Already building off of the buzz from the release of his major-label debut “Attention Deficit” and its hit singles, as well as a surprise guest appearance at The Roots concert at the 9:30 Club recently, D.C.-native Wale thrilled the New Year’s Day sold-out crowd. Just like he did when he hosted the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Wale had the terrific UCB (Uncalled 4 Band), one of Washington's leading go-go troupes, backing him up with a mix of heavy percussion and funky grooves that kept the party going until the wee hours of the night. The D.C. go-go inspired themes ruled as the biggest reaction of the night came when Wale did a stirring rendition of his hit “Pretty Girls,” which samples go-go legends Back Yard Band. Wale also gave shout outs to his hometown and Prince George’s County in “Chillin.” Opening for Wale were D.C. hip hoppers Fly Gypsy, a comedic performance by Remy (he of "Arlington: The Rap" YouTube fame), and a stand out performance from Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa who performed with tremendous energy and swagger. He ignited the crowd with his catchy tracks “Pittsburgh Sound” and “Say Yeah.”
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.