Nappy Nappa, Odetta Hartman
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Formed in Philadelphia in 2007 and relocated in DC in 2013, the band has released three full-length albums with
multiple EPs and singles interspersed while touring extensively on the DIY circuit throughout North America.
Schurr moved to DC by chance while touring with the project Eskimeaux. The band's van hit a deer en route their DC gig, and was subsequently towed to the legendary (now defunct) house space, Paperhaus. There, Schurr met artist Johnny Fantastic, who convinced him to move to DC to work on music together. This meeting served as the beginning of a new chapter for Br'er, which had existed for several years in Philly outputting numerous releases, but slogging through several lineup changes between marathon tours. The incremental process of write-record-tour-repeat has paid creative dividends for Br'er; the songwriting process happens fast, almost stream-of-consciousness. But, the band shows a sturdier confidence with each new release.
Schurr also acts as ringleader for freak-electronic label/collective Blight Records, which has caught significant attention both in and around DC for its embrace of experimentalism, queer, transgender, punk and anti-fascism culture and community.
Br'er’s fourth LP, Brunch is for Assholes, was recorded in spring of 2016 at Schurr's home studio at the Lighthouse in the Petworth neighborhood of DC. Petworth has a particular significance to the writing of the record, as it is known as one of the fastest gentrifying neighborhoods in the city. The lyrics were primarily written while Schurr was working as a mover, reflecting on the violence of gentrification's short-selling of community in exchange for condos and fast casual cuisine. Given the current political turmoil in the District, Brunch is a timely discourse on the social history of the last eight years, given the uncomfortable context of present day politics.
It’s hard to break out of the daily monotony of life and the shitty situation that you've been dropped into. But with his New Balance EP, that’s exactly what Washington, D.C.’s NAPPYNAPPA is trying to do.
Chronicling his optimism despite the odds pitted against him, the 20-year-old rapper takes listeners on a journey through his day-to-day highs and lows — a sentiment expressed with pristine candor on the project’s opening track, “Goodday”: “It’s Friday night, I got no job like I was Craig/ but I don’t trip, ‘cuz I know better days ahead.” Coupled with near-intergalactic beats from producers Black Moses and MR. DICKERSON, NAPPYNAPPA shares the challenges of life in Southeast D.C and beyond. But the music itself isn’t preachy — the self-appointed “Mumbo Sauce Prince” is telling his own story, but often, you feel like he’s telling yours, too.
At 14 tracks, the EP zigs and zags in the best of ways: from sun-soaked positivity (“Do My Dance”) to matter-of-fact realness (“Leg”) to contemplative and romantic (“Shameless”).