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 to deliver the pocket beat that helped put Chocolate City on the musical map in the ’80s. The group plays a distinctly “D.C.” mix of jazz and funk that can groove on the beat for hours on end.