Music

January 10th, 2017

Spotluck Stage – The Spotluck Stage with music presented by Songbyrd Music House will entertain Adams Morgan Day goers with a variety of energetic styles from some of D.C’s best and brightest performers including The Funk Ark, Near Northeast and the legendary Batala Washington. Performances will be ongoing from 12 noon – 6 p.m. with a new group playing their hearts out each hour. Located at the SunTrust Plaza, 18th St. and Columbia Rd. NW.

  • Cutting Agency: Local Dance/Funk band that has played numerous local festivals and venues
  • Lookout Gang: Local Indie Soul Rock band that recently released “Silent Rising” LP which was written up in City Paper
  • The Harry Bells: Fantastic local World Brass/Percussion band
  • Sunwolf: Great DC rock band self-described as “wrecking crew and maelstrom of madness”; first album produced by Fugazi producer with another album about to come out
  • Batala: Legendary all-female Brazillian-inspired percussionists
  • Near Northeast: Local Indie-Rock group that has also played numerous local festivals and venues
  • The Funk Ark: Funk/Afrobeat group, formed by Will Rast of Thievery Corp and Antibalas

The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St NW

  • 2:00: Alex “The Red” Parez
  • 3:00: Andres Gallego
  • 3:00: Drop Electric
  • 4:00: Lauren Calve
  • 5:00: LATO
  • 6:00: Novakaine
  • 7:00: Cordell
  • 8:00: Jackson Thompson
  • 9:00: Yuppie Grifter
  • 10:00: Chase M.

Libertine, 2435 18th St NW

  • 2:00: The Capitol Heights
  • 3:00: Colleen McCracken
  • 4:00: Jahnel Slowikowski
  • 5:00: Tammy Patrick and the Murkin Wrangler
  • 6:00: Dan Barry
  • 7:00: Nardo Lilly
  • 8:00: Karl Straub and the Light Duty Hammers
  • 9:00: Cassie Urbany
  • 10:00: TBA
  • 11:00: UTENZIL’s After Party

Other Music Venues

  • 12:00 – 3:00: Peruvian cajon player Martin Zuniga – Toro Mata, 2410 18th St. NW
  • 1:00 – 3:00: Olivia Mancini – The Brass Knob, 2311 18th St. NW.
  • 1:00 – 3:00: Take Cover! – Town Tavern, 2323 18th St NW RSVP Here
  • 3:00: Drop Electric – Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th St. NW
  • 7:00: The Beat Fairy – Bossa, 2463 18th St NW
  • Jonny Grave & the Tombstones – playing from the Rooftop at Roofers Union, 2446 18th St. NW

Event

January 10th, 2017

Spotluck Stage – The Spotluck Stage with music presented by Songbyrd Music House will entertain Adams Morgan Day goers with a variety of energetic styles from some of D.C’s best and brightest performers including The Funk Ark, Near Northeast and the legendary Batala Washington. Performances will be ongoing from 12 noon – 6 p.m. with a new group playing their hearts out each hour. Located at the SunTrust Plaza, 18th St. and Columbia Rd. NW.

Rooftop Music, Art, Sausages, and Local Craft Beer– At Roofers Union and Jug & Table, we plan to be true to who we are, which means a lot of different things. From a local craft beer tap takeover with DC Brau and Port City, to an art display on the 1st floor, to live music on the roof for all of 18th street to hear!  Look, even, for executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley to be selling house sausages out our front windows. We can’t wait to celebrate our neighborhood with all of you!

Kente Cloth Strip Weaving Demonstration – At Angles, 2339 18th St. NW. Chapuchi “Bobbo” Ahiagble, a master weaver from Denu, Ghana will demonstrate Kente cloth strip weaving on his loom throughout the afternoon at Angles. Bobbo was born into a family of Ewe master weavers and apprenticed with his father and uncles. He has given numerous workshops and demonstrations around the DC metro area. Examples of his work will be on display and for sale.

Children’s Tent – Go to the Marie Reed Playground on 18th St for kids games and activities.

Outdoor Oyster Bake – Pop’s SearBar will be hosting an Oyster Bake, along with other specials.

Bike Safety Checks – City Bikes will be doing bike safety checks all day in Unity Park, located at Columbia Rd. and Champlain St. NW.

Games in Unity Park – Bedrock Billiards will provide games to play in Unity Park, located at Columbia Rd. and Champlain St. NW.

Cooking Demonstrations – DC Fitness Foodie will offer healthy cooking demonstrations including healthy energy bites and stone-fruit salad in front of Marie Reed, located at 2200 18th St. NW.

Free Meditation Classes – Vajrayogini Buddhist Center is a non-profit organization whose aim is to help others find inner peace through meditation and practical advice from Buddhist wisdom. They are a member center of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), a global association of more than 1,100 Buddhist Centers and branches. They will be offering two free meditation classes on Sunday, from 1:00 – 1:30pm and from 1:45 – 2:15pm.

Peruvian Cajon Flash Mob!!! – We don’t know when or where, but be ready for the flash mob!   (very strong hint: be near Toro Mata at 3:00pm)

Dance Pavillion – Get your groove on all day long at the Dance Pavillion! Marie Reed Tennis Courts

Street Karaoke Dance Party, presented by Scorpio Entertainment! – Sing your heart out & dance your feet off under a sea of bubbles with DJ Edward Daniels from 12pm-6pm at the Marie Reed Basketball Courts. Featuring the largest karaoke library in the DC area, CD, DVD, & gift card give-a-ways every half hour, and tons of swag!

