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BOOMscat brings the boom to Honey Groove

Duo to perform at queer music and art festival

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BOOMscat is BOOM aka Asha Santee, on right, and scat, aka Jennifer Patience Rowe. (Photo courtesy the band)

“Queer baby-making music” isn’t a genre that can be found on Pandora or Spotify. but D.C.-based duo BOOMscat has got it covered.

The duo consists of BOOM, aka Asha Santee, keyboardist/drummer/producer, and scat, aka Jennifer Patience Rowe, vocalist/songwriter. The pair, who both identify as queer, met by chance at a show when Santee played drums behind Rowe’s poetry. They clicked and soon BOOMscat was born in 2012.

Their day jobs consist of a full-time artist for Santee and a salon owner in Silver Spring, Md., for Rowe but during their off hours they play shows throughout the city. Besides “queer baby-making music” they call their style “peace and body rolls.”

“It’s really peaceful, laid back but it also makes you wanna do a body roll. It’s R&B, Neo-Soul-type music,” Rowe says.

The duo has released three projects including its “No Life Jacket EP,” which reached No. 18 on the iTunes R&B album charts. They have performed at SXSW in Austin and embarked on a “Peace & Body Roll Tour” in Chicago. Their fourth album “Kinetic” will be released this year.

BOOMscat performs at Honey Groove alongside big name artists such as Big Freedia and local musicians like Be Steadwell and the CooLots.

The community is tight-knit in D.C. for queer artists of color, according to Santee and Rowe. So it was a no-brainer when they were asked to be a part of the festival.

“That’s our family,” Santee says.

A family that doesn’t always feel represented in the mainstream society. That’s where Honey Groove steps in to give D.C. LGBT artists a platform to share their music and their stories.

“D.C. has such a widespread LGBT and queer community across all of those letters,” Santee says. “It sometimes feels like our music isn’t taken as seriously as mainstream. Sometimes it’s not accepted because everybody feels like, ‘Oh, they’re queer so we can’t relate to their music.’ So for us to have our own platform and create our own world, it’s kind of necessary. We’re creating our own mainstream through that.”

Rowe agrees.

“For me, there aren’t a lot of safe spaces for queer folks, especially queer folks of color, to be all of our identifies at one time,” Rowe says. “Honey Groove gives us that opportunity to be everything that we are in all of our magic and be unapologetic in that.”

Rowe likens Honey Groove to Afropunk, an annual music and arts festival in New York, Paris, London and Johannesburg aimed at being a safe space for people of color to enjoy music.

While Honey Groove is more specifically LGBT-focused, the message is similar.

“We are there enjoying music, made by us, people that look like us, that have similar experiences. It’s just a really relatable space that we don’t get to have often. Honey Groove is a space where folks can come. It’s a mecca, it’s a home, it’s a safe space,” Rowe says.

BOOMscat’s music is available for streaming on iTunes, SoundCloud and Bandcamp.

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Greyson Chance releases ‘Trophies’ in time for Pride

Chart-topping singer-songwriter pushes envelope on musical boundaries

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As the tall slender dark-haired young musician prepares for a sound check on stage preparing for his Oklahoma City Pride debut, back in Los Angeles his team released his highly anticipated new album via all digital and streaming platforms.

Greyson Chance, a critically acclaimed, chart-topping and singer-songwriter, with this new album Trophies- a follow up to his 2019’s critically praised ‘portraits’ EP, continues to display sharp writing chops, as well as his ability to push the envelope on his own musical boundaries.

From his recently released, dance-inspired hit “Hellboy” to his latest uplifting anthem “Nobody,” to the beautifully arranged, emotion-provoking ballad “Violet,” the piano aficionado openly takes listeners on a tour of his life. 

Friday is also the day Chance gets back on the road for his Trophies World Tour, starting in his hometown with the headlining spot at Oklahoma City’s Pride Festival.  Additional summer dates include shows in major cities across North America, as well as, European and South American dates to follow in the fall and winter of this year.

