Many people at the 9:30 Club probably couldn’t predict what kind of show the man who made his living producing some of the most memorable pop music since the mid-1990s would put out. Would he bring in any of the A-list pop stars he’s worked with (Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake)? Would he rely on his deep throaty rap vocals to fill-in for the guests? And it turns out it was a bit of both, at least virtually. Timbaland was quite the show man, often flexing his giant muscles, smiling and preening for the audience, and making the crowd at the 9:30 Club wave their hands in the air and get down to hit after club banging hit. Sitting in on the jam fest was his house band: Timbaland’s brother Sebastian, rapper Petey Pablo (who rose to fame off of the Timbaland-produced “Raise Up”), and a special preview performance of the newly signed Dr. Dre prodige Haze. For the tracks that didn’t feature those artists, Timbaland looked on to a video screen just to his left where images of his chart-topping co-stars appeared and sang along to Timbaland’s raps—many of the videos coming from last year’s “Shock Value II” including the hit “Say Something.”
Freelance music and entertainment reporter and photographer based in Washington, D.C. Has covered U2, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Black Eyed Peas, Outkast, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Fall Out Boy, Flight of the Conchords, Blue Man Group, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jason Mraz, Pink, The Ting Tings, Franz Ferdinand, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Juanes, Cafe Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, Calle 13, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Daddy Yankee, Chef Spike from TV's Top Chef, actor/musician Terrence Howard and director Darren Aronofsky, comedians Jim Gaffigan, Carlos Mencia and George Lopez, plays at DC's Gala Theater, sports athletes Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals and tennis star Anna Kournikova, and local DC artists like Nayas, Thievery Corporation and See-I. Current clients include Washington City Paper, On Tap magazine, Washington Post Express, Brightest Young Things, and Washington Times, and takes photos for NBC 4 Washington's NiteSide, CBS WUSA 9's D.C. Metromix, Washington Life magazine, DC Modern Luxury Magazine and CW 50's TrenDC. Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism Magna Cum Laude 2001.