Entertainment

On Course Entertainment

Below are the bands scheduled to perform along the course on race day. If your band would like to join in on the fun, please fill out this form and we will respond to your request.

Kristin Forbes was born to be a musician. A distant relative of the composer Tchaikovsky, she has been playing music since she was three, when she heard a song on the radio, went to the family piano, and figured out how to play it. She started playing guitar in high school and in college, upon playing in her first band, realized that pursuing music was the life she had to live. Kristin recorded and toured as a solo musician for years in Boston before moving to Washington, DC to play with The Travis Morrison Hellfighters (frontman of The Dismemberment Plan). It was in DC in 2005 that she met Olivia Mancini and picked up bass to play in her band, Olivia Mancini & The Mates. She also went on to play bass in The Andalusians, who have a 7″ on DC’s seminal punk label, Dischord Records. Kristin now lives in Baltimore and, along with continuing to play with Olivia, has rediscovered her love for playing Jamaican music. Dubbed Lady Hatchet by her peers, Kristin fronts The Scotch Bonnets, her ska-rocksteady band that is an outlet for her song-writing. The Bonnets have backed and recorded with HR, the singer from Bad Brains and in spring of 2015, the Bonnets did a three-week tour of the eastern States, backing Roddy Radiation, lead guitarist of The Specials. Kristin also considers herself “the utility infielder” in Baltimore’s premiere ska-reggae band The Players, because with them she will play guitar, bass, even keys if necessary! In 2011, Kristin spent a month on the Vans Warped Tour playing with Angelo Moore from Fishbone, and their recorded collaboration will be released as an album in Japan. She also is embarking on a month-long tour of Europe in September 2015, filling in on guitar with NYC’s longtime Jamaican music stalwarts The Slackers. By day, she works at GIGS, a rock’n’roll music school, teaching guitar, bass, drums, and voice, and on the weekend, she can often be found performing solo at Baltimore and DC farmers’ markets. When filling out tax forms and loan applications, Kristin is very proud to write “professional musician” on the occupation line.

americana, roots, blues

Mini-History of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Ausar Ra Black Hawk:

Mary Nichols (a.k.a. DJ Fusion) is an American Radio, Mixtape & Events DJ who’s main musical focus in the Black Music/Urban Music Genre (Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Soul/R&B, House, Disco, EDM, Rock, World Music, etc.), on the independent & mainstream level.

During her collegiate student history at Rutgers University – New Brunswick (B.A., American Studies 2001), she was a part of lining up Hip-Hop oriented shows & events for various student organizations at the school and for various non-profit organizations as well as being one of the original co-founders of the Rutgers U. Student Community of Hip-Hop (aka RUSCH, the first Hip-Hop student Organization at Rutgers U.) from 2000 – 2002.

DJ Fusion began her radio career as an undergraduate student at Rutgers University Radio (WRSU 88.7 FM) first as a co-host for the African New Dawn program under her mentor, Alvin Fair.

Later, she founded the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast in 1998 to be a media outlet that consistently exposes the absolute BEST of Hip-Hop & Soul Music (& the Black Music genre in general) from all over the world along with bringing quality interviews, news, and commentary.

Along with fellow co-host/DJ/Producer/Partner Ausar Ra Black Hawk (formerly known as Jon Judah; added on as part of the FuseBox Radio crew in 2004), the FuseBox Radio Broadcast works daily to fulfill that mission and bring great sounds, vibe & content to the masses ready to do what high quality Black Radio (not watered down mainstream “Urban Radio”) is all about.

From its original roots at Rutgers University Radio, the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast is a 3 hour mixshow that has spread to over 25+ international FM & Internet Radio stations and website outlets as of July 2015.

Listeners can subscribe FREE to receive the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast’s weekly episodes via podcast and music RSS feeders like iTunes, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher Radio, Podbay.FM and more!

DJ Fusion has opened and been on performance lineups with musical acts throughout the years such as Juicy J, Run The Jewels, Ludacris, Fat Trel, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Smif N Wessun, Action Bronson, Killer Mike, Truth Universal, Taalam Acey, Flex Matthews, Uptown XO and more!

The FuseBox Radio Broadcast family has DJ-ed at the following events, locations & venues over the years:

National Cherry Blossom Festival 2013, 2014 & 2015 (Washington, DC)
North by Northeast [NXNE] 2012, 2013 & 2014 (Toronto, Canada)
Marine Corps Marathon 2013 & 2014 (Washington, DC)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon 2015 (Pittsburgh, PA)
NYC Green Festival 2013 (Jacob Javits Center; NYC)
DC Green Festival 2012, 2013 & 2014 (Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC)
TEDxMidAtlantic 2012 (Reception at Living Social 918 F Street; Washington, DC)
New York Super Week 2014 (NYC)
Capital Trans Pride [a part of Capital Pride] 2015 (Washington, DC)
Musikfest 2013 (Bethlehem, PA)
DC International Film Festival 2013, 2014 & 2015 (Washington, DC)
TEDxUpperEastSide 2013 (NYC)
Yonge-Dundas Square (Toronto, ON)
Penn Social (Washington, DC)
Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC)
SOBS (NYC)
LIV Nightclub (Washington, DC)
National Black Theatre in Harlem (NYC)
Bowery Poetry Club (NYC)
Tropicalia (Washington, DC)
Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC)
Barnard College @ Columbia U. (NYC)
Rutgers University (NJ)
Halcyon (NYC) and more…
DJ Fusion also engages in freelance photography and writing for various print & web music and cultural publications and has been a part of various seminars & music conferences as a knowledgeable expert panelist & speaker on the Independent Music Industry at the following events:

Made In The DMV Conference [2014] North by Northeast Interactive (NXNEi) [2013] TEDxOrlando [2012] Lipstick Revolt [2013 & 2014] Ignite DC [2011] RapAttackLives.com H.U.S.T.L.E. Conference [CMJ Music Conference 2004] & more
The business FuseBox Media LLC was founded by DJ Fusion & Jon Judah in the mid-2000s to expand on their radio show ventures as well as work with other media extensions (including the official syndicated FuseBox Radio Blog, BlackRadioIsBack.com – an updated re-visioning of our original Exit9HipHop.com site & the upcoming AfroRadio.co website), music production, mixtape hosting and more.

For More Information: www.FuseBoxRadioOnline.com

Brothers Clair is an alt-rock band with a twist of Americana and folk. We have played at festivals like Silopanna and venues like the Ottobar, Soundstage, Hard Rock Cafe, and Rams Head. Playing 98 Rock’s noise in the basement twice was truly an honor. We would love to place for the Baltimore community one more time!