Wale Headlines Events DC Presents Music Showcase at SXSW

Washington, DC Native Wale Headlines Events DC Presents Music Showcase at South by Southwest, Tuesday, March 15

Events DC will also host a DC soundstage during the three-day WeDC activation to highlight DC’s music innovators from hip hop to electro-pop, March 12-14

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2016) — Washington, DC originated hip hop artist Wale headlines a talented group of music artists from the DC area who will perform at the Events DC Presents Music Showcase at South by Southwest (SXSW) on Tuesday, March 15, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., at The Historic Scoot Inn (1308 East 4th Street). The event will close out the WeDC activation at SXSW led by the Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), in partnership with the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the DC Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and Events DC.

I’m excited to help rep alongside other artists from the city at SXSW. – Wale

“DC has so much musical talent and I’m excited to help rep alongside other artists from the city at SXSW this year,” says Wale, Washington, DC native and Grammy-nominated rapper.  

The showcase, an extension of the WeDC House (340 East 2nd Street, Austin, Texas), will spotlight DC’s innovative, diverse, and inclusive music scene through a variety of artists and genres. Performers include Maggie Rose (pop / country), Chaz French (hip hop), Gallant (alt R&B), Tabi Bonney (pop / hip hop), Tigers are Bad for Horses (electro-pop), Young Rapids (dream pop), Mannywellz (alt R&B), BOOMScat (R&B), Redline Graffiti (electro-pop), Go Cozy (rock), TROPIXXX, The Borrowers, and Jay IDK (hip hop).

These artists will join other DC-area based musicians on the Events DC Soundstage at the WeDC House during the three-day WeDC activation, March 12-14. Asheru (Hip Hop), DJ Neekola, DJ Spicoli, DJ Tastefaker,  DJ Mathias, and surprise guest performers are also scheduled to appear.

Washington, DC has deep musical roots that span decades from jazz to punk. – Gregory A. O’ Dell

“Enriching DC’s entertainment scene continues to be a top priority for Events DC and we remain committed to promoting our city’s talented artists, signature festivals and iconic venues to best support our rich creative community,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “Washington, DC has deep musical roots that span decades from jazz to punk — and this year at SXSW, Events DC Presents is proud to promote DC-based and homegrown artists who will take the stage to highlight DC’s electric music scene.”

As the official convention and sports authority for the District, it is Events DC’s goal to generate heightened visibility for the city and its offerings — in an effort to attract more unique and diverse event and entertainment options for both residents and visitors alike to experience — as well as continue to be a driver for the city’s economic engine. Over the past year, Events DC has hosted and supported some of Washington, DC’s hottest music festivals, concerts and pop-up shows, including the Foo Fighters’ 4th of July celebration at RFK Stadium, the captivating Zedd concert at the DC Armory and two Events DC Presents pop-up concerts featuring the brilliant Stevie Wonder and DC’s famed Wale.

The WeDC House will also feature live broadcasts and fireside chats by the Newseum; official SXSW panels; a WeDC Startup Showcase that will highlight 25 DC-based tech startups; and receptions for filmmakers and tech innovators. Mayor Muriel Bowser will gather national leaders for An Evening of Inclusion, Sunday, March 13, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., to present DC as a leading city of tech inclusion and discuss how to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem inclusive of all genders, races, ages, and disabilities. The We the People The Nation’s Afterparty will follow, with special guests to be announced. Questlove, a Grammy winning recording artist,  is scheduled to perform at this event. Bowser will also host the WeDC Celebration! Presented by Events DC + Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Monday, March 14 from 8 p.m. to midnight, highlighting the local side of DC with live performances from DC-based artists, as well as local food and beverages.

For more information on the activation, visit www.wedchouse.com. For more information about WDCEP’s activation at SXSW, please visit www.wdcep.com.


About Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non-profit, public-private organization whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC. WDCEP facilitates economic development through business attraction and business retention programs and activities, including site location assistance, educational seminars and workshops, and networking events geared towards building jobs and increased tax revenues for the city of Washington, DC. WDCEP is a key resource for Washington, DC economic development information and publishes several reports throughout the year, including the DC Development Report, DC Doing Business Guide and Neighborhood Profiles. For additional information, please visit www.wdcep.com.

About the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is charged with executing the Mayor’s economic development strategy. When it comes to economic development in the District, there are five priority goals that will help build the Pathway to the Middle Class. With guidance from Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will protect, preserve and produce more affordable housing in the District, support innovation and entrepreneurship, and drive investment and development, particularly to overlooked and underserved communities.

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital.  Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium.  Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.    

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