Category Archives: Music

Old School Music Lovers – Catholic U Music Library Is Giving Away Vinyl LPs!

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We learned that the Catholic University Music Library is undergoing a renovation, and is giving away much of their record collection as part of the process. We spoke with CUA Music Library Assistant Thad Garrett, and he told us  “We have hundreds of LPs to give away. It’s mostly classical, but we have a smattering of jazz, musical theatre, and folk. The giveaway lasts until Wednesday the 14th, at which point we’re going to throw away what is left.” We checked out the record collection yesterday and there were some amazing finds! It was hard to only pick a few. For those who are interested in classical music LPs, this is a jackpot as I am guessing that many of these old recordings may not have been digitized yet. It would really be a shame to see all these vintage albums go to waste, so spread the word! 

Those interested in checking out the giveaway should call the library at 202-319-5424 before heading over, since you will be potentially walking through a construction zone, given the renovation. Also, the Music Library is hard to find! Thad recommends that you bring a bag or box to take your records away with you as they don’t have any to spare. The Library will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm today and 9:00 am – 12:00 noon tomorrow, Friday August 9th, as well as from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Wednesday next week.

Save The Jazz Presents “Brookland Jazz Series” – Free Concerts For All!

Brookland Jazz Series logo courtesy of Save The JAZZ
Brookland Jazz Series logo courtesy of Save The JAZZ

Save the JAZZ is an organization whose mission is “to foster an environment in which Jazz music can continue to grow and thrive and to encourage a new, enthusiastic audience to discover and embrace the music.” We were excited to learn that this great organization will be hosting the Brookland Jazz Series which will be free to the public of all ages. From their website:

Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Kick off event

Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 8th Street, NE Washington DC)                                                                                                         4:30pm -6:30pm

Groove to the sounds of trumpeter Freddie Dunn leading a smoking troupe of stellar musicians.Check out cutting-edge art, and meet your resident artists and neighbors! Light refreshments provided

Saturday, September 21

Brookland Jazz Series vol. 2 “One Night in Brookland”                                                                                                                             Brookland Edge Arts Building                                                                                                                                                                                    6:00pm -9:00pm

 A thrilling night of scintillating music, art, food, and fun. Groove to live music from top area bands. Meet and greet exciting luminaries from the DC arts scene. Experience soul-stirring works of art culled from your own backyard! The artists of Brookland Artspace, Dance Place’s ‘Art on 8th’, and Save the JAZZ, join with Cultural DC, and Monroe Street Market to present “One Night in Brookland” installment two of the Brookland Jazz Series!

For more information contact info(at)savethejazz(dot)org or check out their Facebook page.

A Song About Brookland! Are We “A Thousand Miles Away” From The “Rat Race”?

While listening to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition news program the other day we became aware of a new album called MetroSongs, Volume 4: Multi​-​Tracking. The recording artist, Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors set a goal of recording one song about each stop on the DC area Metro Rail System. That got us curious about what the Brookland/CUA Metro song would be like. So here you have it folks (skip (>>I) to song number 9 in the embedded player below for the Brookland song). I copied the lyrics below so you could follow along with the song. Pretty interesting. The song conveys what I think a lot of us associate with Brookland, peace and quiet, gardens, and the sense of being “a thousand miles away” from the “rat race”. There is also a strong nod to the religious institutions in and around the neighborhood, both in the lyrics and organ solo and what sounds kind of like monk chanting at the end of the song. What do you think?

