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International Children’s Book Day occurs this year on April 2, 2020, on the birthday of children’s storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, with National Children’s Book Week not far behind in May. In anticipation of these events, we recently came across a unique children’s book called “The Mouse Made of Dough,” written by Steven Thomas Oney. He […]

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Recorded some two decades ago, “A Stan Kenton Christmas” by Capitol Bones, an area “all brass” big band, is suddenly gaining traction: this unusual compact disc spent several weeks on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Holiday Chart, peaking at No. 3. The album is based on the simply-titled Capitol release “A Merry Christmas!” by […]

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Alumni of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program took to the stage on Oct. 19 to benefit its mentorship programs for talented young musicians on the rise. Hosted by the Strathmore Cabaret series, the evening was a tribute to the music of legendary singer and musician Stevie Wonder, one of the most successful and creative musicians […]

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The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention from Sept. 12-14 offered a glimpse into American popular culture of the mid-twentieth century. The event’s emphasis is primarily on television shows, radio programs, movies, comics and novels from the 1930s through the 1980s. Held in Hunt Valley, Maryland at the Hunt Valley Delta Marriott, the convention featured opportunities to meet […]

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Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige celebrated the 25th anniversary of her “My Life” album at Wolf Trap on Sept. 3, thrilling fans with a dramatic, high-energy, 75-minute show. At 48, the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress, was in top form as she strutted about the stage in stunning thigh-high boots, sunglasses […]

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Lovers of comic opera have a splendid opportunity to preview the Victorian Lyric Opera Company’s offerings during the offseason through its manifold compact disc releases. There is also an upcoming operetta, Johann Strauss II’s “The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief,” appearing Sept. 6-8 in a special “concert version.” The first CD set we will examine is “The […]

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Legendary singer Diana Ross commanded the stage at Wolftrap’s Filene Centre on June 27, exhibiting why she is one of the most entertaining singers in the world. At age 75, the singer and actress proved that age is all about one’s mindset as she thrilled an audience that grew up on Motown hits. The former […]

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Sixty-three years of performing some of the best romantic music ever written have hardly slowed down legendary crooner Johnny Mathis, who delighted the audience at Wolftrap on June 15. At 83, Mathis holds the record as Columbia Records’ longest signed artist and the dapper, classy pop singer showed why he still is one of the […]

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This past weekend witnessed the Second Annual Big Band Swing Weekend at Acca Shrine Grand Ballroom in Richmond, Virginia. Dance music performed by Glen Boswick and the Sound of Swing and Joe Enroughty and his Royal Virginians on June 14-15 was simply divine. Boswick plays the 1940s style swing music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie […]

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The Strathmore Annual Spring Gala was held on May 4, with a goal of raising $80,000 to support arts education in the Maryland area. Annually, Strathmore offers nearly 350 programs for children, adults and the community at large. It also nurtures talent to develop the next generation of artists. The evening kicked off with a […]

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Through May 5, fans of Gershwin and classic film enjoyed “An American in Paris” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, with live accompaniment by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This film won Best Picture of the Year in the 1952 Academy Awards and featured a soundtrack composed by George Gershwin. The combined film-showing and BSO […]

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From the first opening “Om” to the last chant of “Om Namah Shivaya” at the Krishna Das concert on March 16 at the UDC Theater of the Arts, the audience began having a lovefest filled with people hugging each other and dancing in the aisles. Krishna Das, or KD as he is called by his […]

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The flamenco dancer Farruquito brought his blazing and fancy footwork to the Music Center at Strathmore on Feb. 21, during an evening that made the night even more enjoyable by the 10 talented performers accompanying the celebrated gypsy dance king. At 36, Farruquito (Jean Manuel Fernandez Montoya) is heir to the legendary Farruco dynasty passed […]

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The South African male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, brought their unique and infectious rhythms to the Music Center at Strathmore on Feb. 8 for a show that did not disappoint a house full of enthusiastic fans. Founded in 1960 by singer Joseph Shabalala, the group, known as South Africa’s cultural ambassadors, have recorded more […]

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If cabin fever has you bored, the Signature Theatre has the perfect remedy, where the talented cast of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is pulling out all of the stops. Based on the music of legendary jazz pianist and vocalist Fats Waller, this two-hour revue features 31 songs written by Waller, best known to the outside world for […]

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BOWIE – The Old Bowie Town Grille offers just about everything restaurant patrons could want—food, entertainment and it offers a gathering place for family and friends to spend time together.

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GREENBELT — While most of the performances during New Deal Café’s open mic night Thursday featured acoustic guitars and harmonicas, artists Robin Bowen and Ryan Willis approached the microphones with only a Macbook Pro and their voices.

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The Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME) hosted an “Artist in the School” event at Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro on Thursday, March 27. Harpist/singer/songwriter Rashida Jolley who uses the stage name Tulani, was the featured artist. Jolley who is a Washington-area native, spoke with the students about […]