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The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is all about celebration. A celebration of spring in DC, the amazing talent held by our friends and neighbors, and the natural beauty in our Nation's Capital that we can too easily forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation, it is also a celebration of the fundamentally important role that community plays in lifting up those among us who are in greatest need.

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BROCCOLI CITY FESTIVAL
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

BROCCOLI CITY FESTIVAL

  • St. Elizabeth East Gateway Pavilion (map)
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Broccoli City announce the 5th annual Broccoli City Festival at the historic Gateway DC, featuring two stages with performances from some of today’s most in-demand and up-and-coming artists. Performers include Rae Sremmurd, Solange, 21 Savage, AlunaGeorge, Lil Yachty, Kevin Abstract, Rapsody, Smino, Chaz French, Nick Grant, Rejjie Snow and Sir the Baptist.

To celebrate the festival’s 5th year anniversary, Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week, a week long incubator for all who strive to create a better world. Broccoli City week will host a variety of events leading up to the festival, everything from city runs, to community action events, to an all night art escape, culminating with the all-day Broccoli City Festival. The Broccoli City Week highlight will showcase the first Broccoli City Conference, a 2-day interactive conference co-hosted by GOOGLE DC and African American History and Culture Smithsonian Museum, focusing on the brands mission to build thriving, resilient communities by improving and highlighting Environmental Justice, Economic Sustainability, Culture, Food Access, and Education in underserved communities.

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Breakin' Even Fest 2
May
5
to May 6

Breakin' Even Fest 2

  • Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe (map)
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The name, Breakin’ Even Fest, is indicative of Songbyrd Music House' mission. An amazing 2-day festival that leaves us with nothing to gain except an amazing time. All proceeds go to the musicians.

Friday – May 5, 2017
The Sidekicks
PKEW PKEW PKEW
Dot Dash
Dead End Lane
Flowerbomb

Saturday – May 6, 2017
Restorations
Worriers
Honah Lee
Boardroom Heroes
Aspiga
American Television
Teen Death
More AM Than FM

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National Cannabis Festival
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

National Cannabis Festival

The National Cannabis Festival (NCF) is a celebration of cannabis legalization with a full day of musical performances, vendor fair, education pavilion and advocacy village featuring musical guests Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, Backyard Band and more. Bring a picnic blanket and spend the day listening to great music. Shop for lifestyle products among our local and national vendors. Spend an hour learning grow techniques or participate in our CannaTank entrepreneur contest. Enjoy food, drinks and meeting the east coast cannabis community. Join us as we welcome thousands to celebrate progress on legalization and call for an end to federal cannabis prohibition. NCF is a 21+ event.

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In the Heights (In Spanish)
Apr
20
to May 21

In the Heights (In Spanish)

New York’s Washington Heights is a vibrant community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggle can be which traditions you take with you and which you leave behind. With its gripping tale of hopes and dreams, this groundbreaking musical is the next chapter in the multicultural American story. Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (USA); Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Luis Salgado is a Puerto Rican performer, director, choreographer, and producer who has appeared on Broadway, film, television, and stages around the world. Currently he is appearing on Broadway in On Your Feet, In the Heights, and has appeared in A Chorus Line, The Mambo Kings, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, among others. He has directed, choreographed and developed such new shows as Song of Solomon, Zapata the Musical, Shafrika The White Girl, and DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story, which he also choreographed at GALA in 2013.

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RIAMS Porch Fest 2017
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

RIAMS Porch Fest 2017

  • Rhode Island Avenue Northeast Washington, DC United States (map)
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Join an afternoon of neighborhood fun at the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Porch Fest! Artists can register here: bit.ly/porchfestperformerreg2017 Through the years, Rhode Island Avenue NE has been home to a variety of live music venues, including what was once Mr. Y's Jazz Club at 16th & Rhode Island Ave NE. Porch Fest continues that tradition as local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of FREE PERFORMANCE - music and art - that brings together neighbors, business owners, artists, and visitors in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

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Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival Presented by Harris Teeter
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival Presented by Harris Teeter

Enjoy more than seven celebratory hours of free music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment, delicious foods at multiple outdoor venues, and a beautiful fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront at the finale event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. 

Join us at the District Wharf for a full day of live music, a beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more. Beginning at 6PM, pre-fireworks entertainment will be held at Southwest Waterfront Park.

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Anacostia River Festival
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Anacostia River Festival

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local D.C., come celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast D.C.’s local arts scene at this special FREE event. This year we are celebrating biking in the District with trail rides, safety classes, quick bike tune ups and special bike activities for all ages.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

  • Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC United States (map)
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One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade.

