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Jagwa Music

From the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Jagwa Music brings on a high-powered celebration with the interlocking rumble of drums, hacked mini casio keyboards, and hotwired megaphones grounding spitfire vocals. Jagwa Music is touring the U.S. as part of Center Stage, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Featured Artist(s)
| Jagwa Music |

YoungArts Awareness Day

In observance of YoungArts Awareness Day, four young artists will sprint through the founding of our nation to the present day in A Very Brief History of the United States. Travel from the Revolutionary War to the birth of jazz, and from the Civil Rights Movement to modern politics in this celebration of improvisation, creativity, and collaboration.

Featured Artist(s)
| YoungArts@KennedyCenter |

Jan Knutson

Strathmore Artist-in-Residence: Drawing from the rich legacy of jazz guitar greats, Jan Knutson’s music is a unique blend of virtuosity, lyricism, and vitality. Knutson will be joined by fellow guitarist Steve Abshire for a concert of classic standards and originals, including tunes from Jan’s latest album, Looking Both Ways.

Featured Artist(s)
| Jan Knutson |

Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University

The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, formed by students, alumni, and community members, presents a concert of energetic gospel music.

Featured Artist(s)
| Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University |

2016 Peace Corps Storytelling Showcase

Winners of the 2016 Peace Corps Storytelling contest will take listeners on a round-the-world journey, sharing their experiences from time spent in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Togo, Tonga, and Ukraine.

Featured Artist(s)
| U.S. Peace Corps |

Mark G. Meadows

Recently named both “Artist of the Year” and “Composer of the Year” by Washington City Paper, Mark G. Meadows continues to make an impression on the D.C. jazz scene as an accomplished jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and jazz educator. In July, he made his acting debut as Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam at Signature Theatre.

Featured Artist(s)
| Mark G. Meadows |

Queen Esther

Vocalist Queen Esther performs her special blend of jazz, blues, and soul music, described as “Black Americana,” alongside her group The Blue Crowns.

Featured Artist(s)
| Queen Esther |

Gabriel Muñoz

Cuatro player Gabriel Muñoz will perform Puerto Rican folk music as part of the percussion and vocal ensemble, Melodías Borinqueñas.

Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Featured Artist(s)
| Gabriel Muñoz |

Comedy Night at the Kennedy Center: Ben Gleib

Comedy Night at the Kennedy Center: Ben Gleib

Years ago, Esquire called comedian Ben Gleib one of “six comedians who could be comedy’s next big thing.” His first hour special, Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster, premiered on Showtime in June.

This performance may contain strong language and 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.

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Featured Artist(s)
| Ben Gleib |

J.A.S.S. Quartet

A dynamic and exciting blend of South Indian raga, North Indian folk/classical and Latin rhythms, and jazz’s harmonic structure, the J.A.S.S. Quartet creates a distinctly evocative sound that maintains the Indian classical and jazz aesthetic, while pushing the boundaries of these traditions to create a refreshingly new sound.

Featured Artist(s)
| J.A.S.S. Quartet |

The Out of Water eXperience

The Out of Water eXperience is a high-intensity, alternative rock, progressive Hip Hop band, led by lyricist and spoken word artist Femi the Drifish. Their live performances range from presenting topics of social justice and self-awareness to witty rhymes and creative concepts.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Out of Water eXperience |

Pablo Fagundes

Brazilian virtuoso harmonicist Pablo Fagundes will perform onstage as part of Georgetown University’s Brazil Week series, a weeklong celebration of Brazilian culture.

Featured Artist(s)
| Pablo Fagundes |

Washington National Opera Preview: The Marriage of Figaro

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists sing excerpts from Mozart’s sparkling comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, as a preview of Washington National Opera’s upcoming production.

Featured Artist(s)
| Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program |


The ONIX ENSEMBLE is a well-known and acclaimed group of Mexican musicians that perform the best interpretations of Latin American contemporary music.

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico/Mexican Cultural Institute.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of States starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Featured Artist(s)

Chiara D’Odorico

Considered one of the most internationally acknowledged Paraguayan pianists, Chiara D’Odorico performs works by composers from her native country.

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Paraguay.

Featured Artist(s)
| Chiara D'Odorico |

Amythyst Kiah

Southern Gothic alt-country blues singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah has strong vocal integrity and eclectic influences that span decades. She draws heavily on old-time music and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and country music from the 1950s to the 1970s, as well as many leading contemporary artists.

Featured Artist(s)
| Amythyst Kiah |

James A. Johnson Young Artist Series: Maya Kamaty

Four-time winner of the Music of the Indian Ocean prize, singer Maya Kamaty presents a concert featuring her signature island blues melodies and halting ternary rhythm music.

This performance is part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target.

Featured Artist(s)
| Maya Kamaty |

The Playback Theatre Ensemble

The Playback Theatre Ensemble takes the ideas and stories of its audience members and turns them into impromptu on-stage performances.

Featured Artist(s)
| Playback Theatre Ensemble |

Salt Peanuts

The Kyrgyz Republic’s leading jazz band, Salt Peanuts, performs as part of the 25th anniversary of the former Soviet Republic’s independence. In addition to playing traditional Kyrgyz instruments, the band will incorporate a manaschi, who will recite parts from the Kyrgyz Epic "Manas".

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the U.S.A. & Canada.

Featured Artist(s)
| Salt Peanuts |

Target Family Night: U.S. Navy Band Commodores

As the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, the U.S. Navy Band Commodores have been performing big band jazz for the Navy and America since 1969. The Commodores write and arrange much of their music, and present concerts that are an eclectic mix of big band, jazz vocal arrangements and new instrumental songs written specifically for the Commodores of today.

Featured Artist(s)
| U.S. Navy Commodores |


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