We strive for our line up to reflect our community and the world. Washington is the Capital of the U.S. and arguably the most diverse city in the world. Our Artists/DJs represent all walks of life and have roots in many communities. We create our program with balance of the hottest female and male talent plus we always strongly represent LGBTQ+ community, as well as African-American, Asian, European and LatinX. You will never see an all male line up at #CapHouseFest.
Manhattan New York Native Aaron K. Gray Hails From The Sunshine State Of Delray Beach Florida. At The Early Age Of 5 Aaron Began His Singing Career In Church By Singing Renditions Of Songs By Such Gospel Artist As The Clark Sisters And Andre Crouch. By The Age Of 7 He Was A Lead Singer In The Church Choir.
In 2001 Aaron Released His First R&B Album Entitled "Body Rain" Which Open The Door For Canadian Radio For Aaron. In 2014 While Singing In A Church Chapel In Manhattan, His Diverse Style And Soulful Vocals Caught The Attention Of DJ/Producer Team Junior White And Noelle Barbara. They Introduced Him To The Legendary DJ/Producer Tony Humphries. The Union Resulted In The Gospel House Hit "Wonder Why" On Tony Records, Aaron's 1st House Release.
As Aaron's Career Started To Flourish He Met Producers Graham Knox Frazier And Scott Wozniak. He Then Pend His Second Gospel House Hit "Hallelujah" In 2015. Then In 2016 Aaron Teamed Up Italian Producer Giulio Bonaccio For A Single Entitled "Funky Praise" On Quantize Records, Which Hit Top 20 On Traxsource Soulful House Chart In Less Then One Week.
Then Aaron And Graham Reunited in Januray Of 2017 And Landed The Top 10 Traxsource Soulful House Hit "Thankful". In March 2017, Aaron Sang At "Let The Singer Be Heard" Hosted By The Queen Of House Barbara Tucker And Met Thommy Davis From Quantize Records For The 1st Time.
May Of 2017 Aaron Collaborated With 3 Amazing Veteran Artists Jeff Redd, Kenny Bobien, And Cece Roger's To Record CeCe Rogers Remix Single & Video "When We All Pull Together" Which Was A Complete Success. Aaron Has Another Single That Released In The Summer Of 2017 Entitled "Lead Me" By Date Night Featuring Aaron K.Gray That Exposed Aaron To Ultra Music. Aaron K. Gray Also Made His International Stage Performance Debut In London, Spain, & Italy With The Queen Of House Music Barbara Tucker In August Of 2017. Aaron Then Released, "All I Need" With DJ Gomi Remixed By Ian Friday On Nervous Records, & "Come By Here" With Marc Tasio Remixed By DJ Spen And Gary Hudgins On Quantize Records, Which Also Hit The Top 10 In November 2017.
In 2018 Aaron Began Working On His Album And Released "Resting Place" With Mark Francis In November. "Resting Place" Which Is The 1st Single From The Album Hit The Top 10 And Stayed On The Charts Until Early February 2019. Aaron Also Released A Christmas EP With Derrick Ricky Nelson In 2018 Which Also Hit The Charts And Did Very Well.
In 2019 Aaron Reunited With Derrick Ricky Nelson For Released "Ride Like The Wind" With A Remix By DJ Beloved On Quantize Records That Hit The Top 10 And Another Pair Up With Giulio Bonaccio For "David Dance" With A Remix By ReelSoul On Solstice Music That Hit The Top 10, And Another Pair Up With Masaki Morii To Release "Sweetah" Which Hit The Top 10 On Traxsource Aswell. At The Beginning Of June Aaron K Gray And Mark Francis Released Resting Place The Remix, And This Too Hit Traxsource Top 10. The Much Anticipated Album, Aaron K Gray "A Journey Into House" Is Expected To Be Released In August Of 2019 So Stay Tuned, Aaron K Gray Is Just Getting Started!
Aaron K. Gray Coming Soon To A Stage Near You, Get Ready!!
Batalá Washington is an all-women Afro-Brazilian band that plays Samba-Reggae rhythms. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all proceeds go towards providing instruments and costumes to members, all of whom are volunteers. Batalá Washington's mission is to empower women through drumming and expose people to Brazil's dynamic Afro Bahian culture and Samba Reggae music. Joining Batalá is free of charge to all women regardless of race, religion, income, sexual orientation or musical experience. We are currently closed to new members at this time.
Rayceen Pendarvis is an emcee, entertainer, activist, SWERV magazine columnist, former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian.
Over the years, Pendarvis has hosted numerous fundraisers, pride festivals, arts festivals, talent showcases, fashion shows, balls, and other events. Furthermore, the "Queen of the Shameless Plug" frequently moderates panels and appears as a panelist at various conferences dealing with social justice and LGBTQ equality. In addition to a regular column in SWERV magazine, Pendarvis also writes for Tagg, Q Virginia, The Unleashed Voice, and EFNIKS Media. The "High Priestess of Love" has been honored by the community many times over the past several decades, including awards from NYC's prestigious Latex Ball and NYC Black Pride, DC Black Pride, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Casa Ruby, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral Church, and the Community Church of Washington, DC. Pendarvis was voted "Best Clergy" in the Washington Blade's 2016 Best of Gay DC Awards, and also named Go Gay DC's "Person of The Year.
