Meet the D.C. Acts Performing at this Weekend’s All Things Go Fall Classic
This year’s All Things Go Fall Classic boasts its most diverse lineup yet, featuring headliners Young Thug, Galantis and Foster the People. Don’t call the roster top-heavy, though. There are plenty of D.C. acts at the weekend-long festival that you should get to Union Market early to see.
April + VISTA (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.)
Marrying electronic instrumentation and neo-R&B vocals, the duo is responsible for some of the most soulful music in the area. Their excellent 2016 EP Note to Self is a four-song silky smooth dream. “Voices” is a richly textured vocal showcase that sounds more like the work of a full band than a duo, while “Touch” is a lullaby, intimate in its bare bones simplicity. Currently supporting GoldLink on his At What Cost tour, April + Vista should be circled on your calendar.
IDK (Saturday, 3 p.m.-3:34 p.m.)
Hailing from Prince George’s County, IDK (formerly Jay IDK) blends a heavy trap sound with a storyteller’s sensibility – his name is short for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge,” after all. His narrative skills continue to grow on new single “Pizza Shop Extended,” a two part song: half of it is a breakdown of gang life, and the other half is a nightmarish retelling of a robbery at a pizza joint. With features on the song from MF DOOM and Del the Funky Homosapien, it’s clear the old vanguard of hip-hop approves. If you need an extra cosign, take a look at the other features for his upcoming album, IWASVERYBAD – you’ll see luminaries like Chief Keef, Swizz Beatz, and Thelonious Martin.
Young Futura (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.)
D.C. rapper BeauYoungPrince and L.A. producer Futura combine to form Young Futura. The duo is highly versatile, as displayed on 2016’s “Patience.” Featuring a melding of house music instrumentation and rap, EP opener “Slide” is funky, danceable, and energetic. While that musical fusion informs most of Young Futura’s sound, songs like “She Bad” and “Patience” slow the tempo to emphasize melody over rhythm and explore elements of alternative hip-hop.
Innanet James (Saturday, 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Maryland-based rapper Innanet James is nothing if not exuberant. Making a dent in 2016 with the incredibly catchy single “Summer,” James quickly followed it up with his debut album, the equally catchy “Quebec Place.” His energy is infectious and endearingly bright on songs like “Girls,” a brassy ode to women around the world, and “Black,” a black pride anthem. His lyricism is evocative, like on “622” when he raps, “Me rocky run up the Lincoln / Give him both my middle fingers / ‘Cause Lincoln ain’t give me freedom.” With most of his songs clocking in at under three minutes long, the Innanet James listening experience is frantic, in your face, and most of all, fun.
Foreign Air (Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
An indie rock band with roots in North Carolina and Rockville, Maryland, Foreign Air has a taste for the anthemic. “Free Animal” shows the group has the songwriting chops to fill an arena–booming drums and a huge call-and-response chorus are present here and across the band’s work. While the band’s newer singles like “Caffeine” and “Call off the Dogs” incorporate elements of tropical house and electro-pop, that inclination to make big music hasn’t changed. When you factor in supporting credits for bands like Phantogram on the resume, Foreign Air’s live show sounds like a big time.
All Things Go Fall Classic will take place between Oct. 6-8 at Union Market. Click here for show times and tickets.