Thursday, April 07, 2005

Six Points on

From today's Nightlife Agenda at
By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson Staff Writers
Thursday, April 7, 2005;

Thursday, April 7
When the Six Points Music Festival debuted last year, it was a celebration of independent music in Arlington, with local bands playing at bars and clubs along Wilson Boulevard. The festival's name comes from what organizers termed the "six focal points" of Arlington County: Ballston, Clarendon, Columbia Pike, Crystal City, Rosslyn and Shirlington. This year, Six Points is looking beyond its borders and toward the greater Washington region, with shows taking place in Silver Spring, Adams Morgan and on U Street, as well as at Arlingtonian hangouts like Whitlow's on Wilson and the Front Page. Tonight's dualing kickoff shows take place at Whitlow's and Staccato. Whitlow's is headed up by No Second Troy, which Post critic Mark Jenkins compared with "Bruce Hornsby and the Dave Matthews Band, among others." Our pick, though, is Koko Boom at Staccato -- think a little Lenny Kravitz, maybe some Eric Benet (before his stint with Halle left him batty). This is rock that knows when to get in the pocket, or soul with some six-string nutritional supplements. You can decide for yourself, beginning at 10.

Before heading out to the shows Thursday night, everyone is invited to stop by Rock Bottom Arlington at 7pm for the tapping of the Six Points Rye, a beer named after the festival.

Music by Six Points artists can still be heard on the Podcasts (to put it simply, that's the buzz word these days for MP3 broadcasts). Click on a link to listen to an MP3:
Six Points Music Festival Podcast #1
Six Points Music Festival Podcast #2
Six Points Music Festival Podcast #3