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Photo by PoPville flickr user Rukasu1

From a press release:

“New outdoor concerts will be presented in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden as a prelude to the upcoming concert season. Inspired by the beloved summer tradition of Jazz in the Garden, concerts take place at noon and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays during the month of September. Watch summer turn to fall while enjoying live music and a delicious brunch menu at the Pavilion Café. Served from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m., the tempting menu includes scrambled eggs with chives, breakfast pizza, granola and yogurt parfait, fresh fruit, mimosas, and more!

On September 7, the U.S. Air Force Strings will play 19th-century French and American music in honor of Degas/Cassatt; on September 14, Ricardo Marlow and Ensemble will entertain with Flamenco music and dance; on September 21, Seldom Scene provides lively strains of bluegrass; and on September 28, the National Gallery of Art Wind Ensemble plays music by Andrew Wyeth’s favorite composers in honor of Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.

There are six public entrances to the Sculpture Garden: one on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, three on 7th Street (one directly across from the Gallery’s West Building entrance), and two on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets NW.”

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600 block of Florida Ave, NW

Back in July a reader asked what was happening with the parking lot across from the Howard Theatre. And in early August we learned that HR-57 would be closing on H Street and moving somewhere new in NW.

At that time a commenter wrote:

“The owner came and talked to the Ledroit Park Civic Association a few months ago. The city has asked them if they were interested in putting in a bid to build a new structure right across the street from the Howard Theater in the parking lot on the corner. It would be a great addition to the neighborhood!”

Thanks to all who sent emails with the confirmation from Capital Bop:

“Tony Puesan told CapitalBop on Wednesday that he will submit a proposal to the D.C. government to purchase a vacant, city-owned property on the corner of T Street and Florida Avenue NW, across the street from the Howard Theatre. Located at 625 T St., the site is currently a parking lot owned by the city.

Puesan’s development proposal has yet to be approved by the District government. But if the deal goes through, he says the new location would allow for extended daytime hours and more resources for musicians.

Ultimately, the response on H Street was not strong enough to keep Puesan there. The allure of U Street’s foot traffic, along with the opportunity to own his own building, spurred the move back to Northwest.”

Updates if/when the deal goes through.

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Last week we noted the “I want Kenny Loggins to play in my living room.” kickstarter made it to Jimmy Kimmel and had raised $10 Grand of the $30 needed. Well, miracle of miracles, with 10 days to spare over $30,000 has been pledged and Kenny is coming to a DC living room to play an acoustic set for 75 minutes. My sources on the inside tell me the concert should happen in early 2015.

Amazing. I love August.

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This is pretty hilarious:

“Look, this is simple. If I raise 30 grand, Kenny Loggins will come play an acoustic set at my house for 75 minutes.

Look, this is simple. If I raise 30 grand, Kenny Loggins & Blue Sky Riders will come play an acoustic set at my house.

Like I said, if I can raise $30K, Kenny Loggins, Mr. Danger Zone, and his bandmates, Georgia Middleman & Gary Burr (collectively known as Blue Sky Riders) will fly to DC and play a private show in my living room. You’ll hear some old and new hits, but I need some cash to make this happen. If you’re looking to make a dream come true, put your money where your ears are and drop some cash. Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for Kenny, Georgia, and Gary. Do it for America.

$300 guarantees you a seat in the house, if you’re one of the first 20 to donate that amount (SOLD OUT). Any other donation will give you a chance to sit in. Audience will be limited to 50 people. No negotiations– those are the rules.

The date of the show will be determined if and when I get fully funded.”

As of this morning they’ve raised $10,199 with 17 days to go. And last night they really hit the big time – Chuck Westover uploads to youtube:

“Jimmy devoted his monologue to a discussion with a DC man named Erick Sanchez who is trying to raise $30,000 to get Kenny Loggins to come play in his living room.”

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1007 H Street, NE

Huge news from Frozen Tropics yesterday:

“He’s [owner Tony Puesan] closing HR-57′s H Street location [after Saturday night] to pursue a big opportunity for a space somewhere in NW DC.

HR-57 will also branch out so as to offer not only jazz, but also country, blues, and more.”

This will be HR-57′s fourth location after moving from Logan location on 14th (today Ghibellina) and two stops on H Street, NE.

Looking forward to learning more about the new spot. Stay tuned. in the meantime anyone care to speculate where the new spot could be?

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Original Logan location at 1610 14th Street, NW closed in 2010

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From an email:

“On Saturday, July 26th, 2014, DJ Dredd will present a 30th Anniversary celebration of Prince’s seminal film and soundtrack, “Purple Rain” at the historic Black Cat nightclub in Washington, DC.

The celebration, which takes place at the Black Cat nightclub, will feature a screening of “Purple Rain” at 9pm, followed immediately by a Prince themed dance party–featuring a marathon set of music, remixes, and videos. The event will also feature giveaways, signature themed drinks and a costume contest. The Black Cat nightclub is located at 1811 14th Street, Northwest. Advance tickets are available from Ticketfly.

DJ Dredd has held residencies and created some of DCs most celebrated parties and his sets are constantly discussed as some of the best in the city. His genre-bending style of mixing and his uncanny ability to turn any venue into the best party in town has become his trademark—attracting a following just as diverse and extensive as his record collection.”

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From an email:

“Life Out There: A Space Journey with the House Band of the Universe

Evening Seminar with performance

Friday, July 25 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., Wash, DC

What is life, really? How did it begin on Earth and where else might we find it in our solar system and beyond? David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist at the Library of Congress, and Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, offer a mind-blowing trip through space and time—set to live funky jazz. See our home in space from a cosmic perspective and search for clues to life, from the infant Earth where life first arose to the mysterious, promising depths of Saturn’s strangely vibrant moons. The journey includes previously unseen state-of-the-art digital visuals and musical interpretation by the House Band of the Universe. Definitely not an ordinary planetarium show, this is an evening that’s guaranteed to be “psychoastrobiofunkiliscious.”

Smithsonian Associates Members $30, General Admission $42. www.smithsonianassociates.org 202-633-3030 for tickets.”

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From a press release:

“The 2015 NSO In Your Neighborhood will take the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to Brookland and NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhoods. Between January 6 and 12, free community engagement activities will again find the NSO performing orchestral concerts and working with nearly 20 community partners to create the mosaic of chamber music performances, events in schools, libraries, daycare centers, community centers, and unique events that has become the distinguishing characteristic of this cornerstone of the NSO’s community engagement programming. The events will culminate in a concert at Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach on January 12. (more…)