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“When considering seminal creators in American history, Ives is one of the most interesting subjects. He’s an innovator, an American original who embodies so many of the ideals we claim as culturally significant.  His compositions were essential in defining, and revolutionizing, American music. Through its Celebrating American Composers series, Strathmore applauds the unparalleled contributions of this most exceptional composer.” – Eliot Pfanstiehl, Strathmore Founder and CEO.

This weekend the Strathmore and Post-Classical Ensemble will present a weekend dedicated to the work of one of America’s most transformational composers – Charles Ives – including concerts, performances, workshops and discussions with experts including renowned piano virtuoso Jeremy Denk and baritone William Sharp.  A part of the Strathmore’s Celebrating American Composers series, a sweeping year-long exploration of the dynamic talents and innovations that have shaped American music and its diverse genres, and as an encore to its ambitious Stravinsky Project in 2010 – The Strathmore, in partnership with Post-Classical Ensemble, will embark on The Ives Project, a cross-disciplinary three-day exploration of the work, life, influences and impact of the iconic New Englander Charles Ives from Thursday, November 3 through Saturday, November 5, 2011.  This immersive experience will convene actors, scholars and musicians, including two of the most eminent exponents of Ives’ music—the pianist Jeremy Denk and baritone William Sharp—to tell the story of Ives through live performances, rare recordings, readings from his private diary and letters and expert lectures.

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Since 1982, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Awards have been honoring some of the most renown men and women in our country’s folk and traditional arts.

Friday night, the NEA will honor the 2011 National Heritage Fellows at the Music Center at Strathmore.  The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert is a free concert that celebrates American folk artists for their contributions to our national cultural mosaic.  For 30 years, the National Heritage Awards Concert has featured recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and tradition arts.  This year’s celebration will not only feature the 2011 honorees including: a saxophonist playing Bulgarian wedding music, Taiko drummers, and Mardi Gras Indians in full regalia; but it will also feature Warner Williams, a Piedmont Blues musician who grew up in Takoma Park, MD and currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD.  Mr. Williams is a guitarist and songwriter who spent his entire career in Maryland and is a master of the Piedmont blues, an art form unique to this region.

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Estelle first came onto the music scene in 2004 with her debut album “The 18th Day” and within weeks, her album was climbing the UK charts with 2 smash hits.  4 years later, Estelle teamed up with Kanye West on the single “American Boy”, and the rest, as they say, is history.  American Boy peaked in the Top 10 charts worldwide – from the US to Canada to Israel to the UK to Belgium, American Boy was in the top 10 in an unprecedented number of countries and the single catapulted Estelle from being a hit in the UK, to international fame.  American Boy received 10 award nominations – winning a Grammy, The 02 Silver Clef Award and a MOBO Award.  Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the single as # 7 in their “100 Best Songs” for 2008 and that same year, Estelle released her sophomore album, “Shine” – which went gold in the UK.  In 2011, Estelle dropped her third album, “All of Me”, and the first single released in the US, “Break My Heart” featuring Rick Ross, is already climbing the charts and receiving considerable radio airplay.

An impressive journey for a young singer, but even more impressive is her live performance.  Estelle exudes an authenticity that is evident and infectious from the moment she hits the stage.  She is clearly an artist with star status but down to earth qualities.  “I apologize for being late”, Estelle shared with the audience in her heavy British accent, “but I just flew in from LA and they lost my luggage. I could do without my outfit, yeah, but my shoes.  If they take my shoes, that’s beef.”  And with out missing a beat, she asked the crowd, “You gonna vibe with me“, which came across as less of a question and more of a ‘now that we’ve got that out the way – let’s jam’.  And jam she did.  Estelle opened her set with “Just a touch” and “No Substitute Love”, and then she took a few moments to interact with her fans.

Continue reading on Examiner.com –  Estelle “Leans & Rocks” with the Nation’s Capital – UK Style – Washington DC Music Events | Examiner.com

Food Trucks.  Cities including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, & New York City have been chasing, frequenting, and  scouring the city in search of their favorite food truck vendor for years.  In the past few years DC has been swept away by the food truck phenomenon and this year Bullpen owner Bo Blair came up with what has to be one of the most ingenious concepts of the summer – Truckeroo.  A most interesting experience that takes the food truck experience to a perfect grass roots, festival like level.

The inaugural “Truckeroo I” at Yards Park (near National’s Stadium) was back on June 3rd.  This event begged the immediate thought – “this is a GREAT Friday office get-away”.  You know the deal – it’s Friday, your work is done, it’s a perfect sunny summer day and everyone, including the boss, gets that “2:30 pm, let’s leave early” itch, but the question is where do you go?  The beach is too far, a movie would be such a waste of a beautiful day, and it’s too early for happy hour.  Well the problem is now solved – Truckeroo!!  Great food, great local music, beverages of an alcoholic nature and on June 3rd, there was even a bean bag toss.  Bean bags!!  The only thing missing was an oversized sand box a la personal beach to make it sheer heaven and the attendees ranged from families, to couples, to co-workers – Truckeroo is definitely a “Don’t Miss DC Event”!

Continue reading on Examiner.com Food, Music, Friday & Fun – It must be TRUCKEROO III !! –