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Thank You For Making Sounds of the City Festival a Success!

By Stephanie Williams | News

It has been a surreal few days. I wanted to send a big THANK YOU to everyone that believed in Sounds of the City Festival. It wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the community supporting us throughout this whole process–from spreading the word to volunteering at our shows and showing up to our events. It really does take a village to make something like this come to life.

Words can’t really express how inspiring and energizing it was to share this moment with everyone who could be there. I had the opportunity to meet many new folks from near and far who came out to support D.C.’s music scene (including a group who traveled from New York and New Jersey for the festival!).

I wanted to send a special thank you to all of our sponsors and venues for supporting this event. We started planning this festival with zero dollars, so this festival literally would not have happened without them. Many thanks to: DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, Smithsonian American Art Museum, &pizza, Accelerate with Google, Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, Black Cat, Songbyrd, WeWork and Tropicalia.

I’d also like to thank all the bands and musicians who made this festival so special. Ace Cosgrove, Ciscero, DJ Ayes Cold, Den-Mate, Fellow Creatures, Stronger Sex, Nag Champa and all the great performers at the D.C. Record Label Expo open mic killed it! A big shout out also goes to the record labels who were a part of that expo: Atlantic Rhythms, Carpark RecordsBabe City RecordsBetter Listen RecordsBLIGHT Records , Crooked Beat RecordsCuneiform Records, Petworth RecordsLocal Woman RecordsProper VibesWedderburn Records,Windian Records and Etxe Records.

Thank you to all the panelists who were a part of Thursday and Sunday’s events and contributed to the insightful discussions: Matt Cohen, Julianne Brienza, Dior Ashley Brown, Jesse Rubin, Alex Tebeleff, Maggie Cannon, Andy Cerutti, Fitz Holladay, Lisa Larson, Kevin Chambers and Brandon Wetherbee. Shout out to Chris Naoum of Listen Local First and Funk Parade along with Ferman Patterson and Michel Wright of the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment for moderating the panels.

As I mentioned before, it does take a big team of people to pull something like Sounds of the City off. To the amazing D.C. Music Download events team and volunteers, thank you for making this festival a huge success: Mary Henkin, Sayoh Mansaray, Autumn Henderson, Evan Bonham, Gary Suarez, Everly Jazi, Lauren Marquez, Mark Williams, Christine LaBelle, Katie Bowles, Elyzabeth Earnley, Thaís Chirinos, Paige Muller, Hayley Coolbaugh, Krystina Brown and Julie Silverman.

I’m excited to announce that we do plan to host another festival like this next year, with even more programs and events that are free and affordable to the public. Over the course of this year, DCMD will also host a series of free panel and networking discussions like the ones we put on at Sounds of the City.

In the meantime, we’ll be rolling out photos from all the events within the next few days. Be on the lookout!

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About The Author

is the chief curator and founder of D.C. Music Download.