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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2004

 

THIS WEEK EVENT'S IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE MD., PHILADELPHIA PA., TRENTON NJ.  AND MORE

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WHAT'S HAPPENING By: Todd Mangatal


Greetings To All:

In 30 days an event that has been 35 years in the making takes place here in the Washington DC Area.  The West Indian Record Mart's 35th Anniversary Concert.  This is a very special day for Caribbean Music Fans. The West Indian Record Mart (WIRM) have been serving the community since 1969, first in DC on Georgia Avenue and Columbia Road, NW and now at their present location 7485 New Hampshire Avenue in Langley Park, Maryland.  WIRM was founded by Rickie Hillocks and now his sons Barry and Mike have joined him in spreading the music and culture throughout the DC Area.  35 years in business is a great accomplishment and we would like to Congratulate the Hillocks family for their success!  Be sure to stop in and Congratulate them on this great accomplishment.  The concert is sure to be really exciting, because it features many greats from the Caribbean.  Headlining the show is Bares Hammond Jamaica's Balladeer, along with Maxi Priest, legendary Marcia Griffiths, and they are even taking you back to the foundation of Jamaican Music with 60's Ska Pioneer Monty Morris.  What's nice is it's not only about reggae music, they've got Soca Artists Barron and the Calypso King Mighty Sparrow, as well as DC's own Carl Malcolm  This is sure to be an experience you won't want to miss!  It's not every day we get such a great concert and such a great reason to celebrate!  The show is taking place at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro Maryland, this venue will be different as far as Caribbean shows go in MD/DC.  All seats are reserved, so you won't have to stand, and Parking is FREE.  I'm looking forward to this one!  So go by the West Indian Record Mart and get your tickets.  Log on to www.theentertainmentgroupinc.com for more information and ticket outlets.  Once you are on their site, be sure to sign their guest book!


The weekend the countdown to DC Carnival Continues on Saturday, April 17th with 3SUNS (formerly Treason) live and direct from Trinidad, backed by DC's own Chaos Band.  This is going to be taking place at one of me favorite spots Kili's Cafe and Lounge.  Come out and support ICE Productions and the Radio Boyz, and remember a portion of the proceeds goes to support the families of Roy Benn and Bella (who we lost earlier this year).  Scroll down to our Events listing below for more details.

Don't forget to check out Maryland University's Caribbean Student Association Carifest during the day on Saturday, and their after party in Georgetown Saturday Night.  This is filled with lots Caribbean Entertainment and Food.  See details below.

This Sunday (April 18th), we intend to stop by PanMasters Steel Orchestra's Pan Yard to check out a performance by "SAM'O".  I've been hearing rave reviews about him and was told that he's someone we must check out.  The show starts at 5:30 pm, so if you like live performances...check this out, I understand you'll be in for a treat!  Scroll down for more details. 


Last week we missed the PanMasters Fish Fry, but we heard it was a major success and a sell out, so on behalf of the PanMasters Steel Orchestra, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED!! 

We had the opportunity to do something special and different, something that we don't do much of since we are always here, there and everywhere.  That was spending some joyous time with Family.  This was really fun for us.  For me, it was nice to see all of my in-laws who I haven't seen for many years and some I just met. The coolest people I've hung out with in a long time.  It was really a joy, and the food was "off the hook" compliments to Maureen and Bill. Big up to Kim who's always looking like she  stepped out of a magazine...definitely model material, and Gregory the coolest dude, nice chilling with you, and all the 2nd and 3rd generation of my wife's family.  We are definitely looking forward to the next invitation.  


After this fabulous day filled with good conversation, food and lots of Heinekens (you know our heads were right at this point), however duty called so we headed out to "The Official Launch of DC Carnival", at the Silver Spring Caribbean Style Restaurant.  Well, if you know me, you know I'm not one to hold my tongue, so let me share  my thoughts on this event with you. First off, I'd like to Big Up the Caribbean Style Restaurant and it's owner Bob for fully donating all the proceeds from his door to the DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc.  That's really a good gesture and this is the 3rd or 4th year he's done it.  I admire him for his generosity!  

