Musical Performances

50th Anniversary Balloons

Countdown to the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Palisades Library on November 15!

The Palisades Library will celebrate 50 years at the V St NW location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Library Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will lead a keynote address beginning at 1:30 p.m. A special day of events is planned including technology workshops, local bands, and a puppet show!  See a 3-D printer in action and meet local community groups!  The day's events have been generously supported by the Friends of Palisades Library.
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Our Voices

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.
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4/4: Hand Dancing + House Music

Curated By: Pleasant Plains Workshop and The General Store, Inc.
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This DCopian Life

Curated By: Clare Bennett and Jim Thomson
June 11th Basement Show Flier

Library Basement Show with Give, Puff Pieces and The Maneuvers

Celebrate the DC Punk Archive with the 5th Library Basement Show featuring Give, Puff Pieces and The Maneuvers!  Doors at 6 pm, show starts at 6:30.  FREE | ALL AGES   
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Summer Reading Kick-Off

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!

Books and Notes from Opera to Oldies

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

A Salute to African American Opera Performers

Sheryl Perry, Lyric Coloratura will perform in recognition of Black Music Month. Families welcome!
Fringe Music in the Library CooLots

FRINGE Music in the Library: The CooLots

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. 
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FRINGE Music in the Library: Batalá

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.