Washington, DC is an incredibly unique and flourishing place with so much to offer – from history to the local sports to the growing business sector to the entertainment nightlife and so much more. The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival returns for the 10th year,  providing attendees with a one-of-a-kind experience filled with local cuisine, incredible art, festival workshops and live performances by some of the world’s best emerging artists.


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for a truly unique 15-day cultural experience that combines not just national headlining Music Performers, but celebrates our talented homegrown Musicians, Artists and Poets as well. Come join these extraordinary ARTISTS as they share in the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival's newest venture - The Lyricist List.

James Weidman Birthday Concert-Click Here to-Register Now

Date & Time: Thu, July 23, 2020 @ 7:00 PM EDT



About this Event

Decades long experience with a multitude of notable artists -- from his early days as accompanist to iconic vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson, on to his years as a member of M-Base Collective innovator Steve Coleman’s group and music director for the late great Kevin Mahogany, up to his current tenure with saxophonist Joe Lovano’s critically acclaimed nonet and Grammy nominated Us Five band -- has proven pianist/composer/arranger James Weidman to be one of the most versatile artists in music today and prepared him well for his steady emergence as an important bandleader in his own right.

Weidman’s versatility is evidenced in the wide ranging music of the various ensembles that he currently leads: The Aperturistic Trio (with bassist Harvey S and drummer Steve Williams) which explores his own cutting edge original compositions; The Rhythm Keepers (with Marvin Horne on guitar and Harvey S on bass), a group in the tradition of Nat King Cole’s classic trio that swings jazz standards out of the Great American Songbook; and Spiritual Impressions, an ensemble including singer Ruth Naomi Floyd that features him doubling on piano and organ performing his own stirring arrangements of gospel music out of the Black church. He also concurrently coleads the James Weidman-Steve Williams Quartet performing the Music of Clifford Jordan


-Click Here to-Register NowMasters of Percussion

Multiple Dates:

July 4, 2020 | 11 AM - 12 PM | West African Percussion with Amadou Kienou

July 11, 2020 | 11 AM - 12 PM | Afro-Cuban Percussion with Derek Thorne

July 18, 2020 | 11 AM - 12 PM | Up-Cycled Instruments with Mark Sepic

July 25, 2020 | 11 AM - 12 PM | Living with Rhythm – Strategies for Healthy Living with Kevin Fell



About this Event

H3 Collective is proud to present a FREE interactive webinar series: Masters of Percussion. Gather your family each Saturday in July for workshops, live music, and a Q&A with the artists. You do not require an instrument to participate. Only a phone or connected device (ex. computer or tablet) is needed! Join us for any or all sessions.


Ancient Rhythm-Click Here to-Register Now Djembe Drum Class

Date & Time:  Sun, July 5, 2020 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT



About this Event

During this FREE class, you will receive a Thorough Introduction into the world of Djembe Drumming:

> Hand and body positioning,

> The sounds the djembe makes,

> The language used in composing drumbeats,

> A song/drumbeat that can be universally applied and adapted to any drum circle.

> Come out a bonafide drummer after only once class!

No Drum?...NO WORRIES!  You do NOT need a Djembe Drum for this class. You can use anything with a flat surface, such as: an upside-down cardboard box, cooking pot or pan, water jug, a 5-gallon bucket/ lid, or the flat surface of a chair, coffee table, or TV tray, etc. Be Creative! Djembe Drum class teaches the hand movements & rhythms, so if/when you get a drum of your own, you will know all the movements/rhythms.


NJPAC Geri Allen Jazz Camp-Click Here to-Register Now

Dates & Time: Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 11:00 AM – Sat, Jul 11, 2020, 4:30 PM EDT

$75- $100


About this Event

This one-week immersion program is an exciting opportunity for you to refine your jazz technique, grow your confidence and build community with other aspiring performers, ages 14-26, who identify as female or non-binary. You’ll work with professional jazz artists in individual lessons, small ensemble work and industry panel discussions.

This program runs daily July 6-July 11, 11AM-4:30PM EST with a 1 hr break.

For more information, please visit njpac.org/geriallenjazzcamp.

The program is led by Artistic Director Regina Carter and joining her on faculty will include:

Brinae Ali - tap dance, Carla Cook - vocal, Stefon Harris - ear training and theory, Marion Hayden - acoustic bass, Camila Meza - guitar, Allison Miller - drums, Ellen Rowe - piano, Bria Skonberg - trumpet, and Bruce Williams - saxophone


Audition Videos will be required for Placement prior to July 6.


The Show Must go on! Afro-Peruvian Sextet-Click Here to-Register Now

Date & Time: Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT

$7 – $48


About this Event

The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet is one of the most entertaining bands on the planet...

And we will be damned if we are going to skirt our responsibility to keep you entertained and inspired during these difficult times..

With events being cancelled every day, we want to provide a bright spot in all of that.

This fully curated online concert will feature the band in an acoustically wonderful hall.

No live audience... except you, sitting wherever you'd like around the world... on your computer or mobile device.

Afro-Peruvian Jazz Music is a rare combination of music that gives you something that you can feel while also giving you something that you can think about.

Loyal fans describe the music as "cool, in a hot kind of way."