2017
MANAS August Residency at The Mothlight!
MANAS August Residency w/ DUNUMS, Ancestral Duo
August
15
Tuesday
9pm - $5 Suggested
MANAS
MANAS is a duo comprised of guitarist Tashi Dorji and drummer Thom Nguyen based out of Asheville NC. MANAS explores lots of improvisational ground, ranging from extreme sideways expansions of sonics texture — with Tashi’s guitar moving decisively outward while Thom’s drums explode in a parallel plane — to repetative reflecto passages that curl up into a tight ball before achieving escape velocity

Their second LP on Feeding Tube Records is out September 8th.
DUNUMS
DUNUMS is our music, multi-media, and collaborative performance project led by Sijal Nasralla since 2009. In Arabic, "dunum" (dūnam) is an arbitrary unit of land measurement, approximately 1 Hectare, used differently to quantify space among villages throughout Palestine. A dunum can be the shrinking or exploding of space, a personal testament to the tremendous land loss and/or the emotional/material transformation brought by settler colonialism.

Based in NC, shifting players and contributors to us have recorded, performed, and created in direct response to events commonly known as "summer in Gaza" or "revolution in Syria." We envision our work and creativity as inextricable from our rooted histories in Palestine as well as our assimilations into the american south.
Ancestral Duo
Ancestral Duo is the collaboration of multi-instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electro-acoustic meditations that aim to reach deep within one's soul and offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future.
Jamal R. Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.
His educational background includes California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. in African American Improvisation, 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks, and historically acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High where he is an alum alongside Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis.
Jamal has worked with notable musicians such as Wadada Leo Smith (2013 Pulitzer finalist), Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry (Organic Roots Nation), Dr. Bill Cole, DJ Lou Gorbea, and the late George Duke and Sheila E.
He is a long-term member of KREation and Conference of The Birds ensembles directed by Kevin Robinson. He was also a member of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra, founded by pianist Horace Tapscott, the Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell; and Joyful Noise Band under the direction of Luke Stewart. Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, lack lements Quartet, and Organix Trio.
“As musicians we are healers of humanity and have a responsibility to cleanse dis-ease through positive tones, frequencies and vibrations. Music is the nucleus and universal language of the oversoul, mind, body and spirit."
—Jamal R. Moore

Multi-Instrumentalist Luke Stewart is a seminal figure in DC’s music community and a key organizer of important musical presentations. His regular ensembles include Trio OOO with drummer Sam Lohman, and legendary DC Free Jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin. He is also a member of experimental electronic group MOM^2 (Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind), with whom he was invited to perform and lecture at the University of South Carolina, as well as being invited to perform at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music. He also is a solo performer, having presented original material and improvisations throughout the East Coast.
Luke is a founder of Union Arts DC, a collective space for artists in Washington, DC, and regularly presents challenging performances of Jazz and Avant Garde music through CapitalBop, an organization devoted to presenting and promoting jazz in DC, and his own “Creative Music in DC” series. He was called a “Jazz Revolutionary” when profiled in the “People Issue” of the Washington City Paper in 2014.
Luke has performed with the legendary saxophonists Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson, both seminal members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. He also performed with notable creative jazz musicians Ernest Dawkins, Lewis Barnes, Joseph Bowie, and Adam Rudolph. Other notable collaborations include performances and/or recordings with William Hooker, Khan Jamal, John Sinclair, Abiodun Oyewale of the Last Poets, Jean-Paul Bourellly, Guggenhiem Fellow Thomas Sayers Ellis, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jason Kao Hwang, Lafayette Gilchrist, Brian Settles, Kier Neuringer, James Brandon Lewis, Max Johnson, Anthony Pirog, Jon Irabagon, David Ornette Cherry, Ras Moshe, Tom Zlabinger, Ed Ricart, Elliott Levin, Susan Alcorn, Chuck Bettis, Janel Leppin, Federico Ughi, Bill Cole, and Moor Mother Goddess.
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Nov
18
Saturday

Chris Rodriguez & Abby The Spoon Lady

w/ The Paper Crowns

Doors 8:00 Show 9:00 - $8adv / $10

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Nov
19
Sunday

Bully

w/ Aye Nako

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $15

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Nov
20
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Alexa Rose (vinyl release!)

w/ Lo Wolf

9pm - $Free

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Nov
21
Tuesday

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w/ Secret Shame, wrhckd

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Nov
27
Monday
Free Monday!

Black Box Theory

w/ DigitalAnalogNoise, Andy Loebs

9pm - $Free

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Nov
28
Tuesday

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w/ Pleasure Chest Duo

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $5

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Nov
30
Thursday

Glass Bricks

w/ Shadow Show, TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
01
Friday

Horseflesh

w/ Busted Chops, Earth Collider

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
02
Saturday
PBR and RBTS WIN present...

Spaceman Jones and The Motherships

w/ Elevator Jay, Prof. Logic, Joe Grisly

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8

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Dec
04
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Bitchin Bajas

w/ Jake Pugh, TBA

9pm - $Free

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Dec
07
Thursday

The Ointment Appointment

w/ Thee Sidewalk Surfers

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
09
Saturday
ToneWorthy presents The Black Cloud’s Anniversary Party!

Bask

w/ Æther Realm, Daybreaker

9pm - $Free

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Dec
15
Friday

Midnight Snack

w/ Stephanie Morgan & The Mercurists

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv / $10

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Dec
18
Monday
Free Monday!

Goldlight & Snakemusk

w/ Fortune Teller, 2 Slices, Livingdog

9pm - $Free

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Dec
21
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live. (Theme: Dirt)



Doors 7pm, Show 7:30 - $10

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Jan
24
Wednesday

The Nude Party



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Feb
01
Thursday

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Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $15

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Feb
25
Sunday

Diet Cig

w/ Great Grandpa, The Spook School

Doors 8pm, Show 8:30 - $13adv / $15

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Mar
19
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Snail Mail

w/ Shame

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free

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Apr
15
Sunday

Screaming Females

w/ Thou, HIRS

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Apr
24
Tuesday

Durand Jones & The Indications



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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