Friday, July 17, 2009

Road Soda 'Stirred Up' the Crowd at Farragut Square on Thursday evening, 16 July 2009

Not having been to Sounds in the Square since the 2007 Summer Concert Series I was looking forward to yesterday's visit.

While I had not heard nor seen them before ... after witnessing the Thursday, 16 July 2009 installment of the Golden Triangle BID's Sounds in the Square Summer 2009 Concert Series at Farragut Square ... I now know why ROAD SODA, from Fairfax VA, won of the April 2009 On Tap Magazine's Battle of the Cover Bands competition.

As winners of the competition ROAD SODA is the Official 2009 Miller Lite House Band for the Washington Nationals and can be witnessed before each Friday night home game.

You can check out their 16 July 2009 Sounds in the Square performance in the following videos:
Though, still under construction, click the above image to view my Sounds in the Square - Farragut Square / WDC - 16 July 2009 and ROAD SODA albums.

And, if you ever get the chance to witness ROAD SODA perform, by all means ... JUST DO IT!

17 July 2009 Friday's Photo of the Week

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Kramerbooks & Afterwords . 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC
Thursday evening, 16 July 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

L'Enfant Café's 6th Annual Bastille Day Bash & French Maid Relay Race!

Having captured the Les Halles' Bastille Day Celebration at Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street in NW Washington DC for several years in the past and since the closure of the Washington DC location in November 2008 I wasn't too sure where there may would be a similar celebration, in WDC, of the 2009 Bastille Day.

Searching Google I came across several references to a Bastille Day Celebration at L'Enfant Cafe. While not familar with L'Enfant Café + Bar, I knew exactly where 18th and Vernon Streets were since for several years I had visited two close friends (Bob & Joe) who once owned a townhouse on Vernon Street.

Having spent much of the 14 July afternoon exploring the Southwest Heritage Trial I wasn't really up for heading to a venue that I was too familar with. But since some of the references also mentioned an Adams Morgan Bastille Day Block Party I decided to check it out.

Having opened in 2003, L'Enfant Café's first Bastille Day Bash and French Maid Relay Race took place in 2004. With an increase in each year's attendence coupled with last November's closing of Les Halles / DC ... the 6th Annual Bastille Day 2009 Celebration at L'Enfant Cafe/Bar mushroomed into a Block Party.

And a block party, it was!

One of the three owners, James Ball, costumed as Louis XIV paraded around as host and Master of Ceremony, sometimes with two Marie Antoinette's (one on each arm), while DJ Dario had the crowd dancing in the street.

While I did not catch the details of the door prizes, proceeds from two raffles in addition to that from the $25 fee charged to each of the (25) French Maid race participate will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation.

Though still under construction, click the above image to view my Bastille Day Celebration - L'Enfant Cafe+Bar / WDC - 14 July 2009 album.

And here are the videos:

Here is my DJ Dario album from the event.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

DJ Paulo's New Diva (Club) Part 1 Mix

Click cover to read the Sunday, 12 July 2009 E-Newsletter from DJ Paulo with a link to his latest club mix DIVA Part 1 podcast. Which, in appreciation of your support, can be downloaded for free.

The Awakening: An Uplifting / Hard Trance Mix

Though I probably willl release, at least, one more trance mix as part of my Summer 2009 series ... if all goes as planned ... my autumn 2009 music series will re-examine my interest in new age music.

Click the cd cover to listen to/download my 9 July 2009 THE AWAKENING: Uplifting Trance podcast which, also, features hard trance tracks.

With a bpm in the 140 to 160 range, hard trance is a style that I will explore more later. Uplifting trance is more in the 130 range.

Opening with Tears (CrossRyders Remix) by Thomas Coastline & CrossRyders and ending with Don't Look Back (Original Mix) by John 'Callaghan, ...THE AWAKENING: Uplifting Trance Mix starts at 132 and ends at 140 bpm.

You can tell a lot about a man through the music that he listens or dances to.