The DC Blues Society will present the 29th DC Blues Festival on September 3 in a new venue - the Wunder Garten in the NoMa area of the city just north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station. The popular free event wasn’t held last year because the Society couldn’t find an alternative to the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, which is undergoing a multi-year renovation. The mission of the all-volunteer DC Blues Society is “to bring the best of traditional and contemporary blues entertainment and education to the Washington Metropolitan area at little or no cost.”
Images below: Blues performers Patty Reese by Melia Hartley & Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes by Annie Gorodoz
Washington Performing Arts will present vocalist Vusi Mahlasela & his band at Sixth & I on October 27. Mahlasela is "a national treasure in his homeland of South Africa—where he is known simply and definitively as “The Voice”.......He was a powerful, rallying figure in the struggle against apartheid and continues to serve as a worldwide messenger of peace, dignity, and compassion."
Folger Theatre will present William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Robert Richmond as adapted and amended by Sir William Davenant, with music performed by the Folger Consort - September 4-23.Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation delighted audiences for most of the 18th-century. The special engagement will feature Helen Hayes Award-winners Kate Eastwoord Norris and Merrill Peakes
Images below:Kate Eastwood Norris & Ian Merrill Peakes.
The Folger Consort, with strings, winds & tenor Mark Bleeke, will present Oktoberfest: Early Music of Germany, on October 12-14. The concert will feature "colorful songs by 14th-century Tyrolean knight, adventurer, poet, and musician Oswald von Wolkenstein, along with quirky instrumental pieces from the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch. "Later music by Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfl reflects the opulent court of the Emperor Maximilian I in early 16th-century Vienna."
Image below: Mark Bleeke. To read more about Mark Bleeke, visit www.folger.edu/
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 take place September 16-May 19. Performances will take place in various locations throughout the Gallery, including the West Garden Court, the 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 themes in August will be Back-to-School Rhythms, Rhymes & Routinesand National American Artist Appreciation Month. A $5 donation is requested. The next concert will be on August 21 at Seekers Church in Takoma, D.C. Image below:A view of a previous Community Sing.