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Experience Showtime! at the Gateway Pavilion

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Presents a FREE Summer Performance Series

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce Showtime!, a performance series through the summer of 2014, featuring a stellar line-up of local artists. Events will take place at the St. Elizabeths Gateway DC pavilion, located at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Showtime at the Gateway Pavilion highlights Washington's thriving and diverse performing arts community," said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "This summer performance series presents a wide range of artistic and entertaining programs for all residents and visitors to enjoy. There is something for everyone.”

"The Commission is extremely excited to join with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to present Showtime at the Gateway Pavilion," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director for the DC Commission on The Arts and Humanities. "These performances spotlight great local talent and show the significance of a vibrant arts community, which contributes to making our city a wonderful place to live, work and play. It is a great opportunity to bring the arts to the new Gateway DC pavilion for the community to enjoy.”

Showtime! will kick off with a twilight concert by Synchronicity and Black Alley Band on Friday, May 30 from 6-8 pm. Synchronicity has created a unique sound that exuberantly blends classical string instrumentation "in sync" with melodious sounds of the flute along with African-based funky percussion. This blend has been taking audiences by storm and leaving them clamoring for more. Black Alley pushes the art of music to its rhythmic limits. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, Black Alley has taken the finest ingredients of funk, jazz, soul and rock to create their own genre-bending sound called "Soul Garage.” 

On June 27 from 6-8 pm, National Hand Dance Association takes the stage by storm. DC Hand Dancing, also known as “Hand Dance,” is a contemporary, swing-style, partner dance with roots in Lindy and Swing. This fold and traditional art form dates back more than 50 years   and is indigenous to the Washington, DC area. Hand Dance is the “Official Dance of the Nation’s Capital.”

Three members of the Adinkra Group - Farafina Kan, Maimouna Youseff, and Spyda - will perform live on July 30 from 6-8 pm.

Farafina Kan is a professional West African Percussion Orchestra dedicated to maintaining the history and integrity of traditional African music. The group is a family comprised of young African-American artists reared in many of the dance companies who established the foundation for African dance in the United States. Continuing the legacy of the African American musical genius who has kept the world in beat for the past 400 years, Farafina Kan will often blend traditional music with reggae, blues, jazz, Hip-Hop and Go Go.

Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef is a seasoned Grammy nominated-singer, songwriter, producer and emcee. Youssef has rocked the stages of many renowned venues such as New York City’s Legendary Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center, Carter Barron Amphitheater as well as international festivals and venues including the legendary New Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. Mumu Fresh received her Grammy nomination with the Roots in 2007 for her contribution to their smash hit “Don’t Feel Right.”

Born in Barbados, now living in Washington, DC, Spyda the dj is well-respected by other DJ’s, club owners, promoters and audiences alike for his ability to seamlessly move from record to record and always play the right tunes at the right time. Although his heart is with Caribbean music, in one set, Spyda will take audiences around the world through musical genres such as Reggae, Soca, Latin, African High Life, Hip-Hop, R & B and House.

Additional performances will be announced.

For a full schedule of events, please visit www.dcarts.dc.gov

Showtime at the Gateway Pavilion Schedule

May 30            6-8 pm            Synchronicity and Black Alley Band
June 27           6-8 pm            National Hand Dance Association
July 30                        6-8 pm            The Adinkra Group (Farafina Kan, Maimouna Youseff, Spyda)

Log onto www.dcarts.dc.gov for more information and schedule of events.

About Gateway DC

Gateway DC is state-of-the-art pavilion in the heart of St. Elizabeths East. The pavilion is designed to provide venues for casual dining, a fresh food market and other weekend and afterhours, community, cultural and arts events. Gateway DC is a city park and pavilion with fantastic amenities and opportunities that allow for a wide range of magnetic events to occur. The St. Elizabeths East development project is headed by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.