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Labor Day Weekend Music Festival 2019 at Lincoln Theatre

Labor Day Weekend Music Festival 2019

The LDW Music Festival is a two-night musical concert event held at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, August 31 and September 1. Admission is free and open to the public.

Now in its fourth year, the Festival showcases the diversity of DC’s local music scene as a part of Mayor Bowser’s 202Creates initiative. By featuring artists working in different musical styles and genres over the course of Labor Day Weekend, the Festival is a demonstration of the depth and breadth of our local musical talent.

Performing this year: 

SATURDAY | AUG. 31 | 7 pm (RSVP here)

Wanted Man (
Wanted Man has crafted a sound that includes elements of Rock, Blues, Folk, Surf, and R&B. Wanted Man's songs are influenced by the lives of the band members, as well as the audience. "Our songs are about what we are, which are working people in America at a strange time," says Kenny Pirog, chief songwriter for Wanted Man.

Zen Warship (
 Driven by the best of the human condition but not afraid to confront the reality of the beast, this Washington-DC band creates grooves that inspire. Zen Warship blends funk, rock, disco, soul, hip-hop, and punk, drawing on classic influences while creating fresh material. Their debut EP, Sonic Butter, and single, Robins Calling, have been featured on local DC and VA radio.

Kokayi (
 Artist. Producer. Innovator. GRAMMY-nominated artist entrenched in the ethos of hip-hop culture while coloring outside the lines of tradition. Most recently he can be heard on albums by Whose Hat is This?, Ego Mondo and Goldlink as well as MTV's Rebel Music Series, Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain, A'Larrache (Canal +) and more. Currently faculty at the School of Improvisational Music in New York, guest collaborator with international arts program OneBeat and works as a music emissary with the U.S. State Department. 


SUNDAY | SEPT. 1 | 7 pm (RSVP here)

Main Swing Jazz Ensemble (
Main Swing comprises an array of internationally recognized and national award winning musicians, including our vocalist, saxophonist, trumpeter, and basist, all of whom live in the Washington, DC region. Performing a rich variety of genres, Main Swing performs straight ahead jazz, bee-bop jazz, blues, funk, and soul.

Akua Allrich & the Tribe (
Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowdmoving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences with sold-out performances. She offers an artistry that she aptly (and perhaps playfully) summarized as “Jazz + Neo Afro-Soul-Blues-reggae-funk-rock-folk music.” Allrich can carry a tune across these many genres with stunning authority. The innovative sound of her albums, A Peace of Mine, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live!, and her latest album, Soul Singer, has earned the young artist’s music and performances international acclaim. Akua Allrich inspires music lovers from all walks.

Sheldon Thwaites Music
My music is a reflection of my identity, past, present and future. This music combines the styles of soca, r&b & go-go. It is written from the steel-pan and filtered into more conventional instruments (drum-set, conga, piano & alto saxophone). With my root's being from Trinidad & Tobago, the "Land of Carnival", my sound is very festive and crafted for people who enjoy dancing, clapping, and audience engagement.

Hosted by Tony Richards

Lincoln Theatre

1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 

Artists and schedule subject to change. Both evenings will have ASL interpreters.