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Music City, D.C.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
A musician performs at an outdoor festival in Washington, D.C., at sunset
Beneath the staid surface of Washington, D.C., its musical heartbeat has been constant and influential. The city’s legacy as an incubator for jazz, punk, and go-go has been well documented, but did you know the city has also at times been known as America’s country capital and bluegrass capital, and now, the home of the Anacostia Delta sound? It can also lay claim to being a significant guitar town.
Musician, music journalist, music-film documentarian, and radio broadcaster Ken Avis offers glimpses of the character and style of the musicians who created Washington's musical heritage throughout the 20th century, in forms from blues to jazz and beyond. Film and recordings bring legendary musicians to life as Avis explores how social change, technological development, and business innovation shaped the sounds that emerged from D.C.—a political town with a serious music habit.
Avis is a regular presenter at Strathmore and the DC Music Salon, and performs with the acoustic world-jazz band Veronneau.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)