- - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Would you believe me if I told you three twenty-somethings, all black guys,  convinced more than 10,000 people to pay to listen to loud noises in a parking lot on a summer day in D.C.? You probably pragmatically answered in your head, “No.” Now substitute “black guys” with “Washingtonians” and “noises” with “music.” Still seems unlikely at best. Unless you have heard of or attended the Trillectro Music Festival.

The Trillectro began as a delicately orchestrated social experiment by three young entrepreneurs, who primarily used social media and music to deliver the  X factor. On Saturday, 10,000 music lovers are expected at the 3rd Annual Trillectro Music Festival, which will be held from noon to 11 p.m. on the grounds of RFK Stadium in Southeast. The festival is adjacent to Metro’s Blue, Orange and Silver Stadium station.

DC to BC, the music-based lifestyle blog transformed into boutique agency, has created a daylong hip-hop meets electronic dance music (EDM) experience that has become one of the most talked-about music festivals on the East Coast. D.C. natives Quinn, 25, Modi, 27, and Marcel, 26, have created a festival that has quickly become a staple and widely anticiapted summer event in the nation’s capital.

The cultural event feels “true” and “real” — or trill — and draws a diverse crowd.

“Though hip-hop and electronic music may bring to mind separate, distinct experiences, Trillectro is the sweet spot where cultures converge,” explains an excerpt from the Trillectro brief.
“The goal for us this year was to compile a diverse lineup spanning the hip-hop and electronic genres,” said Trillectro co-founder Quinn Coleman, 25. “This year’s lineup is full of acts poised to make a huge splash in their respective worlds, as well as a few who have already done so. I couldn’t be more excited to see this year’s bill come to life. Plus, we’ve got some surprises in store.” 

The power and influence of culture cannot be truly quantified, explained or captured, only felt in that very moment. For that reason the social experiment referred to as Trillectro Music Festival 2014 must be experienced for one’s self.

This year, Big Sean of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music and Baauer, the creative genius behind the “Harlem Shake” viral sensation, will both be  headlining a music festival for the first time.

Having attended years past, I can tell you first hand that you might want to get a good night’s rest the night before, and eat a nice breakfast the morning of, because you will need every ounce of energy possible.

General admission tickets are still available online for $45, and VIP tickets are $115. For tickets and more information visit Trillectro.com. Click here to see footage from last year’s festival.
What: Trillectro Music Festival 2014
When: Saturday, Aug. 23, noon to 11pm
Where: RFK Stadium Fairgrounds
Who: Baauer, Big Sean, Migos, SZA, Lunice, Fat Trel, Sango, Goldlink, Oddisee, TWRK, Rae Sremmurd, Hoodboi, Falcons, Willy Joy, Dirty South Joe, Dougie F & DJ Fire, Rome Fortune, The Jane Doze, Lightshow, Fortebowie, Redline Graffiti, Spinser Tracy, The Beard & The Fro, Ras Nebyu; House DJ, Dj Money; Host,  Lowkey

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