Chance will also embark on a second round of North American dates set for January 2022; full tour schedule below for reference.

TROPHIES releases after a long-awaited break for Chance. He last released his current single and dance-inspired anthem “Hellboy” after a strong slate of single releases through the pandemic, including well-received titles “Boots,” “Dancing Next To Me,” the revealing “Bad to Myself,” in which Chance opened up about his battle with an eating disorder, and this past January’s “Holy Feeling.”  Chance’s last EP was 2019’s critically acclaimed portraits, which to date has accumulated over 40 million streams, and topped #5 on iTunes’ Pop Charts, #1 on Apple’s Music Breaking Pop Playlist, and #3 on Apple Music’s Best of the Week Playlist upon its release. A portraits Word Tour followed that included 50+ sold out dates in North America, Europe, SE Asia, and China.

TROPHIES is available now on all streaming platforms. TROPHIES North American tour dates:

July 07 – Tampa – Crowbar

July 08 – Orlando – The Social

July 09 – Atlanta-  Masquerade

July 10 – Charlotte – Neighborhood Theatre

July 15 – Richmond – Canal Club

July 16 – Washington DC – Union Stage

July 17 – Nashville – The High Watt

July 23 – Indianapolis  – The Irving Theatre 

July 24 – Detroit – Magic Stick

July 25 – Grand Rapids – The Stache at Intersection 

July 29 – Des Moines – xBK Live

July 30 – Milwaukee – Miramar Theatre

July 31 – Minneapolis – Studio B – Skyway Theatre

August 4 – Chicago – Lincoln Hall

August 5 – Lawrence – The Bottleneck 

August 6 – Austin – The Parish

August 7 – Dallas – Trees

August 11 – El Paso – Ricky D’s

August 12 – Phoenix – Crescent Ballroom

August 13 – Salt Lake City – The Complex

August 14 – Denver – The Bluebird

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Demi Lovato comes out as gender non-binary in Twitter announcement

In 2017 Lovato had invited Danica Roem, the 1st openly trans lawmaker in Virginia to the American Music Awards to speak out against bullying

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STUDIO CITY – In an announcement Wednesday, two time Grammy nominee, actor and singer-songwriter Demi Lovato revealed that they are identifying as gender non-binary. Taking to their Twitter account, the 28 year-old Lovato said; “The past year and a half, I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work. And through this work, I’ve had this revelation that I identify as non-binary,” they said in the video. “With that said, I’ll officially be changing my pronouns to they/them.”

They went on to note, “I feel this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and am still discovering.”

 

They continued in the thread adding; ” I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths & know I am sending so much love your way xox”

Lovato also expressed gratitude to the various LGBTQ advocacy groups for their support; “Thank you for your love & support today. Here are a few great organizations and leaders who actively offer education and support:”@glaad, @HRC. @TrevorProject, @LALGBTCenter, @alokvmenon, @mattxiv, @them.

In November of 2017, Lovato invited Virginia Democratic State Delegate Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person seated in a state legislature, to walk the American Music Awards red carpet with them to speak out against bullying. Lovato and Roem were brought together as part of GLAAD’s Together initiative, a campaign for all marginalized communities to stand together.

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May pop-up performance features women composers

Whitman-Walker Health and the Goethe-Institut present ‘Kept Under Glass’

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(Image via ‘Kept Under Glass: Unheard Women’s Voices’ Facebook event page)

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., N.W.) and the Goethe-Institut present “Kept Under Glass: Unheard Women’s Voices,” a multimedia street concert, May 5-6 on the corner of 14th and R Streets.

This free event features songs about love and a longing for connection by rarely heard Austian and German women composers, including medieval chants, classical opera and early 20th century works.

The four performances will take place over the course of two evenings at Whitman-Walker’s new cultural center, The Corner at Whitman-Walker. Performances will last 30 minutes while three performers, each in their own window, sings to sidewalk audiences on the other side of the glass.

Event times and other information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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