Now you would think having an official launching of Carnival there would be at least some indication or information at the establishment that this was an "Official Launch of Carnival".  Well that wasn't the case, there were no flyers, signs or banners indicating it was a DC Carnival event, nor did anyone make a speech, or anything.  The Caribbean Style Restaurant has a regular clientele that comes on a weekly basis, most come to hear reggae music because that's what the youths are grooving to now-a-days, so the Carnival Association did not do anything different that night.  The DJ that plays at this establishment every week (Nu Generation) did as they always do, and played what the youths wanted (75% reggae), normally a good DJ plays for their crowd. However, being that it was a DC Carnival event this baffled me, because it was a Carnival thing (Official Launch of DC Carnival).  If you know me, I'm happy to hear reggae all night long, but there is a time and place for everything, and this was a time for 75% Soca, 10% Steel Pan music and 15% Reggae, which is a good representation of Carnival.  The youths in the place had no idea they were at the "Official Launching of DC Carnival", and that concerned me, because the youths are our future, and the next generation who has to carry the culture on.  Therefore, the least the organizers of the Carnival could have done was had a costume on display or something to set the night apart from a normal night at this establishment, and use this event to educate the youths about the culture, because there is more to Carnival than just the feting and wining, etc.  No disrespect to the Carnival Committee because my wife is a part of it, and I know how hard they work all year round to put on such a major event, but I'm speaking my mind in hopes that this will help them see the importance of proper PR and Coordination of an event of this magnitude (Official Launch of Carnival).  Maybe they should have called the event a fundraiser instead of the Official Launch...I don't know, but in my opinion when you officially launch something of this magnitude, that event should set the pace for the entire event (Carnival), and it should reflect what the event is all about.  I'm sure if any adults attended, halfway through the event they felt alienated by the large number of youths, and the lack of Carnival music.  If any of you noticed me standing with a frown on my face, that was just me reflecting on this event, and all of the DC Carnival events.  The important thing that came to mind during my reflection was none of their (DCCC) official events are held in DC.  Remember, this is a DC Carnival, the DC stands for District of Columbia, so wouldn't it be smart to hold the official events within the limits of the District of Columbia?  Not in Maryland or Virginia, because they are not looking for support from Maryland or Virginia's officials, they are looking for the monetary support from the District of Columbia's government.  Logically thinking, how would the DC government officials fully support DC Carnival  if 75% of the official events are in another state?  That other state is getting most of the revenue!  That's not saying a few parties or a fundraisers couldn't be held in MD, VA or any other state to help spread the word about this event, but the official events should be held within the city.  Anyway, enough said!  If you attended this event, hit me back and let me know your thoughts todd@ariousentertainment.com  


"TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION AND SERVICE WITHOUT A VOTE"

Lastly, yesterday was April 15th, TAX DAY, and did you know there is over 1 million Americans without a voice in Congress?  Yes, the residence of the District of Columbia do not have a vote in Congress, they have Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who does a great job representing DC on the Hill, but unfortunately does not have a vote on the floor of Congress.  DC is not a state, but the residence still have to pay taxes like everyone else, therefore they should have a vote like every other American.  This is a major problem, all Americans should be entitled to the same voice in the Government.  This is an issue that needs the support of everyone in America, so go to http://www.norton.house.gov/ for more detailed information on this troubling issue. 

One example that sticks out in my mind of what it means to have no voice in Congress is a few years back, the people of DC voted in an election to legalize Medical Marijuana and Congress decided they were going to overrule the vote, and therefore this Bill was never passed even though the majority of the people in the city voted in favor.  I'm sure there are many other issues which are probably more serious than this one, that gets overruled by the appointed Government Committee that controls DC.  Please spend some time researching "Taxation without Representation in Washington DC", the people of DC could really use the support of the Nation.


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     This song is an instrument of peace, reconciliation and good will for all of humanity.  We believe that if it is heard by the world, many of our leaders will re-think their strategy and cease to embrace war as the only available form of conflict resolution.  Let us ask ourselves,  if we all go to war,  "who's gonna save the children?"  Our hope is that this powerful, thought provoking song will be used as a catalyst for the promotion of peace and quality of life worldwide.  Our challenge is to get this message on the airways.  Certainly, we can all agree that far too many children are suffering, begging for bread in the streets,  living in ghettos and war torn squalor,  all over the world.   

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DC CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL - 2004

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June 26th & 27th

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For anyone in our community or those who are out of town, who wishes to submit a commentary about an event you attended, or just want to tell us about an interesting experience, please feel free to submit it to us at ariousentertainment@earthlink.net, we would be glad to include it in our weekly commentary.


 

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WASHINGTON DC

THIS WEEKEND!

