The Sound of DC, a new monthly music series, will be presented this summer by Dupont Circle's cultural organizations - Heurich House Museum, Dupont Circle Main Streets & Dupont Underground. The progressive music concert will be presented on the third Thursday of each month from June through August by outstanding jazz musician Mark G. Meadows & will feature local music artists. Dupont Circle neighborhood businesses Kramerbooks & The Dupont Circlehotel are sponsoring the performances. Attendees will be able to purchase DC music-themed books and “experience tastes of the hotel's delicious food at pop-ups throughout the festival.” Ticket prices vary depending upon the performance.
The DC Blues Society will present the 2013 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Louis Walker on July 27 at the American Legion Post in Silver Spring, MD.He is “a powerhouse guitarist, prolific songwriter and richly expressive singer. He tours internationally and has performed and recorded with many legendary musicians.” Image below: Joe Louis Walker by Marilyn Stringer
The Embassy Series was established in 1994 to offer audiences the opportunity to enjoy concerts at various embassies in what are in effect cultural exchanges.Audiences “can watch and listen to a musical performance that highlights the contributions of a particular country. Such a backdrop allows the audience to “get a feel” for the nation being represented, which is key to promoting and celebrating the diversity of both a host embassy and series patrons. This educational and musical experience is accentuated by a reception at the host embassy, or residence, immediately following the concert, where guests are encouraged to interact with the featured artist(s) of the evening and the diplomatic community.”
The National Gallery of Art'sFree Jazz in the Garden Concert Series is in progress thru August 24. The upcoming concerts will feature acclaimed musicians presenting a wide variety of jazz styles—swing, funk, hip-hop, Latin, go-go, ska, Dixieland, blues, and more. Every Friday evening during the Summer, the Gallery will invite visitors to find a seat among the monumental works of art in the Sculpture Garden and enjoy one of the city's favorite summertime activities.
Looking ahead, the Fall 2018 season of concerts at the National Gallery of Art will begin in September & will feature performances of diverse genres. Performances take place in various locations throughout the Gallery, including the West Building's West Garden Court, the grand central Rotunda; and the 500-seat East Building Auditorium. Concerts at the National Gallery of Art are open to the public free of charge. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis 30 minutes before the concert begins.
The Phillips Collection’s historic house galleriesofficially opened to the public in June, 2018 after being closed for a year-long renovation project. The Gallery will commemorate its centennial in 2021. Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski commented that “These upgrades to the essential control systems governing the temperature and humidity within the museum will ensure the protection of our collection and the enjoyment of our visitors for years to come.” Architectural enhancements are most notable in the Phillips Music Room, “which features upgraded wall paneling to improve sound quality and the attendees’ experience for the many music events in the space, most notably the museum’s renowned Sunday Concert Series.” The series will resume in October.
Image below: A view of The Phillips Collection's Music Room - Photo by Lee Stalsworth
Community Sing in Takoma, D.C.
Carpe Diem Arts & Washington Revels Community Sing celebrate diverse cultures through song on the 21st of every month. They welcome all ages and suggest that participants “bring songs and refreshments to share.” The theme of the concert on July 21 will be: Songs from Around the World and National Ice Cream Month. A $5 donation is requested.The concert will take place at Seekers Church in Takoma, D.C.
Image below:A view of a previous Community Sing. Visit
Carpe Diem Arts & Washington Revels Community Sing celebrate diverse cultures through song on the 21st of every month. They welcome all ages and suggest that participants “bring songs and refreshments to share.” The themes in August will be Back-to-School Rhythms, Rhymes & Routinesand National American Artist Appreciation Month. A $5 donation is requested. The August concert will be on August 21 at Seekers Church in Takoma, D.C. Image below:A previous Community Sing.