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Damaged City 2017
Apr
6
to Apr 9

Damaged City 2017

Damaged City is a celebration of hardcore punk in the nation's capital. The 5th annual festival will occur on April 6th - 9th with bands: Protester (DC), Tony Molina (CA), Coke Bust (DC), Radiation Risks (NY), Give (DC), Dirty & His Fists (CA), Witchtrial (DC), The Real Cost (TX), Iron Cages (DC), & Rashomon (DC). 

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National Cherry Blossom Festival
Mar
20
to Apr 16

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  Events are primarily free and open to the public.

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Halcyon Stage @ Dock 5: Stravinsky Rave/Rite of Spring Dance Party / Experiential Orchestra
Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

Halcyon Stage @ Dock 5: Stravinsky Rave/Rite of Spring Dance Party / Experiential Orchestra

Audience members are invited to dance and experience the physicality of this famously riot-inducing ballet. Curated DJ sets blending electronica and classical styles complete a night of shock, awe and musical rebellion.

Igor Stravinsky stunned the world when his Rite of Spring Paris premiered in 1913, accompanied by Nijinsky’s iconoclastic choreography.  The savage power and brilliance of the music feels revolutionary again in the Rite of Spring Dance Party, where you can bust your best moves to the Glorification of the Chosen One and dance to exhaustion in the Danse Sacrale. The 77-member Experiential Orchestra — comprised of some of New York and D.C.’s top musicians and conducted by James Blackly — will provide the Stravinsky, and the audience will provide their own impromptu choreography.  The evening includes DJ sets and a specially commissioned dance performance.

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Noontime Cantata
Mar
7
12:10 PM12:10

Noontime Cantata

Now celebrating its 28th Season and on its second cycle of Bach’s 215 cantatas, the free Noontime Cantata Series is a beloved Washington, DC tradition. Described by Washingtonian as a “hidden gem,” each fifty-minute concert includes one of Bach’s Cantatas and a solo performance on the recently restored Æolian-Skinner organ in a beautiful setting of the historic Church of the Epiphany. Each performance features full chorus and orchestra, soloists and an informal yet informed introduction by the conductor.

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 Jazz and Rhythms of the World
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Jazz and Rhythms of the World

  • Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center (map)
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IDB Staff Ben Roseth's Quartet presents Ísaro. Jazz is porous music. It absorbs influences from other styles, incorporating them as part of its essence. This is brought to life by the recent recording "Ísaro", which is enriched by Colombian, Brazilian and Israeli rhythms, building on the foundation of jazz masters such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. The Quartet (saxophone, piano, bass and drums), led by Ben Roseth (IFD/ICS), presents this fusion with joy, subtlety and passion, offering listeners a journey through geographies and emotions.

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Sounds of the City Festival
Mar
2
to Mar 5

Sounds of the City Festival

In an unprecedented act of solidarity, D.C.'s music community will come together for a brand new four-day festival this March. D.C. Music Download is proud to present Sounds of the City. Between March 2-5 2017, D.C.'s best and brightest musicians, entrepreneurs and organizations will unite for this massive celebration. Sounds of the City won't be limited to just live music--we'll also have panels, networking events and interactive experiences that are free and all-ages for the community!

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District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration
Feb
26
3:00 PM15:00

District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration

The 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts present “District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration” inspired by the rhythm & blues history of Washington, D.C. from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Join us for this FREE community event as we celebrate with live performances, hand dance lessons and panel discussions. 

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2017 DC Black History Film Festival
Feb
26
2:00 PM14:00

2017 DC Black History Film Festival

The nation’s capital is a hub for Arts and Culture in the northeast region of the United States. Black History Film Festival (BHFF) complements and aligns with DC’s cultural mission and strategic direction. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs, DC native Actor Lamman Rucker, and Urban Film Review.

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents: an Evening of Great American Classics
Feb
25
8:00 PM20:00

Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents: an Evening of Great American Classics

Known for her best-selling recording of At Last , Jaimee Paul and her band join PASO in a special tribute to the women icons of jazz and blues, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Billy Holiday, and other greats of the American Songbook. Jaimee Paul has thrilled audiences with her strong soulful vocals, swinging musical sensibilities, and big personality. With PASO's 40 musicians in the historic theater where many of the legendary vocalists of the 1930's and 1940's performed, this show promises an evening of jazzy tunes reminiscent of the big band era.

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Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2017
Feb
24
to Mar 5

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2017

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The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2017 brings the best of DC arts and artists to the stage and H Street with performances, experiences and happenings in theatre, dance, music, vocal, choral, opera, visual arts, video, film, writing, sculpture, photography, circus, spoken word, public art, community art, and art space activation. Discover how art, culture and connection happen on H Street.

