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Black Alley


For more than five years now, Black Alley has been pushing the art of music to its rhythmic limits. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, Black Alley has taken the finest ingredients of funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a sound and genre all their own; they call it “Soul Garage.” The band is one, each musician surrendering to the union of sounds, each delivering music from their soul, while they are in dialogue with one another through their instruments. Each member of this septet is essential to the workability and funkability of the unit which is Black Alley.

Black Alley has become 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 Big KRIT & Wale, and the legendary Sheila E, Black Alley is untouchable, striving to rock harder and heavier each time they unite and contribute to the greater good of music.
Black Alley has been featured on various media outlets to include Okayplayer, EarMilk,, Washington City Paper, and Washington Post. Black Alley’s music catalog contains two critically acclaimed independent releases. In 2012, the band released Soul. Swagger. Rock. Sneakers. The 16-track compilation features original music from Black Alley in collaboration with Raheem DeVaughn, Nicholas Ryan Gant, and Phil Ade. Their follow up album, Black Alley: Live from the RNR Hotel is the live recording project chronicling their powerful performance at their sold out album release event. Both albums are available on iTunes and The video for their single “Artist Prayer” (Soul.Swagger.Rock.Sneakers.) is in rotation on VH1 Soul and featured on

Black Alley has been honored to share the stage with renowned artists like Common, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Wale, Gin Blossoms, Marsha Ambrosius, Meek Mill, Drake, Raheem DeVaughn, Bilal, Tabi Bonney, Busta Rhymes, Scarface, and Chrisette Michele, just to name a few.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/2/2013: Listen Local First D.C. Presents Black Alley

The group takes funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a genre-bending sound called “soul garage.”

Black Alley