Category Archives: Music

RIA Porchfest Returns – Save The Date And Open Call For Performers

Porch Fest is an annual event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. The event transforms neighborhood porches and stoops into stages for an afternoon of free performances and community based fun. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place Saturday April 15 from 2-6 pm . If  you are, or know of any performers, they are currently lining up participants. From the open call page, where performers can find application details:

We are seeking musicians + singers of all genres, dancers, poets + spoken word artists, etc. to perform at this lively, well-attended annual event.

Free CUA Symphony Orchestra Concert Featuring Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

We thought Brookland music lovers would be interested in this free concert featuring Anthony McGill, principal clarinet New York Philharmonic performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The concert will take place Monday, February 27 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM at
Ward Recital Hall . The event is free but tickets are required, limit 4 per person. Reserve yours here.

Free Live Music, The Petty Indulgences, Friday At Smith Public Trust

Why not step out and enjoy a free rock show in the neighborhood? The DC-based band The Petty Indulgences will be performing at Smith Public Trust this Friday. From the event page:

You LOVE live music. We KNOW you do.
We MAKE live music. You KNOW we do.
Are we gonna rock Smith Public Trust with live music on Friday, February 17th at 9 pm? YOU KNOW WE WILL!

Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

Annual Christmas Concert for Charity This Friday

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having it’s annual Christmas concert for Charity on Friday night December 2nd at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 27th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like a fantastic concert!  Check out more information here. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and Harewood Rd. NE.

JACS One Year Anniversary Concert Wednesday

JACSIt’shard to believe Brookland’s Jazz and Cultural Society (JACS) is turning one year old. Recently they were awarded Best New Jazz Venue from the Washington City Paper and have been getting steady great reviews since they opened.  When we  first caught up with JACS owner DeAndrey Howard two summers ago,  as he was making plans to open JACS, we knew it would evolve into a great neighborhood-focused destination. If you haven’t had the chance to check out this neighborhood venue, their One Year Anniversary Concert would be a great time to do so. From the event page:

The Jazz And Cultural Society is happy to celebrate their ONE YEAR Anniversary THIS Wednesday, May 25th 2016.

6 until 9 pm
$5 cover, cash

Please join TEAM JACS for this special celebration commemorating this important milestone of Jazz and culture in the Brookland/Rhode Island Avenue neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 25th
6 until 9 pm
$5 cash, all ages welcome! 12 and under are free! Bring your friends and family to celebrate.

Bob Butta-piano
Herman Burney-bass
Lenny Robinson-drums
& friends!

The Jazz And Cultural Society sells catered meals. Menus and prices vary. Snacks and beverages for $1 a piece. No alcohol allowed. Please support a local catering company and refrain from bringing outside food and drinks into JACS

JACS is located 2813 12th street NE in between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland Metro Stations, near bus lines and there is street parking.

Learn To Play The Steel Drum With Brookland’s ‘The PanTones’ Steel Pan Band

When we wrote about the Brookland-based band, The PanTones and their last steel pan workshop in February it sold out quickly. So they are hosting another class, and they expect this one to be sold out too, so buy your tickets soon and reserve your spot. Check out this video from a previous class and the details about the upcoming class below.

From an email from the band member:

When: Saturday April 23, 2016, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Edgewood Arts Bldg, 3415 8th Street NE, Brookland, DC
Cost: $20

Love the sound of the steel pan? Here’s your chance to learn how to play this iconic instrument of Trinidad. The PanTones, an award-winning adult community steel band, is offering this workshop for beginners. We’ll provide the instruments, teach you the technique for playing them, tell you a little bit about the historical and cultural background of the steel drum, and have everyone playing a couple of songs by the end of the afternoon. No prior musical experience required. And, if you’re captivated by playing the pan, we can offer you the opportunity to become part of our ensemble – three members of the group are graduates of the workshop!  For more information and to register, contact us as  You can also reserve your workshop spot directly at this link.

Learn To Play Steel Drums Saturday – UPDATED

edgewood arts centerUPDATE – Due to overwhelming response, this workshop on Sat. is currently full, and organizers cannot accept any participants who have not already registered. The Pantones plan to host another workshop soon to meet the added demand. Stay tuned!

We thought readers would be interested in this upcoming workshop. From an email:

The Brookland-based Pantones Steel Drum Ensemble, will be holding a workshop for anyone interested in learning the steel drum.  The workshop will be on Saturday, February 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, at the Edgewood Arts Building in Brookland, near Catholic University. It is located at 3415 8th Street NE. Plenty of parking nearby, and it is also just a few blocks away from the Brookland/Catholic University Metro stop (Red Line) if you plan on taking Metro.  The workshop is hands-on; participants will get some quick instruction on technique, a little background about the instrument, and then you will learn a couple of songs that you will be playing by the end of the afternoon!  Cost is $20.  Space is limited.  Pay at the door, or ensure a spot by registering in advance by emailing: pantonesband(at)gmail(dot)com.

Annual Concert For Charity This Friday At The Basilica

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having a Christmas concert on Friday night December 4th at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 26th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like a fantastic concert! The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and John McCormack Rd. NE.

Serendipity Brings Live Jazz To Brookland Wednesdays – Sundays

Back in March we wrote about Serendipity, a new jazz-focused coffeehouse that opened at the corner of 12th and Kearny Streets, NE. We decided to grab some friends and check it out. The music was really high quality, especially considering there is no cover charge. We enjoyed a number of the specialty cocktails, including one called the Brookland Heartbeet that features an earthy beet-infused vodka. The menu ranges from snacks and appetizers like chicken wings to sandwiches and burgers, as well as entrees like fried catfish. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was reasonably priced. We will definitely be back. Check out our photos below, and their Facebook page for more info and to learn about upcoming special events. Serendipity is open seven days a week and the live jazz is Wednesday – Sundays from 7:30 – 11:00 pm.

JACS Brings Live Jazz To Brookland, Storefront Brightens 12th Street

JACS, (Jazz & Cultural Society) is  “a community oriented space for musicians and listeners”at 2813 12th Street NE (near the corner of Franklin).  We spoke with  owner DeAndrey Howard last summer as he was making plans to open JACS.  He emphasized that it would be a “family friendly” place that showcases local talent and spoke of discovering jazz in DC’s storied U Street nightclubs as a young man. Now JACS is open and hosts live entertainment every Wednesday and Sunday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm for a $5.00 cover charge. We thought readers would enjoy these photos of their newly painted storefront, pretty cool! Check out JACS Facebook page here.