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Congress Heights - Art All Night

2019 Artist Info

EU & Sugar Bear

EU (Experience Unlimited) is one of the original Washington DC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended Ballou High School (currently the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary). The band chose the name Experience due to their respect for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Unlimited because they did not want to limit the range of their music. Their early regional hits included EU Freeze, Lock Your Butt, and Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray.

 

Although they are best known for their Grammy nominated, massive worldwide hit Da-Butt from Spike Lee’s “School Daze” soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (Shake Your Thang), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (Party Time), and on their own with Buck Wild and Taste of Your Love. Da Butt won Soul Train’s best R&B/Soul Single, Group in 1989. EU has performed with Teena Marie, Morris Day and The Time, Mint Condition, Cameo, and countless others. They performed on a show with Bob Dylan in 1989, one of Sugar Bear’s career highlights. EU released the hit Umm Bop Bop in 2000. They dropped the single Bounce in 2001, garnering extensive airplay.

 

EU appeared in the tribute DVD to Chuck Brown, Put Your Hands Up in 2002 (called quite possibly the best live concert DVD ever made by Murder Dog Magazine) with a brilliant set of live music, featuring a percussion showdown between Ju Ju House and Mighty Mo Hagans, along with blistering renditions of EU Freeze. Dog Star, Da Butt and much more. In 2003, EU performed to a national audience on the televised NAACP Awards’ Tribute to Spike Lee. Sugar Bear received the Legend Award at the second annual WKYS Go-Go Awards in 2007. He appears in a local TV commercial for an insurance company, and teaches special education at TC Williams. Experience Unlimited has toured Europe, Japan, and across the US, but call Washington, DC home.

Be'la Dona

 

Washington D.C. is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band, founded in September 2007. The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on stage are incomparable. Their unique style of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock commands audiences and the meshing of the raw talents possessed by these seasoned musicians captivates all who see them perform. Individually, the breadth of experience of each band member ranges from formal training in jazz, classical, opera, gospel, and R&B, to touring and performing with artists such as Nile Rodgers, Regina Belle, Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, Sugar Bear & EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John and many others. Collectively, Be’la Dona has had the pleasure of performing with Erykah Badu, Vivian Green, Avery Sunshine, KeKe Wyatt, Algebra Blessett, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Rah Digga, Lil Mama, Goapole, Marsha Ambrosious, Chico DeBarge, Chrisette Michele, Howard Hewett, Case, Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Tony Terry, Tanya Blount and Chuck Brown, as well as being deemed the official band for Beverly Bond’s, “Black Girls Rock Tour”.
Be’la Dona has been twice nominated for DMV Awards and has been awarded “Best Up and Coming Band” by Go-Go Coalition in 2009, “Best Urban Contemporary Group” by Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) in 2010, “Best Go-Go Duo or Group” by WAMA in 2011, 2012 & 2014, and “Best Female Band/Duo Group” by Titan Awards in 2014. The “magic” of Be’la Dona Band rests in a combination of dynamic leadership from their Musical Director, Sweet Cherie, who has been awarded “Instrumentalist of the Year” six years consecutively by WAMA and the diversity exemplified in their talent, as well as personal lives. While the name Be’la Dona means “pretty lady”, these women are so much more. They are mothers, wives, civic leaders and activists, business women, educators, and mentors who take their responsibility to serve as role models to girls and women as seriously off the stage as they do while performing. Musicianship, showmanship, leadership, high-energy stage performances, beauty, and integrity, are the foundation of their drawing power. Be’la Dona captivates the crowd and propels the power of womanhood to the forefront!

Jus Paul

DC native and graduate of Anacostia High School. His Genre includes R&B, Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz, EDM, Go-Go and others.
JusPaul has talents -- plural! His charismatic and eclectic personality, gifted songwriting and vocal skills combined exudes the embodiment of pure entertainment. Out-of-the-box with off-the-chain skills across categories and genres are his trademarks.
R&B sensation, songwriter, hit-maker and lead vocalist for world famous jazz band, The Blackbyrds, JusPaul, brings the art of song to his signature vocals. His successful introductory EP, self-titled JusPaul, lit the torch that has carried him into a fire-hot independent musical career. He continued his lyrical rise with his sophomore mixtape, Bobby Brown Jr., which allowed him major exposure. After, he released, "Dirty Dabbin", which showed his creativity as an artist, he took the internet by storm by ranking in over 150k views. This multi-talented singer-songwriter brings “the voice” to his original songs as well as sought-after collaborations; such as DMV Stars Visto, Trap Rock, P Wild, Noochie from Oy Boyz and The Foot Work Band. JusPaul has discovered a new eclectic sound that will take the world by storm.

Pinky Killacorn

Pinky Killacorn is a Hip-Hop artist, rapper, song writer, and entertainer but more importantly she has built a stellar reputation among her fans that now makes her name synonymous unique greatness. Pinky, hailing from the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. is affectionately referred to by residents as “The Uptown Cherrybomb”. She has worked from the ground up to hone an original sound, an individual sense of fashion and a luminescent demeanor that leaves a positive impression in professional and social circles alike.
Pinky Killacorn won the 2014 and 2016 D.M.V. Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Award in 2015. Tameka "TINY" Harris used Pinky's newest single "Tequila" feat. Jus Paul to promote new commercial and campaign for her "Tiny's Ladies Night Out" campaign, Tiny's Tequila.
Pinky received airplay on WPGC 95.5 and 93.9 WKYS as well as other independent radio stations nationwide. Pinky has performed at international and national events, gracing the same stage with the legendary Erykah Badu at The Anthem in 2017. She performed at the Sensemilla Cup in Pearly Beach, Jamaica in 2017. She opened for Remy Ma at the Fillmore Silver Spring in 2018, Howard Theatre in DC, ATL Hip-Hop Weekly Top 15 unsigned female emcees event for BET Hip Hop Awards Weekend, AC3 in Atlanta, SXSW in Texas, Howard Homecoming in DC and Winston Salem/NC&T Homecoming in NC and more!

