Category Music

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All the Neighborhood’s a Stage

Midcity Dog Days, the annual event highlighting the shops, restaurants, venues, and other cultural destinations of the 14th and U street area, is known primarily as a sidewalk sale. While I saw many lovely items over the weekend, I especially enjoyed the sidewalk stages.

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Before the Drum Circle: Early Images of Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park

Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park on a Sunday afternoon is dotted with picnics, slacklines, card-players, sun-bathers, hammocks, yoga practice, and a bevy of recreational sports (with eager neighborhood children joining in on almost all of them). And, of course, the drum circle. In the 1930s and 40s, however, the park hosted outdoor plays instead of percussion jams.

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Photo Gallery: Prayer Parade

The worshipers were trumpeters, trombonists, and sousaphonists. Cheerleaders, color guard members, ladies twirling umbrellas. Drummers, singers, cymbal-players. Young children, senior citizens, and everyone in between. They came from all over the country to their church’s national headquarters for an annual Memorial Day weekend celebration, including a parade that marched around the Mt. Vernon Square and […]

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Father-Daughter Rhymes: Hip-hop in the park

Local hip-hop artist Head-Roc was in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park on Saturday performing tracks from his Empower DC project, including one with his daughter about making childcare more accessible. His social issue-centered work focuses on struggles of the low- and moderate-income communities, such as under-funded schools and lack of affordable housing. In “DC Doesn’t Work Without […]

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Meet the Neighbors: the EU Open House

As soon as the folk trio played the song’s last note and dancing in the courtyard came to a stop, one of our hosts grabbed a microphone and began the next phase of entertainment:  a game of “How Well Do You Know Lithuania?” It turns out I don’t know Lithuania very well, but I certainly […]