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Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Langston Kerman
Langston Kerman was a finalist for this year’s NBC Diversity Standup showcase in December 2015. He does stand-up all over the country, and was chosen to perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland in May 2015. Notable engagements include the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, and Adam DeVine’s House Party. Currently, he plays “Jared” on the Golden Globe®–nominated HBO show Insecure. Opening for Kerman is D.C.-based comedian and artist Simone.
This performance contains mature content.
Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of States starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
This show is not available for viewing
| Langston Kerman |
The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free, ticketed musical tribute titled Let Freedom Ring! featuring Gladys Knight and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by music director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will present the 15th Annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Abel Enrique Núñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). The annual award is given by Georgetown University to an international or local individual who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. King.
Free reserved seat tickets will be distributed up to two per person on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Internationally renowned singer Betsayda Machado presents a high-energy, salsa dancing concert with Afro-Venezuelan percussion and vocal ensemble La Parranda El Clavo.
A free salsa dance lesson will take place in front of the stage at 5:00 pm.
| Betsayda Machado |
Specially selected by Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, saxophonist Tal Shtuhl will explore a variety of pieces with his quartet, including works by Duke Ellington, Clifford Brown, as well as selections from his first release, Beauty Horizons.
| Tal Shtuhl |
Aaron “Ab” Abernathy is a multitalented entertainer who comes from a long line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights leader Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. An alum of Howard University, Abernathy has acted as musical director for global touring acts Black Milk and Slum Village and collaborated with many Grammy-nominated® artists including Jack White, The Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson.
Part of the Hometown Sounds series
| Aaron "Ab" Abernathy |
Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Angela Ingram leads an Afro-Cuban salsa dance fitness class, with instruction offered for all abilities.
| Joy of Motion Dance Center |
Ghanaian singer-songwriter Jojo Abot is an artist whose signature sound is created by an experimental blend of electronica, Afro-beat, jazz, neo-soul, house, and reggae music. Her debut EP, Fyfya Woto, centers around a woman’s right to choose and comes from the generational ties that bind the women in her family together.
| Jojo Abot |
Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Maverick Lemons leads a street pop jazz/Prince tribute dance fitness class, with instruction offered for all abilities.
Founded in 2011, the four member ensemble known as Black String bases their work on Korean traditional music and improvisational music kind of jazz. The combination of a Korean zither amplified for bursts of sound, the fierce quake of traditional drums, and unpredictable melody of jazz guitar is sure to engage audiences.
| Black String |
Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and pianist Kandace Springs counts such song stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Norah Jones as her heroes. Her debut album, Soul Eyes, was lauded by Billboard as a “winning fusion of jazz and soul.”
| Kandace Springs |
Hailing from New York, The Defibulators are a six-man, one-woman band blends bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and a sucker punch of punk for a rubber-meets-the-road roots sound. Many of their songs toe a thin line between serious and satire. But don’t let irreverence fool you. These accomplished musicians create artistic arrangements that feature harmonies worthy of Gram and Emmylou, and a virtuosic chicken-pickin’ guitar that belies their geographic origin.
| The Defibulators |
Eclectic artist Pedro Coquenão, known on stage as Batida, brings African rhythms and electronic dance music together with choreography and video projections.
This show is not available for viewing
| Batida |
The Ladybugs are a traditional jazz vocal group known for their intricate harmonies and experimental arrangements. Led by Martina DaSilva, all members of the band sing while playing ukulele, guitar, trombone, bass, and drums. The Ladybugs’s repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, infused with swing, country, blues, and Latin music.
| The Ladybugs |
Jayme Stone's Lomax Project
Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project joins some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chants, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday workers.
| Jayme Stone |
Joy of Motion Dance Center presents a Zumba dance fitness fusion class led by Tanya Nuchols. This is the first of five dance fitness classes this month, where the audience will be encouraged to groove, move, and have a good time, with instruction offered for all abilities.
| Joy of Motion Dance Center |
D.C. Hip Hop artists Wes Felton and Asheru perform a show in honor of lyrical artist yasiin bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and his retirement from the music business, which coincides with his three-night farewell concert event here at the Kennedy Center through January 2.
D.C. musician and WPFW-FM programmer Jamal Gray curates a tribute performance in honor of lyrical artist yasiin bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and his retirement from the music business, which coincides with his three-night farewell concert event here at the Kennedy Center through January 2. The show features experimental jazz outfit Nag Champa Art Ensemble, Oshun, The Cornel West Theory, DJ Underdog, and other special guests. Words, Beats & Life is the official presentation partner for this event.
| Jamal Gray |
Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Millennium Stage debut performance of Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, D.C.’s only all-women big band. Steeped in the tradition of the masters yet forging ahead with a style all their own, the Bullettes bring all generations together to enjoy a dynamite performance.
| Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes |
The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts
accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission to its community and the nation.
Additional funding for the Millennium Stage is provided by Bernstein Family Foundation, The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., The Meredith Foundation , The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A.J. Stolwijk, U.S. Department of Education, and the Millennium Stage Endowment Fund.
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund - James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, Fannie Mae Foundation, the Kimsey Endowment, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.
Kennedy Center and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.