When: Fri., Feb. 23, 10 p.m. 2018
In today’s nothing-new-under-the-sun world, it’s not easy creating your own genre, but Black Alley was not sweating that. The band’s “Hood Rock” style, as they’ve titled it, is a mix of funk, hip-hop, soul and rock. It makes sense, since the D.C. group began as a go-go act but went another direction after a gospel singer and rock guitarist joined the set. Since then, their unique sound has helped them receive endorsements from Raheem DeVaughn, Common, Big KRIT, Wale, Doug E. Fresh and Sheila E. Look for locals Blame the Youth and LeAnna Eden to open.