Posts Tagged ‘Jim Byers’

ToDo ToDay: The Chuck Brown Band, Trillectro, and George Clinton

The Godfather of Go-Go would have turned 78 on Friday, Aug. 22. Tonight, two years after his death, his final album of new music, Beautiful Life, will be feted at a release concert featuring the Chuck Brown Band and special guests. True to Brown’s modus operandi, Beautiful Life incorporates songs and stylings from multiple decades of African-American popular [...]

Remembering Marvette Perez, Smithsonian Latino History Curator and Musician

Friends of Marvette Perez, curator of Latino History and Culture at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, used to say that before there was Google, there was Marvette. Now the Smithsonian, Cantigas, and her friends will no longer have the benefit of her wisdom. Perez died in her sleep on August 19 at age [...]

What to See at the Folklife Festival This Weekend

Update, June 30: The festival is closed today due to damage from the storm last night. The Rinzler Memorial Concert has been moved to the Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History. The festival will reopen tomorrow, July 1. Original post below.
This weekend, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is rolling out a bunch of [...]

“Metro Mambo” Explores the Fashion That Went With the Rhythms

WPFW DJ Jim Byers’ latest “Metro Mambo” event will, of course, appeal to anyone who likes to move to the bouncy, '50s-rooted horns-and-percussion-led genre. In the latter portion of the program, which is sponsored by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and takes place at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Richmond, Va.'s Bio Ritmo should offer [...]

This Afternoon and Tomorrow: Classic Salsa

It’s a busy, exciting start of the week for fans of classic Latin salsa music. Last night, Puerto Rican legends La Sonora Poncena were at the Salsa Room, and today and tomorrow offer distinctive events, as well. This afternoon, starting at 4:30 p.m. at George Mason University, there's a free panel discussion titled "Santeros to [...]

Dance Place Turns 30, and Its Directors Reflect

On Saturday night, Dance Place celebrates its 30th anniversary—not with a performance, but with a gala.  This benefit event for this D.C. non-profit home of modern, hip-hop, and other dance styles will feature music by local Latin band Rumba Club and DJ Glowstick.  Jim Byers, Artisphere’s marketing director and the host of WPFW’s "Latin Flavor" [...]

Art NoVa: Who Gains from the Massive New Artisphere?

Earlier this year, Rosslyn’s civic leaders were touting the Arlington neighborhood opposite Georgetown as “Manhattan on the Potomac.” And now with the brand new Artisphere—which will open this weekend with a series of galas advertised heavily to the District’s cultural classes—they may have their Lincoln Center.
But that leaves out a complicating factor: Back in the [...]

Free “Metro Mambo” Series Returns Saturday

In the past, we highlighted WPFW DJ Jim Byers’ first annual “Metro Mambo” series of free concerts and lectures, panel discussions, and dance parties at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, and starting tomorrow, it's back for a second season, this time with an opening event  including "Mambo on Film," and a concert and lecture featuring longtime local band Orquesta La [...]

The Cubans are Coming: Saturday’s Special Latin Music Offerings

Saturday offers a trio of very special choices for fans of Cuban music.  The latest edition of WPFW DJ Jim Byers’ “Metro Mambo” discussion and dance concert series at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum kicks things off in the afternoon with Mimi Machado-Luces, an Afro-Venezuelan Howard University graduate who won an Emmy Award for her [...]

Around the World in a Weekend: Local International Music Events

This is a busy weekend for international sounds. Here are some recommendations.
WPFW DJ Jim Byers leads a panel discussion on the history of D.C. Latin-music clubs with music from Bio Ritmo from 2 to 4 p.m. for free at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE.
The 13th Annual D.C. Reggae Awards will be [...]