It's a trend worth talking about—the gray area between hip-hop and electronic music. More than ever, these two genres are playing catch with each other. The fact that an LMFAO song is basically always on some form of televised media at any given time is testament. Of course, this mash-up of genres has many other facets than just that. It can be quite intelligent, actually, when you start learning about artists like Schoolboy Q and Flosstradamus.
And don't worry if those are new names to you. After August 11, they'll be in your regular rotation thanks to our friend Modi Oyewole a.k.a. "DC's impresario of cool stuff," who runs the DC to BC blog and production group. He and his colleagues Quinn Coleman and Marcel Marshall are turning the spotlight on this dance-worthy genre of electronic-based hip hop with the introduction of the first ever TRILLECTRO Music Festival.
Of course, this isn't just a test run. This outdoor fest, which will take place all day at the Half Street Fairgrounds, will be hosted by Doug E. Fresh and Khadafi Dub and feature over 20 performances by the likes of Schoolboy Q and Flosstradamus, as well as plenty of local talent like Tabi Bonney, Tittsworth, Oddisee and Rex Riot.
"TRILLECTRO will unite music enthusiasts from all over the world in an effort to bridge the gap between hip hop and electronic music," says the official press release. But more than that, it'll just be some serious fun, and not just because Scoutmob's a sponsor. Along with the music, plan on jumping in a moonbounce (they're not just for kids!) and dining at some of DC's finest food trucks. And as always, there'll be a few surprises.
Saturday, August 11, noon to midnight
1299 Half St., SE across from Navy Yard Metro
Regular admission: $30; VIP admission: $100
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