The Bad Boys of Go Go... (No Further Explanation Needed)
UCB was founded in 1996 just a few blocks away from the Howard Theatre by a dynamic group of talented young musicians who since then have taken Go-Go internationally like no other. All members hailing from our Nation's Capital, UCB is commonly referred to as "The Party Band." They are a Go-Go band with vision, who understands the soul and funk legacy of older bands as well as the stripped-down intensity of the next generation, while also having a knack for the type of pop song writing that can yield a radio hit such as their all too popular D.C. anthem "Sexy Lady." This song was, and still is, the biggest Go-Go song released since EU's "Doin Tha Butt" back in the 80's.
With the success of "Sexy Lady" going nationwide, it granted UCB the opportunity to take the show on the road, taking on the role as Wale's international touring band. A major highlight included the The Blueprint3 tour, where they spent two months on the road sharing the stage with Jay-Z and Pharrell with N.E.R.D. Over the years being a driving force behind Wale's live show, they have also had the chance to back the likes of J. Cole, Big Sean, Chrisette Michele, Bun B, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Pitbull, Solange, and many more. UCB has appeared on late night TV shows Carson Daley, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, and also BET's 106 & Park.
In 2009 they performed at the BET Hip-Hop awards and had the honor of performing as the official house band for the 2009 MTV VMAs. They have also been featured in TV commercials, cable TV shows, and Independent films. UCB carved out its own lane with a presentation that placed its brand of Go-Go on the same shelf as popular modern Hip-Hop and R&B.
BLACK ALLEY has been pushing the art of music to its rhythmic limits for some time now. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, BLACK ALLEY has taken the finest ingredients of funk, hip-hop, soul and rock to create their own genre-bending sound called “Hood Rock”. The band is one, each musician surrendering to the union of sounds, each delivering music from their soul, while in dialogue with one another through their instruments. Each member of this collective is essential to the workability and funkability of the unit, which is BLACK ALLEY.
BLACK ALLEY is one of the most followed, trendsetting and sought-after music groups hailing from the nation's capital. With endorsements from national recording artists such as Grammy Award nominee Raheem DeVaughn, Hip Hop standouts Common, Big KRIT & Wale, and legendary musicians Doug E. Fresh and Sheila E, Black Alley is untouchable, striving to rock harder and heavier each time they unite and contribute to the greater good of music.