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Monday, August 25, 2008

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is proud to bring back DC Grooves, which adds a breathtaking vigor to Washington's “Indian Summer,” as the city’s most spectacular free evening outdoor concert series featuring three Fridays of incredible performances from world renowned and local artists.

This year’s series was headlined by the legendary multi-platinum artists Ashford and Simpson, the kings of “old school” funk and soul, the Commodores, and one of the most gifted artists of our time “Latin sensation” Jon Secada. The Arts Commission invites all to come out and enjoy three spectacular evenings Friday, September 5, 12 and 19 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center.

On September 19 DC Grooves culminates, with a Hispanic Heritage Month special performance featuring Latin superstar Jon Secada. Sit back and be wooed by Secada’s silky smooth voice as he performs pop favorites such as Get on Your Feet, Just Another Day and Angel.

If you missed the September 5 performance of iconic musical husband-and-wife team Ashford and Simpson inaugurates DC Grooves 2008 with an electrifying performance, taking the audience down memory lane with songs like Solid, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, and Closest to Love here are some pictures of what you missed. Ashford and Simpson performed for several thousand fans.

 The following week, on September 12, DC Grooves gets ready for a Change and watches Love Come Down as dance music diva Evelyn Champagne King opens for the Commodores and they prepare to funk up the stage with songs like Brick House, Nightshift and Easy.

All concerts will open with District artists to be announced. DC Grooves is a great way to spend the summer evenings in Downtown Washington. “The shows are intergenerational and provide DC residents a great opportunity to have a fantastic time,” said interim arts commission director Lionell Thomas. “We invite all of our residents and visitors to take part in this world-class cultural experience.”

For more information on DC Grooves, contact the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) at (202) 724-5613. The DCCAH, an agency of the District of Columbia government, under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty presents the concerts with support from the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The concerts are produced by DESHO Productions.

Directions: The Woodrow Wilson Plaza is located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, and is easily accessible via Metro (Federal Triangle or Metro Center).

 View the flyer for more information