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From a press release:

“The Washington Nationals and Live Nation Entertainment are proud to announce that by overwhelming demand, Legendary Musician Billy Joel will return to Washington, DC to perform at Nationals Park on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

This performance will make Billy Joel the first artist in history to play Nationals Park in a record-setting third appearance. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, January 29 at 10:00 AM at (more…)

via Jazz And Cultural Society

Last week I, again, lamented the loss of the great HR-57. Perhaps it is time to stop lamenting and start celebrating a new(ish) spot in Brookland. A glowing review from November happened to come across my Facebook page recently from Capitalbop:

“On a recent Sunday night at Brookland’s Jazz and Cultural Society, Dr. John Lamkin II piped luscious, honey tones from his trumpet, propelling his quartet through Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven.” Trading crisp solos, the group of dapperly suited musicians went on from there to play a range of jazz standards, electrifying the intimate, amber-lit room, which quickly reached standing-room-only status.”

The Jazz and Cultural Society’s website says:

“The Jazz and Cultural Society is a not-for-profit jazz club in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC.

All shows are $5 at the door (cash only) unless otherwise noted.

Most shows run from 6:00-9:00 pm (drop by anytime you like).

All ages are welcome. Beverages are $1 a piece. No alcohol is allowed or served on premises. The Jazz and Cultural Society now sells food. Please support a local catering company and refrain from bringing in outside food and beverages into the establishment.

JACS is located at 2813 12th street NE DC between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland Metro stations, close to bus lines and there is plenty of street parking too.”

It would be great if they had BYOB like the old HR-57 but this sounds amazing. Anyone stop by yet?


Last month we spoke about concerts we wish we had seen but today let’s talk about one’s we actually have. In honor of the 9:30 Club’s 35th anniversary and 20 years at the current location – what was the greatest show you’ve seen at either spot? I’ll narrow it down to three – Wilco (when it snowed) I think Jan. of 2004 or something like that – was spectacular. Drive By Trucker July 2005 epic. And the first time I saw Thievery Corporation Live my mind was blown (blown to the extent I have no idea what year it was.) So many favorites, really hard to narrow down – anyway try! What was your number 1 or top 3 favorite shows you’ve seen there?

Side note: Anyone get tickets to the “9:30 WORLD’S FAIR” EXHIBITION? (more…)

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From a press release:

“The National Symphony Orchestra will blanket the neighborhoods of Downtown and Penn Quarter January 5–11, building deeper connections to its community in a week-long residency featuring more than 40 free events and performances. From concerts at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to in-school visits, artist panels and discussions, and performances at homeless shelters, NSO members will make music in ensembles large and small. The National Spy Museum, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Central Union Mission, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Busboys and Poets, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: these are but a few of the distinctive and colorful locales to be visited.

Advance sign-up is required for the following locations: The Hamilton Live, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, the National Building Museum and the National Press Club. To attend the Preview Event at the Verizon Center, tickets to the Washington Wizards game are necessary.

Preview Event: On January 3, the NSO’s powerhouse brass section will enliven the Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat game by performing before warm-ups at center court Sunday at 6:20 p.m. Tickets for the game are required and are available at, The promotional code is NSO.

Official Kick-off Event: Doors will open to The Hamilton Live January 5 at 6:30 p.m. The performance will begin at 8:00, featuring NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Heather LeDoux Green, and Teri Lee, violins; Abigail Evans Kreuzer, viola; Jim Lee, cello; Charles Nilles, bass; and Joe Connell, percussion. This performance opens the “In Your Neighborhood” program in the Downtown and Penn Quarter communities. This event is open to the public, but reservations are required due to space limitations. (more…)


The Legend of Zelda:
Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest

“Wednesday September 16, 2015, 8pm

Symphony of the Goddesses brings Zelda fans and symphony goers alike an entirely new, exciting multimedia experience presenting over 28 years of music from The Legend of Zelda franchise as never before.

Fans will relive all of their favorite moments from a fully developed and thoughtfully structured program including memorable, beloved melodies from titles including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening and more.

This concert will run approximately 150 minutes.

This concert is not presented by Strathmore.”

A Symphony Fit for the Goddesses

Designed to be a journey as epic and thrilling as the Legend itself, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses presents the music of this celebrated franchise with all-new arrangements directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda).

Featuring a first in video game concert history, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has been arranged and programmed with classical sensibilities in mind, organizing the music of this beloved franchise into a complete, 4 movement symphony, worthy of the Hero of Hyrule himself.


From an email:

“A Benefit for Dean Adams Featuring Joe Buck, Justin Jones and the B Sides, The Glenmont Popes and Lazlo Lee and The Motherless Children

Sun, August 23, 2015
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$20 Advance and Day of Show Tickets

This event is 21 and over

This concert is to celebrate and support our good friend, Dean Adams, who is being faced with serious health issues. 100% of all proceeds from ticket sales after basic expenses go directly to Dean to help cover his health care expenses and to support him as he walks through this season of his life. Dean’s own words about this special night: “I would love to celebrate all the great talent, entertainment, fun and friends this musical community I call family has brought us all and especially me.” Come on out!”

3000 Connecticut Ave, NW right across the street from the Zoo

In late June we posted about a fundraiser to keep the Zoo Bar while owner Steve McKinney was undergoing cancer treatments. His life was celebrated at the bar on Saturday:


I put a call into the Zoo Bar who confirmed that Steve had passed but also shared the the good news that his daughter planned on keeping the bar open. Fans of the bar and music venue should stop by soon and show your support.

RIP Steve McKinney:

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Thanks to a reader for passing on. Another reader writes via email with the Facebook event page for Chuck Brown Day:

“My neighbors are straight-up livid at the idea of 3k people coming to the hood, but I think it’s pretty cool, and a good chance for people to familiarize themselves with our part of town. Hopefully they don’t succeed in getting the event moved or canceled. I assume parking will be rough if that many people actually attend, though, so people should probably take transit if at all possible.”