July 2, 2018 Library Washington Performing Arts Present Summer Concerts on the Lawn

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Summer Concerts on the Lawn

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. The performances will be Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 19 through Aug. 23 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The July 19 through Aug. 16 performances will be presented in conjunction with “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn,” a six-film series which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry. Each film screening 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 this event-ticketing site. Entry is not guaranteed.

The concert series is the latest of many activities presented by the Library of Congress that seek to make America’s library and its treasures more accessible. This exciting lineup of locally-based musicians represents the variety of musical genres found in 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 summer music compilation. 

The scheduled performances include:

  • July 19: Batalá 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.
  • July 26: Chelsey Green
    With performances often described as passionate, vivacious, electrifying, and innovative, Billboard-charting international recording artist Chelsey Green brings combines violin and viola playing with unique, rich vocals to a whole new way for audiences worldwide. 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.

  • Aug. 2: Cheick 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’gonikora (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. 

  • Aug. 9: Trifilio 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.
  • Aug. 16: Sarah Marie Hughes & Coy Fish 
    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.
  • Aug. 23: DuPont 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 there are 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 a new culmination of songs written over the past year by Marley that address issues of love, community, race, criminal justice and much more. DuPont Brass and VeVe & tha Rebels are the 2018-2019 Washington Performing Arts Mars Urban Arts Initiative Ensembles in Residence.

Located between the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE (running the length of East Capitol Street between First and Second streets, SE), the north lawn of the Jefferson Building provides a magnificent space for outdoor summer fun in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol Building. 

Washington Performing Arts is one of the leading performing arts presenters in the nation and a recipient of the 2012 National Medal of the Arts. The Mars Urban Arts Initiative (MUAI) is a creative platform for Washington Performing Arts and the D.C. community to celebrate and empower local artists through performances, unique educational programs, and interdisciplinary grassroots collaborations that showcase the diversity and vitality of our city. MUAI amplifies the role of local artists throughout Washington Performing Arts’ productions, educational opportunities, and special events. Learn more about Washington Performing Arts at washingtonperformingarts.org.

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PR 18-089
ISSN 0731-3527