1301 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae locks in before the first note to deliver the pocket beat that helped but Chocolate City on the musical map in the 80s. The group plays a distinctly DC mix of jazz and funk that can just groove on the beat for hours on end.