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Free Café Concerts

Presented by The Washington Post 

Like live music with your glass of wine?

World music, INTERSECTIONS dance commissions, Family Saturday concerts and a spotlight on jazz highlight the over twenty-five  FREE performances presented on the Café Concert stage during INTERSECTIONS 2014. Enjoy an “intersection” of art, culture and connection, before or after a mainstage show. Enjoy a conversation with someone new who's just seen the same show! Relax in the Atlas’ Kogod Lobby, meet festival artists and enjoy drinks and light fare from our café.
 
 
 
 

WEEKEND ONE

Family Saturday Concerts.
Incredible Open Jazz Jam.
The first installment of The Alcove Project.
Outstanding teen and University Perfomers.

Little Red and the Renegades

A Taste of the Opening Night Party Music
 
An explosive blend of Zydeco, New Orleans Funk, and World Music flavored by DC Go Go, with Little Red on the Squeeze Box and Piano and Carol Arthur on Steel Pans.
 
Friday, Feb 21 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.littleredandtherenegades.com

 
 

The Singing Lizard

A Café Concert for the Very Young
 
Liz DeRoche works her musical magic for the youngest concert goers with her rocking keyboard and fabulous vocals.  Hosted by Boogie Babes.
 
Saturday, Feb 22 at 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Right before Mutts Gone Nuts
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.thesinginglizard.com

 
 

John Brunschwyler & Friends

Thrill to the finger-picking dexterity of a champion banjo player and his band and celebrate America’s “other” improvisational music – bluegrass!
 
Saturday, Feb 22 at 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
Listen!
 

Wytold

A favorite in DC’s innovative music scene, this former Strathmore Artist-in-residence combines percussive bowing and melodic finger picking on electric cello while recording sounds live to create his own rock-orchestral accompaniment on stage.
 
Saturday, Feb 22 at 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Friday, Mar 7 at 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.wytold.com
 
 

UpRooted Dance

The Alcove Project: INTERSECTIONS Dance Commission
 
A site specific performance for the Kogod Lobby “alcove” presented by Keira Hart-Mendoza's itinerant contemporary dance company. Sample the innovative work of a company committed to exploring performance settings in a short work created for INTERSECTIONS. Performance will be repeated throughout the evening.
 
Saturday, Feb 22 at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.uprooteddance.com
 
 

Andrea Wood

The debut of an exciting new project by sister-brother duo Andrea and Nick Wood.  Acoustic guitar, bass and jazz vocals meet a drum machine with esoteric rapping and beats created by Nick Wood. Blake Meister on bass.
 
Friday, Feb 22 at 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.andreawoodmusic.com

Open Jazz Jam Session with Brad Linde and Friends

Calling all musicians to sit in with Saxophonist and Jazz at the Atlas curator Brad Linde for an open session of standards and more.  Following Christylez Bacon & Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.
 
Saturday, Feb 22 at 10:30pm – 11:30ppm
Kogod Lobby
Free
 
 
 

FRESHH Inc.

Hear the music and words of young women from FRESHH Inc, a hip-hop womanist organization dedicated to reinforcing what is bold, resilient, powerful and brilliant in Black Girls of all ages.
 
Sunday, Feb 23 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.freshhinc.org

Musical Theatre Division of the Catholic University of America

Meet the Broadway stars of tomorrow when students from a nationally known program in music theatre present show tunes and more, under the direction of Tom Pedersen.
 
Sunday, Feb 23 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday, Mar 1 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Kogod Lobby
Free
 

WEEKEND TWO

Jazz and World Music.
Family Saturday Concerts.
Rising R & B and Musical Theatre Stars.
Tap Jam under the Atlas Marquee.
All three choirs of Congressional Chorus.
AND tango dancing in the lobby!

Brad Linde & Friends

Jazz at the Atlas’ curator and saxophonist extraordinaire presents an evening of new jazz with top DC players.
 
Friday, Feb 28 at 6:30pm  - 7:00pm & 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.bradlinde.com

Bridgette and Dawn

Café Concert for the Very Young
 
A dynamic duo with a Caribbean vibe play delightful tunes for tots and their families. Trinidad-born Bridgette sings and plays the guitar and Dawn provides the beat on the conga drums and other fun percussion.
 
Saturday, Mar 1 at 10:45am - 11:15am
Kogod Lobby
Free
 
 
 

Gerdan Duo

Experience traditional music with a contemporary twist when Eastern European tunes journey from the old world to today, presented by outstanding international musicians.

Saturday, Mar 1 at 12pm – 2:00pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.Gerdan.info

Musical Theatre Division of the Catholic University of America

Meet the Broadway stars of tomorrow when students from a nationally known program in music theatre present show tunes and more, under the direction of Tom Pedersen.
 
Sunday, Feb 23 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday, Mar 1 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Kogod Lobby
Free

Cecily

“Look out,” says Patti Austin, for this “brillant and talented young lady,” Meet a rising-star vocalist, dedicated to healing the world with the power of music with her distinctive style of Acoustic Pop Soul.
 
Saturday, Mar 1 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
 

Tap Jam! with Just Tap & MYTE (Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble)

Two dynamos of the DC tap scene unite to present a Tap Jam that is free-for-all under the art deco Atlas Marquee.  Bring you tap shoes or come and watch.
 
