Save D.C. Venues: The Music Venue Relief Act

Join our coalition of musicians, organizers and advocates calling on the city to step in before we lose more beloved venues. —> TAKE ACTION NOW <— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2020 Contact: Chris Naoum; Aaron L. Myers II WASHINGTON, DC — A coalition of DC musicians and music advocates launched a grassroots campaign this […]

Twins Jazz, a U Street institution, closes permanently

Twins Jazz, a vibrant supper club that has served for two decades as a cornerstone of the U Street scene, will permanently close, its owners announced Thursday in a statement posted to its website.  Twins is the latest in a string of establishments felled by the coronavirus pandemic, which since March has left music venues […]

D.C. jazz musicians march against homophobia in the community

Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed convened a demonstration earlier this month in support of D.C.’s LGBTQ+ musicians, responding to the ongoing trend of homophobic speech within the community. Below are some photos from the march, which took place downtown on July 2, as well as accounts by Balbed and two other musicians, vocalist Aaron L. Myers […]

Eighteenth Street Lounge to close after decades as a D.C. nightlife mainstay

A late-night haven for jazz in D.C. will disappear after the popular nightclub Eighteenth Street Lounge announced this week that it would close “indefinitely” in its current location after the pandemic.  ESL operated for 25 years in a townhouse mansion near Dupont Circle. On weekends, the club drew an ever-present queue that often snaked halfway […]

DC Jazz Festival hosts a week of live webcasts to benefit local musicians

The DC Jazz Festival, held annually in June, is postponed this year until at least the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the festival has announced a special online series every day next week, from this Sunday through June 29, under the “DCJazzFest From Home” brand. The DCJF is partnering with Live From Our […]
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