Posts Tagged ‘Kennedy Center Millennium Stage’

D.C. Poets and Spoken-Word Heads Reunite at Kennedy Center

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 [...]

Photos: Deathfix @ Millennium Stage

Yes, last night the weather outside was—dare I say— frightful. But that didn't stop the crowd from coming out for the free show at Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. The talent was local favorite Deathfix playing its first show of the new year. The audience—fans who knew them and tourists who didn't—were treated to music from the band's [...]

Mauritanian Singer Noura Mint Seymali on Her Band, Playing Weddings, and Arab Idol

Last September, Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali and her band delivered an impressive set at the Festival in the Desert II touring show at Tropicalia. The ensemble's sound seemed one-of-a-kind, with its mix of traditional vocals, '60s psychedelia, '70s funk, and instrumentation similar to that of other contemporary West African desert groups.
Seymali and her band, led by her guitar-playing husband, [...]

Janka Nabay’s Olympic Anthem

D.C.-based Sierra Leonean vocalist Janka Nabay, who will appear with his band the Bubu Gang at the Kennedy Center tonight, shows his Olympics spirit and homeland pride in a new song and video called “Nar London.”
Joined by Brooklyn-based Sierra Leonean rapper Pupa Bajah, Nabay pays tribute to one of Sierra Leone’s two 2012 Olympic participants, [...]

Rest and Restlessness, Tonight on the Millennium Stage

To hear Benjamin Wegman tell it, he and Sarah Levitt started their new dance piece, which premieres tonight on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, pretty impulsively. “We were like, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we put a hammock onstage?’”
But it turns out that the piece, titled Hammock, is a little more involved than that. It [...]

Thomas Mapfumo’s Music of Struggle

Out of fear that Robert Mugabe’s government will have him arrested, the Zimbabwean singer and guitarist Thomas Mapfumo has lived in exile in Eugene, Ore., since 2000. Mapfumo's chimurenga music, or music of struggle, is banned from the airwaves in his home country. But the 66-year-old musician known as The Lion of Zimbabwe will make [...]

Jennifer Koh Plays Augusta Read Thomas at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

It’s a nice idea, but it’s unclear whether the National Symphony Orchestra’s Prelude series of free chamber recitals is likely to build an audience for its pay performances or draw it away. If you’re eager to see violinist Jennifer Koh this weekend, you can pay $20 to $85 to see her with the full orchestra [...]

International and Roots Music Roundup: Bamboleo, Shonen Knife, Bluebird Fest

Are you curious about rock music’s influence in Asia? This weekend offers a couple of examples, plus a rare visit from a Cuban band, a return visit from a soul music veteran, and more.
Friday September 24
Los Angeles band Dengue Fever has a Cambodian lead singer, Chhom Nimol, and instrumentalists in love with 1960s Khmer rock [...]

Free Tonight: Malian Singer Khaira Arby and Her Band

Malian singer Khaira Arby and her band will appear for free tonight at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of their first U.S. tour, which coincides with the release of Arby's first North American album, Timbuktu Tarab, on the Clermont Music label. Arby sings in a brash, raw-edged voice in Sonrai, Arabic, and Tamashek [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Jakob Dylan, Amanda Blank, The Tallest Man on Earth, and More


Jakob Dylan, Three Legs, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, Mimicking Birds. 9:30 Club. $25.
Lucy Kaplansky. Wolf Trap. $20.
Gist, Gary B. & the Notions, The Courtesy Line. The Red & The Black. $8.
Eilen Jewell, Little Pink. IOTA Club & Cafe. $12.
The Blue Line, Poor But Sexy, The Very Small. Rock and Roll Hotel. $10.
Buckshot Blues. Bangkok Blues. [...]