Summer Concert Series
2016 Summer Concert Series
Applause Unlimited presents “Aesop’s Fables,” amusing and instructive stories brought to life by solo puppeteer/storyteller Christopher Hudert. “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” – their moral lessons as relevant today as when they were written – are each highlighted by a different style of puppetry. July 10, 24 and September 25 at 11 a.m.
Blue Sky Puppet Theater
Blue Sky Puppet Theater presents an updated, modern version of the
classic children's story where the pigs play with remote control cars and
rock & roll guitars and the wolf is a vegetarian! Three (Not
So) Little Pigs, offering a lesson in sibling rivalry that ends in peace,
harmony, and cooperation. July 31, August 7, 21, and September 11
at 11 a.m.
Bob Brown Puppets
Bob Brown Puppets presents Pandemonium, interactive tales featuring
performing pandas, a Chinese dragon, acrobats, jugglers, and a Chinese
puzzle box. These puppets have been featured at the White House,
Wolf Trap Park, the National Theater, and on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
July 3, 17, and August 28 at 11 a.m.
Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra
For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920s, 30s and 40s alive in the Washington, DC area and internationally. August 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 9 p.m.
Eddie from Ohio
Too energetic to be labeled just "folk", and not angry enough to be pegged "alternative", Eddie from Ohio continues to defy description with their unique blend of vocals and acoustic instrumentation. A bedrock foundation of hand and stick percussion and a textural flavoring of guitar/bass/harmonica support the four-part harmonies and lyrically-driven original music. July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 9 p.m.
The Empty Bottle String Band
The Empty Bottle String Band originally formed to play a one-time stint at a local farmers market, but it has already reached new heights in popularity all over the Southeast U.S. The band specializes in playing toe-tapping, highly danceable, traditional Appalachian music and is known for its upbeat fiddle tunes and feel-good music. July 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 9 p.m.
Hard Swimmin’ Fish
Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Their down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely our own. September 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 9 p.m.
Lori Williams & Friends
Lori Williams, the lead vocalist of the Washington-based jazz ensemble Lori Williams & Friends, has been called a dynamic presence (JazzTimes) and the sought-after combination of soul and technical prowess that is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald. September 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 9 p.m.
Malian Cultural Heritage Night with Cheick Hamala Diabate
Washington may be chock-a-block with lobbyists and consultants, but only one of them rocks the n’goni, the West African plucked lute covered with animal skin. Cheick Hamala Diabate advises presidents and the World Bank. He’s played for everyone from a struggling couple trying to save their marriage, to the U.S. Congress. He’s hobnobbed with American string and Blues legends—from Bela Fleck to Corey Harris—and along the way reunited his beloved instrument with its long-lost grandchild, America’s banjo. August 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 9 p.m.
Audiences set sail with a true son of the sea, stories for children, mastery of traditional instruments. August 14, September 4 and 18 at 11 a.m.