Today is Local Music Day in D.C. What does that mean exactly? It means when you walk into stores and shops such as Tryst, Busboys and Poets, Hello Cupcake and Toki Underground, the music you’ll hear coming through the speakers will be exclusively by local bands.
There are eight featured artists: indie-rock faves U.S. Royalty, Deleted Scenes and Modern Man; singer-songwriters Olivia Mancini and Rene Moffatt; reggae duo See-I; jazz saxophonist Brian Settles; and jazz singer Andrea Wood.
We can certainly sign off on this batch of acts, which include some favorites that we’ve written about over the past year. We profiled Olivia Mancini in June 2010 and U.S. Royalty in November 2010 and reviewed See-I’s debut album in July. In this Friday’s Weekend section, we’ll have a profile of Deleted Scenes, who just released their excellent second album, “Young People’s Church of the Air”; until then, you can read a 2009 story on the band.
See the Listen Local First Web site for the full list of participating locations where you can hear the local tunes.