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ALB's Rock The Stacks
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

ALB's Rock The Stacks

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (map)
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ALB: Rock the Stacks is a music festival to benefit the DC Public Library Foundation, featuring many of D.C.'s most iconic musicians. The ALB: Rock the Stacks project is a tribute to an awe-inspiring D.C. original, Annie Lou Bayly Berman. In tribute to Annie Lou's love of music and libraries and Washington, DC -- and to her talent for tossing together all of the above to see what magic could be created -- this project brings together her beloved D.C. musicians in support of the DC Public Library Foundation. All proceeds from the album and the music festival at the iconic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (where several of the album's songs were recorded) will support programs and services at the DC Public Library's 26 locations citywide.

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BURGERS AND BEATS SPECIAL EDITION - THE GREY ZONE
Feb
12
3:00 PM15:00

BURGERS AND BEATS SPECIAL EDITION - THE GREY ZONE

MITD and HIGH END TIMES present the 2ND EDITION of #BURGERANDBEATSDC - THE GREY ZONE. Burgers and Beats is the District's discovery event for music, burgers, and all that other stuff you love but don't know about yet.

Who doesn't love a good burger? Beginning in the late afternoon, it will kick off with Shake Shack burgers 🍔, who doesn't love their burgers? After everyone's has had their fill, the tables will be cleared to make room for MITD's curated list of well known local (electronic/hip hop) guest DJs and headliners Fools Gold's own 'Brenmar, Austin Millz, Smasha and more.

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DEMOCRACY IN THE JAZZ AGE
Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

DEMOCRACY IN THE JAZZ AGE

  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History (map)
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The year 2017 marks the centennial of the first ever jazz recording by the “Original Dixieland Jass Band” in early 1917. It is largely thanks to changing technology and pioneering musicians that jazz music has been documented for the majority of its lifetime, providing evidence of the styles, communication, performances, and nuance of early jazz. Unlike classical music, jazz was unique in those early years as it relied heavily on the creativity and improvisation of all its performers as well as their ability to listen to each other. On February 11 in the museum’s newest concert space, the Hall of Music, the SJMO Ensemble will explore these forms of democratic conversation and freedom of expression in music through the Jazz Age.

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202Creates Jazz and R&B
Feb
9
to Mar 31

202Creates Jazz and R&B

FEBRUARY 9: VERONICA KING

FEBRUARY 16: Keys by Dre King

FEBRUARY 23: Vocals by Ama Chandra 

MARCH 2: Bliss Ananda

MARCH 9: VERONICA KING

MARCH 16: Keys by Dre King

MARCH 23: Natasha Jane

MARCH 30: Vocals by Ama Chandra 

Come to the Drift on 7th for great Jazz and R&B!  Come on Tuesday and Sundays for the Shaw Music Series and on Thursday for the 202Creates Jazz & R&B Series. Upcoming artists in March include: Bliss Ananda, Bill Heid, Pet Muldoon Trio, Veronica King, Tony Harrod, Elijah Jamal Balbed Trio, Dre King, Nico Sarbanes Trio, Natasha Jane, Tony Harrod, and Ama Chandra

Facilitated by the Entertainment and Creative Economy departments at OCTFME, "202Creates Jazz and R&B"  and "Shaw Music Series" will be weekly local music industry meet-up events to support the jazz and R&B communities. These event series will provide a regular, weekly opportunities for jazz and R&B musicians to perform and collaborate providing an additional outlet for live music exposure in the District. "202Creates Jazz and R&B" will take place every Thursday evening at 'Drift on 7th', a culinary retreat, lounge, and seafood eatery located in Ward 1's Shaw neighborhood and The Shaw Music Series will be: Sunday Brunch 12p-3p, Tuesday 6p-9p and Thursday 6p-9p.

"202Creates Jazz and R&B" is part of OCTFME's continuing effort to promote and highlight the activities and contributions of the local creative economy via the "Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: 202Creates" initiative. 

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SONGBYRD PRESENTS: NICK HAKIM
Jan
28
7:30 PM19:30

SONGBYRD PRESENTS: NICK HAKIM

Nick Hakim grew up in Washington DC, went to the Berklee College of Music, and has been based in New York for the last several years. He’s cited diverse influences, from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, to Madlib and MF Doom, to the South American folk and DC punk records his family played as influences.

After building a dedicated following on Soundcloud, he released his two-part Where Will We Go EP in 2014 to praise from outlets like The FADER, Pigeons & Planes, Interview, Stereogum, Line of Best Fit, Consequence of Sound and more.

He’s toured with Maxwell, How To Dress Well, KING and more; and appeared on the DC emcee and producer Oddisee’s 2015 album The Good Fight.

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