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The HamilTones

Fri, Dec 13, 2019

The Grammy®-nominated soul trio—which got its start as backup vocalists for Grammy®-winning R&B/soul artist Anthony Hamilton—makes its Kennedy Center debut!

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The Roots

Sun, Dec 29, 2019

The legendary Roots crew is one of the best known and most respected Hip Hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys including "Best R&B Album" for Wake Up!, "Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance" for "Hang in There" (with John Legend), and "Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance" for "Shine." They've been named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and recently announced development of a new animated children's series and live action children's series.

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Stretch and Bobbito + the M19s Band: No Requests Album Release Concert

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Join us as Stretch Armstrong and Hip Hop Culture Council Member Bobbito García celebrate the release of their debut album No Requests. Featuring the M19s, a band of elite hand-picked musicians, the legendary DJs and gatekeepers of ‘90s Hip Hop step outside their foundational genre base to produce Latin, Afro-beat, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, and Soul reinterpretations of dance floor bangers ranging from popular to rare and obscure—alongside original compositions with one goal in mind: the GROOVE!

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Hip Hop Karaoke

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

You know your favorite track. You can spit its bars in your sleep....but can you take it to the stage? Be part of the event that Washington City Paper named Best Hip Hop Night two years in a row.

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Broccoli City Festival Preview

Sat, Feb 1, 2020

Broccoli City Festival partners with the Kennedy Center to take over the Club at Studio K for a night of music, art, and culture. Join BC founders and the BCF community as they provide a sneak peek of Broccoli City Festival 2020.

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ill Camille

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

After her stellar appearance at the REACH Opening Festival’s Hip Hop Block Party, West Coast emcee ill Camille returns for an intimate performance in Studio K. With her transparency, cleverly constructed rhyme style, rhythm, and choice of subject matter, ill Camille is celebrated by the mainstream and underground alike.

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BGR!Fest Secret Shows

Mar 5 – 7, 2020

Join us as we celebrate BGR!Fest 2020 with a series of late night shows featuring surprise guests.

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