Music Lab: Shaping the Scene of D.C. with Chris Naoum

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Get immersed in the D.C. music scene with Chris Naoum from Listen Local First DC (LLF), an initiative devoted to creating opportunities for local musicians. He’ll share how LLF is working to preserve cultural and music history. Then hip-hop artist Kokayi and indie soul band Oh He Dead will each perform a set. Sign up for more music sessions as our StoryMakers Festival continues.

Chris Naoum

Founder, Listen Local First DC

Chris Naoum is the founder of Listen Local First DC and cofounder of Funk Parade. He is also an attorney who specializes in artist development and policy reform that benefits the local creative economy.

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Artist and Producer

Kokayi is a Grammy-nominated artist entrenched in hip-hop culture while coloring outside the lines of tradition. He is chief ideator and co-curator of BeatsnBeans, a discussion series on creativity.

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Oh He Dead


Oh He Dead came to life in 2015 when Cynthia Johnson and Andy Valenti met serendipitously on H Street in D.C. The band mixes classic R&B, funk, and folk with delicious songwriting.

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