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An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
Continuing my support of homegrown, veteran indie musicians and artists in D.C., I want to direct music lovers and patrons’ attention toward the Chocolate City-based indie-rock supergroup Lady Pcoq and The Plumes.

Lady Pcoq is the dynamic poet, actor, author, arts activist/organizer, and drop-dead beauty Lisa Pegram. The sister’s history and importance to our local arts scene cannot be overstated. For the last 15 or more years, I have witnessed her nurture and contribute to the D.C. arts community, wearing many hats, and gaining many fans. Her latest venture is this indie-funk and soul band, and it’s sure to keep the accolades coming.

I sometimes see Lady Pcoq walking the streets of Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan, always beaming a bright sunshine smile. For some time now, the sister has been telling me about her band The Plumes, and every time I see her I promise her I will come check their set. Embarrassingly, though, I have yet to make good on my promises to see the queen get down. It’s just my luck that the band is playing this Sunday at Bossa.

Lady Pcoq and The Plumes
Researching the band online, I found a photo of them on Facebook. To say the least, I was blown away. The image resembles the Last Supper with Jesus and the Twelve Apostles: There’s hip-hop percussionist extraordinaire Jali D (some know him as Divine from back the day); next to him is Darrell Perry, professionally known as Natural Law or DP of Poem-cees fame (who just rocked at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication last weekend); then Bomani Armah, Mr. “Read a Book! Read a Book! Read a Motherfucking Book!” himself; plus Bill Vaughn—-aka D’Salaam—-venerable DJ for Storm the Unpredictable; and finally Darnley Hodge, or Mello-D from Mello-D and the Rados. My brother Mello-D is a pillar of the D.C. hip-hop scene, and his band is one of the longest active units around here. The only person I didn’t know or recognize immediately is Johanna Park. But if she’s rolling with The Plumes, it means she can hold her own. 

If you check out Lady Pcoq’s Myspace page, a few tunes should give you an idea of what to expect from her music. (There are also some remixes by Kokayi, who is really blowing up these days, having been placed in the score for the recent Kevin Hart film Laugh at My Pain.) With all that on deck, this Sunday’s show promises to be a great way to kick off your week, if you’re into great music created and performed by accomplished and skilled veteran musicians. I’ll see you in the house!

Lacy Pcoq and The Plumes perform 8 p.m. Sunday at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW. $5.