DJ MAGA

DJ MAGA is founder and creator of AFRO SOCA LOVE. A native of St. Lucia and a Howard University graduate.
WHAT IS AFRO SOCA LOVE
Afro Soca Love (ASL) is an organization aimed at strengthening the connection between Africa and its diaspora through the arts, community and creativity. Using the facets of Caribbean Carnival and African culture, ASL host events in many leading diaspora markets worldwide.
To say DJ MAGA is passionate about music is an understatement. Using turntables as a pallet to recreate uniquely vivid musical canvases, DJ MAGA's appreciation for music has transpired into what looks like a very promising career. Armed with a willingness to learn and an intense work ethic, only time can tell what the future has in store for this young talent. DJ MAGA has opened for internationally acclaimed artists Erphaan Alves, Patrice Roberts, Kerwin Du Bois, Kes the Band, Demarco, Gyptian and Morgan Heritage to name a few. Furthermore, mixes by DJ MAGA have been recognized by renowned music critics MTV IGGY, Metro Magazine and more. There is no space, however big or small, that this music conniseur doesn’t dare to share his unique musical experience.
"Music is my narrative" - DJ MAGA

DJ Dirty Rico

Born and raised in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Oxon Hill Senior High School went on to Howard University {THE REAL H.U.}. He is the creativity behind “The Noisemakers” and a face and sound of the DMV.
Raised on the streets of DC where the hustle and bustle create melodic sounds he was destined to fall in love with music at an early age. Fresh out of High School Dirty Rico began to pursue any type of job that would provide him with the exposure and experience in the music industry that he longed for. He soon began arranging sound equipment for local Go-Go bands and soon began DJ'ing in the Metropolitan area's hottest nightclubs.
In 1991 DJ Rico took his career to the next level when he became a part-time DJ/Mixer at WPGC 95.5. Under the influence of radio greats, such as Donnie Simpson & DJ Flexx, Rico's presence at the station grew till he became one of Washington DC's most influential DJ's, on-air personalities and assistant producer for Donnie's show. There is not a community within earshot of WPGC that he has not touched in one way or another. His passion as a community activist has led him to be well known by the youth of the city as a mentor and a role model who speaks on the importance of education and self-respect.
Dirty Rico is well known for the experience that he offers party-goers while he not only enjoys the music that he plays but has a unique way of keeping the dance floor packed. This has caused his followers to deem him "The Noisemaker".
Currently Rico could be heard daily on MyMajic 102.3, during the Happy Hour Mix on Vic Jagger show and providing Traffic Jam Relief during the Donnie Simpson show amongst traveling with the Grammy nominated recording artist, Raheem DaVaughn as his DJ.
After nearly 30 years combined with WPGC & WMMJ DJ Dirty Rico continues to be well respected and loved by the same community that voted him Best DJ in D.C. for 2017, 2018 & 2019 and he shows no signs of slowing down!

Keyonna Jones-Lindsay

Executive Director Keyonna Jones-Lindsay of Congress Heights Arts and Cultural Center & Curator of Art All Night Mixing Pot - Visual And Performing Arts Experience
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Keyonna graduated from St. John’s College High School and graduate of Philip Merrill’s College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.
As the leader of the Congress Heights Arts + Culture Center, a 501 (c)(3) organization, Keyonna has developed and implemented the mission to expose, inspire + educate both youth + adults to the rich arts + cultural opportunities, specifically in Wards 7 + 8, from a historical + modern day prospective.
CHACC was established to the explore arts + culture of people of the African Diaspora, specifically, communities of African Americans, residing East of the Anacostia River.
CHACC’s purpose is to develop + expand cultural + artistic opportunities for our residents. One of CHACC’s highest priority is to weave children + youth into the fabric of the economic revitalization occurring in the communities within Wards 7 and 8.
CHACC is not just a home to East of the River creatives but home full of legacy. Formerly the residence + business space of the Executive Director's father, Phinis Jones, the arts + culture center serves as a tangible example of black ownership, generational success + cultural legacy.

Keyonna Jones-Lindsay

Kaliq Crosby, Airbrush Artist, Owner of Kaliq Customs
Kaliq Crosby is an airbrush artist and a native Washingtonian. Kaliq graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor Degree in Animation and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown, DC. In more recent years, his professional career has consisted of airbrushing vehicles, murals, and clothing, providing him the opportunity to connect closer to real life culture, versus the digital world.
In 2000, Kaliq began airbrushing, but his experience with art dates back to childhood. At age 4, he began drawing on the bedroom walls with crayons! That early inquisitiveness transformed into passion and his raw talent emerged. Kaliq believes airbrushing is a form of art that allows him to bring excitement and wonder to people of all ages. Painting portraits allows Kaliq to tap into a variety of unique expressions, styles and forms we all possess. Art is Kaliq’s passion and he uses it to convey the vibrant, bold and emotional connection that people share with each other.
Since 2007 he’s been active in the local community, providing children’s workshops, participating at career day demonstrations in D.C. area schools, youth charity events and corporate parties. The opportunity to install a mural at Lee’s flower-shop on U st. in 2017 expanded his reach with community participation and teaching art. The two week process exposed the youth and Shaw community to the technique of airbrush art and provided exposure to the wide range of opportunities in being a self-employed artist. Adults and children that participated left with hands-on experience and a new understanding of how to communicate through art!

 
 

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