2015 Earth Day Concert
Time: 11:00AM – 7:00PM Saturday April 18, 2015
Venue: Washington Monument Grounds
A FREE EVENT, no tickets necessary”

From MPD:

“United States Park Police will be hosting the 2015 Earth Day Concert on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

The below street closures will be in effect on April 18, 2015 from 6:00 am to approximately 9:00 pm:
· Constitution Avenue – From 19th Street to 14th Street
· 17th Street – From State Place to Independence Avenue
· 15th Street – From Pennsylvania Avenue to Maine Avenue
· Madison – From – 14th Street to 15th Street
· Jefferson Drive – From 14th Street to 15th Street
· Raul Wallenberg – From Maine Avenue to Independence Ave

Entrances to the Concert will be as followed:

· 17th Street at Constitution Avenue (Opens at 1000 hours)
· 15th Street at Jefferson Drive (Opens at 1000 hours)
· 17th Street at Independence Avenue (Opens at 1300 hours)
· 14th Street at Madison Drive (Vehicles only)”

Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From Listen Local First:

“The Bowser Administration has agreed to allow Funk Parade to take place on U Street NW on May 2, 2015, the D.C. Department of Funk announced today. The move reverses the city’s previous stance of prohibiting the closure of U Street NW for any public event, which had been in place for nearly a generation.

“We’re grateful to the city and Mayor Muriel Bowser for acknowledging U Street’s historic significance to the District as the soul of music, culture and celebration, a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the city,” said Justin Rood, co-founder of Funk Parade. The event, including a day fair and evening music festival, takes place from Noon to 10 PM.


“The Funk Parade embodies the best spirit of the District,” said Mayor Bowser. “It brings our communities together and honors the City’s musical heritage that we’ve all come to know and love.”

“We are also grateful for the endorsements from Councilmembers like Brianne Nadeau, our local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, community groups, local businesses, and the support of community members, that made this happen,” Rood said. “Thank you for making your voices heard. The city has a heart, and it beats beneath U Street.”

Up to the mid-1990s U Street NW frequently hosted community parades, including former Mayor Marion Barry’s 1979 inaugural parade, a parade to mark the opening of the Metro Green Line station in 1992, and even a parade for home rule in 1964 led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, for the past 17 years the city has allowed no significant closure of the thoroughfare for a public event. (more…)


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.”

@ohljazz tweet us this gem:

“@PoPville Here’s some truly local #jazz: DC artist @aaronmyers sings about the DC #Metro: http://wp.me/p22RqD-md . #dcjazz #StandRight”

“Aaron Myers, vocals
Oren Levine, words, music, and piano
Percy White, bass
Wes Crawford, drums”

Photo courtesy Rock & Roll Hotel

From a press release:

“Beginning Friday March 27th, Rock & Roll Hotel will bring a new mix to the nightlife on H St; introducing ROOFTOP DJs on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-8pm! We are proud to be one of the few bars in the entire city to host rooftop DJs on the weekend. Expect music and happy hour specials from 5-8pm both nights. Plus, just like our second floor DJ sets, there is never a cover to party.

We host one of our resident DJs, LanceDontDance (part of the CLSTRFCK dance party troupe) on Friday March 27th. Weaving from top Indie jams to your favorite hip-hop classics, he’s got a set prepared to kick the weekend off right. On Saturday the ROAM DJs, featuring Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti and Sami Y take over.

Party begins Friday, March 27th [1353 H Street, NE]
And every Friday and Saturday following
5-8pm | 21+”

FINAL MArch 12th Poster

From a press release:

“The second annual DC Funk Parade, is launching its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today to help raise $15,000 for the day festival, parade and nearly 100 hours of music, dance and art programming happening all day. All proceeds help support the day’s infrastructure and are critical to the continued success of the event.

Last year, the DC Funk Parade, which celebrates DC music and cultural arts, brought over 25,000 residents to the historic U Street area. This year’s event, taking place on Saturday, May 2, will draw even larger crowds with more performances and showcases in the neighborhood, making the community’s support critical.

With different levels of donations, comes some great perks. Highlights include: tickets to the Funk Parade Kickoff Show at the Howard Theater, Thursday, March 12, Funk Parade t-shirts, maps, limited edition posters, sunglasses, a private cocktail class with Derek Brown, Funk Bass Kit Raffle, Free Tickets to shows at local venues and much more. For more information and to donate, please visit the campaign website here: http://igg.me/at/funkparade2015

Funk Parade Kickoff Show Details

Thursday we are throwing our 2015 Funk Parade Kickoff Party at the Howard Theatre.  Our show, Celebrating the Women of Funk will be emceed by Deborah Bond with performances by the Funk Parade All Stars featuring The Good Thing and Special Guests, DJ Ayes Cold, Wanda Work It Studio Divas of Funk, Essence of Diva Dancers, Chocolate City Burlesque, and  Batala Washington.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Funk Parade 2015 and Becky’s Fund.”

From an email:

“JACK GREGORI, who sings every wed night at Madam’s Organ, auditioned and was picked on last night’s THE VOICE He’ll be on Team Adam…..but here at Madam’s he’s still Jack, the lead singer and guitarist for Human Country Jukebox.

A local DC real estate attorney, Jack hopes to use this opportunity to make a new career in the music industry.

Come see him tonight and every Wednesday (til Nashville calls) at Madam’s Organ”

2461 18th Street, NW

Photo courtesy Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival

From a press release:

“Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival benefitting Living Classrooms Foundation

What: The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival features two main stages of bluegrass and Americana music with co-headliners Cabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more. The festival will celebrate local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River, while supporting hands-on education programming provided by Living Classrooms on Kingman Island. The event has grown to become the largest all-local music festival in the National Capital Region, attracting over 13,000 attendees in 2014.

The Festival will include eight hours of performances by local bluegrass, folk and Americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, outdoor bike course, free kayaking courtesy of REI, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a children’s stage with arts & crafts. Festival sponsor REI will be bringing the REI Village, a touring celebration of the outdoor lifestyle (with special gifts for REI members).

When: Saturday April 25, 2015 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River:

575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).
Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.

Cost: Early bird tickets: $10 until February 29th or until tickets sell out – Early Bird Tickets are sold out!

From March 1 – 31: $15
April 1 – day of festival: $20

Tickets can be purchased here.


If you would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please email Rebekah Meyer: Rmeyer@livingclassrooms.org”

Check out the complete line up after the jump. (more…)

Photo courtesy Gypsy Sally’s

From a press release:

“All Good Presents is teaming up with the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival for an evening of local bluegrass and to celebrate the announcement of the official Festival Music Line Up. The 6th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival will be happening Saturday, April 25th, 2015 and we want to celebrate our line up announcement with you!

The Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is DC’s premiere outdoor music experience. This signature music festival highlights DC’s local bluegrass, folk and Americana traditions and engages the community with the revitalization of Kingman Island and the Anacostia River. Located on the Anacostia River near the RFK Stadium and managed by Living Classrooms Foundation, Kingman Island is a recreational area for people of all ages to learn about the natural environment in Washington, DC.

Saturday February 21
Doors 8pm Show begins at 9:00pm
Gypsy Sallys 3401 K St NW Washington DC 20007

Tickets $15 in advance $17 Day of.

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