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Upcoming Millennium Stage Performances

Watch these performances free at the Kennedy Center or online.

Listen Local First D.C. presents Pree

10/22/14: Listen Local First D.C. presents Pree

The D.C. group combines a wide variety of folk instrumentation with electric and digital elements to create a unique sound brimming with layered melodies and contagious energy.


Watch Past Performances

Listen Local First D.C. presents Feedel Band 10/16/14: Listen Local First D.C. presents Feedel Band

This D.C. band blends Ethiopian music and jazz to create a unique sound called EthioJazz.

Listen Local First D.C. presents Feedel Band

This D.C. band blends Ethiopian music and jazz to create a unique sound called EthioJazz.
Listen Local First DC presents Paperhaus 9/19/14: Listen Local First DC presents Paperhaus

The popular D.C. psychedelic pop rock band featuring Alex Tebeleff, Eduardo Rivera, and Danny Bentley performs.

Listen Local First DC presents Paperhaus

The popular D.C. psychedelic pop rock band featuring Alex Tebeleff, Eduardo Rivera, and Danny Bentley performs.
Listen Local First D.C.’s Capital City Independence Bash 7/4/14: Listen Local First D.C.’s Capital City Independence Bash

Jonny Grave and Gordon Daniels of Lucky Dub, Candice Mills of Future, and Mike Ounallah and Kristen Long of Black Masala celebrate the Fourth of July.

Listen Local First D.C.’s Capital City Independence Bash

Jonny Grave and Gordon Daniels of Lucky Dub, Candice Mills of Future, and Mike Ounallah and Kristen Long of Black Masala celebrate the Fourth of July.
Listen Local First D.C. Presents 6/7/14: Listen Local First D.C. Presents

Musicians from the DC area perform.

Listen Local First D.C. Presents

Musicians from the DC area perform.
Listen Local First D.C. presents The Walking Sticks 3/2/14: Listen Local First D.C. presents The Walking Sticks

The Silver Spring, MD–based trio, which consists of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and lead singer Chelsea Lee, blends deep roots grooves and harmony with meditative and heavily acoustic pop.

Listen Local First D.C. presents The Walking Sticks

The Silver Spring, MD–based trio, which consists of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and lead singer Chelsea Lee, blends deep roots grooves and harmony with meditative and heavily acoustic pop.
Listen Local First D.C. presents Nappy Riddem 2/12/14: Listen Local First D.C. presents Nappy Riddem

A D.C. favorite, the 6-piece, uplifting and conscious reggae band started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem has developed its own brand of “Dancehall Funk” that moves bodies, hearts, and minds.

Listen Local First D.C. presents Nappy Riddem

A D.C. favorite, the 6-piece, uplifting and conscious reggae band started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem has developed its own brand of “Dancehall Funk” that moves bodies, hearts, and minds.
Listen Local First D.C. presents its Holiday Nine Showcase 12/19/13: Listen Local First D.C. presents its Holiday Nine Showcase

An evening of songs from nine different local musicians.

Listen Local First D.C. presents its Holiday Nine Showcase

An evening of songs from nine different local musicians.
Listen Local First D.C. presents The Morrison Brothers Band 11/7/13: Listen Local First D.C. presents The Morrison Brothers Band

This D.C.-based group fuses elements of southern rock, pop, and country music for a unique sound.

Listen Local First D.C. presents The Morrison Brothers Band

This D.C.-based group fuses elements of southern rock, pop, and country music for a unique sound.
Listen Local First D.C. Presents Black Alley 10/2/13: Listen Local First D.C. Presents Black Alley

The group takes funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a genre-bending sound called “soul garage.”

Listen Local First D.C. Presents Black Alley

The group takes funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a genre-bending sound called “soul garage.”
Listen Local First D.C. presents South Rail 9/27/13: Listen Local First D.C. presents South Rail

Jay Byrd and Lara Supan blend robust harmonies with solid songwriting and musicianship to create original music that fuses authentic Americana and rock ‘n’ roll.

Listen Local First D.C. presents South Rail

Jay Byrd and Lara Supan blend robust harmonies with solid songwriting and musicianship to create original music that fuses authentic Americana and rock ‘n’ roll.
Listen Local First D.C. Presents Elikeh 8/17/13: Listen Local First D.C. Presents Elikeh

The D.C.-based band performs afro-pop using Togolese rhythms with American-influenced styles.

Listen Local First D.C. Presents Elikeh

The D.C.-based band performs afro-pop using Togolese rhythms with American-influenced styles.
Listen Local First D.C. Presents Mission South 7/17/13: Listen Local First D.C. Presents Mission South

The DC-based soul rock trio effortlessly fuses classic blues and folk styles with more modern colors and tones.

Listen Local First D.C. Presents Mission South

The DC-based soul rock trio effortlessly fuses classic blues and folk styles with more modern colors and tones.
Listen Local First Presents Drop Electric 5/19/13: Listen Local First Presents Drop Electric

The DC–based experimental rock band combines evocative music, unique vocals, and narrative film.

Listen Local First Presents Drop Electric

The DC–based experimental rock band combines evocative music, unique vocals, and narrative film.
Listen Local First presents Janel and Anthony 4/5/13: Listen Local First presents Janel and Anthony

The D.C. guitarist and cellist perform their original music that draws on everything from Hindustani ragas and surf rock to Appalachian laments and post-bop harmonies.

Listen Local First presents Janel and Anthony

The D.C. guitarist and cellist perform their original music that draws on everything from Hindustani ragas and surf rock to Appalachian laments and post-bop harmonies.
By & By 3/29/13: By & By

Listen Local First presents the D.C.-based and District-loving bluegrass band in a concert featuring a mix of traditional and original music with rich, tight vocal harmony.

By & By

Listen Local First presents the D.C.-based and District-loving bluegrass band in a concert featuring a mix of traditional and original music with rich, tight vocal harmony.
Shark Week 2/3/13: Shark Week

Listen Local First DC presents this garage-rock/psychedelia/ blues/surf/punk-laced band.

Shark Week

Listen Local First DC presents this garage-rock/psychedelia/ blues/surf/punk-laced band.
Listen Local First presents Black Masala 12/21/12: Listen Local First presents Black Masala

The D.C.-based group performs a colorful mix of sounds that draws on melodies of Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, ambient/experimental indie rock riffs, and a hint of Appalachian twang.

Listen Local First presents Black Masala

The D.C.-based group performs a colorful mix of sounds that draws on melodies of Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, ambient/experimental indie rock riffs, and a hint of Appalachian twang.
Listen Local First/ The 9 Local Music Holiday Spectacular 12/19/12: Listen Local First/ The 9 Local Music Holiday Spectacular

Ten holiday tracks, one hour, nine DC artists: Don Kim, Justin Trawick, Gordon Daniels, Sam McCormally, Wytold, Bobbie Allen, Madia, Tiffany Thompson, Alex Vans.

Listen Local First/ The 9 Local Music Holiday Spectacular

Ten holiday tracks, one hour, nine DC artists: Don Kim, Justin Trawick, Gordon Daniels, Sam McCormally, Wytold, Bobbie Allen, Madia, Tiffany Thompson, Alex Vans.

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