DowntownDC Live Welcomes Black Alley for Free Two-Hour Concert August 3

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

By Radhika Hira

Want to see award-winning D.C. band Black Alley on their August tour for free this summer?

The critically-acclaimed Southeast D.C. group, presented by D.C. Music Download will perform for free at the DowntownDC Business Improvement District's DowntownDC Live summer concert series in Franklin Park (13th & I streets NW) for a special two-hour set from 12pm-2pm.

The "hood rock" band has quickly become one of the most followed and sought-after groups in D.C., winning numerous awards including the 2011 DMV award for Best Live Performance and
the 2014 Washington Area Music Association Award for Best Urban Contemporary Group.
Black Alley has worked with music legends such as Grammy Award-nominee Raheem DeVaugh,
Busta Rhymes, Common and more! The band is also the first to coin the genre #HoodRock a
unique composition of hip-hop, soul and rock.

Black Alley's newest release, Complicated can be found on Bandcamp and SoundCloud.

Black Alley's performance was set to be the finale for this year's DowntownDC Live concert series, but due to the weather, one additional concert has been rescheduled for Aug. 10.

Local jazz singer Akua Allrich and musician Tarus Mateen will perform back-to-back on Aug. 10 from 12pm-2pm in Franklin Park following a special, free showcase of Step Afrika!

Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company dedicated to the African traditional dance of
stepping in the United States. Their programs spread from the local D.C. area to the national and
global level as well!

The Aug. 10 11am performance is part of Step Afrika!'s Summer Steps youth summer camp which works to teach children the values of teamwork, commitment, discipline and academic achievement to excel in performance and artistic training.

Then stick around for Alrich, a local jazz singer with Capital Fringe at 12pm. Her style covers blues, soul, R&B and pan-African. If that wasn't enough, she also sings fluently in Portuguese, French, Spanish, Xhosa and Twi! Wow!

Then at 1pm, guests can enjoy a concert by jazz musician Tarus Mateen, also presented by Capital Fringe. Mateen is one of the few musicians to receive critical acclaim in his fields of hip-hop, house, blues, rock, reggae, soul and straight jazz. Since 1996 there has not been a top 10 jazz album that didn't feature Mateen!

DowntownDC Live is made possible by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Park Service and the BID's many programmatic partners, including Capital Fringe and DC Music Download.