Freedom Friday: The Jazz Edition

Hello Everyone,

If you are a lover of jazz like ThatKellieGirl, then this is an awesome weekend! 🙂   There are several jazz festivals kicking off today.  And it is so befitting we celebrate jazz , America’s only original art formin June since it also is Black Music Month.   You can catch one of our jazz greats, Dianne Reeves at the Howard Theater on Sunday.

It looks like a severe thunderstorm is heading to the DMV, so please be safe out there.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

The Capital Jazz Fest is a “weekend of cool jazz & soul” features over 30 national acts on two big stages: The Pavilion Stage features live contemporary jazz, while the Soul Stage (dark on Friday) features urban and alternative acts. Featured artists this year include Anita Baker, George Benson, India Arie, Fourplay, Charlie Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Musiq Soulchild, and many more.

June 1-3

Merriweather Post Pavillion

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway  Columbia, MD 21044

Click here for schedule and line-up


With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation.

June 1-10

Throughout the District

Click here for schedule and tickets

A part of the “Jazz in the “Hoods”, check out East River Jazz events.


Jazz in the Garden kicked off Memorial Day weekend. The concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk.   Concerts may be cancelled due to excessive heat or inclement weather.

Every Friday evening this summer

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive and by 7th and 9th Streets NW.




Classic 70s, 80s, and 90s R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, House, Reggae, and more. All classics, all night. Featuring some of the nation’s top DJs. Join us for our grand opening June 1st as we welcome one of the East Coast’s most talented DJs: DJ Bee a/k/a Beesus! Fever First Fridays now at the all new Fever Bar and Lounge. Don’t miss it!

Friday, June

Fever Bar and Lounge

816 H Street NE


10 bucks


DC’s annual festival celebrates the dance and music of the African Diaspora while honoring traditional heritage and its transformation into contemporary forms. The vitality and richness of African culture is experienced through dance, music, visual arts, food, clothing and crafts.

June 2-3

Dance Place

3225 8th Street, NE


Click here for schedule of performances and activities


The 19th Annual Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of thirty of Washington, D.C.’s finest restaurants, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and feature nearly sixty delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings and the jazz talents of Blues Alley.

Saturday, June 2

Wisconsin Ave & M St NW




The Full Moon will be out this Saturday, June 2nd and we are excited to again start up our Full Moon Outings that each time attracted at least one hundred riders last summer.  Be sure to wear light colors and join us for an evening mosey along the waterfront to enjoy the pleasures of a calm spring night. After meeting at the shop at 8pm, the moonlight will guide our ride through the city. Along the way, there will be some musical suprises. And, we will finish with a grand picnic on the boardwalk overlooking the water at Yards Park.

Saturday, June 2


1019 7th Street NW

RSVP here


ASIA AFTER DARK: AFRO-ASIATIC MASH-UP…The evening features a mash-up performance of Japanese vogue dance, theater, storytelling, and hip-hop music choreographed by visual artist iona rozeal brown and performed by soloist dancer Monstah Black. Guests can create an expressive mask using Asian botanical symbols and Ashanti adinkra symbols from West Africa, make fun photo booth memories, and enjoy delicious Japanese fusion bites, specialty cocktails, dancing, and more.

Saturday, June 2

Freer and Sackler Galleries

1050 Independence Avenue SW


Get tickets here

Ticket sales end Friday, June 1 at midnight!

A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door (cash or credit card), on a first-come, first-served basis.


The MOTIONS family has always set forth to bring you the freshest faces of today’s house scene along with some of the most exciting, hottest and cutting edge dance music from around the globe. Next month Motions goes Femme Fatale and turns the decks over to the ladies… DJ Francesca Magliano and DJ Housecat!

Saturday, June 2

Fasil Restaurant

1608 7th St.


8 bucks


It’s time for another edition of Reminisce, the party dedicated to all 90s hiphop, r&b, and dancehall. This go ’round, it’s the season of the greatest Zodiac sign of all time…OF ALL TIME!…!! GEMINI! Who rocks the spot? Biggie! Gemini. Who told you to get up, get out and get something? Andre 3000. Gemini. Who can’t deny because he’s a straight ridah? So much so that you didn’t want to f*ck with him?? Tupac! Gemini. Who got miseducated? Lauryn. Gemini! Who’s going to party like its 1999? WE ARE!!! Geminis.

Saturday, June 2


2001 11th St NW


Free b4 11PM

RSVP here


A Tribe Called Best Vol. 5- Southern Comfort Edition with DJs Cuzzin B & Trav Bond providing jams from the 90s, as well as today’s hits. We will open Black Music Month by honoring that southernplayalistic style and sounds of the South!

Saturday June 2

Muse Lounge

717 6th St NW


RSVP for Free Admission until 11 for Guys, 12 for Ladies

RSVP at here


Focus-In! Films presents “Pariah” as its June Film of the Month and in celebration of LGBT Pride Month and Capital Pride Week!
June 3-24
Busboys and Poets
Sun. 6/3/12 7-9pm @ Busboys and Poets – Hyattsville (MD)
Sun. 6/10/12 8-10pm @ Busboys and Poets – 14th & V (DC)
Sun. 6/17/12 7-9pm @ Busboys and Poets – Shirlington (VA)
Sun. 6/24/12 8-10pm @ Busboys and Poets – 5th & K (DC)

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