Posts Tagged ‘A Capitol Fourth’

ToDo ToDay: M.A.K.U. Sound System! Fourth of July Festivities!

There are a lot of people who would cringe at the thought of seeing an "Afro-Colombian punk and folkloric funk band," as the M.A.K.U. Sound System refers to itself. Not because any of those things individually is a turnoff, but because collectively the words could imply a high-concept world-beat overreach. There’s really only one thing [...]

Yep, WETA’s “Fireworks Extravaganza” Still Has Minstrel Songs

Every year, WETA airs a program called "D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza" following its live broadcast of the "Capitol Fourth" concert. And every year, "D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza" includes some minstrel songs. Tomorrow's schedule is no different, and according to a WETA spokesperson, "Fireworks Extravaganza" hasn't changed—which is why Washington City Paper will continue its own annual tradition. [...]

WETA’s “Fireworks Extravaganza”: Still Featuring Minstrel Songs

A year ago, I fielded a call from Potomac, Md., resident Andrea Graham, who for years has been complaining to public television station WETA about its annual "D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza" program—a half-hour of stock footage that the station airs after its broadcast of the "Capitol Fourth" concert and fireworks presentation. Pretty innocuous-sounding, right? Not to [...]