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Prelude 2008: Arts Across America

Open House Arts Festival

24th Annual!
Saturday, September 13 from 12 noon to 11 p.m.

A free day of performances all throughout the Kennedy Center

It's a new season of Performing Arts for Everyone! The Kennedy Center is kicking off its 37th birthday with a celebration of American innovators and artists carrying on and developing traditions. Continuing the theme of Prelude 2008: Arts Across America, which highlights the diversity of the United States, Open House features artists from across the country and the D.C. area in more than 30 performances, demonstrations, and events.

Performance Schedule

Great for children in kindergarten and up and their families
Open Captioned event
American Sign Language interpreted
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South Plaza

12-12:15 p.m.
Opening Kick-Off

Featuring members of the Hungry March Band, Greg Pattillo, and Step Afrika!

12:15-1 p.m.
Hungry March Band (New York)

New York City’s legendary street brass marching band comes roaring out of Brooklyn in the anarchic style that has become their trademark. Put on your dancing shoes for European brass traditions, Gypsy and Roma classics, jazz, Latin, punk rock, hip hop, and music of the streets.

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Dan Zanes and Friends (New York) [K][ASL]

Dan Zanes and his merry band make music for families and people of all ages in a way that is changing the face of America. His albums Catch That Train! and ¡Nueva York! have won awards and praise from audiences everywhere.

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Algebra (Georgia) [ASL]

Atlanta, Georgia-based R&B songstress Algebra, who has worked on projects with Monica, Bilal, India.Arie, and more, moves easily between pop, rock, rap, funk or crunk, as heard on her debut CD Purpose.

5-6 p.m.
Lila Downs (Minnesota) [ASL]

Mexican born folk singer Lila Downs, nominated for an Academy Award for her song “Burn it Blue” in the film Frida, brings her unique style of music combining her Mexican roots with jazz and North American sounds.

7-8:30 p.m.
DJ Rahsaan (Maryland)

Get down as DJ Rahsaan spins hip hop, Go-Go, and Deep House.

8:30-9 p.m.
Hip Hop Dance Lessons with goLo LLC (Washington, D.C.)

Learn some fresh new moves with the Hip Hop Dance Experience from goLo LLC.

9-11 p.m.
Go-Go Dance Party with Chuck Brown (Washington, D.C.)

D.C. legend and Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown gets your groove on with this hypnotically danceable music rooted in funk and soul.

Artists and programming subject to change.