Puppies and Kittens for Adoption – The Humane Society will have an adoption truck out front of Tryst and the Diner, 2459 18th St NW

Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Temporary Tattoos, Bubbles, SnoCones, Art, Music, and Football! – Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th Street NW, has something for everyone! Live Music from Drop Electric at 3pm, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting and Temporary Tattoos on the patio from 1-4pm, Art Work by Matt Sesow & Dana Ellyn all day on the patio, Bubbles and SnoCones by Jubilee JumpStart, an Adams Morgan nonprofit, at 12pm, plus Football Games all day on the 2nd floor. There will also be food and drink specials on all floors.

Bike Rides and Fix-a-Flat clinics, BicycleSpace, 2424 18th St NW – Will host an artist and acoustic musician; have 2 Rides: Hills of Rock Creek Ride @ 8AM; Nice & Easy Bike Ride @ 10AM; Fix-A-Flat clinics during the day

Local Artists and Bands/Face Painting, Rendezvous Lounge, 2218 18th St NW – Local Artists and Bands will collect out front and inside this cozy Hookah Bar providing a variety of entertainment for Adams Morgan Day. Drink Specials & face painting. ~ www.dccreators.com

Local Artists and DJs/Face Painting, Awash, 2226 18th St NW – Local Artists and DJ’s will collect out front and inside this cozy Hookah Lounge providing a variety of entertainment for Adams Morgan Day. Wonderful Ethiopian quazinem drink specials & face painting. ~ www.dccreators.com

L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St

  • Top of every hour from 12 on:
    • Hip Hop Dance lessons for 10 minutes with Ms. Gi Gi Holliday – for kids, adults, all ages
  • From 1pm on:​
    • Tattoos
    • Henna Tattoos
    • Face Painting
    • An artist to help kids create chalk sidewalk murals

Press

January 10th, 2017

37th Annual Adams Morgan Day 2015 Goes Native

‘The Show Must Go On’ Says the Neighborhood

WASHINGTON – The naysayers said there would be no Adams Morgan Day in 2015, but the local businesses and residents of Adams Morgan said otherwise. The neighborhood has banded together to revive the longest continuously running neighborhood festival in the nation’s capital. The 2015 Adams Morgan Day celebration will take place Sunday, September 13, from noon to 6pm, along 18th Street NW and Columbia Road.

So here comes Adams Morgan Day. Here comes the neighborhood. Out goes the meat-on-a-stick. In comes the hyper-local events hosted by the businesses lining 18th Street and Columbia Road and neighborhood volunteers.

“This is a festival powered by volunteers. Each resident and business is volunteering their time, energy and in some cases, their own finances. The Corinto Gallery, for example, volunteered to design our 2015 Adams Morgan Day logo and t-shirts,” says A. Tianna Scozzaro, a local resident who is volunteering as lead coordinator for the festival.

This year’s festival will be different. 18th Street will remain open to traffic. Many of the visual artists who used to be found at Arts on Belmont will display their work inside restaurants and businesses along 18th Street and Columbia Road. Local bands will grace impromptu stages at The Brass Knob, Libertine, Roofers Union and The Black Squirrel, among other locations. And area restaurants will provide the street food instead of outside vendors.

Some things will stay the same. The SunTrust Plaza at 18th and Columbia will feature performances by bands on the new Spotluck Stage, with acts being organized by Songbyrd . The Adams Morgan Partnership BID will staff a table with maps on the opposite corner next to the Adams Morgan “Festivus” kiosk and pole. The Dance Pavilion and Children’s Center will take place on the Marie Reed Community Center playground and tennis courts.

Here’s a partial list of activities planned for Adams Morgan Day. Expect to hear about more events as businesses finalize their plans.

  • Spotluck Stage featuring acts being organized by Songbyrd at the SunTrust Plaza
  • Corinto Gallery will sell Adams Morgan Day t-shirts on the Grand Central patio
  • Game Day and Bike Safety Checks at Unity Park, hosted by Bedrock Billiards and City Bikes
  • Outdoor Oyster Bake at Pop’s SeaBar
  • Capitol Hemp will sell products at the Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Local bands will perform at The Brass Knob, Libertine, Roofers Union, The Black Squirrel Mellow Mushroom and Town Tavern
  • Toro Mata will sponsor a Peruvian Cajon Flash Mob
  • Local artists will sell their work at Mellow Mushroom, Angles, Toro Mata and The Black Squirrel
  • Make your own tie-dye t-shirt at The Blaguard
  • Puppy adoption with the Humane Society at Tryst
  • Dance Pavilion on the tennis courts at Marie Reed Community Center
  • Children’s Center at Marie Reed playground
  • Free pops at Pleasant Pops to the first 300 customers, starting at 2 p.m.
  • Belly dancers at Meze

Check www.adamsmorganday2015.com as updates are posted with new activities. Information can also be obtained through social media, such as Twitter (@adamsmorganday), Instagram (@adamsmorganday) and Facebook (facebook.com/adamsmorganday).

This year’s sponsors include: Spotluck, Car2Go, District Government Employees Federal Credit Union (DGEFCU), Foxhall Partners and Roofers Union. More sponsorships are available. The 2015 Adams Morgan Day fiscal sponsor is Mary’s Center, and Grand Central has generously donated meeting space for the festival’s planning committees. The festival logo and promotional materials are designed by Corinto Gallery and the website was designed by volunteer Maureen Gallagher.

Any individual or neighborhood business wishing to volunteer or be involved should email info@adamsmorganday2015.com. For more information about Adams Morgan Day or to make a donation, please visit www.adamsmorganday2015.com.