“There are surprisingly few venues in the area, especially in Takoma Park, which has always had a big music culture,” said Danny Wells, the restaurant’s chef and partner who grew up in the area and lives nearby. “Takoma Park misses having that in the community.” Republic, which is still under construction at 6937-6939 Laurel Ave.,will have two spaces suitable for hosting local bands: A front window for smaller acts, and a larger back patio with a garage door that opens the space up to the rest of the bar and restaurant. Wells is waiting until the space is a little more finished to test the acoustics, which will determine the types of bands that he’ll be able to accommodate.He’s working with the nearby House of Musical Traditions to identify bands that would be a good fit. Republic is designed with the preferences of Takoma Park in mind, Wells said, down to the name: Given the neighborhood’s independent streak, locals have long called the it ” the Republic of Takoma Park .” That means a wide selection of vegetarian dishes to appeal to the neighborhood’s meatless eaters, as well as a raw bar, which is what people expect of the seafood-focused Black Restaurant Group, which also owns Pearl Dive and BlackSalt , among other restaurants. Wells also plans to have elevated bar food for late-night concertgoers. “It’s going to be a step up from what most people get when they go listen to music,” he said. The restaurant, which will seat 70 plus an additional 20 on the patio, is being decorated in what Wells called “Takoma style,” a manner of decor that is “hard to put into words.””It’s a unique community,” he said. “It’s offbeat and eclectic and our design intent follows that vein.” Maura Judkis is a reporter for the Weekend section and the Going Out Guide. Some of her other publications have included U.S. News & World Report, TBD.com, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper and the Onion A.V. Club. Follow her on Twitter . The Post Most:Entertainment
Robin Thicke ‘s summer sizzler “Blurred Lines” received 464,000 spins at U.S. radio stations tracked by the Nielsen and generated 6 million digital song sales through last week. The two official YouTube versions of the song drew 217 million views worldwide over the same period. For the record company, the value of the music video is largely promotional, much like traditional radio. Although YouTube doesn’t sell music, it can expose a song to its 1 billion monthly users. If the song is a hit, some portion of the viewers will spring for a download from iTunes , Amazon.com or a similar service. And even if they don’t buy the song, YouTube and the record company share in the revenue from ads that accompany the video. The idea for the collaboration was hatched at a dinner last March attended by executives of Warner Music and YouTube, a unit of Google Inc., who were attending the South by Southwest music and media conference in Austin, Texas. Warner Music executives were looking for ways to reach consumers known as Generation C a term Google uses to describe people ages 18 to 34 who watch online video, visit social networks and blogs and use tablets and smartphones. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll “We were trying to figure out this new concept of how to reach Generation C, how we connect with fans on a much deeper level,” said Jeremy M. Holley, Warner Music Nashville’s senior vice president of consumer marketing. Working in partnership with YouTube, Warner Music embarked on a rare musical joint venture between its recording artists and the musicians who have cultivated their fan bases on the site. Warner contacted seven YouTube creators whose musical styles were compatible with those of Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic Records singer-songwriter Hayes and Atlantic Records artist Mraz.
Taylor Swift opens $4 million music education center in Nashville
24 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., and air on ABC. Winners are selected by public vote. You can vote for your favourite artists over at amavote.com . Imagine Dragon and Miley Cyrus will perform at the show. Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake placed second with five nominations each, while Robin Thicke, Rihanna and Florida Georgia Line have four each. Mars and Imagine Dragons are up for three awards each. Miley Cyrus will perform at the 2013 AMAs this year as well as Imagine Dragons. The AMAs are an annual music awards show produced by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC to replace the Grammy Awards when the contract with the network expired. Unlike Grammy winners are chosen by the Recording Academy, the American Music Awards are selected on the basis of voting by fans and music buyers. Nominations are based on record sales, airplay, social media and video viewing for songs and albums released between December and September of the current year. Categories includes from pop, rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, contemporary, alternative, Latin and EDM. Justin Bieber took home three awards including artist of the year. The Canadian crooner was last year’s biggest winner.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Comment Mark Humphrey/AP Taylor Swift speaks at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday. The singer opened the $4 million center in Nashville. It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City. The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday. RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT SETS SONGWRITING RECORD Mark Humphrey/AP Swift posed with fans at the center. The facility will have classrooms, instrument rooms, and education opportunities for kids. Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened. “I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today,” Swift said in an interview after the ceremony. “It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.” RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES 7-YEAR-OLD GRACE MARKELS DREAM COME TRUE AFTER YOUNG FAN WAS HIT BY SPEEDING MOTORIST Mark Humphrey/AP Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign. The center will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new center will increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward. And who knows? Maybe users will find the 23-year-old Swift hanging around some day. RELATED: READY FOR HER CLOSEUP! TAYLOR SWIFT CAST IN ‘THE GIVER’ “We’ve been talking about different programs I can be involved in,” Swift said.