For years, Washingtonians have been able to count on seeing concerts for much of the summer at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, which opened in 1950, and the Fort Dupont Park stage, which opened in 1972. In the 1960s, in the post-riot era, the "concerts in the park" series took on much importance as a way to [...]
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Kenyan Musicians Back at Smithsonian Folklife Festival After One-Day Strike Against Their Government
After refusing to play for eight hours yesterday at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, Kenyan musicians are back today with music scheduled through 8 p.m. The musicians claimed yesterday that they were not being paid as had been promised by the Kenyan government.
The musicians agree to perform again "after a series of conversations between [...]
It's a busy week for D.C. punk nostalgia. Tomorrow night at the Black Cat Backstage, Punk the Capital’s D.C.-based directors James Schneider and Paul Bishow will screen rare D.C. punk footage and clips from their work in progress to raise funds for the rest of the film's post-production work. And on Wednesday, at the DC Music [...]
Seventy-five years ago, on April 9th, 1939 (Easter Sunday), African-American opera and gospel singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial after being barred by the Daughters of the American Revolution from singing at Constitution Hall because of her race. Anderson ended up being heard by 75,000 in-person listeners and millions of others on the [...]
Brazilian Luísa Maita’s alluring, samba-rooted vocals may conjure up for most Americans images of Rio beaches, but Maita, who performs at Artisphere Saturday, is a city girl who has spent more time on the streets of her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. This daughter of a parking lot owner/musician father and a record producer mother [...]
Tonight, Malian desert band Imarhan Timbuktu performs at Bossa and on Saturday Tinariwen, the well-known Saharan desert combo, plays Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. While the appearance of guitar-toting Tuareg musicians with long, flowing robes and oft-covered faces isn't quite a novelty in D.C. anymore, thanks to a number of such groups touring here in recent [...]
On Sunday night at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Cantigas, which bills itself as "Washington's premier Latino chorus,” will present “Connecting Hearts and Minds: Music From the Jewish, Latin American, And Arabic Traditions.” Cantigas (also known as Coral Cantigas) will be joined by Intercultural Journeys, a Philadelphia instrumental ensemble. So who are Cantigas and how will [...]
Paul Hawkins, a D.C.-born percussionist, bandleader, and dancer who was for decades a mainstay of Washington's Latin jazz scene, died on Feb. 9 of congestive heart failure in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was 79.
A life-long D.C. resident, Hawkins was involved in the D.C. music scene from the 1950s—when he was winning dance contests at Turner’s [...]
From February 1994 to August 1996, D.C.'s poetry and spoken-word scene had a home at It's Your Mug Café. Located at 2601 P St. NW in Georgetown, the former café—now an antique store—hosted a weekly Tuesday night open mic that drew some of the best and brightest in the poetry community. Tonight, seven wordslingers and two [...]
The 19th annual Library of Congress jazz film series (aka Jazz Film Fridays) includes such notable moments as: a young Warren Beatty as a comic on the run from the mob with Stan Getz’s sax acting as his alter ego; documentary footage of the late trumpeter/composer/ conductor Lawrence “Butch” Morris; free jazz filmed in D.C.; [...]