Proceeds from #EverythingDC DC Culture Cookout benefit the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore and Check It Enterprises. July 22, 1 – 9 p.m. $10 donations. The event will be held in the “secret garden” behind We Act Radio and Check It Enterprises, 1918 and 1920 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE.
Performances include Sugar Bear, featuring EU (Experience Unlimited), and Ja’Ness.
EU (Experience Unlimited) is one of the original Washington DC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended Ballou High School (currently the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary). The band chose the name Experience due to their respect for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Unlimited because they did not want to limit the range of their music. Their early regional hits included EU Freeze, Lock Your Butt, and Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray. Although they are best known for their Grammy nominated, massive worldwide hit Da-Butt from Spike Lee’s “School Daze” soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (Shake Your Thang), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (Party Time), and on their own with Buck Wild and Taste of Your Love. Da Butt won Soul Train’s best R&B/Soul Single, Group in 1989.
Ja’Ness is a singer/songwriter/guitarist recognized locally and nationally for her music and efforts to spread positivity. (Visit Janessmusic.com for more information.)