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Chip Py

Chip Py: Go-Go Photographer

Chronicler of Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown's last year!

Please join us Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Studies Center as we launch our celebration of Chuck Brown's birthday with a presentation by photographer Chip Py. Py has been shooting the D.C. music scene for the past 10 years and most recently had the unique opportunity to photograph Chuck Brown in his last year.


The Drinking Gourd Festival

Follow the Drinking Gourd to freedom!

The Drinking Gourd Festival is an artistic and musical celebration of the history of the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" in the Underground Railroad.


'Purple Rain'

Celebrate Black Music Month and Prince's birthday!

Come join us on June 22 at 6 p.n. in the Black Studies Center for a showing of the groundbreaking 1984 film Purple Rain. With an award-winning soundtrack and dynamic performances by Prince and the Revolution, this film continues to amaze, 30 years later. The semi-autobiographical plot follows the journey of a young musician facing the challenges of a dysfunctional family, dissatisfied band, and rocky romance, while he discovers his musical voice and his star begins to rise.

Sheryl perry

Sheryl Perry to perform for recognition of African-Americans in Opera

Celebrate Black Music Month

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of music in celebration of Black Music Month.


Library Basement Show Q & A

Get to know your local, DC musicians.

The DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show is on Thursday, June 11! The librarians asked the musicians of Give, Puff Pieces and The Maneuvers about their reading tastes and musical habits. 


Tea Time Under the Trees!

Pre-K Friends celebrate Great Outdoors Month with stories, music and art

June is Great Outdoors Month! Celebrate with us during "Tea Time Under the Trees"! On Monday, June 8 at 11 a.m., Pre-Kindergarteners ages 3 - 5 will listen to stories like Friends Help Each Other (featuring Daniel Tiger!), dance and make art on the front lawn during a late morning of summer breezes and shady trees.

Social Media Promotion For Musicians: The Manual For Marketing Yourself, Your Band, And Your Music Online

Books About the Music Industry

Check out our new titles on the business of being a musician!

DCPL has acquired new titles on what it's like to be a musician in the 21st century. Check out some of these books, located in the nonfiction collection in Room 207: 

Black Music Month

Book Notes from Opera to Oldies

Celebrate Black Music Month

Join us Wednesday evenings in June at 7 p.m. for Music DVDs featuring Hip Hop legends, Dizzy Gillespie, African American Music History and Music of South Africa. A salute to African Americans in Opera will be held on Sunday, June 14, with photographs of African American Opera performers on display and a live performance with Guest Artist Sheryl Perry, Lyric Coloratura Soprano at 2:30 p.m.

When Hans met Daysi

When Hans Met Daysi

Hans Kindler's bust gets a cleaning!

Hans Kindler, the conductor and founder of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1931 to 1949, donated his extensive orchestral score collection to the DC Public Library. Today, local and area orchestras can check out music for their upcoming concerts, relieving a bit of the financial stress of running a local arts organization. 

Miles Davis

Jazz Film Series

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in the Black Studies Center!

Jazz it up this month and join us for three films in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month! Each film begins at 6:00 PM on Mondays in the Black Studies Center. April 13: Santana, Hymns for Peace: Live in Montreaux 2004 April 20: Sonny Rollins: Live '65 & '68 April 27: MIles Davis: That's What Happened: Live in Germany 1987 and Dizzy Gillespie: Dream Band Jazz America 1982