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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.


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”!

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Recently some of the hottest R&B artists have been seen in downtown DC.  Fantasia, Tank, Lloyd, Amel Larrieux, and Jon B are just a few of the artists that have been featured at “Unplugged”, a weekly concert series at “The Park on 14th” nightclub.  Every Thursday and Friday night, Beny Blaq Entertainment, The Usual Suspectz and The Park on 14th team up to present some the best Hip Hop, R&B and Neo Soul artists the music industry has to offer, and last Friday night was no exception.

Faith Evans at The Park "Unplugged" Series

The 3rd floor was standing room only and as usual, the featured artist of the night that the audience came to see was not disappointed.  Her reputation as a performer is consistent, always connecting with the audience and no matter what; she does not let her fans down.  It is hard to put your finger on it, but simply put – there is just “Something About Faith” Evans that keeps her fans loyal and always ready for more.

As an artist, Faith Evans has been credited with many titles, awards and nominations.  She is a multi-platinum artist, singer/songwriter, record producer, author, actress, mother and the first female signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Label.  Her career boasts 6 Albums, 6 Grammy nominations, 1 Grammy Award, 4 MTV VMA nominations, 1 MTV VMA award, 2 films, and 1 African American Literary Award; and she has been often referred to as “The First Lady” of Hip Hop…..

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