Saturday, Mar 1 at 5:00pm-  6:00pm
Under the Atlas Marquee
Free
More Tap at INTERSECTIONS:
 
Metropolitan School for the Art's Anybody Can Get It!
Mar 8 at 1:00pm
 
Quynn Johnson's Lucky's Tap Dancing Feet
Mar 8 at 4:00pm
 
 

Congressional Chorus

One of DC’s most distinctive choruses offers show-stopping songs to enjoy! Under the artistic direction of David Simons, the chorus is celebrating more than 25 years of spotlighting the spirit, diversity and power of American choral music.
 
Saturday, Mar 1 at 7:30pm – 8:30pm  & 9:00pm – 9:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
congressionalchorus.org

 

 

Klasinc & Lončar Guitar Duo

Exquisite classical guitarists intersect Baroque and Romantic tunes with original arrangements of folk tunes from their native Croatia and the Mediterranean.
 
Sunday, Mar 2  at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free

American Youth Chorus & Northeast Senior Singers

Spirited young singers ages 8 - 14 and a chorus of H Street NE elders present back-to-back musical delights. Both choruses are based at the Atlas as a program of the Congressional Chorus under the director of David Simmons. Congressional Chorus offers "American Music for Every Age" encouraging young people through senior adults to embrace the power and pleasure of music. 
 
Sunday, Mar 2 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kogod Lobby
 
 
 
 

Howard University Jazz Vocal Studies Program

Extraordinary performers from a nationally-recognized university Jazz Program present a set of standards and more, under the direction of Connaitre Miller.
 
Sunday, Mar 2 at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
More info

Tango Lesson and Milonga

Join Emmanuel Trifilio on bandoneon and Tiempo de Tango dancers Constantino Bastidas and Susan Reynolds for a fiery follow up to Tango Transformations presented by Quintango.  Tango lesson free for concert ticket holders. All are welcome once the dancing heats up the Kogod Lobby for a tea time Milonga!

Sunday, Mar 2 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
 

WEEKEND THREE

DC's popular singers and instrumentalists.
Jazz to Irish Music.
Family Saturday Concerts.
Final Installment of The Alcove Project.

Wendell Kimbrough

Imagine “a collaboration between Simon and Garfunkel, Louis Armstrong, and Randy Newman” (DC Music Download). Experience the warmth, humor and heart-stirring style of this popular DC tunesmith.
 
Friday, Mar 7 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.wendellk.com

Wytold

A favorite in DC’s innovative music scene, this Strathmore Artist-in-residence combines percussive bowing and melodic finger picking on electric cello while recording sounds live to create his own rock-orchestral accompaniment on stage.
 
Saturday, Feb 22 at 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Friday, Mar 7 at 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.wytold.com

 
 

B-Doug and Trae

Join B-Doug and Trae as they grab us and drop us smack inside of their slampoetry-freestyleflowing-rapinfused-spokenword lives, with original music by Sam Ricci.
 
Friday, Mar 7 at 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free

Mr. Skip

A Café Concert for the Very Young
 
Meet a rock star of the pre-school crowd who sings original and classic kids tunes that get the audience on their feet. Hosted by Boogie Babes.
 
Saturday, Mar 8 at 10:45am - 11:15am
Kogod Lobby
Free

Matthew Mills

Contemporary acoustic music meets Flamenco guitar style in the innovative playing of this noted Northern Virginia-based guitarist, who returns to the festival by popular demand.

Saturday, Mar 9 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Kogod Lobby

Free

Elise Kress, Josh Dukes & Philippe Varlet

Shimmering melodies on Celtic flute, fiddle, and guitar will dance with jigs and reels in a concert by leading members of DC's thriving Irish music scene.
 
Saturday, Mar 8 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm & 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
More Info

Amy K. Bormet

with Josh Walker and Karine Chapdelaine
 
Washington Women in Jazz Festival founder, vocalist, pianist and composer extraordinaire shares the stage with Nu-jazz guitarist Josh Walker and bassist Karine Chapdelaine. "Her star is on the rise" says Kevin Struthers, Director of Jazz Programming at the Kennedy Center.
 
Saturday, Mar 8 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.amykbormet.com

 

Motion X Dance DC

The Alcove Project: INTERSECTIONS Dance Commission

A site specific performance for the Kogod Lobby “alcove” presented by a modern repertory dance company that presents exhilarating, atheletic movement experimentations.  Enjoy a taste of this fresh, cutting edge DC dance force in a short work created for INTERSECTIONS. Performance will be repeated throughout the evening.

Saturday, Mar 8 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm 
Kogod Lobby
Free
www.motionxdance.org

The Fourth Stream

Closing Night Party
 
South Asian, Middle Eastern and other Global influences fuse with the sounds of contemporary jazz and rock when drummer Sriram Gopal and his band welcome festival artists to sit-in for a fabulous closing night party.  Cash bar.
 
Saturday, Mar 8 at 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Kogod Lobby
Free
 

Choose from a kaleidoscope of performances in multiple venues.

Experience world premier collaborations by some of DC's best music, dance and theatre artists.

Participate in an art form at interactive performances, classes and happenings.

Engage with festival artists and audiences in our cafe, lobby performances and late-night dance parties.

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