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Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
1/19/2017

Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra present a concert of select classical works from Clarke and Schumann.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra |

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Langston Kerman

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Langston Kerman
1/18/2017

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

Featured Artist(s)
| Langston Kerman |

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
1/17/2017

Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra present a concert of select classical works from Schumann.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra |

Let Freedom Ring! a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., with Gladys Knight
1/16/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Gladys Knight | Let Freedom Ring Choir |

Betsayda Machado with La Parranda El Clavo
1/15/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Betsayda Machado |

Tal Shtuhl
1/14/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Tal Shtuhl |

Hometown Sounds: Aaron Abernathy with live band Nat Turner
1/13/2017

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

Featured Artist(s)
| Aaron "Ab" Abernathy |

Joy of Motion Dance Center: Afro-Cuban Salsa with Angela Ingram
1/12/2017

Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Angela Ingram leads an Afro-Cuban salsa dance fitness class, with instruction offered for all abilities.

Featured Artist(s)
| Joy of Motion Dance Center |

Jojo Abot
1/11/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Jojo Abot |

Joy of Motion Dance Center: Street Pop/Prince Tribute with Maverick Lemons
1/10/2017

Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Maverick Lemons leads a street pop jazz/Prince tribute dance fitness class, with instruction offered for all abilities.

Featured Artist(s)
| Joy of Motion Dance Center | Maverick Lemons |

Black String
1/9/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Black String |

Kandace Springs
1/8/2017

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.”

Featured Artist(s)
| Kandace Springs |

The Defibulators
1/7/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Defibulators |

Batida

Batida
1/6/2017

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

Featured Artist(s)
| Batida |

The Ladybugs
1/5/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Ladybugs |

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project
1/4/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Jayme Stone |

Joy of Motion Dance Center: Zumba with Tanya Nuchols
1/3/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Joy of Motion Dance Center |

Wes Felton & Asheru Tribute to yasiin bey
1/2/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Asheru | Wes Felton |

Jamal Gray & Nag Champa Tribute to yasiin bey
1/1/2017

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Jamal Gray |

Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes
12/31/2016

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.

Featured Artist(s)
| Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes |


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