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Music City, DC: Season 2

Sweet Soul Music: DC in the ’60s and Beyond

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0160
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$30 - Non-Member

Clockwise: Ken Avis, John Fahey, and D.C. Jazz and go-go fusion ensemble, The JoGo Project and Marvin Gaye (photos: Bill Crandall, Pascal P Chassin, and Nick Moreland) (Marvin Gaye Image: digitally altered by Brandt Luke Zorn/mechanical scan or photocopy of a public domain original)

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Washington, D.C., has given much to the musical world beyond its best-known exports, Duke Ellington and the punk and go-go scenes. In a new series of programs, musician, broadcaster, and historian Ken Avis uses film and anecdotes to explore more of the area’s lesser-known, remarkable, and fascinating musical avenues and why they could only have developed here.

This time around, Avis shines the spotlight on acoustic folk and blues traditions; soul, funk and go-go; and takes a look at the changing nature of music and the local scene during the 21st century. The story is interwoven with observations of how social change, technology, and business innovations shaped the sounds that emerged from D.C.—a political town with a serious music habit.

Avis is a regular presenter at Strathmore Music Center and DC Music Salon. He performs with the award-winning world-jazz band Veronneau and is a music writer and broadcaster in the Washington area.

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Sweet Soul Music: DC in the ’60s and Beyond

The rich African American popular culture of Washington took root with jazz and fed into the 1960s, taking the sound of D.C. to Motown and stepping up the funk through the 70s and beyond. From Marvin Gaye to Roberta Flack, the Blackbyrds to Chuck Brown—and with many highlights along the way—the music train keeps on rolling.

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