From a press release:
“On Thursday, November 29, 2018 in the Main Hall of Union Station, a consortium of partners including Washington Performing Arts, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce–Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Bach Project, and Union Station present a holiday celebration event, with performances by local artists, the annual Norwegian Christmas tree lighting, an appearance by Santa Claus, and culminating in a simulcast of Yo-Yo Ma’s performance of J.S. Bach’s complete cello suites live from the National Cathedral, presented by Washington Performing Arts in memory of Isaac Stern.
For more than 20 years, Norway has presented a Christmas tree to the people of Washington, in recognition of its strong friendship with the United States and in gratitude for America’s assistance during and after World War II. This year’s Christmas tree is made possible by Equinor, Kongsberg Gruppen, Nammo Inc., Innovation Norway, and Insitu Inc.
Complete Schedule of Events (more…)
Photo from last year by Stan Engebretson
From an email:
“Following in the footsteps of last year’s inaugural Opera Outside event, Washington Concert Opera (WCO) will stage another performance this year again at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in partnership with Washington Parks & People. The performance is free to the public and will take place at 11:00 am on October 27th, 2018 near the Joan of Arc statue on the top field. Attendees are encouraged to come early to reserve a good spot and bring a picnic blanket. Children and dogs are welcome. (more…)
From an email:
Grant (aka Anthony Collins) DJ set
this Friday, 10/12
Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
1103 Bladensburg Rd NE DC
w/ DJ’s Benoit and Joe L.
Doors at 8 PM, sets start at 10 PM
MORE DETAILS: (more…)
I first heard “Annie’s Song” as a sophomore in college in the mountainous Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. I related to the “like the mountains in springtime” line when the frigid New England winter finally released its grasp. Now as a Washingtonian free from New England winters, I am planning my wedding for next summer in DC. My fiancé let me choose our wedding song, and naturally I chose “Annie’s Song” because I love the line “let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms.” (more…)
1811 14th Street, NW
I ran down to the levee
But the Devil caught me there
He took my twenty dollar bill
And he vanished in the air
So much for that third floor expansion?
The Washington Post reported the bombshell news yesterday:
“By the end of the year, its ground-floor Red Room bar — where, for years, young Washington’s edgier population convened to pound PBRs and Tecates — will close, along with the Backstage, the Black Cat’s small secondary performance space. (more…)
courtesy Fuzzy Panda Recording Company
Cleveland Park’s (presumably) only record label, Fuzzy Panda Recording Company, has released a benefit compilation for RAICES. The compilation is available here.
From the Fuzzy Panda website:
This compilation benefits the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). RAICES’s Legal Representation, Advocacy, and Education Project provides universal representation for released unaccompanied children in Texas. (more…)
Please enjoy our inaugural John Denverville post with his classic from 1972 when he guest-hosted ‘Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special’. Magnificent. Truly.
I’ll never forget the first time I really appreciated this song, it was 1995 and I was in Munich for Oktoberfest. I was at a picnic table surrounded by drunken Germans, Italians, and U.S. soldiers on leave. Everyone was singing together at the top of their lungs in pure joy. This unadulterated joy courtesy of John Denver. And massive amounts of beer. But still. It is where the seeds of John Denverville were first sown.
UPDATE from the Howard Theatre:
“I would like to bring to your attention the simple fact that the liquor license at the Howard Theatre was never actually suspended. The suspension notice was a clerical error made by ABRA. Please see attached letter from ABRA explaining such events (above.)
Upcoming shows include:
8/25 – Sheila E
9/7 – Wyclef Jean
9/12 – The Wonder Years
9/15 – Stanley Clarke
9/20 – Black Uhuru
9/21 – Roc Marciano & Friends
9/26 – Pete Yorn
9/28 – White Ford Bronco
9/29 – Ginuwine
10/10 – Buika
10/11 – Kool Keith
10/12 – Kranium
10/31 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic”
Update from Jim: (more…)
815 V Street, NW
Update from Audrey Fix Schaefer
I.M.P. • 9:30 Club
Lincoln Theatre • The Anthem
“Live At 9:30”
Merriweather Post Pavilion:
“it’s unequivocally not true.”
I heard a terrible rumor from a friend in the music industry that the 9:30 Club is not long for this world. All of the big acts go down to the Anthem now, and this friend said the owners of 9:30 keep getting offers from developers that are ever higher and harder to refuse.
I have noticed that Satellite Room is rarely open Monday – Wednesday anymore (it was completely dark by 7:00 Wednesday night), wondering if this doesn’t substantiate it a bit. Would obviously be a huge loss for Shaw/U Street and the whole city, just wondering if anyone has heard anything similar.”
Again, THIS IS JUST A RUMOR. But it is worth talking about because I actually heard this same rumor a number of months ago. I asked somebody who is very well connected to the powers that be and he said there are absolutely no current plans for 9:30 Club to shutter/sell and he didn’t think they would. Having said that, the incredibly development going on all around 9:30 Club has changed things. I mean I don’t think I need to go into the history of 9:30 Club – everyone knows they are the best club in D.C. and quite possibly the country. They have had legendary performances there. They are the best. Period.
However, the Shaw of today is not the same as the Shaw/U Street of 1996 when they moved there. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Rudi Riet
It’s been a long week. It’s gonna be a longer weekend. So indulge me!! I was talking with a buddy of mine about an essential question: what song would you walk out to if you were lucky enough to be a professional baseball player. Ed. Note: Go Nats!! This is a very, very hard question – you can only pick one song. After much consideration I ultimately went with Sure Shot. What’s yours?