Let Freedom Ring! featuring Bobby McFerrin
The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring Grammy Award–winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Note: Free reserved seating tickets will be given away two (2) per person in line in the Hall of Nations at 4 p.m. (previously 5 p.m.) on Mon., Jan. 16 on a first-come, first-served basis. All patrons must be seated by 5:40 p.m.
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Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra presents a night of ragtime orchestra accompaniment with two screenings of classic Harold Lloyd silent films. Get Out and Get Under (1920) is based off a 1913 popular song. The film features Harold’s misadventures with his car, a Ford model T. Never Weaken (1921) is the third of his “thrill” comedies, where a series of events leave Harold stranded on top of an uncompleted skyscraper.
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Listen Local First: The Harry Bells
Listen Local First DC presents The Harry Bells, a horn-and-percussion-driven tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. They will be performing their own interpretations of his songs, in addition to arrangements of holiday classics, in their own style.
The Lovejoy Group presents The Giant that Lived in the Shadows, honoring Billy Strayhorn as the genius behind Ellington, his life, and his music. The performance is an exploration of Strayhorn’s soulful and haunting melodies, captivating harmonies, and sophisticated lyrics. His music seduced and challenged the musical world while expanding the artistic vocabulary of American society.
Part of East River Jazz’s Strayhorn Centennial Celebration Series.
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Dance off that turkey at a 1940s-themed Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program featuring dancing and music by Jive Aces. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. with Hollywood-Style Lindy icon Jean Veloz, followed by a free, evening-long dance party from 7–9 p.m.
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Charm City Junction
The Baltimore-based Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they'll go next. The band is comprised of four of the most talented and promising acoustic roots musicians in the country—Patrick McAvinue (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), Brad Kolodner (clawhammer banjo and vocals), Sean McComiskey (button accordion) and Alex Lacquement (upright bass and vocals). Their music melds Old Time rhythms, foot-stomping Irish melodies, hard-driving bluegrass, and three-part harmonies,
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