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The Double Bill: Dante' Pope and Bonomo

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Songbyrd Record Cafe', 2475 18th St NW, Washington

A tale of two cities converges on the Adams Morgan strip with Chicago's own Dante' Pope and New York City's indie-folk sensation Adam Bonomo. Dante's smooth soul vocals blended with Bonomo's colorful lyrics makes for an evening of music you don't want to miss. "The Double Bill," is a show that features two distinct sounds, stripped down, in Songbyrd's Record Cafe' Lounge.

Adam Bonomo, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition pulls at the heart strings with symphonic resonance and a distinct take on indie folk music. Influenced by the sounds of folk, jazz, gospel and classical music, Bonomo is a melting pot of true artistry and the finest pioneering genres of all time. Dante Pope, DC based drummer-vocalist and performer on Grammy-nominated album, Black Cowboys, has a soulful sound and vocal warmth that's been showcased around the world. His time with DC's own Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton, better known as The Crossrhodes landed him on NPR's Tiny Desk as their Music Director and is an alumni of Strathmore's Artist in Residence Program.

$10

Dante' Pope Live at Sotto

Sotto, 1610 14th Street NW, WASHINGTON

Multi-instrumentalist Dante’ Pope communicates his love, passion, and appreciation of life through his music. Former Strathmore Artist in Resident and native to Chicago, Illinois, he blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has been showcased all around the world. Drummer turned solo artist has worked with Dom Flemons , former member of the Grammy Award winning, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Crossrhodes featuring soul sensation Raheem Devaughn and lyricist Wes Felton, and a host of other artists ranging from a variety of genres. His debut EP, ‘After Five Music,’gives the listener a glimpse into his world through sacred songs, gospel, soul, and jazz. His songs connect to our everyday experiences and explores the memories of blossoming love, let-downs, and hope for a better world.

“Love Songs” with Miss Frenchie Davis

The Wine Garden at City Winery, 1350 Okie St NE, Washington

Songbird, Frenchie Davis is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of Howard University. Her Theatrical credits include the Broadway cast of RENT, Dreamgirls, Cinderella Enchanted, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the National Tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’, for which she earned a Grammy Nomination. Frenchie was also a top-five finalist on the first season of NBC’s The Voice; and a featured voiceover performer on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets. An outspoken advocate for the African-American community, the lgBt community and people of color, Frenchie continues to wow audiences with her outspoken wit and unique, versatile talent.

$25.00 Admission

Dante' Pope Live at Wild Days- Eaton Hotel

Eaton Hotel, 1201 K Street NW, Washington

Dante' has a serious affinity for music of the past. Gospel, soul and blues. On the 19th he will journey through all these genres through the scope of jazz. Music of Marvin Gaye, Eddie Kendrick, Sam Cooke and Johnny Hartman will be on rearranged to suite the smooth sounds of the singing drummer. His trio will feature a guitarist, bassist and Dante' Pope on the drums and vocals.

Dante' Pope Live at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

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John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts: Millennium Stage, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC

Dante' has transitioned from supporting as a percussionist to the lead of his own show! To culminate his residency at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, Dante' will present a live show featuring the music of his debut EP, 'After Five Music,' and much more.

Liner Notes: Music of The Movement

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark, New Jersey

show features inspiring songs of change. From the energizing Ray Charles’ What’d I Say to protest songs like A Change Is Gonna Come and spirituals like This Little Light of Mine, the songs that informed the struggle for universal human rights in America remain powerful and relevant.

Always striving to care for its audience, Liner Notes revisits this turbulent time in our history with authenticity, thoughtfulness and integrity, drawing connections and examining the intersections with adversity that is still prevalent today. What have we learned? What do we still need to learn from the music and the artists who used their art as activism?

Cecily Live at City Winery

City Winery NYC, 155 Varick St, New York, New York

DC-based vocalist and songwriter Cecily is known for her agile soprano and honest lyrics. Her current album Songs of Love and Freedom was named “Best New Soul on Bandcamp” by the Bandcamp editorial team, who described the project as “stirringly timeless and modern.”

Her sound, as soothing as it is rich, is musically mature, and rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul and jazz, 90’s R&B, and re-imagined folk music. Yet her fresh faced lyrics boldly portray the heart young Cecily has fought for, and the wisdom of love earned and freedom gained over a life of being misunderstood and told she was “before her time” or “mature beyond her years.” This influence gives her work a unique sensuality that informs not only her vocal approach, but also her self-reflecting lyrics, grappling with self-acceptance, vulnerability, and rebirth.

In her songs you’ll hear the influence of growing up surrounded by her parents vast record collection. Her father, a lover of Miles Davis, and her mother, a Smokey Robinson fan, filled their home with soulful sounds that captivated their daughter, and which she has channeled into her own work. Soulbounce says that Cecily creates “music that pulls from the past but looks toward the future.”

