Freedom Friday: The Labor Day Edition

Hello Good People!

Happy Labor Day to all those folks who work hard for the money.  This weekend is jam-packed with some TKG approved events! 🙂  We get a chance to catch up after Storm Irene kept us inside last weekend.  Whatever you decide to do, just remember to be thankful for your job.  And if you don’t like it, change your attitude or change your job (#justsaying).  There will always be challenges on the job, but it’s about how you deal with it.  I believe it’s ultimately about doing what you love.  And if you aren’t fortunate to do it from 9 to 5, then make sure you do it after 5.  You never know what doors might open.

Peace and blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Celebrate the official one year anniversary of MESSIAH AND FRIENDS #DC!!! This event brings some of the nation’s best talent and elite artistry on the first Fridays monthly! This event began as an organic grassroots production and has blossomed into something monumental! This renaissance approach unites live art and body paint with poets/vocalists, musicians comedians, jazz band and new gallery exhibit each month!! In celebration of our first year, this Friday we reunite some of our previous features along with the new!

Friday, September 2

Lamont Bishop Gallery

1314 9th St. NW

7PM

Suggested donation 10 bucks


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Dwele returns to The Park Unplugged.  Known for his smooth delivery, this multi-talented Grammy-nominated singer, writer, and musician brings his soulful repertoire to The Park.

Friday, September 2

The Park

920 14th St NW

Doors open at 5PM

Must RSVP by 3PM – Click here to RSVP

FREE

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Jump and funk with Sam the Man Burns and the Sol Power AllStars tonight.

Friday, September 2

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St NW

10PM

Free before 11PM

10 bucks after 11PM

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Courtesy of http://www.expressnightout.com

The KanKouran West African Dance Company presents the presents the 28th Annual National African Dance and Drum Conference.  Assane Konte, co-founder and Artistic Director of KanKouran West African Dance Company, has staged authentic glimpses of the peoples and cultures of Africa. This year’s concert production entitled “LEGENDS” is a celebration of the legacy and artistry of dance’s living legends, Melvin Deal and Chuck Davis.  Hundreds of participants from across the country will visit the nation’s capitol to partake in three days of intense workshops in traditional African dance and drum, taught by master dancers and drummers from Mali, Senegal, and Guinea.  There will be one complimentary children’s dance class and one complimentary dance and lecture class with our honorees, Mr. Melvin Deal and Dr. Chuck Davis.  You can purchase tickets onsite.

September 2 -4

Washington Plaza Hotel

10 Thomas Circle NW

Click here for the full conference schedule

A concert will take place September 3rd at Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St NW) at 8PM.  Click here for concert tickets.

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Courtesy of http://www.expressnightout.com

The Kennedy Center hosts its tenth annual Page-to-Stage festival, featuring more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies. This three-day event offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.  General admission seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to each event.
Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.  No free parking for free events.

September 3-5

Various theaters throughout the District

Click here for full schedule

FREE

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Abbey Road on the River is a five-day Beatles Tribute Festival which is coming to the Washington DC area this summer. More than 75 bands from around the world and scores of Beatles fans will come together at the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor to experience five days of peace, love, and rock-n-roll.
September 1-5
National Harbor
137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD
Get tickets here

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This weekend is the Nationals Grand Slam Weekend.  The Nationals play the Mets this weekend.  On Friday, there is a  $5 Ticket Offer and Post-Game Fireworks. On Saturday, a free concert featuring LA based rock band Lifehouse.  And Sunday is $1 Kids Day, Kids Run the Show.  Children from across the DC Metro area work behind the scenes at the game. Also Kids Run the Bases, ages 4-12, are invited on the field to run where their heroes play.  The Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball Game features an on-field exhibition game by 15 veterans and active duty service members from across the United States, each of whom have lost limbs while serving our country. OnMonday, another $5 Ticket Offer and Patriotic T-Shirt Giveaway.

Nationals Park

1500 S Capitol St SE

$5

Click here for tickets

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The Baltimore Grand Prix kicks this weekend.  The official grand marshall is General Colon Powell.

