Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2014-2015

THURSDAYS, JULY 19 through AUGUST 23 at 7:00 PM

North Lawn, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE
Free, tickets available, but not required

The Library of Congress and Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative will co-host the first “Summer Concerts on the Lawn” outdoor musical performance series.

Pride in the Library: FILM - Paris is Burning

The performances will be presented in conjunction with the “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn”— a six-film series which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The film screenings will follow the musical performances at sundown. Tickets for the performances are now available, but are not required, on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and to secure tickets, visit the event-ticketing site at the links below. Entry is not guaranteed. The concert series is the latest of many activities that have been presented under the leadership of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden that seek to make America’s library and its treasures more accessible on-site. This exciting lineup of locally-based musicians represents the variety of musical genres that can be found amongst the Library’s music collections. A vibrant violinist, a West African griot street band, a tango trio and a summery jazz ensemble all will make up this live Library summer music compilation.

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM (ET)

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Batala DCBatalá DC

Batalá Washington is an all-female Afro-Brazilian percussion band (banda feminina) that plays samba-reggae rhythms from Brazil’s north east state of Bahia. With colorful costumes and instruments, its exuberant performances create a striking visual and auditory experience. Founded in 2007, the DC group is part of a larger international community, the Mundo Batalá family, including over 30 bands worldwide.

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM (ET)

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Chelsey GreenChelsey Green

With performances often described as passionate, vivacious, electrifying, and innovative, Billboard-charting international recording artist Chelsey Green brings the vibrancy of violin and viola playing and unique, rich vocals to worldwide audiences in a whole new way. A native of Houston, Texas, Green was born into a family of jazz and funk musicians and started her performance career as a violinist at age 5. She is the 2017-2018 Washington Performing Arts Mars Urban Arts Initiative Artist in Residence.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM (ET)

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Cheick Hamala DiabateCheick Hamala Diabate

Though Cheick Hamala Diabate sticks to the old-school roles of the griot, his music embraces the panoply of sound he discovered in America, taking him beyond the traditional trio of griot instruments: the n’goni, kora (gourd harp) and the balafon (wooden xylophone). He has long explored the connection between America’s traditions and his own griot roots. In 2007, Diabate’s collaboration with banjo player Bob Carlin, “From Mali to America” led to a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM (ET)

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Trifilio Tango TrioTrifilio Tango Trio

Formed in 2015, Trifilio Tango Trio is an international project that presents virtuosic performances of original tango music from Buenos Aires and Washington DC. Led by Argentine Emmanuel Trifilio (composition, bandoneon) and Devree Lewis (arrangements and cello), the trio celebrates the tango classics while creating new repertoire for today’s audiences. A DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities grant recipient, the group has performed recently in Havana, Cuba, San Francisco, Miami and Houston.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM (ET)

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Sarah Marie HughesSarah Marie Hughes

Sarah Marie Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, and music educator from Pasadena, Maryland. She is primarily a free improviser who creates within and on top of many genre frameworks including but not limited to jazz, experimental, swing, blues, folk, pop and rock music. She appears with her quartet Coy Fish.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM (ET)

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DuPont Brass and VeVe & Tha RebelsDuPont Brass and VeVe & Tha Rebels

DuPont Brass describes itself as “a unique, soulful brass band hailing from the DC metropolitan area.” Started by five music majors from Howard University, today the band has thirteen musicians: brass, a rhythm section and vocalists, trained in both classical and contemporary genres. The band has taken its irresistible stylistic blend of jazz, hip-hop and R & B to appearances throughout the city, including concerts for the D.C. Jazz Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

VeVe & Tha Rebels is a Washington, D.C. based Afro-folk band, led by singer-songwriter Violet Marley. The Afro-folk sound is a mixture of folk, blues, go-go and reggae. Veve & Tha Rebels will release a new culmination of songs written over the past year by Marley that addresses issues of love, community, race, criminal justice and much more.