The Mayor's Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city of Washington, DC, to individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations. In 2017, Rayceen Pendarvis proudly became an "Excellence in the Humanities - Finalist" for this award, and was truly grateful to receive this distinguished honor. A tireless advocate, promoter, and champion of various causes within the Washington, DC, area and beyond, Pendarvis has certainly earned the moniker "Goddess of DC."
Chosen The Househead: aka CHOSEN... Dj, promoter, party host, owner and CEO of Househead Thread, co-owner of Milk Chocolate City parties and promotions based in DC. He is music addict, Hip-Hop and house music extraordinaire for over 30 years, dating back to 1984-85. Born and bred in New York, (Buffalo to Bronx, NYC). Started learning the art of scratching and mixing at age 11, Dj'd his first party at 13yrs old., known by the name Dj Cutfast., the scratch DJ who cooked up mix tapes for the neighborhood hustlers to blast in their jeeps (before the term "Mixtape" became a concept in today's rap and RNB)...with Dj Cutfast shouting out their names and neighborhoods throughout the mix. In 1986, around 15 yrs. old, got a call from a cousin who lived in the Detroit/Chicago area asking him was he down with House Music. BOOM... couple weeks later in the wee hours of the morning, kept hearing this crazy sound, different, but catchy as hell....It was HOUSE! Still too young to get in clubs like the Fever, Limelight, Funhouse or Roxy, however when he experienced the atmosphere at a local college party, it was house music all night long to the anthems of: " notice me, work it to the bone, break for love, Fast Eddie's lets go-lets-go", groov'n his A-- off, baby powder on the floor gett'n it in."
CHOSEN: I guess being a house groover / dancer and a dj influences my style of mixing. The music selections are organic, coming from deep inside my soul- being one with the music. I love all types of music, every genre. Good music is good music".
His resume includes curating and hosting parties and events all around the DC. Area with the likes of legendary Dj's and Dj producers like Dj OJI, Sam"The Man" Burns, Andrew Hogans, Mr.V, Ian Friday, Tyrone Francis, Timmy Regisford, Stan Zeff, Mark Francis, Dj Spax Vybz, Trinidadian Deep, Chris Burns, Ruben Toro, Yuko Jukido, "The Wizard" Brian Cox, Dj Quietboy, Dj Househead, Dj A-Plane,K'Ture and the First Responders of House , Teddy Douglas, Tommy Davis, DJ Pope, Anane Vega, Crue Paris, Tariq Brodie, Lick Santiago, and a entire host of guest Dj's that came through the well-received Milk Chocolate City House Music Rooftop Happy Hours at Dunya DC, which he was a co- founder, exposing local talent while creating a sexy but still underground vibe in the Nation's Capital. CHOSEN's most recent endeavors include the co- founder of "The Clubhouse Reunion ", as well as the co- founder of "The Capital House Music Festival."
While most people may think DJ Shonda Tee is an overnight sensation, she's been honing her craft since the early 90's when she first started spinning as a Hip-Hop/R&B DJin Newark, NJ. Although she loves many genres of music SHONDATEEE fell in love with HOUSE MUSIC early in her career. ShondaTee delivers energetic upbeat mixes that fulfills the house music lovers soul and motivates the crowd to dance with spirited passion. in 2019, DJ ShondaTee demonstrated her ability to ignite the dancers' spirit at the Orange Park House Music Festival, one od New Jersey's longest running House Music Festivals.
She has played some of the most recognizable names in House Music including; Josh Milan, Wayne Williams, and Terry Hunter. While she continues to master her craft DJ ShondaTee heeds to advice of her friends and colleagues to STAY READY because people are watching. She lives through music, it is who she is and it is this passion that will continue to propel her to greater heights.
Joie de vivre! A NYC born pioneer artist, DJ, producer and manager, dj tantra aka #YourDJnSavior was a cutting and backspinning as an early teen in the 80's. Tantra was blending lovely acapellas with various world genres of dubs and instrumentals (Queens Style), a decade before the term "mashup" was coined or in vogue. Later in life he would manage artists (Teddy Pendergrass Estate, Jean Carne and Dannis Winston) and serve as an executive producer.
A skilled turntablist, crowds are amazed when they see tantra spin and play using vinyl records! Blending and mixing classics of any genre with yesterday's or today's hits. He spins Bhangra or Country with breakbeats, Reggaeton or Dancehall with dubstep and Rock or Metal with Drum & Bass. However, his spirit lies and is clearly expressed in "Four on the floor." Tantra is a devout House head and Jazz aficionado.
