PHOTOS: Local music celebrated at block party for Grammy’s DC chapter

The Recording Academy hosted its inaugural block party for the Grammy’s D.C. chapter at the City Winery on Friday. The event celebrated local music talent and featured performances and appearances by past Grammy nominees, including D.C. native Wale.

Wale and Rare Essence perform at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Wale and Rare Essence perform at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Courtesy The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes) (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Executive Director of the Recording Academy D.C. chapter, Jeriel Johnson and Wale, celebrate the local music community at the inaugural Washington D.C. Chapter block party. (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Executive Director of the Recording Academy D.C. chapter, Jeriel Johnson and Wale, celebrate the local music community at the inaugural Washington D.C. Chapter block party. (Courtesy The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes) (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Rapper D.R.A.M. performs at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Rapper D.R.A.M. performs at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Courtesy The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes) (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Angelic Garcia attends the red carpet at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Angelic Garcia attends the red carpet at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Courtesy The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes) (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
The Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter Board presents a check for the Ottley Music School. (Courtesy The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes) (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
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Wale and Rare Essence perform at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Executive Director of the Recording Academy D.C. chapter, Jeriel Johnson and Wale, celebrate the local music community at the inaugural Washington D.C. Chapter block party. (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Rapper D.R.A.M. performs at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)
Angelic Garcia attends the red carpet at the WDC Chapter Block Party at City Winery DC on May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Brian Stukes)

The event highlighted and celebrated the importance of the talented artists from D.C., Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

“This evening marked the celebration of that diverse resilient community, and shed a national spotlight on this local scene,” The Recording Academy said in a news release.

The evening featured performances by rappers D.R.A.M. and Chaz French, Richmond-based musician Angelica Garcia, the pop group MAKUTA, D.C. go-go band Rare Essence and singer-songwriter Kevin Ross as well as a special guest appearance by Wale.

Joe Clair from the Joe Clair Morning Show hosted Friday night’s block party.

The Recording Academy has been hosting the Grammy Awards since 1958. The group said it is dedicated to making sure musical talent is appreciated and a strong cultural influence.

“The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals,” The Academy said of their mission statement. “Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage.”

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