September 2-5

323 West Camden Street

Baltimore, MD 21201-2457

Click here for schedule and tickets
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Taste of Americana is featuring a Signature DC outdoor culinary extravaganza pleasing the senses and food fans from all over. Three days of DC and the Nation’s top restaurants, chefs, culinary trends and more! Free cooking demonstrations, workshops, samplings, activities for adults and children (a Kid’s Kitchen) and more. Grapes & Hops Stage, Beer Pavilions and more!

September 3,4,5

Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest between 14th and 9th Streets NW

11AM-7PM

Free and Open to the Public

Can purchase tickets to taste

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The Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique is having a an end of the summer sale.  Hats, Linen, Shoes, Jewelry and more…25% to 50% off.

Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique

2806 Bruce Place SE

11AM-8PM

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The Greenbelt Labor Day Festival—Bring the kids to a festival with carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, art exhibits, athletic tournaments, the Miss Greenbelt pageant and live entertainment.
September 2-5
Greenbelt Community Center
15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD
FREE

6PM-11PM -Friday

11AM-11PM- Saturday

Noon-11PM -Sunday

Noon-7PM -Monday

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The 23rd Annual DC Blues Festival featuring Preston Shannon & the Preston Shannon Band, Grady Champion – “The Mississippi Bluesman”, Nadine Ray, Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark, and the Blues Allstars, The DC Blues Society Band, and much more!

Saturday, September 3

Carter Barron

4850 Colorado Avenue

Noon-7:30PM

FREE

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Loop Festival is currently gearing up for its first annual musical event, promoting education, environment, and culture. Taking place at Yards Park on the SE Waterfront in D.C., this event promises to be both exciting and innovative in its effort to bring a new and interactive experience to D.C

Saturday, September 3

The Yards Park

1PM-10PM

Click here for tickets

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The @ttic, which features some of the best locally and nationally renowned spoken word artists returns with Shihan & Black Ice at the event’s launch at Café Asia! The return of the biggest poetry event in D.C. also features BBE founder and CEO’s birthday bash!

Saturday, September 3

Cafe Asia

1720 I St NW

9-11PM

Get tickets here

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This and every first Saturday, Shine One Me, Very Smart Brothas, and Just Cause are bringing you the best of the best of the 90s featuring DJ Cuzzin B.  And the host is none other than Grap Luva.

Saturday, September 3

LIV

2001 11th St NW

Free before 11PM

10 bucks after

10PM

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The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. The annual concert, produced by the Kennedy Center, celebrates the beginning of the 2011–2012 performing arts season with three legends of Washington music: Sousa, Ellington, and the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown.

Sunday, September 4

West Lawn of U.S. Capitol
Gates open at 5PM – Concert starts at 8PM
FREE

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I love this event.  I attended last year to see some of the best dancers and to hear some great music.  The Collective Minds Festival is an all day family event that focuses on the House Music Community, Community Service and Autism. There will be food, jewelry, and natural cosmetics vendors.

Sunday, September 4

Druid Hill Park

900 Druid Park Lake

Baltimore, MD 21217

Noon-8PM

FREE

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The Vibe Squad kicks off their tour this weekend at U Street Music Hall.

Sunday, September 4

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St NW

9PM

10 bucks

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XO, DJ Underdog, Major and Inner Loop Records brings you the illest open mic in Washington, DC. Every Monday at Pure Lounge come see some of the area’s rising stars.

Sunday, September 5

Pure

1326 U St NW

9PM

Free

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Off the heels of her single, “I Got A Man“, Maimouna Youssef kicks off her listening tour of her album The Blooming.

Monday, September 5

Busboys

5331 Baltimore Ave. Suite 104

Hyattsville, MD

Doors at 7PM

FREE

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Have a great LONG weekend! 🙂

4 comments

  1. Hi, I found your blog when googling images for West african Dancers, I love the one you posted here, so I put it on my blog and posted a link to your post. It is a beautiful picture, I wish I lived near Washington DC to see them perform.
    Renee

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