 

University of Maryland, College Park

Caribbean Students Association (CSA)

 

Presents 

Carifest 2004

 Saturday, April 17, 2004

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ritchie Coliseum at Maryland University Campus
 Click Here For Directions

Ticket Price: $15.00 at the door,
only $12.00 online!!

Tickets purchased online will be waiting for you at the door. Must have proper ID ready.

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Official Carifest 2004 AFTER PARTY

April 17, 2004

11:00 pm - until

Graffiti Night Club
3263 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Directions

Ticket Price: $10.00 at the door,
only $7.00 w/ Carifest Ticket Stub!!

www.umdcsa.com

Click Here To View Flyers!

 

The Countdown to DC Carnival Begins

 

3SUNS (Formerly Treason) Performing This Weekend

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Radio Boyz and I.C.E Entertainment Says

"Dis one for de Carnival Babies!"

For the first time ever in DC - Direct from T&T

3SUNS 

(formerly Treason)

 

Backed By: The Chaos Crew 

(Yes, they're back & better than ever)

 

with DJ's 

Demolition Dex; Sprang Int'l; Smalley "de Golden Touch"; Mystic Vibes 6.0 and Eazy E

 At

Kili's Kafe & Lounge

2009 8th Street, NW DC

 

Doors open at 10:00 pm

$15 in advance; $20 at the door 

 

Tickets available at Crown Bakery; Tobagos; Third World Foods,  Caribbean Delight I, Mike and Rita's, Tasty Food (Baltimore)

All Profits go to the families of Roy Benn and Cecil "Bella" Phillips!  Gone but not forgotten!

Come enjoy Great Music, and support a more than worthy community effort!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE PAN YARD

Sunday, April 18, 2004

At  De Panyard (Pan Masters Steel Orchestra Pan Yard) in Bladensburg, Maryland at 5:30 pm.  

Performer Stephen Samuel "SAM'O" Will be performing. 

 "SAM'O is an entertainer and recording artist from Trinidad, He is an exciting, professional and experienced performer who does a variety of music, including Calypso (old and original), reggae, soca, R&B, oldies, top 40's -- just about anything you can imagine, all with an island flavor. 

Come out and support this Artist

 


Friday April 23rd 2004

at 

9 PM. 

PanMasters presents
Pan Jazz 2004 

at "De Panyard"
Featuring 

Lennard Jack & FUSION!

www.panmasters.com 

 

SATURDAY MAY 1st, 2004

"Jump Start to DC Caribbean Carnival"

Music By 

DJ'S Wayne & Shortmus Productions

@

The Panyard

4559 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood MD. 

For Info Call 202-549-4142

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

 April 27, 2004

 

Senegal's Legendary ORCHESTRA BAOBAB

Specialists of the Afro-Cuban Style

 in Concert at the Birchmere 

 

In a rare area appearance, Senegal's ORCHESTRA BAOBAB will perform on April 27, 2004 at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.  Show time: 7:30 pm. Doors: 6:00 pm.  The show will be staged in the Birchmere's bandstand room which features a large dance floor and cabaret-style tables & chairs.. It will be like a night in Dakar in the famous Club Baobab where it all began.

ORCHESTRA BAOBAB, named after the Dakar night club where they started,  exploded onto the Senegal music scene in 1970 and immediately became famous for their sublime Afro-Cuban arrangements. For more than a decade, they reigned supreme as the toast of Dakar high society and recorded more than 20 hit albums. The band members hail from all over West Africa including: Senegal, Mali, Togo, Cape Verde. Guinea Bissau and Morocco. They play rhumba, ,salsa, cha cha  and pachanga with style and grace.

After a 15-year hiatus, fellow compatriot Youssou N'Dour and Buena Vista Social Club's pioneer Nick Gold have finally reunited these Senegalese elder statesmen. Buena Vista Social Club's IBRAHIM FERRER, is featured on ORCHESTRA BAOBAB's new CD, "Specialist in all Styles" .

On April 23 ORCHESTRA BAOBAB will be featured on a VH1 special documenting a collaboration with DAVE MATTHEWS and TREY ANASTASIO, filmed in Dakar, Senegal. ORCHESTRA BAOBAB will also make a guest appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman".

 

Tickets for ORCHESTRA BAOBAB are $25 in advance - $30 at the door. 

Tickets are available at all  TicketMaster locations. To charge: 202-432-SEAT.
Online: TicketMaster  www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets are also available at the Birchmere box office 5:00-9:00 pm (on show days only). For more information call: 703.549.7500.

