Freedom Friday


Hello Friends! 🙂 

It looks like we are officially entering hurricane season.  Tropical Storm Andrea is coming our way this weekend.  I’m praying the Capital Jazz fest isn’t a total wash out.  But I will have my poncho and umbrella on hand to keep me dry.  Besides it will be worth enduring the rain to see some of my favorite artists…Laylah Hathaway, Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter, Babyface, Bilal, Kindred– in one place.  I am a little bummed that Chaka Khan won’t perform this year due to extended vocal rest ordered by her doctor.  But I wish her a speedy recovery.  I was REALLY excited to finally see her especially since this year marks the 40th anniversary of her music career.  But Jeffrey Osborne will be filling in, so it is still a GREAT line-up.

For those who don’t like to get wet, there are some really good events going on this weekend.  Check them out below.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 🙂



Hip hop’s guiding principle of chronicling the culture of urban Americans has been replaced by an egocentric bravado rooted in fantasy. The paintings in “It Was Written” are born out of the artists’ desire to document the importance of the commonly shared narrative to hip hop music. HKS and Aniekan borrow lyrics from the likes of Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest and The Last Emperor to create inventive paintings that re-imagine these classic songs in the visual art arena.
DJ Nick tha 1da will spin at the opening.

Friday June 7

The Fridge

516 1/2 8th St SE





Come Funk With LoveSexyDC for our summer Friday Prince Dance Parties.

Friday June 7

Chief Ike’s Mambo Room

1725 Columbia Rd NW



jazz fest

 With more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, DC and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation.

June 5-17

Throughout the District

Click here for schedule and tickets



DJ Tony Humphries with opening set by Sam “The Man” Burns

Friday June 7

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St NW




cap jazz

The 21st Annual Capital Jazz Fest will take place this weekend.   The festival features over 30 national acts on two big stages. The Pavilion Stage features contemporary jazz and adult contemporary artists, whereas The Soul Stage (aka “The Party Stage”) showcases classic soul and alternative soul. This year’s talent lineup includes Will Downing, Robert Glasper Experiment, Gerald Albright & Norman Brown, Chaka Khan, Jeffrey Osborne, Kindred The Family Soul, Angie Stone, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Eric Benét, Dave Koz, Ledisi, and many more. Hosted by Pat Prescott, Eric Roberson, and Doug E. Fresh.

June 7-9

Merriweather Post Pavilion

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway

Columbia, MD


Get schedule and tickets here



Come to the HOTTEST Records, Book and Art Sale in the DMV this Spring! Vintage, Classic Works at Reasonable Prices. See you there!

Saturday June 8

Son Boy Records

1453 Chapin St. NW (Rear Entrance)




Takoma Park Jazzfest is introducing the entire family to the beauty of jazz!  This year the festival will stretch to two full days. On Saturday June 8, there will be all-day free jazz workshops at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center for kids of all ages and their families.  On Sunday June 9, JazzFest moves to downtown Takoma Park on two stages with continuous performances

June 8- Jazz Workshop

Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College’s Takoma campus

7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

Click here for schedule


June 9- Festival

Old Town Takoma Park on Carroll Ave 2 blocks from Takoma Metro Station





Carnival Science rules the day with lots of hands on exploration of what it takes to control the chaos of a three-ring extravaganza. Learn how to ride a tiny clown bike, juggle, and even walk across a wire.

June 8-9

Maryland Science Center

601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230


Click here for tickets



Celebrate Langston Golf Course’s induction into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame on June 8th by coming to our Heritage Celebration. Participate in interactive golf activities such as beat the pro contests, 10 minute lessons, hole in one contests, and demo the latest Nike Golf products.

Saturday June 8

Langston Golf Course

2600 Benning Road, NE



If you would like to get some golf in before the event, participate in our Heritage Golf Tournament beginning at 8:30am.  There is a $35 sign up fee for the tournament.

Register here



CANCELLED  DJ Jazzy Jeff presents “Summertime the Party”  

Saturday June 8

Howard Theatre

620 T St NW


15 bucks in advance; 20 bucks day of show

Get tickets here



Spyda the dj + BK Entertainment + Klimaxx Ent Present SOCA IN THE CITY

Saturday June 8


2001 11th St NW


Ladies- 10 bucks before midnight; 20 bucks general admission



Sonic Diaspora presents Africana Endless Summer Series

Sunday June 9

Sankofa Cafe

2714 Georgia Ave, NW





 The 18th annual Taste of Wheaton highlights the deliciously diverse restaurants in downtown Wheaton.

Sunday June 9

Wheaton Triangle at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton (one block north of the Wheaton Metro station

11 AM – 5PM   

$1 to $5 per “taste”


sominarSominar occure each month where independent music lovers, entrepreneurs and promoters will have the opportunity to come together and network in a relaxed environment to exchange information, listen and view work from great local and regional independent artists. Soulful sounds will be provided by DJ Funknatra.

Sunday June 9


1934 9th St. NW

10 bucks including 1 free mimosa




The Hampton Years is the breakthrough premiere exploring the development of great African-American artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator, Viktor Lowenfeld. Focusing on the pivotal years at Hampton Institute, Virginia during WWII, this richly researched tapestry of African American luminaries like Elizabeth Catlett reveals the dreams and travails of young artists in a still segregated society while examining the impact of World War II on a Jewish immigrant and his wife finding shelter in the US and his controversial influence in shaping the careers of African American students.

May 29-June 30

Theater J

1529 16th St NW

Click here for tickets

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