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.
Chris Barrick

Jazz in the Basement with Chris Barrick

Visit the historic MLK Jr. Memorial Library for an afternoon of jazz (classics and a few originals) with local vibraphonist, Chris Barrick.  Chris Barrick, vibraphone Allyn Johnson, piano Ethan Philion, bass Ele Rubenstein, drums  
Time Travel with Emily DickinsonEmily DickinsonMiMi Zannino

Time Travel with Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson’s last visit to Washington DC was in 1855. Writer, performer, and educator MiMi Zannino, dressed in authentic attire of the period, takes us back  in time  to meet  the “Belle of  Amherst” in this one-woman play that brings American poetry and history to life.  MiMi Zannino is a poet-in-residence with  the Maryland State  Arts Council and a  Chautauqua actor/scholar.  This will be Ms. Zannino’s  50th performance. Saturday September 24, 2016, 2 p.m.  
Nag ChampaFringe Music in the Library

Fringe Music in the Library: Nag Champa

Nag Champa is an otherworldly experience in sound - futuristic, noisy, funky, a mashup of house music, jazz, hip-hop, avant-garde, and go-go. The emphasis is on feeling and movement. You have to think, while you dance. Curator :: Luke Stewart Fringe curates free live music events twice a month in the DC Public Libraries sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation.
Akua AllrichFringe Music in the Library

Fringe Music in the Library: Akua Allrich

Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances.
Jamal R. MooreFringe Music in the Library

Fringe Music in the Library: Jamal R. Moore

Jamal R. Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. His educational background includes California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. in African American Improvisation, 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks, and historically acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High where he is an alum alongside Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis.
Abbinet BerhanuFringe Music in the Library

Fringe Music in the Library: Abbinet Berhanu

Washington, DC based drummer and composer Abinnet Berhanu is an up-and-coming artist that is developing a reputation for being an open, versatile, intense, emotional musician. As a bandleader and composer in his group Hebret Musica, Abinnet has focused on creating music inspired by the sounds and experiences of his upbringing in an Ethiopian household.
Tamika Love JonesFringe Music in the Library

Fringe Music in the Library: Tamika Love Jones

Washington, DC native, Tamika Love Jones, is a singer, songwriter, and community activist who passionately shares her Melodic Thesis on life, love, and triumph, with heartfelt lyrics and enchanting melodies that connect the genres of Jazz, Soul, Hip-Hop and Funk. Growing up in poverty, Tamika turned to music as an escape from the harsh realities of drugs and violence which overcame those in her surroundings. At the age of 11, a timid Tamika was discovered by her teacher and classmates who let her know that she could no longer keep her voice hidden.
Chuck Brown Day

Library Takeout at The 2nd Annual Chuck Brown Day & Book Bag Giveaway

Join DCPL staff at the 2nd Annual Chuck Brown Celebration and Book Bag Giveaway with the Chuck Brown Band, Plunky & Oneness and Secret Society. Visit the UNI, our mobile library bookshelf, to check out a book, learn about The Labs,
Tyrone Allen

Jazz in the Basement with the Tyrone Allen Quartet

Visit the historic MLK Jr. Memorial Library for a Sunday afternoon with the Tyrone Allen Quartet, playing the music of Kenny Wheeler and others.  Theo Rosenfeld, Alto Saxophone Kenny Nunn,Tenor Saxophone Joshua Espinoza, Piano Tyrone Allen, Bass Jazz in the Basement is a monthly series designed to support and promote the local DC jazz community.