Freedom Friday: The 1st Weekend in August Edition

Hello Good Folks!

Ha!  I know this Freedom Friday’s title lacks a bit, but I am running on creative fumes.  This week, I have been volunteering at a day camp.  It has been an awesome experience. When you get an opportunity, please volunteer with youth.  You don’t know how much it makes a difference in a youth’s life.  I know we are busy, but try to put it in your schedule.  You will not regret it.  I will be posting about my experience so stay tuned! 🙂

In the meantime in between time, let’s enjoy some great events during this great weather.  Before we know it, summer will be over.

I will catch ya’ll on the other side of the weekend!

Peace and Blessings ya’ll!



Howard University Alum Eric Roberson is the newest member of The Park Unplugged line-up. Eric is one of my favorite indy soul artists.  I can’t wait for his newest release, “Mr. Nice Guy?”

Friday, August 5

The Park

920 14th St NW

Doors open at 5PM

RSVP here by 3PM today (8/5)


See Dwele live along with your hottest unsigned local singers.  The Budweiser Myspace Opening Act tour hosts a night of live music with Dwele as they decide who will be the D.C. Opening Act winner.  Be there to see DC’s top 10 finalists take the stage to compete for a cash prize of $5,000 and the opening act spot for the 2011 Budweiser Super Fest Jill Scott Block Party.  Early arrival is strongly suggested.

Friday, August 5


1350 Oakie St, NE


Free (First Come, First Serve)


The Bicycle Film Festival returns to D.C. this weekend.  The festival will feature six different programs on Friday and Saturday that include numerous bicycle-related films.

August 4-6

GALA Hispanic Theatre

3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC

Get the schedule and tickets here.


For over a decade, legendary DJ Timmy Regisford has garnered admiration and respect globally with his soulful house music, which places the emphasis on eclecticism rather than the predictable and the linear. His flare on the decks, both technically and programming-wise, has earned him the moniker, “The Maestro”.  Regisford has worked on remix projects with Patti LaBelle, New Edition, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. In 1996, Regisford became Vice President of A&R at Dreamworks Records. He is currently is gearing up to re-open Club Shelter in New York City this Fall.

Friday, August 5

U Street Music Hal

1115 U Street NW


Free before 11PM, 10 bucks after


Sneaker Con is the premiere event to buy, sell and trade some of the most sought after footwear on the market.

August 6-7

1333 H St, NE


Admission 12 bucks


Experience informative and interesting workshops on educating your children, achieving financial freedom, career enhancement, health and wellness, speakers and panel discussions. Lift your spirit, elevate your thinking, and take your life to the next level. Featuring performances by top Gospel artists including James Fortune, Dorinda Clark, and Ricky Dillard. Plus community leaders, experts, and personalities including Warren Ballatine and Roy Jones Jr. Hosted by Praise 104.1FM’s CoCo Brother.

Saturday, August 6

Howard University

Blackburn Center

2397 6th Street, NW



The International Festival promotes opportunities for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds living in the Baltimore region to come together, build relationships, and embrace unity. Festival-goers can savor delicious cuisines, experience cultural performances, and connect with valuable services and resources. An exciting festival of colors, expression, ideas, and sound – the International Festival is an educational experience which has an enduring impact.  Featuring Ledisi, War, Third World and many more artists!

August 6-7

Poly/Western High School

Falls Road & West Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD




Do you miss the ’90s? I know I do. From Gangstarr to Snoop Doggy Dogg to BBD to Mary J. Blige, the 90s were a time of good music, good vibes, and most importantly songs dedicated to Gin & Juice, a staple of any good house party.  Come party to the hard boom-bap of NYC, smooth sounds of the West Coast g-funk, andpimpnificence of the South are on full display and provided by DC’s own Supa Qool DJ Quartermaine on the 1s and 2s. In short, it’s all the best hiphop, r&b, and dancehall from the 90s.

Saturday, August 6


2001 11th St NW


Free before midnight and 5 bucks after


Sol Fiesta Global started in 2003 with many global soul dj’s including Karizma, DJ Oji, Josh from Blaze, Ian Friday and more. Sol Fiesta Global is proud to have an opportunity to bring you sexy dancers and social butterflies a festive night with some of the best dance music around.  In the house will be DJs Jay Rags, with the capital city House music ambassador Sam “The Man” Burns. Special guests “JuJu Sci-Fi”(DJ’s Iwah & Underdog).

Saturday, August 8

The Loft/ Warehouse

411 New York Ave


10 bucks


Sol Power.…A sweaty, exhilarating party experience that connects beats from Cuban roots to the beaches of Rio to the discos of Lagos. Three obsessive crate diggers and veteran party rockers team up with a master percussionist to destroy dance floors.

Saturday, August 6

Eighteenth Street Lounge

1212 18th St NW


10 bucks


Brothers of the Boulevard present “Ladies Night Out- The show and the After Party”.  Live performance by the national recording artist Faith Evans “First Lady of Bad Boy Records” plus all female band Be’la Dona with that “sensual crank” who represented the DMV with an outstanding performance at the BET Awards in L.A. And for the After Party, Suttle Thoughts will rock the stage.

Saturday, August

DC Star Event Center

2135 Queens Chapel Road, NE


Click here for tickets


Join us Sunday August 7th for the FINAL INSTALLMENT of DC’s Hottest Outdoor Party! We can’t believe how quickly the summer is flying by….don’t miss out on the last OUTSIDE park party of the summer!

Marcātus, a creative art market near the Nationals Ballpark, will be a multidimensional event different than any other to reach the District. Marcātus invites you to come out for the whole day to enjoy the sounds of live music, smells of exotic foods, eye candy of art, to hunt for creative treasures, or simply to relax on the Great Lawn with a frosty beverage taking in the picturesque views of the Anacostia River.

Sunday, August 8

The Yards

10 Water St SE




Celebrate 49 years of Jamaican independence with lovers rock legend Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder and Sharon Tucker.

Sunday, August 7


4103 Baltimore Ave, Bladensburg, MD

Gates open at 3PM

Get tickets here

Have a great weekend!

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