June 24, 2019 (REVISED July 22, 2019) 2nd Annual Summer Concerts On the Lawn

Co-Presented with Washington Performing Arts

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Summer Concerts on the Lawn

The Library of Congress and the Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Arts D.C. project will co-host the “Summer Concerts on the Lawn” outdoor musical performance series. The performances take place Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 11 through Aug. 15 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The performances will be presented in conjunction with “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn,” a six-film series that 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 via Eventbrite, 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 one of many programs established under the leadership of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden that seeks to generate memories, expand knowledge and ignite imagination. This year’s lineup of locally-based musicians represents a variety of cultures and genres. The live summer music compilation will feature sizzling salsa, a smooth jazz quartet, Japanese hip-hop artists and D.C.’s signature go-go sounds.

The scheduled performances include:

  • July 11: Brent Birckhead Quartet
    Saxophonist Brent Birckhead was named best blues, pop, rock soloist and outstanding instrumental jazz soloist by Downbeat magazine as part of the annual Student Music Awards. He is also a faculty member at Morgan State University.
  • July 18:  Elena & Los Fulanos
    Elena & Los Fulanos is a Washington Area Music Awards–nominated Latin folk band based in D.C. that mixes original tunes with covers that share perspectives of Latinx identity. The artists are of Nicaraguan, Mexican and American heritage and have a unique musical style based on the intersection of musical styles from each country.
  • July 25: BYTES & BEATS: Shing02, Substantial, Marcus D and EyeQ 
    Samurai Champloo 15th anniversary event
    Shing02 and Substantial and Marcus D headline a unique concert celebrating the best of African-American and Japanese, eastern and western cultures combined. The lineup pairs some of the most exciting and relevant influencers in the animé-inspired hip-hop and lo-fi hip-hop universe with emcees who worked directly with groundbreaking composer/producer Nujabes on the hit television show Samurai Champloo. This performance is being presented in conjunction with Otakon, Washington, D.C.’s annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom.
  • Aug. 1: ENTATY Music and Go-Go Dance Workshop with Lorenzo “GoLo” Evans
    ENTATY founder Demetrius Brown is a native of Southeast Washington, D.C. and an alum of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The band has performed in front of thousands in venues around the country opening up for such artists as Kelly Rowland, Tank, LL Cool J, DMX, Xzibit, The Lox, Music Soulchild, Cassidy and Lil Scrappy. They have also worked with producer Carl E. "Chucky" Thompson, collaborating with artists like Raheem Davaughn and Chuck Brown.
  • Aug. 8: KanKouran West African Dance Company  
    KanKouran West African Dance Company was founded in 1983 to introduce the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to American audiences. The group’s thrilling performances captivate fans of all ages with electrifying dances and rhythms, promoting intercultural understanding and enriching our American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African performing arts. 
  • Aug. 15: Verny Varela Combo and Salsa Dancing
    Verny Varela is a renowned D.C.-based arranger, composer, singer and flutist. Varela’s distinguished career as a jazz and salsa artist has included collaborations with Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago and Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez. In 1997, Varela became the lead singer in the Gabino Pampini Band and later toured Europe and the U.S. with Tito Gomez. He has been nominated for the Washington Area Music Awards and has performed at many prominent venues around the Washington, D.C. area including the Kennedy Center Lincoln Theater, Smithsonian, Embassy of Colombia and Embassy of Panama. Varela currently teaches at Howard University.  

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. Mars Arts D.C. is a partnership of Mars, Inc., and Washington Performing Arts, supported in part by Jacqueline Badger Mars. The initiative 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 the city. The initiative amplifies the role of local artists throughout Washington Performing Arts’ productions, educational opportunities and special events. The July 18 and Aug.15 concerts are made possible by the D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs. Learn more about Washington Performing Arts at washingtonperformingarts.org.

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PR 19-067
ISSN 0731-3527