07/21/14 4:50pm


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.”

07/03/14 10:50am


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…)

06/26/14 11:21am

Photo by PoPville flickr user yostinator

A reader sends word via DCist and notes: “I don’t know if you’re a fan, but this is a 40+ year tradition in DC.”

Absolutely horrible news from the Fort Reno organizers:

“Where’s the Schedule?

Around the time that we should have received our finalized permit for this summer, the concert series was informed by National Park Service that U.S. Park Police was imposing a requirement that we pay for an officer to be posted on site at each concert. Inquiry with our ranger led to me placing a call to U.S. Park Police.

U.S. Park Police cited differing reasons as to why this had come up after all these years. The reasons felt vague and when asked for specifics, none were given.

I requested a sit down meeting with NPS and USPP with the hope that our long standing (very good) relationship with NPS coupled with people seeing that we are just folks having a small community related event would bring about a better understanding and resolution.

Two messages to schedule went unanswered and when I did reach someone, a meeting was scheduled for the next morning (yesterday). The meeting happened but none of the invitees attended except myself and one extremely kind NPS employee who works in the office where meetings are held but despite being familiar with the park and the concert series as being an annual event, knew nothing about why the permit was being stalled.

So as it stands today, not only does the concert series not have the funds to cover this cost at the last minute but we don’t feel we should have to do this without just cause. Our feeling is that if something had changed within the operations at NPS or USPP regarding public events since last summer, there was ample time to inform us. NPS has all of my contact information. And this is not a little cost as USPP seems to think. It will literally double the VERY small budget of the concert series. It will affect how many shows can happen because the money must be paid up front. I didn’t even bother to get into what happens if we are dark due to rain…

That all said, with the heaviest of hearts the decision is that the concert series will be dark for 2014 in an effort to resolve this for the future. I hope it goes without saying that this is not the outcome we expected and certainly don’t want.

With love, gratitude and sincerity,
June 26, 2014″

06/24/14 4:45pm


“In anticipation of their upcoming album release, DC indie-rock band, Grogan Social Scene is throwing a DIY party. For the event, Grogan Social Scene is collaborating with local artist, LA Johnson, as well as local craft brewer, Kyle Gildea. Johnson will be exhibiting pieces of art inspired by the songs on Grogan Social Scene’s upcoming album, Conceptual Arrangements, while Gildea will offer up several selections of his home-brewed beer in commemorative bottles designed by Johnson. The evening, which has been titled The Lamont Street Collective Summer Bash, takes place on Saturday, June 28th at the Lamont Street Collective (1822 Lamont Street, NW) beginning at 8pm. Opening for Grogan Social Scene is local band, Peyote Pilgrim.

Conceptual Arrangements is Grogan Social Scene’s second full-length album and is set for release in the fall. “We thought this would be a nice opportunity to preview songs from the upcoming album while spotlighting a great local brewer and an amazing artist,” says band founder, Thomas Grogan. Grogan Social Scene is a collective that changes and rotates its lineup on any given night. For this performance, Grogan will be joined by several members who also show up on the album including Erika Seberhagen, a former member of Once Okay Twice, whose violin is now an integral part of the band’s sound.

DC-based artist, LA Johnson, graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. She has lectured at George Washington University and Artisphere and has held exhibitions in Washington, DC at The Dunes, Hole in the Sky, Jojo’s and Mid City Café. Most recently she has become the Art Director at The Intentional.

Local Brewer, Kyle Gildea, has crafted several unique beers for the event including, Smokey Whiskey Barrel Stout, Belgian Caramel Wit and an English Brown.

Opening band, Peyote Pilgrim, is an indie-blues band from DC.

Lamont Street Collective, a community space that has been devoted to supporting art, activism, social justice and fun rock shows since 1975, will host the event.”

06/10/14 3:55pm

1215 U Street, NW

After a brief attempt at showing movies, last summer we learned that I.M.P., owners of the 9:30 Club, would run and book concerts for the then underutilized Lincoln Theatre. So now that’s it’s been almost a year – what do folks think? Do you like the acts that have been/are being booked? Do you like the venue itself? If you’ve gone who have you seen there? Is there still room for improvement or are you happy with the new management?

05/22/14 3:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Laura_Grageda

From the National Gallery of Art [6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW]:

“The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 14th season in May. The free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—salsa, blues fusion, xylophone, Afrofunk, and more—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

Guests may purchase food and beverages from the Pavilion Café and its carts located around the Garden or bring their own picnics. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought to the premises from outside and are subject to confiscation. Security officers reserve the right to inspect all items brought into the Sculpture Garden.

Elikeh (Afro-funk from Togo)
May 23 from 5:00 to 8:30
Sculpture Garden
Bruce Ewan (blues harmonica) (more…)

05/21/14 4:55pm

Photo courtesy Palace Productions

From an email:

“Dixie New Orleans Chaos with the Soggy Po Boys where New Orleans Jazz is served messy.

Show: Palace Productions presents: Soggy Po Boys Band
Date: May 22nd,
Time: 8pm
Ticket price: No Cover
Venue: Haydee’s – Mt. Pleasant.
3102 Mt. Pleasant St., NW

The Soggy Po Boys were born at the old location of the Barley Pub in Dover, NH on Fat Tuesday of 2012. The group was formed as a smaller Hammond organ group with two horns and had planned to play roots New Orleans funk and brass band music but misunderstood the gig’s timeline and ended up a set short on material.

For the unexpected last set they gathered around the piano and played acoustically, focusing on New Orleans early jazz standards and spirituals. They haven’t looked back, performing in this way weekly and all over the Seacoast with a full horn section and a sousaphone.

Check them out at http://soggypoboys.com/ , which has their new CD “Seedy Business” for sale as well as other information.”

05/08/14 1:45pm


From the Events Calendar:

“The Scooby Doo Mansion is hosting a house show on Friday, May 9th and you’re invited!

Oakwood Terrace Mansion
3423 Oakwood Terrace NW

For just $5 ($10 at the door) you can listen to some sweet tunes from the Mudpatch Family Band and support Spark Ventures, a nonprofit with international partnerships that provides children in poverty with nutrition, education and healthcare.

After the concert, there will be a dance party inside and a bonfire in the backyard :)

Tickets are just $5!

BYOB and someone you love :) Light snacks will be provided.

Doors open at 8pm, concert starts at 8:30pm.”

05/06/14 11:25am

Photo by PoPville reader Sam

“Dear PoPville,

Last night there was a scheduled performance of “Big Tony’s Birthday Celebration” show which was supposed to be a celebration of DC music and was hosted by dave grohl. The acts listed included members of DC punk legends Bad Brains, Scream, and also included a set by Trouble Funk – A go-go legend of DC.

However, later in the night, the entire lineup of The Foo Fighters came on to play a 17 song, 2 hour set. One of the few times they’ve played in the last two years This was not announced ahead of time and was a surprise. Since Dave Grohl is from the area, it seemed appropriate.”

Ed. Note: Awesome.