Cecily has opened for award winning jazz and soul artists Gregory Porter and Jose James, R&B stars Johnny Gill, Kenny Lattimore, and Elle Varner, folk artist Becca Stevens, and alternative soul pioneer Bilal. She has played at the legendary Blues Alley and the Apollo Music Cafe, as well as The Kennedy Center, The Hamilton, The Howard Theater, and Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. In 2017, Cecily and her band were invited by the US Embassy to perform in Colombia at the VI Annual Mompox Jazz Festival.

Cecily was selected to be part of the Strathmore Artist-in-Residence class of 2018, a program that honed her performance skills and encouraged genre-defying collaborations. Cecily was also the recipient of a 2018 Project Grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, which she is using to fund her next studio project about the mastery of love.

As a Washington, DC native, raised in a city synonymous with politics, it was an obvious choice to pursue a career in public service. But by the age of 21, Cecily walked out of her International Relations classroom feeling disillusioned. She told her mother that after 10 years of singing as a hobby, she wanted to dedicate her life to music. With a degree in Political Science and Black Studies, Cecily began her career as a vocalist and songwriter, with the mission to bring purpose and power to her music and people’s lives. It was music that mattered most then and now.

Jan25

Mark G. Meadows: Stevie Wonder Tribute

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Caten Castle, 20 S Caton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229, Baltimore, MD

Acclaimed jazz composer, pianist, music director, vocalist, jazz instructor, & actor, Mark G. Meadows is a man on a mission: to create a unifying sound that breaks through social barriers. There’s something for everyone in his music, which harmonizes pop, gospel, R&B, hip hop, funk, and jazz. With his lyrics, suffused with meaning, and his velvet voice, Meadows cuts through the noise to speak to all. Debonair on the stage, he is also an entertainer of the highest caliber.

Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet: The Karma Suite

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John F. kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, WASHINGTON

Award-winning saxophonist, educator, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead graduate, and Washington, D.C. native Elijah Jamal Balbed is best known as a performing musician around town, having played with the likes of Cyrus Chestnut, Lalah Hathaway, Eric Benet, Dr. John, and the late, great Chuck Brown. He’s also deeply rooted into D.C.'s indigenous genre—Go-Go. Join Balbed and his quintet for an evening of music from their newest album, The Karma Suite.

Liner Notes: Music of The Movement

Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd, Reston, VA 20191

Exploring music inspired by the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s, this show features inspiring songs of change. From the energizing Ray Charles’ What’d I Say to protest songs like A Change Is Gonna Come and spirituals like This Little Light of Mine, the songs that informed the struggle for universal human rights in America remain powerful and relevant.

Always striving to care for its audience, Liner Notes revisits this turbulent time in our history with authenticity, thoughtfulness and integrity, drawing connections and examining the intersections with adversity that is still prevalent today. What have we learned? What do we still need to learn from the music and the artists who used their art as activism?

Eliot Seppa Trio

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Marvin, 2007 14th Street NW, Washington

Eliot Seppa presents original music and arrangements of jazz/funk classics. Partnered with the great vibe and cocktails this is a night you don't want to miss.

Motown

Signature Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

Third year at Signature Theatre with music director Mark Meadows and a ridiculous band playing the music of the Motor City. The holidays get a smooth new groove when delivered Motown style! Featuring restyled covers such as The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and The Supremes’ take on “Silver Bells” and original songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes,” A Motown Christmas is an upbeat, fun and soulful yuletide treat.

Motown

Signature Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

Third year at Signature Theatre with music director Mark Meadows and a ridiculous band playing the music of the Motor City. The holidays get a smooth new groove when delivered Motown style! Featuring restyled covers such as The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and The Supremes’ take on “Silver Bells” and original songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes,” A Motown Christmas is an upbeat, fun and soulful yuletide treat.

Motown

Signature Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

Third year at Signature Theatre with music director Mark Meadows and a ridiculous band playing the music of the Motor City. The holidays get a smooth new groove when delivered Motown style! Featuring restyled covers such as The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and The Supremes’ take on “Silver Bells” and original songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes,” A Motown Christmas is an upbeat, fun and soulful yuletide treat.

Motown

Signature Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

Third year at Signature Theatre with music director Mark Meadows and a ridiculous band playing the music of the Motor City. The holidays get a smooth new groove when delivered Motown style! Featuring restyled covers such as The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and The Supremes’ take on “Silver Bells” and original songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes,” A Motown Christmas is an upbeat, fun and soulful yuletide treat.

Motown

Signature Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

Third year at Signature Theatre with music director Mark Meadows and a ridiculous band playing the music of the Motor City. The holidays get a smooth new groove when delivered Motown style! Featuring restyled covers such as The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and The Supremes’ take on “Silver Bells” and original songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes,” A Motown Christmas is an upbeat, fun and soulful yuletide treat.

Motown

Signature Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

Third year at Signature Theatre with music director Mark Meadows and a ridiculous band playing the music of the Motor City. The holidays get a smooth new groove when delivered Motown style! Featuring restyled covers such as The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and The Supremes’ take on “Silver Bells” and original songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes,” A Motown Christmas is an upbeat, fun and soulful yuletide treat.