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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: August 2012

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[August 31, 2012]

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The group experiments with Americana/folk traditions to cross-pollinate styles and sounds such as smooth vocals, guitar work, banjos, and horns.

Featured Artist(s): Annie and The Beekeepers

[August 30, 2012]

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Generating a well-deserved buzz in New York’s burgeoning Afrobeat scene, the group blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz, and soul.

Featured Artist(s): Zongo Junction

[August 29, 2012]

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The New Orleans–based band brings to the stage its mind-bending sounds of experimental noise-pop, including sweet psychedelic indie ballads and intense, noise-driven crescendos.

Featured Artist(s): Caddywhompus

[August 28, 2012]

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The Navy's premier country-bluegrass ensemble is nationally renowned for its blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.

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

[August 27, 2012]

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The singer and guitarist, widely known for his fourth place finish on the 10th season of American Idol, rocks the stage with his heavy rock sound and powerhouse vocals. Presented in cooperation with VSA.

Featured Artist(s): James Durbin

[August 26, 2012]

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The acclaimed ensemble performs a program of pop, Broadway, folk, and classical music.

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

[August 25, 2012]

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As part of its Ninth Annual Dance DC Festival, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents this event which uses dance to highlight the jovial, forbidden, divine, and sanguine masks in many folk and traditional ceremonies, rituals, and traditions.

Featured Artist(s): Dance DC Festival

[August 24, 2012]

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Somali Sunrise Concert Tour for Peace 2012 presents performances by Shiine Akhyaar Ali of the hip hop collective Waayaha Cusub, Somali-style R&B/soul artist Hodan Abdirahman, and singer Dalmar Yare.

Featured Artist(s): Somali Sunrise Concert Tour for Peace 2012

[August 23, 2012]

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This program features African American a cappella sacred music belonging to a devotional/musical tradition that is unique to the Delmarva region. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Featured Artist(s): The Singing and Praying Band

[August 22, 2012]

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Hailing from Tel Aviv, the independent choreographer presents a dance performance showcasing her talents which have been featured at festivals all over the world.

Featured Artist(s): Rachel Erdos and Ido Tadmor

[August 21, 2012]

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The Maryland-based award-winning guitarist and mandolin player combines hot picking, cool singing, and good humor to create an unforgettable live concert experience.

Featured Artist(s): Orrin Star

[August 20, 2012]

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With a foundation of reggae and world music, the group fuses elements of funk, jazz, ska, and Latin grooves, bringing a fresh sound to the D.C. music scene.

Featured Artist(s): Lucky Dub

[August 19, 2012]

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The association, which works to strengthen the craft of songwriting by providing an active forum for songwriters and their work, presents a musical showcase featuring Margot MacDonald, Christylez Bacon, Sol Roots, and Dulcie Taylor.

Featured Artist(s): Margot MacDonald

[August 18, 2012]

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

Featured Artist(s): Charles Covington Jr.

[August 17, 2012]

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The acoustic, song-based group blends Latin jazz, Gypsy swing, and much more to create rhythms, harmonies, and an energy that propels its music.

Featured Artist(s): Veronneau

[August 16, 2012]

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Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger, and Bobby Taylor, three of the Kanawha Valley’s best traditional musicians, present a dynamic performance. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Featured Artist(s): Bobby Taylor

[August 15, 2012]

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The D.C.-based indie rock band uses its eclectic take on modern pop music to craft a unique sound, as heard on the group’s recently released self-recorded debut album Day Light Savings.

Featured Artist(s): Young Rapids

[August 14, 2012]

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Inspired by traditional Afro-Caribbean music from Curaçao and European dance, the Amsterdam-based group has cleverly found a balance between electronic sound samples, singing, and chanting and infectious rhythms.

Featured Artist(s): Kuenta i Tambú

[August 13, 2012]

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The New York-based ensemble blends jazz, North African, and Latin American sounds in its celebration of the human voice with original music surrounded by only voices and percussion.

Featured Artist(s): Sefira

[August 12, 2012]

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The group makes big music that begins in traditional Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere.

Featured Artist(s): M.A.K.U. SoundSystem

[August 11, 2012]

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The soul/R&B singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was a participant on Bravo’s Platinum Hit and is a 2010 VSA International Young Soloists Award recipient whose diverse mix of sounds draws on influences from across the music spectrum. Presented in cooperation with VSA.

Featured Artist(s): Blessing Offor

[August 10, 2012]

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Listen Local First D.C. presents the D.C. band known for its raucous but refined blend of Appalachian and Midwestern old time and bluegrass, New Orleans ragtime and traditional jazz, haunted Irish fiddle tunes, classic country, and Texas and gypsy swing.

Featured Artist(s): Sligo Creek Stompers

[August 9, 2012]

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Prize winners from the annual competition play works by Beethoven, Chopin, and more.

Featured Artist(s): International Young Artist Piano Competition

[August 8, 2012]

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The group presents a program of fiddle tunes and songs drawn from their French-Canadian heritage. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Featured Artist(s): Les Bon Hommes du Nord

[August 7, 2012]

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The Chicago-based ensemble uses an impressive array of percussion instruments and everyday objects to create a playful and profound performance featuring the music of John Cage.

Featured Artist(s): Third Coast Percussion

[August 6, 2012]

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The undisputed king of bubu and his gang have been performing their fanatically paced dance music all over the country this summer, including at Bonnaroo and SXSW.

Featured Artist(s): Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang

[August 5, 2012]

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority presents some of its employees’ best soul, R&B, and gospel voices backed by the Mass Transit Band.

Featured Artist(s): Metro Review!

[August 4, 2012]

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The group, comprised of some of the best high school and college jazz musicians in the Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey regions, presents a family-friendly concert for all ages.

Featured Artist(s): Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

[August 3, 2012]

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Participants in the internationally renowned festival perform an outstanding recital of solo piano music.

Featured Artist(s): Washington International Piano Festival

[August 2, 2012]

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Participants in the internationally renowned festival perform an outstanding recital of solo piano music.

Featured Artist(s): Washington International Piano Festival

[August 1, 2012]

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The Czech pianist performs a solo recital featuring Smetana’s concert etude “On the Seashore,” Novák’s My May, Debussy’s Estampes, and Chopin’s Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante.

Featured Artist(s): Alice Fiedlerová

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