Tantra, the "Underground House Conductor" where deep house is truly his lane. He has a deep interest and penchant for World music. As a human that has travelled to more than 50 countries, tantra is compelled to relate, mix and play for everyone and any genre. Mixes are branches that connect with billions of humans so he prefers to craft them using French, Spanish, Hindu, Swahili, Russian and of course English. Often mixing vocals of languages that he cannot even comprehend, yet he fully understands their spirit, rhythm and keys. Then proceeds to exert and mix, #killingit via smooth tempos and/or infectious beats.
Tantra has been known to be "the DJ's DJ," grateful to add his diverse style to any bill. He remixes tracks on the fly or in the lab. From DC to Dubai, Philly to Paris, Rio to Rome, Tel Aviv to Toronto or LA to NY, he been appearing at the Music Festivals and Conferences for over a decade. A Winter Music Conference veteran, playing Miami's top hotels, clubs, lounges including Opium Garden, The Shore Club, Nikki Beach, Body Slag, 357, Love & Hate and Sobe Live. The ultimate crowd reader, DJ Tantra's smooth mixing style is embraced in any setting around the world.
There is a much larger tantric discipline that deals with allowing all feelings to be met with equal acceptance, and for each person to become deeply sensitive to what they are feeling. Subsequently, they are then able to feel others and their needs this mindfulness is his approach to life, and keenly applicable to how he makes and plays music.
Based in Washington DC, at home in any country, he is available for bookings worldwide. Contact email@example.com or 202-238-9011.
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Heather came to music by way of fashion; first providing soundtracks to designer fashion events as the Fashion Director at Nordstrom. Before and during this time underground clubs were a place of creativity that overflowed with the joy of community and dancing! The music and fashion inspiration that emanated from the underground could only be experienced first hand in the days before the internet. These haunts exposed Heather to some of the biggest names in early dance music. Her runway soundtrack work required cultivating many moods via music. Today she specializes in putting the years of experience to work creating the perfect mood for cocktail parties and special events. This attunement to mood, plays into her emotion provoking dance sets as well. A long time, first hand exposure to dance music, along with years of collecting releases for runway shows, is central to what Heather brings to dance sets. Her diverse dance sets are heavily influenced by classic dance, disco, house, and of course the underground. . A love of culture and travel informed the worldly feel of her monthly radio show that aired on Ibiza Live Radio in recent years. Today Heather spends time curating a classic Americana vibe at the Lost Barrel Brewery, in Middleburg, Virginia, opened by her family and friends in 2020.
D.J. Jay Jay who hails from Washington, D.C. has been DJing for over 40 years. He has played various venues and clubs in the DMV including The Clubhouse, The Sunset Palace, The Brass Rail, Bachelor's Mill, Tracks, and The Buck Stops Here. Also he was the first DJ to perform outside for Mayor Muriel Bower's Annual High Heel Race. My proudest moment as a DJ was producing the SOLD OUT CLUBHOUSE REUNION event in 2018 and 2019.
Born in New York, growing up in Paris, Benoit couldn't get away from house if he tried. His first introduction to house was at the age 12, when one of his father's girlfriends gave him a Giant Step Recordings compilation. From that moment on, he was fascinated by the grooves and began his exploration of all things that required a deeper sensibility. Going to clubs in Paris such as the Queen, L'enfer, Les Bains Douche, he understood that house was a very powerful tool. Going to clubs in New York such as Vinyl, Shelter, Sound Factory at an early age, he understood the roots of house and more than anything the uniting power and spiritual experience it can provide. Benoit held a residency at Sundays at ESL for 5 years, highlighted by playing b2b with Sam Burns New Years 2019.
We have listened and watched the vibrant energy of this dancer turned DJ. The New Yorker "Bangs Dah Ish" and brings soul with an Afro-Latin grooves. She is one of the hottest DJs coming up in NYC with features numerous streaming stations (SteaminRadioSoundz) and clubs. Dah Dah knows how to move and bang Dah groove.
A native of Washington, DC, Jahsonic has been moving crowds at his weekly Monday night party - The Main Ingredient at Marvin since 2007.
He got his start playing neighborhood house parties at the age of 11. His first paying gigs were residencies at the Blue Room, JIN Lounge and as one of the founding On-Air hosts and mixologists on 89.3 WPFWs 'Decipher' hip-hop hour. His latest program at WPFW, 'Alternative Saints Radio' explores the African diasporic permanence of culture through music and can be heard every Tuesday night from 8-10pm.
Jahsonic was also a national finalist in the 2011 Red Bull "ThreeStyle" DJ competition in Las Vegas and has played the AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn.
Jahsonic is also the creator and curator of the monthly "Axel F" party, where he plays the finest in classic champagne soul, funk, disco and lazer boogie for appreciative crowds and of "Behind The Line" where he pushes the boundaries of what's possible in music with a focus on timeless sounds.
He is currently the Co-Director of Music and Radio at Eaton Workshop Hotel, a new arts and activism centered hospitality brand that opened its first US location in downtown Washington DC in fall of 2018.