Music lovers, rejoice! You won’t have to go far this month to enjoy some of the most talented musicians from around the city. They’ll be coming to us. And all of the events listed below are free.
June 9: Pianist and UDC Jazz Studies Director Allyn Johnson presents Meet the Artist on the Bandstand – a lively session of conversation and performance. The featured artist at this 7 p.m. event is saxophonist Antonio Parker. It will take place in the UDC recital hall (Performing Arts Building 46 West – campus map)
June 15: UDC’s JAZZAlive and Van Ness Main Street join the DC Jazz Festival as part of Jazz in the ‘Hoods. The 7 p.m. concert at the UDC Theater of the Arts features saxophonist and educator Charlie Young, pianist Allyn Johnson, the UDC JAZZtet and vocalist Sandra Y. Johnson.
June 24: Forest Hills Park’s Final Friday/Picnic in the Park summer concert series returns. The Spread Love Band will perform. More details coming soon.
June 30: The next Jazz @ VN event from Van Ness Main Street is at Bread Furst on June 30 , 6-7:30 PM which will feature the barbershop harmonies of the Singing Capital Chorus.
And nearby, on June 21: Tenleytown Main Street celebrates the summer solstice with its own International Make Music Day event. Myrna Sislen, the owner of Middle C and Tenleytown Main Street board member, is taking the lead in promoting this all-day music festival featuring new and accomplished musicians performing at outdoor venues throughout Tenleytown. The music starts at 8 a.m. when Crush Funk greets morning commuters outside the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station. Find the full schedule (and information for performers interested in signing up) at makemusicday.org/washington-dc). Middle C will be open for those who want to try out an instrument.