Musical Performances

50th Anniversary Balloons

Countdown to the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Palisades Library on November 15!

The Palisades Library will celebrate 50 years at the V St NW location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Library Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will lead a keynote address beginning at 1:30 p.m. A special day of events is planned including technology workshops, local bands, and a puppet show!  See a 3-D printer in action and meet local community groups!  The day's events have been generously supported by the Friends of Palisades Library.
DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show

DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show: Des Demonas, Chill Parents & Homosuperior

The DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show presents Des Demonas, Chill Parents and Homosuperior. Come early and check out the Punk and Go Go Photo Exhibit in the Great Hall (through Dec. 2nd). 
Nighthawks on the Blue Highway

DC Music Salon: Nighthawks on the Blue Highway

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 pm

DC Music Salon kicks off our seventh season screening: "Nighthawks on the Blue Highway." This new documentary is the first film about one of the hardest working bands in America, the result of two years of production, countless days on the road with the band and interviews with those who know the members and their music best.
The Torches

Fringe Music in the Library :: The Torches

Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00 pm

The Torches were cobbled together by Stephen Guidry in the late winter of 2009 as his other band, The Cassettes retreated into hibernation. Hoping to find a repository and hopefully fertile crescent for the music that had been shaking around behind his eyes for sometime, the net was cast wide and drew in both old friends and new to create a ramshackle group, including banjo, oboe, harmonica, several-part vocal harmonies and cacophony, as well as some hollaring and stomping.
Elena & Los Fulanos

Fringe Music in the Library :: Elena & Los Fulanos

Formed in 2011, Elena & Los Fulanos came together on the streets of DC’s rapidly changing neighborhoods of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant, where working immigrant communities co-exist with young political and nonprofit leaders. That is where Elena was introduced to the District’s mariachi, son, and punk music crowds and met her future band members. Together they are part of the city’s growing indie and international music scene.  
US Army Blues Band

Jazz in the Basement: The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the music of Herbie Nichols

For the October installment of DCPL's "Jazz in the Basement" series, the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble will present the music of composer Herbie Nichols (1919-1963). "One of jazz's most tragically overlooked geniuses" (Steve Huey, All Music Guide), Herbie Nichols wrote primarily for small ensembles, and his compositions were recorded by Billie Holiday ("Lady Sings the Blues") and Mary Lou Williams ("Opus Z", "Mary's Waltz").

Mt. Pleasant Music Walking Tour

Meet up with local historians Mara Cherkasky and Natalie Avery to learn about the musical history of Mt. Pleasant. The walking tour will begin at 14th and Irving St. NW (in front of the CVS) and end at the library.
Couple dancing Tango

Library Tango With Live Music

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Learn and practice the Argentine Tango with Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango. This class will include a lecture demonstration and live music. All levels welcome.
WIT in action

Improv Workshops with WIT

Have fun and loosen up with the Washington Improv Theater. The workshop is free and suitable for ages 12 & up. No experience necessary!