Valerie carefully reflected
Pointing her lens
Framing the shot
With palm treesBut when a car backfired
She lost track of the butterfly
So much for the perfect outdoor dayShe needed peace
Not the rat race
Everyone can see it
But no one really understands
A thousand miles away from Brookland

Valerie thoughtfully inspected
Aspects of her entire life
She was so assured of

And in a quiet place
With nuns and monks
It was clear what she had to do
Gladly leave it all behind

She needed peace
Not the rat race
Everyone can see it but no one really understands
A thousand miles away at Brookland

In the garden it all came down to this
She had a fascinating vision there
Giving her life in service for
All the people who needed it the most

Art On 8th – Free Arts Events At Monroe Street Market And Dance Place Through October

Coyaba Dance Theatre. Photo Couretsy of Dance Place
Coyaba Dance Theatre. Photo Couretsy of Dance Place

The good folks at Dance Place have organized Art on 8th, a new, free series of “interactive music, dance and visual arts events for all ages and abilities”. I am pretty excited that we are starting to see the long-awaited Monroe Street Market area start to come alive with the artsy environment many of us have longed for. Here is the July line up from the Dance Place website:

July 18 at 6:30 pm: Duende Quartet: Smooth Latin Jazz (Monroe Street Market Stage)

July 19 at 6:30pm: POP (People Objects Play):  Interactive Movement Fun with recycled objects (Arts Plaza)

July 20 at 12:30pm: Create flowers from recycled objects with Carla Perlo (Studio 21)

July 25 at 6:30pm: Afro-Cuban Jazz Improvisation with The Vibe Collective (Monroe Street Market Stage)

July 26 at 6:30pm: African Dance and Drumming with Coyaba Dance Theater (Monroe Street Market Stage)

July 27 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts from recycled materials with Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21)


  • The Monroe Street Market stage is located at the end of the Arts Walk near the Metro by the Drew (Michigan Ave) Bridge
  • The Arts Plaza is the plaza located in front of Dance Place – 3225 8th St. NE
  • Studio 21 is one of the studios located on the Arts Walk that runs the length between Brookland Works Buildings, situated between Monroe and Michigan Aves, NE at 8th Street NE.

Many thanks to reader Bridget for passing this announcement along!

Tom Goss, Local Musician, Filmed His Latest Music Video In Brookland (NSFW)

We have been friends with Petworth-based musician Tom Goss for many years, he even sang at our wedding. So, of course we were thrilled when he decided to film large parts of his latest music video for the song “Bears” here in our neighborhood. There are scenes filmed in Brookland restaurant Little Ricky’s, along 12th Street NE and in a Brookland backyard on Irving Street, NE. The song is an homage to the “bear” community, a subset of gay men known for being big and burly. The video is meant as contrast to the stereotypical image of  the sharply dressed gay man, with a perfect gym body. Tom wanted to convey that everybody, regardless of size, can feel beautiful and sexy in their own way. The video even caught the attention of the Huffington Post. Warning  – this video is Not Safe For Work (NSFW) and features many half-naked, big, wet, hairy men.

Free Concert Saturday At Brookland Union Baptist Church – Check It Out!

The Brookland Union Baptist Church is one of Brookland’s celebrated locations with a rich history of being the center of the community for many neighbors. Get to know this neighborhood establishment and enjoy a free concert to boot this Saturday, June 1st. Many thanks to Elise McCain for reaching out and letting us know about it. The church is located at 3101 14th St NE (the corner of 14th and Irving).

Brookland Union Baptist Church Concert

Town And Gown Chorus Brings Brooklanders and Catholic U Commuity Together In Song

Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music
Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music

Did you know that Brookland has a community choir? The Town and Gown Singers are CUA’s community chorus, which is open to Brookland residents, CUA students, faculty, staff,  and alumni and basically anyone who wants to sing. The chorus presents two major concerts each year, in addition to performing at various city events. Their winter concert is today, Friday, January 18th at 7:30. The concert will take place at the St. Vincent Paul Chapel on Catholic U’s campus.  The chorus will perform the cantata St. Nicholas by Benjamin Britten with a small orchestra and soloists from the CUA music school. The event is free and will last about 45 minutes.

For those interested in a experiencing choral music of many styles and getting free vocal instruction, joining the choir is a great opportunity. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 6:35 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. during the school year at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Building (Ward Hall) on CUA’s campus and no auditions are required. For more information about the group or to find out how to join , please contact the director, Kevin O’Brien at  obrienk(at)cua(dot)edu or Brookland resident Hayden Wetzel at haydenwetzel(at)hotmail(dot)com or (202) 526-5986.