In D.C. Dream Day, our favorite people tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.
The Grammy-nominated rapper and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon (birth name: Christon Bacon) is wrapping up a very busy year. In February, the D.C. native released his latest album, “Beats, Bows and Remixes,” a collaboration with electric cellist Wytold. They supported the release with a string of shows, including one with the National Symphony Orchestra. Then, Bacon, 32, headed to Brazil for more performances and creative collaborations. Now that he’s back in D.C. and working on new music, it seems like a good time for the hip-hop polymath to crystallize his ideal D.C. day.
I’ll wake up and do what I normally do: I write in my journal. After that, I usually do stretches because I’m a tall dude, so I’ve got to make sure that my body’s moving at that optimum level. Then I’ll make a nice smoothie. I like healthy fats, like avocado. I’ll also put in some pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and banana. It’s very filling. If I want to be extra, then I’ll add in an apple with some almond butter.
On my dream day, I’d have an early-morning gig at my old middle school, Charles Hart Middle School on Mississippi Avenue. After the performance, I’d stick around and answer all the questions and shake all the hands.
After that, I’ll be ready to go out and get lunch. I’ll probably bike to Union Market. I like using the Jump bikes with the motors in them. There’s this nice little place called Toli Moli. My friend Simone Jacobson is the co-owner. I’m not doing grains, dairy, sugar or legumes, so she makes this special thing for me that’s not quite on the menu. It’s got egg salad in it, but I don’t know what else is in there.
Then I might go to the National Museum of Natural History. I like the gems and minerals section. It’s amazing how these beautiful things just came to be, without human beings turning up, beautifying them — stones like black tourmaline, blue calcite.
I would probably bike back to the crib and get ready to do some kind of performance at the Kennedy Center that mixes together all the collaborations that I’ve been doing all these years. I’ll include music from northern India with my friend [violinist] Nistha Raj, and mix it together with the music of Brazil, played by my friends [vocalist] Cissa Paz and [harmonica player] Pablo Fagundes. And I’ll have my friend Wytold there. There’d be klezmer and Arabic music, too.
After this performance that bridges together all these different worlds, we’ll have a dance party. We’re doing Jewish traditional dances, Arabic dances; we’re dancing to go-go music, samba, hip-hop, all that good stuff.
We’ll probably be hungry after all that dancing. Maybe we’d go get eggs at The Diner, or maybe I could bring back the Mocha Hut. They had these waffles with caramel syrup that was just bangin’, and the salmon cakes were on point.