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Moombahton Mondays


Editorial Review

Remember when screwed and chopped remixes were huge a decade ago? The days of Paul Wall slowing Southern hip-hop to a crawl may be over, but here in D.C., DJ Dave Nada's giving rise to a whole new genre of dance music called moombahton. (It's pronounced moom-bah-tone.)

The backstory: One day at his cousin's high school skip party, Nada slowed down banging house tracks by Afrojack and Sidney Samson to match the 108-beats-a-minute pace of reggaeton. The pitched-down tracks still keep the rave vibe, thanks to thick, chunky bass beats, but the pace of dancing is far easier. (In fact, the rhythms are more fun for dancing than the reggaeton.)

Every Monday night this summer, Nada takes over the Velvet Lounge's bar for a night of moombahton and other tropical beats, including cumbia and reggaeton. There's no cover charge, and the night's drink special is called "Dos Amigos" -- two shots of top-shelf tequila for $6. Take that advice and bring your friends.

-- Fritz Hahn