Whinedown the Street
Uncle Q's Living Room has been consistently well received, so the folks behind it recently tried to extend that bonhomie to a similar venture on U Street. Hence the birth of the hump night reggae happy hour at Duke's City. The ingredients were there -- a great space, location, brand equity and DJs -- but it has struggled to take hold.
ESL has been gradually easing up on exclusivity for a while, but that hasn't coincided with a broader demographic mix. Patrons that enjoy the dubby selections of Desmond Williams might never set foot in a place where East Coast Sound Patrol plays their roots, culture and dancehall reggae sounds. And it's rare that denizens of the U Street arts scene kick it at ESL.
But we've long said that ESL is better during the week anyway. Tomorrow, Whinedown Wednesdays gets another chance to prove it.
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