The seven-member ensemble led by Ben Hardesty has risen from the marshes of southeastern Virginia to captivate the national music scene with a rare blend of folk that is poetically steeped in classical influences.
Founded in 2008 by local singer-songwriter Justin Trawick, the series features nine emerging artists performing in rotation, and often joining together for a rich, intimate, and varied listening experience.
The living legend of the flute is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. Sir Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway lead a master class the day after their main stage recital at the Kennedy Center.
with Jeanne Jolly
Singer-songwriter Pegi Young’s third release, ‘Bracing For Impact,’ spotlights Pegi’s beautifully spare and resonant vocals, world-weary and eloquent lyricism, and a hushed yet immediate emotional landscape.
with Jackson Scott and Mas Ysa
The Atlanta foursome describes their music style as “ambient punk,” though they also incorporate a wide range of genres, including noise rock, art rock, shoegaze, and post-punk, as well as significant pop elements.
In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, dexterously playing jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music, and folk all on a humble ukulele.
The ensemble’s sound combines traditional Jewish melodies with African-ethnic rhythms to create a musical landscape of Israel, a place where cultures from around the globe come together.
Featuring Thirty Seconds to Mars' Jared and Shannon Leto and Tomo Milisevic
Come worship with the Church of MARS and bear witness to the alternative rock kingpins as they get ready for their next multi-year world tour.
with Justin Trawick
With eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes, the 12-track album Good Man Down feels like a game changer for a singer-songwriter, band leader, and GRAMMY-nominated producer.
The cabaret and jazz singer has been praised for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht, and the French chanson, as well as her portrayals on Broadway, in Paris, and in London’s West End.
Any incarnation of Hot 8 Brass Band will boast eight or nine players of the highest rate, bringing the passion and noise through a bevy of trombones, saxophones, trumpets, snare and bass drums.
with special guests Steven Bernstein and Anat Cohen
The GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) , led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together sizzling big band jazz, the convergence of traditional Jewish music and Latin Jazz, and the virtuosity of eighteen accomplished musicians, with special guests Steven Bernstein and Anat Cohen.
Defining the Times: American Music Through the Generations
Since 2004, the community choir has reenergized the vocal arts scene in DC, providing a home for talented young professionals who crave a new kind of musical experience.
With Harper Simon
Since its founding in 2000 by band leader Tim DeLaughter, the two dozen-member band has had little trouble carving out its own niche. The Polyphonic Spree makes an uplifting blend of pop, orchestral rock, and even a bit of gospel.
Featuring Steve Byrne, Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin and Roy Wood, Jr.
Based on the hit TBS comedy show of the same name, the Sullivan and Son Comedy Tour features Steve Byrne, Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin, and Roy Woods Jr.
with The Murphy Beds
With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, Bonnie has captivated fans and as an influential and beloved songsmith.
The guitar duo of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge is a collaborative effort founded in the roots of acoustic music, exploring the worlds of improvisation and composition.
Shannon Carey, the woman behind Luray, is a banjo player, singer, and songwriter, but the music she’s created for her debut album, The Wilder, moves the banjo into uncharted territory.
Presented by Betches Love This
The compassionate authoritarians behind the snark-filled BetchesLoveThis.com, present a stand-up showcase featuring comics who embody the essence of Betch culture.
with special guest Brian Parise and Mike Stang (Hierosonic)
The activist and stand-up comedian returns with his one-man show “Moment of Clarity” to lend his unique insights into America’s most topical political issues.
The singer-songwriter known for his versatile voice, intense lyrical narratives, and dexterity on the acoustic twelve-string guitar performs songs from his newest album, Walking in the Green Corn.
with Now, Now
With a musical repertoire that spans from hushed finger-picked narratives to bombastic rockers, Kevin Devine is one of those rare talents who straddles a multitude of genres and feels equally at home in each.
