DCMD’s Sounds of the City Fest

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Thursday, March 2

D.C. Music Industry Night   
A D.C. Music Panel + Networking Event

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Kicking off the first night of Sounds of the City festival is D.C. Music Industry Night, where D.C. musicians, venue owners, studio owners, label heads, bloggers, photographers, entrepreneurs and more creatives in the music scene can connect, drink together and exchange ideas.

The event will also feature a panel discussion where key local influencers will weigh in on the current state of D.C. music. Specifically, we’ll touch on questions like: Who are the key organizations, venues and musicians that are helping to make an impact in D.C.? What are some of the current issues D.C. musicians and industry professionals currently face? How can the community, specifically the D.C. government, help to rectify these issues?

Listen Local First will moderate the discussion, with a special presentation by Accelerate with Google.


Matt Cohen–Arts Editor, Washington City Paper
Julianne Brienza–Founder and CEO Capital Fringe
Dior Ashley Brown–Co-founder and organizer, D.C. Music Summit
Jesse Rubin–Founder, Bombay Knox
Alex Tebeleff–Founder, Paperhaus and DCDIT

Complimentary food from &pizza, while supplies last!


SOLD OUT, but add yourself to the waitlist in case a spot opens!

WeWork Wonder Bread Factory
641 S St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Time: 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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 Friday, March 3

Sounds of the City Festival Kickoff Showcase

Performances By: Ace Cosgrove with BobMoeKill (full band) / Ciscero DJ Ayes Cold

Tickets: $12 DOS

2001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Doors 7:30 p.m./Show 8 p.m.

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Saturday, March 4

The First-Ever D.C. Record Label Expo

Bringing together D.C.’s best record labels for a day of community and camaraderie. This is a chance to meet, discover and buy records from a bunch of rad independent labels in the city!

Featuring: Atlantic Rhythms / Carpark Records / Babe City Records / Better Listen Records / BLIGHT Records / Crooked Beat Records / Cuneiform Records / Petworth Records / Local Woman Records / Proper Vibes / Wedderburn Records / Windian Records / Etxe Records and many more

 Plus: Live Music, Open Mic and Guest DJs

FREE and All-Ages

Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe
2477 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
12 p.m.-4 p.m.

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D.C. Record Label Expo Playlist

Saturday, March 4

Sounds of the City Festival Mainstage Showcase and D.C. Music Download’s Five-Year Anniversary Show

Performances By: Den-Mate / Nag Champa / Fellow Creatures / Stronger Sex

Plus: “Five Years of D.C. Music in Concert Posters,” a pop-up art installation highlighting five years-worth of D.C.’s best concert poster designs! View and buy prints from D.C.’s best and brightest artists.


Tickets $12–Buy Here!
Black Cat Mainstage
1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Doors: 8 p.m.

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Sounds of the City Mainstage Showcase Playlist

Sunday, March 5

Sound Advice: Promoting Yourself in the Digital Age
 A D.C. Music Panel + Networking Event

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What’s the best way to market yourself in a competitive and rapidly-changing music industry? How do you ‘cut through the noise’ and get your projects noticed in this day and age? D.C. music bookers, journalists, label owners, and other industry insiders weigh in.

Maggie Cannon–Booker, 9:30 Club and I.M.P
Andy Cerutti–Label Manager, Fort Knox Recordings
Fitz Holladay–Director, Sofar Sounds
Lisa Larson–Event Manager, Comet Ping Pong
Brandon Wetherbee–Managing Editor, Brightest Young Things
Discussion moderated by Maryann Lombardi of the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment

After the panel, stick around for a few drinks and meet other D.C. creatives during our networking session.

FREE and all-ages

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Time: 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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