Marvin Gaye Day celebration this Thursday at Marvin with a performance by Gaye’s original band, The Marquees


From an email:

“Marvin [2007 14th St, NW], the Washington D.C. bistro and bar inspired by the transformative time D.C. native Marvin Gaye spent in Belgium, announces it’s 2015 Marvin Gaye Day celebration, marking what would have been the 76th birthday of the legendary singer.

The 8th annual Marvin Gaye Day celebration begins at 2pm on Thursday, April 2nd headlined with a performance by Gaye’s original band, The Marquees, a Marvin tradition since 2008. Joining them is soul singer Maimouna Youssef, who will perform a rousing tribute to Gaye and Tammi Terrell — Gaye’s duet partner on seven Top 40 singles including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By”. DJ Jaz Dux will spin Marvin Gaye and Motown’s greatest hits from 3pm-6pm and DJ Keenan Orr will take over after The Marquees play until closing.

Documentaries about Marvin Gaye will play continually throughout the day while neighboring vinyl shop, Som Records hosts a “Hitsville Pop-up Shop” at Marvin selling the best vinyl from the 1960s to the early 1980s from 2pm-close.

Marvin’s main dining room will also open at 2pm to accommodate guests for lunch and dinner, offering their full dinner menu. On the rooftop deck, happy hour specials will be available from 2pm-6pm including $4 Stella drafts, $5 rail cocktails, $6 wine by the glass and Absolut flavor cocktails, $9 house smoked baby back ribs, $6 mushroom croquettes and chicken fried oysters, and $4 frites.

In keeping with tradition, all proceeds from the day’s events will benefit The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the beneficiary chosen by the Gaye family, and given in Marvin Gaye’s name.”