Featuring American Authors, The Royal Concept, and Misterwives
Swedish rockers The Royal Concept joing forces with the laid-back American Authors for a night celebrating up-and-coming rock bands.
The multi-sensory artistic collaboration began as North Carolina folk music and evolved into an entirely new live music experience featuring visual art, print, and even smells.
with Adrian Krygowski
Grant-Lee Phillips is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his versatile voice, intense lyrical narratives, and dexterity on the acoustic twelve-string guitar.
After a prolific career as lead singer for Miracle Legion and Polaris—the house band on The Adventures of Pete & Pete—Mark Mulcahy returns with his first solo album in eight years, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You.
Album Release and Folk Percussion Show with Christylez Bacon & Steve Hickman
The local favorites perform a bold mix of traditional jazz and pre-war country with a modern DIY-style on our Downstairs stage.
After independently embarking on careers in the thriving Northampton, MA music scene and crossing paths along the way, singer-songwriter Heather Maloney and indie folk quartet Darlingside have teamed up for their first collaborative release.
The duo of Tim Harrington and Paul Wright create captivating vocal harmonies driven by a folk-inspired accompaniment of cello and acoustic guitar.
with special guest Bishop Gene Robinson
Comedians Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin bring their alter egos, fifty-something Jewish mothers Ronna and Beverly, to our Downstairs stage for a live-taping of their self-titled, acclaimed comedy podcast.
with Mike Finazzo and Grant Gordon
Deftly combining high and lowbrow humor, Katz headlines an evening of class act comedy featuring emerging stand-up comedians on our Downstairs stage.
with Luke Brindley
Over the course of 15 years, the singer-songwriter has built a vast catalog of music that weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.
with Maryleigh Roohan
The eclectic multi-instrumentalist known for her effortless ability to bridge genres brings her compelling and energy-packed performance style to our Downstairs stage.
with Tomás Pagán Motta
On our Downstairs stage, the Boston-based folk outfit performs its impassioned brand of folk music that combines deft instrumentation with expressive lyricism.
A stunningly sweet singer with a uniquely expressive voice, Kat Edmonson’s music has a timeless sound. The Big Picture builds upon her previous works, but offers even more of her writing and more still of Kat’s unique sound.
Charismatic bluegrass performer and powerful songwriter David Mayfield joins forces with self-proclaimed “Lyric-driven Roots Rock with Soul” performer, Sean McConnell.
All-girl alternative-rock band Bulletproof Stockings is at the helm of creating the coolest (and only) ladies-only rock concert in town. The Brooklyn-based girl group brings an eclectic blend of rock, blues, classical influences, and a bit of Chasidic flair to our stage.
with Sean Croft
Zuli’s off-kilter debut EP, Supernatural Voodoo, is an exploration in psych pop. Performing every instrument and conceptualizing each sound on the record himself, he found clarity in isolation.
with A R I Z O N A
Known for poignant out-of-love songs that combine a reverence for classic soul with modern electronics and traditional instrumentation, the Brooklyn-based, Pittsburgh- born singer-songwriter released his debut EP Mellow Drama to wide praise. Garrett co-wrote and co-produced the critically acclaimed song “Pray You Catch Me” from Beyoncé’s sixth studio album, Lemonade.
with Matty Litwack
Joe Mande is one of the most exciting comedians working today. He is currently writing for The Good Place on NBC. Other writing credits include Parks & Recreation, Masters of None, and The Kroll Show. He recurs as “Ben” on Modern Family and has also guest starred on Love and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
with The Cabin Project
The renowned multi-instrumentalist and folk-rock singer-songwriter is known for breaking stylistic boundaries with her brash and clever electric guitar and unique voice. Her music blends elements of pop, swing, rock, folk, and electronic music, as well as many other genres.
with The Caribbean
Mulcahy performs as part of his first solo tour in three years. The show will showcase Mulcahy’s most recent album, The Possum in the Driveway, as well as songs from his entire catalogue.