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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: August 2010

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[August 31, 2010]

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Combine an American veteran bluegrass player with three top French musicians who have the same affinity and you get hard-driving, crowd-pleasing music.

Featured Artist(s): Blue Railroad Train

[August 30, 2010]

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The roots rock band plays music from their latest recording, What Lasts, released July 20, 2010.

Featured Artist(s): These United States

[August 29, 2010]

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The San Francisco–based musical agitators blend an alternative pop attitude with international spices, mixing in elements of Gypsy swing, Colombian cumbia, French chanson, and Indian ragas.

Featured Artist(s): Rupa and the April Fishes

[August 28, 2010]

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Led by the soulful Arnold, whose scratch in his singing makes him stand out among singer songwriters, draws on blues, gospel, folk, and rock, as heard on the August 2010 release Simplify.

Featured Artist(s): Ben Arnold Band

[August 27, 2010]

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Hailing from Maui, longtime friends Ginger Johnson and Robyn Kneubuhl blend vintage Hapa Haole songs with jazz classics to create a swinging sound all their own.

Featured Artist(s): Hula Honeys

[August 26, 2010]

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Founded in 1956 and able to sing in more than 26 languages, the chorus presents an evening of American music.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Army Chorus

[August 25, 2010]

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The group from Wisconsin plays a blend of polka, pop, country, and rock. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America series.

Featured Artist(s): Steve Meisner and Friends

[August 24, 2010]

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Malian vocalist Khaira Arby shifts seamlessly between the edgy and progressive and the traditional, turning to her mixed Berber and Sonrhai roots. She blends electric guitar with the forefather of the banjo and drum breaks with the traditional percussion of the scraper and the calabash.

Featured Artist(s): Khaïra Arby

[August 23, 2010]

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The quintet plays music that incorporates jazz, hip hop, and rock, as well as influences from the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Featured Artist(s): Michael Feinberg Ensemble

[August 22, 2010]

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The folk rock group started in 2004 by brothers Todd and Eric Fink is known for extraordinary environmental stewardship and eco-friendly music production.

Featured Artist(s): The Giving Tree Band

[August 21, 2010]

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In celebration of the D.C. Youth Orchestra’s 50th anniversary, Marvin Hamlisch, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, conducts a program featuring some of the program’s 50,000 alumni from around the country. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): DC Youth Orchestra

[August 20, 2010]

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The pianist and professor of music at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory has performed with such legendary artists as Clark Terry, Zoot Simms, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and others.

Featured Artist(s): Charles Covington Jr.

[August 19, 2010]

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The funky folk artist from Fredericksburg, Virginia, performs tunes from her latest release, Hundreds of Lions.

Featured Artist(s): Erin McKeown

[August 18, 2010]

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The ensemble was named Best Folk Song Choir at the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago National Music Festival. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago.

Featured Artist(s): New Dimension Performing Arts Company

[August 17, 2010]

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Traditional Persian music and Rumi poetry.

Featured Artist(s): Nava Ensemble

[August 16, 2010]

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The Austin, Texas–based band plays a blend of gutbucket soul, N’awlins funk, and Motown pop.

Featured Artist(s): Mingo Fishtrap

[August 15, 2010]

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A showcase of up-and-coming youth talent as part of Washington Performing Arts Society's Summer Performing Arts Academy. Led by members of Step Afrika!, the young performers will explore the traditions of stepping and other percussive dance styles.

Featured Artist(s): Washington Performing Arts

[August 14, 2010]

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Participants in the Gulfport, Mississippi Lynn Meadows Discovery Center program perform.

Featured Artist(s): WINGS Performing Arts

[August 13, 2010]

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The group is comprised of the best high school and college jazz musicians in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey regions.

Featured Artist(s): Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

[August 12, 2010]

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The U.S. Navy’s seven-member country-bluegrass group is their premier country music ensemble and has been playing since 1973.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Navy Country Current

[August 11, 2010]

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The chamber group and graduates of Curtis Institute of Music—pianist and clarinetist Teddy Abrams, fiddler and oboist Harrison Hollingsworth, and clarinetist Johnny Teyssier—present varied musical styles.

Featured Artist(s): Sixth Floor Trio

[August 10, 2010]

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Voice of America presents Sierra Leone Theatre’s production of True Friendship, a play about Sidique, who is sentenced to die in two days. Only the son of the man he tried to harm—his best friend Abu—can save Sidique…by giving up his own life in the place of Sidique’s.

Featured Artist(s): Sierra Leone Theatre

[August 9, 2010]

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Members from the cast of the national tour of Mary Poppins strut their high-belting, energized, tap dancing stuff in an evening of song, led by Jacob ben Widmar with pianist William Johnson.

Featured Artist(s): Jacob ben Widmar

[August 8, 2010]

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Latin jazz trombonist and historian Christopher Washburne plays with renowned percussionist and Apollo Theater house band member Candido Camero. Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in association with its exhibition, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.”

Featured Artist(s): Candido Camero

[August 7, 2010]

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In sing-alongs, bang-alongs, and improvised songs, the tenor/percussionist/guitarist uses the audience as his primary instrument, as well as plays on fanciful "industrial re-percussion" instruments made from found objects.

Featured Artist(s): Billy Jonas

[August 6, 2010]

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The singer, poet, actor, emcee, and D.C. native is using every weapon in his arsenal to resuscitate soul music.

Featured Artist(s): W. Ellington Felton

[August 5, 2010]

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The U.S. Naval Academy Band's jazz ensemble plays big band repertoire as well as original works.

Featured Artist(s): The Next Wave

[August 4, 2010]

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The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs present an ensemble of Department of State visiting classical musicians in an evening of chamber music.

Featured Artist(s): Classical Ambassadors

[August 3, 2010]

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Dubbed the “Celtic guitar god,” Robin Bullock blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic people and their Appalachian descendants into one powerful musical vision with his virtuosity on guitar, cittern, and mandolin.

Featured Artist(s): Robin Bullock

[August 2, 2010]

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Travel through a year on the road with four cast members of the national tour of Mary Poppins—Q. Smith, Ellen Harvey, Geoffrey Goldberg, and Tom Souhrada—in this comic and touching evening of song and narrative.

Featured Artist(s): Geoffrey Goldberg

[August 1, 2010]

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This is a showcase of some of the city's uniquely talented young voices, highlighting the rich tradition of gospel music.

Featured Artist(s): WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir

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