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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Every Hero Has a Story

Summer Reading Kick-Off

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
Holy surprise party, Batman! The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Summer Reading Kickoff is almost here! Come out to your favorite downtown library for music, DJs, food trucks, superheroes and more!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Our City Festival Logo

This DCopian Life

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

8 p.m.
Curated By: Clare Bennett and Jim Thomson

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Our City Festival Logo

4/4: Hand Dancing + House Music

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

7 p.m.
Curated By: Pleasant Plains Workshop and The General Store, Inc.This two-hour event will showcase D.C. artists, DJ’s, dancers and pioneers in both the D.C. House Music scene and the Hand Dancing tradition. The show will be part educational, part dance party. T

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Our City Festival Logo

Our Voices

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

3 p.m.
Curated By: Chris Ousley & Free MindsIn an event that brings together music, storytelling, poetry and film, Chris Ousley of the 30's jazz and country group, Bumper Jacksons (Strathmore Musicians in Residence), teams up with Free Minds, a DC-based organization that helps formerly incarcerated youth find their voice through writing and poetry. Our Voices combines well-known local musicians, including members of the Chuck Brown Band, who will play original pieces while members of Free Minds recite their powerful poetic works.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June 11th Basement Show Flier

Library Basement Show with Give, Puff Pieces and The Maneuvers

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the DC Punk Archive with the Fifth Library Basement Show featuring Give, Puff Pieces and The Maneuvers!  Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30.  FREE | ALL AGES 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fringe Music in the Library

FRINGE Music in the Library: The CooLots

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
The CooLots are an original rock and soul band hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. A melting pot of different styles and talents, The CooLots come together to create feelings never experienced before. These creations embody sincerity, musicality, rock, funk, and soul, with influences including: N.E.R.D, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Sade, Staind, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and System of A Down. Food trucks will be on site or bring your lunch to eat in the historic Great Hall. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Christylez Bacon

Strayhorn from a Hip-Hop Perspective

Francis A. Gregory Library

2 p.m.
Join us for a performance featuring Christylez Bacon's eclectic blend of Strayhorn inspired classical, jazz and hip-hop arrangements and lyricism. This program is presented by East River Jazz in partnership with the DC Public Library and funded by the Elizabeth Holden Bequest.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Opera

A Salute to African American Opera Performers

Woodridge Library

2:30 p.m.
Sheryl Perry, Lyric Coloratura will perform in recognition of Black Music Month. Families welcome!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MWebb

MWebb

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

7 p.m.
Marcus Webb is an American-born musician based in Washington D.C. MWebb's eclectic music touches on progressive folk, country music, jazz music and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds from his instrument. Marcus Webb is also known by the stage name U68, an 80's synth and new wave musical persona. The music is an exciting blend of Americana, jazz and exotica.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

oldies

Books and Notes from Opera to Oldies

Woodridge Library

2:30 p.m.
Local artists God’s Miracles will perform oldies songs of the 60’s and 70’s In recognition of Black Music Month. Families welcome!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fringe Music in the Library

FRINGE Music in the Library: Batalá

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
Batalá Washington, D.C. is an all-women percussion band whose mission is to empower women through drumming and expose communities to Brazil’s dynamic music and culture. Batalá plays Samba Reggae, a form of Afro-Brazilian percussion from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The heavily syncopated music is rooted in African drumming, and is accented with a heavy dose of Brazilian samba and Caribbean reggae. The nearly 80 women of Batalá play this music on five types of drums, creating a powerful, dynamic sound. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Teething Veils

Teething Veils

Georgetown Library

7 p.m.
Teething Veils is a band carried out by songwriter/guitarist Greg Svitil with violist Hannah Burris and cellist Alexia Kauffman. In 2013, they released Velorio, their debut double LP for Etxe Records and Productions, made by a core band of long-time and first-time collaborators.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Fringe Music in the Library

FRINGE Music in the Library: Mellow Diamond

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
Janel Leppin is a cello virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist; an architect of acoustic and analog sound; a haunting and almost mythic singer with a sharp political consciousness. A celebrated young voice with a dedicated following on D.C.’s jazz and improvised music scene, Leppin shows off another side on Treaty, her solo debut as Mellow Diamond. It ventures even further down the ethereal path she’s blazed with the acclaimed duo Janel and Anthony, and lands her in the realm of experimental dream-pop. 

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

Present Company

Present Company

Francis A. Gregory Library

7 p.m.
Present Company Polka Band is all about professionals having serious fun. Composed of musicians from premier military bands, this group comes together to play for people who want to dance. No previous polka-dancing experience is required. The polka is a dance for all people and a brief lesson will be given so that all may participate.