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.
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

Friday, November 4, 2016, 12:00 pm

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.  
DC Punk ArchiveStop Worrying and Love the BombAnexo SocialG.U.M.P.

DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show :: Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb, Anexo Social, and G.U.M.P.

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 pm

The DC Punk Archive is turning two! This month, see local bands Anexo Social, Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and G.U.M.P. play the historic MLK Jr.
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!
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.