 

ORCHESTRA BAOBAB BIO & PHOTO: http://www.concertedefforts.com/artists_baob.asp

 

May 1, 2004

Bashment Link-Up.com 

Presents

Spring Fling

Red and White Affair

Come Celebrate with us at Our 4th Anniversary Bash!

Music By:

Rebel T (from Jamaica)

Stainless (from the Bronx)

Half Krazy (from Baltimore)

 Emperor (from Washington DC)

 

GFS Ballroom

2201 Varnum Street, Mt. Rainer, MD

$20 b 4 1am and $15 with Student ID

For more information log on to www.bashmentlink.com 

 

May 2, 2004

T & T Association of DC Women's Committee

Presents 

Its Annual Fashion Show 

at 

Andrew's Air Force Base.

Look out for More Details!

 

Concert of the Year - You can't miss this one!

SUNDAY MAY 16th 2004 

WIRM & THE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. 

PRESENT'S

THE WEST INDIAN RECORD MART 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & CONCERT

FEATURING

BERES HAMMOND

MAXI PRIEST

MARCIA GRIFFITHS

ERIC MONTY MORRIS

THE MIGHTY SPARROW

BARON 

CARL MALCOLM

@

THE SHOWPLACE ARENA

UPPER MARLBORO MARYLAND

GATES OPEN @ 2PM  SHOWTIME 3PM T0 10PM

FREE PARKING

TICKETS  

$45.00 ADVANCE RESERVED SEATING

$60.00 ADVANCE RESERVED SEATING

AVAILABLE @ TICKET MASTER AND ALL LOCAL OUTLETS

To purchase tickets online click here http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/910815   

FOR INFORMATION CALL 301-422-1728

www.theentertainmentgroupinc.com 

 

WEEKLY EVENTS

 

 Every Sunday

6-11pm

LIVE CARIBBEAN MUSIC

BY

Image Band

at 

Izora Restaurant and Nightclub

1115 East West Highway Silver Spring Maryland

301-495-2960

www.izora.net or www.imageband.com 

 

 

Timehri International Nightclub

2439 18th Street, N.W. Washington DC

202-518-2626

 

 

In the heart of Washington DC in the Soul of the City

Reggae     .     Calypso     .     R&B

Thursday, Friday  & Saturday 

DJ Spyda

 

 

Baltimore, Maryland

Upcoming Events

Saturday April 24th, 2004

ISRAEL VIBRATION

Backed By: The Roots Radics

With

Strykers Posse

@

The Recher Theatre

512 York Rd, Towson Maryland

Tickets Available

410-481-SEAT or 202-432-SEAT

 

West Indian National Association (WIN-A)

Presents it's Annual

PRE-MOTHER'S DAY  CARIBBEAN BOAT  RIDE 

Aboard The Lady Baltimore

SATURDAY - MAY 8, 2004

Located between the Harbour Place Light Street Pavilion & MD Science Center

Board Time 11:00 pm

Return 2:30 am

Boarding Pass Passes $30.00, More at Gate

MUSIC by: DJ Smallie & DJ Davee

Cash Bar and Complimentary Hors d'oeurvres

Must be 21 and over with proper ID to Board

For Information Call 410-366-7161

Mark Kendal 410-866-0250 or  Len Simon 410-889-8966

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saturday May 22 2004

The Philadelphia Caribbean Multi-Talent Association

Presents

The 4th Annual Miss Caribbean US Beauty Queen Pageant

@

The Elegant 

River Banquet Ballroom

 4501 Kelley Drive, Philadelphia PA 

Commencing at 6:00 PM.  

For more information please contact: 

Yolanda Wallace, Raymond Womack, Elisha Rambaran, or Lisa @ 215 -329 -191

E-mail  CaribbeanBeautyPageant@msn.com 

www.misscaribbean.us

 

 

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SELECTA BAM BAM, VERTIGO & THE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC.

PRESENT

SOUND OFF SUNDAYS 

@

CONDUIT

439 BROAD ST. TRENTON NJ. 

(ACROSS FROM SOVEREIGN BANK ARENA)

FEATURING 

THE # 1 REGGAE/HIP HOP MIXTAPE  DJ

SELECTA BAM BAM / WITH THE LEGENDARY DJ  JUICE

along side

TRENTON'S # 1 SOUND BRICK FORCE/WITH DIAMOND & PRENTON

GUEST SOUNDS 

CITY STAR, GHETTO ROCK & JAWAH

 

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