Freedom Friday: The TGIF Edition

Hello Good People!


See you on the other side of the weekend.  Be safe.

In the meantime, enjoy this uplifting song “Freedom to Love” from Incognito reworked by Reel People.



Rising young vocalist and composer Akua Allrich will pay tribute to noteworthy artists who have inspired her and millions of other jazz and music lovers around the globe: Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.

August 19 & 20

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St NW

8:30PM & 10:30PM

Get tickets here


As an initial member of the 90s duo Groove Theory, Amel Larrieux has received critical acclaim for her unique style and talent. Come prepared to hear her hits including “For Real” and “No One Else” from the “Why Did I Get Married” soundtrack. An immense talent that has loyal following will surely be one you won’t want to miss!!!  The Park Unplugged features Amel Larrieux.

Friday, August 19

The Park 920 14th St NW

Doors open 5PM

RSVP by 3PM here


The Embassy of Sound presents WORLD BANG! Think Globally – Dance Locally to Tribal, Soulful, Global and Gaâ.

Friday, August 19


1309 F St NW


$5 before midnight, $10 after

Hosted each and every Friday.

Friday, August 19


1337 Connecticut Ave NW


Ladies free brefore Midnight, Gentlemen free before 11PM

$10 before midnight, $15 after

Buy 1 drink, get 1 free!


Fourplay, Marcus Johnson and Marcus Anderson performing at the Carter Barron on tonight (8/19).

Friday, August 19

Carter Barron

4850 Colorado Ave NW


Get tickets here


Close 2 the Edge…DC’s only party dedicated to Hip Hop music & culture goes down every 3rd Friday of the month. Hosted by the one and only Grap Luva.  Pull out your dopest throwback Hip Hop gear and come out and celebrate the golden era of Hip Hop. Doors at 9pm.

Friday, August 19

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW




One Love Massive Presents: Don’t Sweat The Technique.  Classic Hip Hop, R&B, Go-Go, and everything in between

Friday, August 19

Jimmy Valentine’s

1103 Bladensburg Rd NE



Every Friday night, relax with the best soul radio show….Soul Conversations with Kimberly Washington and DJ YZO.

Friday, August 19

WPFW, 89.3 FM



Black Women Bike DC is having their monthly bike ride this Saturday (8/19).  The route is 13.5 miles, mostly flat.
Things to bring: Water, water, water, air pump, sun screen, snack, and a positive attitude. How the rides work: More experienced riders in the front and the back,, and beginners are in the middle. Their goal is to provide a FUN and social ride that allows beginners to become more comfortable and confident with riding.

Saturday, August 20

Haines Point Park

1090 Ohio Dr. SW


Check out the route here.


Come taste and vote for your favorite ice cream….and it’s free.  DC Scoop will  feature live music and entertainment, an ice cream-eating contest and children’s activities.

Saturday, August 20

Union Market

6th and Florida Ave NE



The Gallery at Vivid Solutions welcomes Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, to view (Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket, which is an exhibit of photographs from Thomas Sayers Ellis that looks at the recent history of local go-go culture focusing on percussionists.  Thomas will conduct a short live interview with the Godfather of Go-Go in the gallery.  The exhibit lasts until October 7th.

August 20

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions

2208 MLK Jr. Ave SE



The 5th Annual East of the River juried photo exhibition.

August 5-September 16

Honfleur Art Gallery

1241 Good Hope Rd SE

Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 5PM

Saturdays, 11AM to 5PM 


Thievery Corporation LIVE with The Arkives and Funk Ark.

Saturday, August 20

Kastle Stadium at the Wharf

800 Water St SE

Doors open at 5PM

Get tickets here


Starting August 20th, every Saturday is The Grey Goose Takeover Day Brunch.  Audio beats by DJ Quick Silver.

Saturday, August 20


1401 K ST NW


You must rsvp here


Close out DC Beer Week this weekend.  DC Beer Week is a week-long celebration of beer culture in the nation’s capitol. The line-up has featured more than three dozen breweries and 50 venues across the district.   The event has featured daily tastings, dinners, happy hours, contests, a brews cruise and presentations by domestic and international breweries at participating venues.

August 14-21

Throughout the District

View the schedule here


The Rich African Cultural Experience…T.R.A.C.E., TerangaMorabeza, in partnership with Orijin Culture Magazine presents a film screening of Wamba with Cameroonian film writer-director Yves Tchouta.  The film takes place in Nairobi in 1990, which is about to be at the center of an AIDS epidemic. The communities on the outskirts own the battle ground. In one ghetto neighborhood – named California, Cali for short, people will drop dead from what is presumed to be witchcraft. The medical industry – corrupt from the inside out – will be of little help. When one young man is unfairly labeled an evil doer, he stands up and speaks out — his name is Wamba.

Saturday, August 20

Jin Lounge

2017 14th St NW



*Proceeds from screening are going to Nyumbani Children’s Home an orphanage in Kenya provideing care for children who have lost their parents to AIDS


Turntablist legend, DJ Craze  with Nacey (Nouveau Riche, DC) & Obeyah will be at U St. Music Hall on Saturday(8/20).

Saturday, August 20

U St. Music Hall

1115 U St NW


$10 – Free before 11:00 p.m. for 21+

Ages 18-20 entry by advance ticket only

Get tickets here

This is the 2nd Bar Crawl presented by RegMoPromo/Queen Makeda Bar.  A Bar Crawl (sometimes called a bar tour, pub crawl or bar-hopping) is the act of one or more people drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally walking or busing to each one between drinking.  You can pay $5 to buy a wristband from Monisa (Asian Girl with Dreads) and receive the drink special listed below!! If you do not want the wristband feel free to join the crawl, you will just pay full price at the bars you attend.  There will be a DJ at each one of the bars spinning a different genre of Old School Hip Hop.  The restaurants will be Tabaq, TouchDown, Ulah Bistro, Islander, Tap & Parlour, and ending at Queen Makeda. Click here for the schedule and times.

Sunday, August 21

Start at Tabaaq

1336 U St NW



Tune in to the Raheem DeVaughn Show on Sunday (8/21) on at 7PM.

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