent films. UCB carved out its own lane with a presentation that placed its brand of Go-Go on the same shelf as popular modern Hip-Hop and R&B. Roc Mikey If you’ve heard of the popular Washington, DC derived music genre Go-Go, then you’ve heard of the legendary Go-Go band UCB—and you cannot speak of UCB without mentioning the name Roc Mikey. Michael Bailey, better known as Roc Mikey, was born and raised in our Nation's Capital. Far from a newcomer, Roc Mikey began his career surrounded by the native DC sound of Go-Go and is a founding member of the legendary UCB. Although his roots will forever remain with his Go-Go band, Roc Mikey can no longer be defined solely by the success of UCB, he has his own story to tell as a solo artist. The DC bred artist is not only a survivor in the music game; he is a survivor in life. Raised in a single-parent home in an area plagued with violence and drugs, Roc Mikey was able to find an outlet; an outlet through music. Despite all circumstances, Roc Mikey has earned a reputation as a man of loyalty, respect, and honor, placing his family first. More than just an artist, Roc Mikey is also establishing himself as a brand and savvy businessman who formed a production company, DCR, with his partner Chris Servant in 2004. The production team has worked with many of the DC Metro area's Hip-Hop and R&B artists to include Wale and Raheem DeVaughn. With several highly received mixtapes under his belt, including GameFace and A1, and a working with artists such as Scarface, Wale, and Bun B, Roc Mikey continues to take the DC music scene to new heights. Hippie Life Krew Hippie Life Krew is the DC Metro area-based artist and lifestyle collective with a sound as eclectic as its members. Visto aka Head Hippie is the founder, rapper, singer, and songwriter. Itz2Eazy aka Baked God is the co-founder, yogi, and artist. Pinky KillaCorn aka Queen Hippie is the shooter of HLK, bar for bar or on top of the bar, Pinky’s raw energy has crowds yelling HOLUUUP! Hippie Life Krew has performed at regional and national venues and events to include SXSW, A3C, SneakerPimps, HU Homecoming, 95.5 WPGC’s Birthday Bash, Broccoli City Festival, the historic Howard Theater, and more. Members have been featured on commercial radio, the Washington Post, The Washington CIty Paper, and countless blogs for both style and music. Visto Visto is a recording artist, activist, and founder of Hippie Life Krew. Originally from Virginia and migrating throughout the DMV and South, Visto is a nomad, singer, rapper, and songwriter known for his distinctive sound and style. Visto's latest single, "On Fleek Tonight" (released December 2015), is receiving regular airplay on DC's WPGC 95.5. Visto has been featured in the Washington Post and has also received airplay on DC's WKYS 93.9 and independent radio stations nationwide. Visto's singles "Shinobi" and "Everything Gorgeous" have received commercial radio play and coverage on national music blogs. Visto has performed at festivals and tours such as A3C, SXSW, and SneakerPimps and venues large and small throughout the DC and Atlanta metro areas. Visto's first album, Before Euphoria, features artists such as Fat Trel and Black Cobain and producers Mark Henry and Sunny Norway.
Vivian Green
Thursday 08/20
Vivian Green @ The Howard Theatre
$25 / $30
Born in Philadelphia Vivian Green was raised in a home where Motown classics were always blaring. Her parents were avid music lovers with talents of their own. Her mother sang and her father, an engineer, played the trumpet. She began singing at age five, started playing piano by eight, and by eleven began writing songs. She knew by age thirteen, that she wanted to sing professionally. She honed her craft at the piano everyday after school, writing mature love songs far beyond her years. At fifteen she began to record at multi-platinum group Boyz II Men's studio. This gave Green a taste of life as an artist and led to an opportunity to write with the band. At seventeen she received her first professional songwriting credit co-writing the song "Dear God" on their platinum selling album Evolution. Green was also offered a recording contract from Ruffhouse Columbia, but her protective parents felt she wasn't ready. Determined to be a recording artist, Green continued to record relentlessly. Her mature, sultry voice and knowledge of material allowed her to sing in some of Philadelphia's premiere jazz clubs despite her age. She also obtained a job singing with two of the top party orchestras in Philadelphia. Additionally, Green sang background for renown soul singer/actress Jill Scott. Green teamed up with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Eric Roberson to create the demo that would win her a deal with Sony Music. The demo contained her first smash hit "Emotional Roller coaster". Her debut album A Love Story released in 2002 and was certified Gold. It received rave reviews from People, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and USA Today to name a few. Her second album Vivian released in 2005 and produced "Gotta Go Gotta Leave" a no.1 AC/Dance hit. The New York times called the album a "stellar sophomore performance". Vivian has several notable features and collaborations. She made her film debut in the Oscar nominated biopic De Lovely portraying a jazz singer performing the classic "Love For Sale". She also appeared in the TV Series American Dreams, portraying Brenda Hollaway singing "Every Little Bit Hurts". Green wrote the songs for playwright/film-maker David. E. Talbert's stage play Love in the Nick of Thyme. She is featured on Cyndi Lauper's album The Body Acoustic and the late Guru's Jazzmatazz 4. She was also featured on Soundtrack to a Revolution, a compilation of spiritual songs featuring artist like Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, The Roots, and Mary Mary. Most recently she collaborated with jazz pianist Brian Culbertson for his album Dreams and produced the top 10 AC hit "Still Here". The song also appeared on Vivian's 4th album The Green Room. In 2004 she gave birth to her son Jordan who was born with an undiagnosed syndrome. Between 2005 and 2010, Jordan's multiple surgeries and health issues demanded her to take a hiatus from releasing albums, but her strength and resilience always pushed her to continue doing what she loves. "Being Jordan's mom is my life and I wouldn't have it any other way", says Green. Green is an advocate for children with special needs and will push her #IamDifferentIamHuman PSA campaign. In 2015 Vivian is set to release her latest Album entitled "Vivid" under Producer/Artist Kwamé Holland's label: MakeNoise/Caroline. "It's different from my other albums because of the energy; but very much still me." The title is certainly fitting. Green's prior work established her as a balladeer and this album will add to that; proving her ability to deliver feel-good upbeat records.Totally produced by Kwame, (Mary J Blige, Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia) it is the first of Green's to entice you to dance; colored with ballads that showcase her effortless vocal prowess. In the ever-changing music business Green has stayed afloat delivering classy, heartfelt, and often therapeutic music for her fans. Vivid will assuredly continue her legacy in music. "What I can and will always do is produce music that is from my heart" Says Green "I think that's the essence of soul music anyway.Vivid definitely won't be getting you down. If anything, it'll make you get up."
Ringside with Jim Ross
Wednesday 08/19
Ringside with Jim Ross @ DC Improv
Get ready to mark out. Over the last four decades, J.R. has been one of wrestling’s most influential figures, both as an executive and as the most recognizable announcer in the business. He has traveled the world and had a ringside seat for some of the most amazing moments in professional wrestling, and he continues to entertain fans with The Ross Report podcast. This event features J.R. sharing stories from his life and career, as well as a no-holds-barred Q&A session. A limited number of VIP passes ($60) are available.