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DMV CONCERT SERIES

THE PENTHOUSE PLAYERS CLUB

The Penthouse Players Club (PPC) is a DMV hip-hop showcase featuring the areas best rappers performing on a stage filled with exotic dancers. The PPC is presented by Dre "All Day In The Paint," and the show takes place each and every Wednesday night at "The House" (3530 Georgia Ave., NW - formerly known as "The Penthouse"). Last Wednesday Gerreddi, Likeblood, Cool Minds, and Da Phuture blazed the mic. This week the special guest host will be Ms. Kitten. For any artists looking for exposure this event is covered by numerous local websites/blogs, and is filmed by 3 different camera crews (including Stamp TV and MoviehoodTV). 

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MR. CHEEKS AT THE ISLAND CAFE 

Mr. Cheeks, of the Grammy Award winning rap group the Lost Boyz, dropped in on the Underground Warz show last Thursday at the Island Cafe (829 Upshur Street, NW). Mr. Cheeks gave the packed house at the Island Cafe everything they wanted - he performed classic Lost Boyz tracks as well as selections from his brand new CD. Before Cheeks grabbed the mic, several local artists (20 Bello, Lady Sphinx, Yagerbomb) also gave inspired performances. The Underground Warz is a weekly event the goes down every Thursday and is hosted by 20 Bello and Bishop Twan.

FAYCEZ U KNOW - NAPTOWN LIVE

The Faycez U Know Music Group have perfected the art of "Grown and Sexy" Go-Go. They are regulars at the "Naptown Live" concert series at The Whisky (1803 West Street, Annapolis, MD). Faycez is fronted by the talented and lovely vocalist Miss Halima. Last Wednesday they played to a packed house and kept everyone "in the pocket" all night long. 

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MS. YENDY & THE AFFILIATED PROJECT

Ms. Yendy and the Affiliated Project perform every Friday at the Stonefish Grill (The Blvd. at the Capital Center). If you are not familiar with Ms. Yendy she is an outstanding vocalist who previously was the lead singer for the band Mambo Sauce. Every week Ed Lyfe will be in attendance accepting donations for his 1Lyfe (suicide prevention) organization.

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THE ANNUAL "IT'S ALL LOVE" COOKOUT

Dre "All Day In The Paint" hosted his 16th annual "It's All Love" Cookout (The DMV's longest running cookout) at Fort Washington Park. Like most of Dre's events, everything was first-class, and a lot of DMV superstars were in attendance to enjoy the free food (including Alaska King Crab legs). The cookout offered something for everyone - whether you were there to socialize or politic. For more information about Dre's upcoming events (like the Dipset show at Club 24 on July 31st) go to: www.dmvtmz.com.

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THE SOUTHEAST SLIM COOKOUT

Last weekend was Southeast Slim's annual cookout held at Fort Lincoln Park. The event was sponsored by Hitter Quitter Records and Fifth Elements Productions. The cookout had plenty of eye candy, nice weather, free food and drinks, oh yeah - did I mention eye candy? Southeast Slim is one of the best and most prolific rappers in the DMV. Slim is also a beast behind the boards - he has produced numerous hit records for Wale (and other local artists). Be on the lookout for Southeast Slim's upcoming new album entitled Southeast Central. For more information go to: www.hitterquitter.net; or www.southeastcentral.com

THE OY BOYZ & UCB IN OCEAN CITY

The DMV invaded Ocean City with full force. The Go-Go band UCB, fresh off of their MTV Awards appearance, and rap heavyweights the Oy Boyz, performed live at Castaways (64th Street on the Bay). UCB started the night off playing before a packed house (big ups to everyone that came down from DC, and also to the folks from UM Eastern Shore). After the first set the Oy Boyz hit the stage to perform several hits from their new CD. Then UCB returned accompanied by the incredible vocals of Ms. Kim (from Rare Essence). Their version of "Run This Town" was crazy, then they shut it down with the classics "Pieces of Me" and "Sexy Lady". It was a totally drama-free night - shouts out to Envious Couture and Suni for putting together a great event.

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THE BIG-B ALBUM RELEASE COOKOUT

Big B and Den Den (The Boss) had a celebration to announce Big B's latest album The Southside of Maryland. The event featured a car wash and free food. The entertainment was provided by Relentlezz Dre, several artists from the BBU family, and of course Big B himself. The new album is available for download on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Napster. For more information go to: http://www.myspace.com/BIGB301