Can the D.C. Council regulate street noise without harming performers?

After members of the D.C. Council re-introduced a controversial piece of legislation last month that would outlaw street performances above a certain volume, other members of the council have stepped in with a different proposal that would take much of the onus off performers, and place it on developers. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Janeese […]

DC Jazz Festival plans a return to in-person shows in September

The DC Jazz Festival is aiming for a return to in-person programming this fall, including some events at the Wharf in Southwest, organizers announced this week. The festival’s leadership said it was planning to host the festival Sep. 1-5, with both virtual and, hopefully, in-person activities slated to take place. Organizers promised more than 20 […]

D.C. Council re-introduces amplified noise bill, again

Members of the D.C. Council reintroduced a controversial bill on Tuesday that would outlaw street performances above a certain volume level, drawing an outcry from many musicians and community advocates. This is the third time since 2018 that the council has considered such legislation, following attempts that year and in 2019. The Amplified Noise Amendment […]

Rachel Winder finds ‘Freedom’ in the midst of struggle

On a chilly, clear-skied February morning in Baltimore City, the young composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rachel Winder was holed up in the Moose House Recording Studio, delegating out musical tasks as she glided from the vocal booth to the engineering room. Standing over her recording engineer’s shoulder, she offered thoughts and suggestions for slight enhancements […]

Washington Women in Jazz Festival, One of the Pandemic’s First Casualties, Makes Its Return

For many D.C.-area musicians, the cancellation of last year’s Washington Women in Jazz Festival (WWJF) came as a surprise. It was soon followed by many months of less-and-less-surprising cancellations, as the coronavirus pandemic surged across the country. “I was avant-garde, I was the cutting edge of cancelling,” pianist Amy K. Bormet, the festival’s founder and director, […]
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