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Cherry Blast 2015

Friday, March 27th, from 8pm - Midnight


2015 Cherry Blast
Cherry Blossom Inspired Group Art Exhibit
and a Full Night of Musical Performances

Cherry Blossom Inspired art, Amazing Music and a night not to be forgotten!



The seventh annual Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party is Friday, March 27 from 8:00pm-midnight at BLIND WHINO: SW Arts Club, a dedicated art space in Southwest Washington, DC (700 Delaware ave, SW). Blind Whino, formerly a church, is now a contemporary dedicated art space - the perfect setting for this multimedia, multisensory event. The National Cherry Blossom Festival partners with Art Whino for visual programming throughout the night. Art Whino curates a massive group art show featuring cherry blossom-inspired pieces, all available for purchase with proceeds going to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The microWave project curates 3-D art installations artists throughout the space. Performance artists, bands, and DJs keep the party going into the night.

Friday, March 27th, from 8pm - Midnight

Downstairs Music Schedule
8:00-9:30pm DJ Native Sun
9:30-Mid  DJ Ayescold with live percussionist "Trae"

Upstairs Music Schedule
8:30-9:30    Black Masala    
9:30-Mid      Ursula 1000

700 Delaware Ave SW Washington, DC 20024

Live Screen printing by Soul & Ink at the event 

Tickets are $15 in advance for this 21-and-over event, and $20 at the door.
The event annually sells out every year so get em before its too late!
Tickets can be purchased HERE

Exhibit Hours:
After the reception the art exhibit will on display
Sundays 11am-4pm
March 29th - April 19th
Show end date: April 19th,  2015


About our Partners:

The National Cherry Blossom Festival


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2014 Festival, March 20 - April 13, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The 2014 Festival commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.



microWave project

microWave project acts a conduit between artists and groups/businesses to provide space for temporary, pop-up, "micro" galleries. Their mission is to help promote these artists and educate the community by exploring alternative venues for emerging & established artists with an emphasis on site-specific installation art. microWave project was created and founded in 2010 by Mary Cook and Allison Nance. 


About the Music

Ursula 1000

URSULA 1000 is the alter ego of Brooklyn, New York based producer/DJ/multi instrumentalist Alex Gimeno. His albums and mix sessions have taken on a broad scope of retro tinged spy grooves, bumping latin disco funk, hints of post punk, electro, go go, sleazy glam rock…And he never stops evolving. Altering the past for a better tomorrow™.

You can hear it in his remixes for the likes of Quincy Jones, Felix Da Housecat, The Faint, Fort Knox Five to a slew of television remodels for themes to Sesame Street, The Powerpuff Girls, The Incredibles and Yo Gabba Gabba. Scenes for Sex And The City, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother and Bored To Death popped even more with a helping of a little Ursula as have campaigns for AT&T, Samsung, Adidas and Grand Marnier.

His collaborations with Dr.Luke, Kool Kojak, Shag, Cristina/Ze Records, Los Amigos Invisibles, Misty Roses, Mocean Worker, Federico Aubele to name a few brought forth sheer magic on the four albums, The Now Sound of Ursula 1000, Kinda’ Kinky, Here Comes Tomorrow and Mystics all on ESL Music (Thievery Corporation's label). All Systems Are Go Go and Ursadelica showed the world his dj skills and ear for the best in hip shaking groovers. Undressed had it all re-imagined by electronic’s finest like Deekline, Ladytron, Product.01, Malente and more.


Black Masala
DC's own Gypsy Music inspired Brass Band. In a multicultural city like D.C., you might have heard of masala, a South Asian spice mixture. Vocalist and drummer Mike Ounallah has put together a similarly potent mix with Black Masala, one of the most eclectic bands making music in the District today. Black Masala is an eclectic eight-piece group of Washington, D.C. based musicians from a diverse variety of musical traditions and backgrounds. The band is comprised of members from Thievery Corporation, See-I, Yamamonem Jazz Band, Yellow Dubmarine, and Kill Lincoln. Featuring a wide array of instruments from tuba to accordion to banjo, the band’s music features a colorful mix of sounds that draw inspiration from the melodies of Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, Ambient/Experimental Indie rock riffs, and even a hint of Appalachian twang.

“Black Masala seems to be name rolling off of everyone’s tongue in the last year, and for a good reason: they deliver one of the most explosive performances you will see in D.C. The band is comprised of members from Bellflur, Thievery Corporation, and many others-rounding out a very diverse sound. Black Masala...will make for a rip-roaring evening of worldly music that is sure to be a don’t miss event.” - D.C. Music Download Blog

"Mixing diverse and international sounds into an appealing sonic mix... Black Masala, an eclectic 9-piece group, merges a wide array of musical traditions and backgrounds. Rocking tubas, accordions, banjos, and who knows what else, expect a dance party when they play." - On Tap Magazine

"Black Masala puts a face-melting brass section to work on rhythms as varied as Balkan beats, New Orleans jazz, indie rock and Appalachian roots music. The thread connecting it all? Party music."
- Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post


DJ AYESCOLD comes from nowhere and everywhere. Her selections reflect this transience: her aim is to take you elsewhere, be it another decade or another continent. She spins the music she wants to hear, and aims to curate an aesthetic and sensory experience while doing it. AYESCOLD's sounds focus on emerging artists on the brink of something massive. These include experimental and future beats, Jersey/Chicago/Baltimore club tunes and soulful sounds from across the globe. Expect diversity, especially in tempo.





DJ NativeSun
DJ NativeSun is a DC Native who comes from a family of DJ's. He has been DJing in this area for the last two years. Co-founder of the Future R&Bass collective. His latest mix BassForBreakfast has been featured on blogs globally. Constantly surprising his listeners with a wide range of eclectic bass heavy tunes. Always digging for that perfect new sound to get the people moving. You can find him throughout DC in different locations monthly such as Tropicalia and The Dunes.  







Participating Artists in Cherry Blossom Inspired Group Art Show

Adam Labuen
Adrian Loving
Alex Yanes
Andrew John Katz
Anna Rose Soevik
Baghead (Joshua Hall)
Brendan Smith
Brendan Tierney
Briana Hertzog
Bridge stehli
Bryan Collins
Chris Bishop
Christopher Canary
Crz Prz
Damon Farkas
Darren Smith
Dave Lowell
Derek Gores
Ed Trask
El Estabo
Emmalee Maine
Eric Broers
Fabio Napoleoni  
Gigi Bio
Golden Ninja  
Graham Franciose
Hideyuki Katsumata
in.fa.mousIKB Imani
James Walker
Jason White
Jeremiah Ketner
John Deardourff
John Grunwell
Josie Morway
Juan Muniz
Junction XXI
Kat Gun
Kelly Castillo
KeyHan Solo
Mas Paz
Matt Corrado  
Melanie Pruitt
Michael Auger
Mizpam (Mizuho Sugioka)
MOYA (Koichiro Maeda)
Natalia Raak
Nils Westergard
Patrick Haemmerlein
Paulo Arraiano ( YUP )
Peter Van Flores
Richard Salcido
Rosina Teri Memolo
Santos Shelton
Shawn Yu
Thom Glick
Tim Lee
Tim Rodgers
Timothy Johnston
Ursula Xanthe Young
Yaako (Ayako Makamura)
Yoskay Yamamoto