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Poncho Sanchez Live at Blues Alley July 18-21

June 19, 2019

Legendary percussionist, Poncho Sanchez will be performing live at Blues Alley July 18-21, 2019.


For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.  Poncho Sanchez was born in Texas on October 30, 1951 into a large Mexican-American family (rumor has it that his 13-year old mother fled to the U.S. after hiding under the bed as revolutionary Pancho Villa stormed her village), but grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was weaned on a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music.


Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader's untimely death in 1982. A year later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records, which has produced two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award and several Grammy nominations. 

"To me, Latin jazz is the world's greatest music," it has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music. What I'm most proud of is that this music – while it may sound exotic at times – is from America. It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn't exist before in this country. I'm very proud to take this music all over the world all the time." Poncho Sanchez


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Dumbarton at Dusk Happy Hour June 20

June 18, 2019

Dumbarton House is hosting a happy hour with an historical look at the birth of DC on June 20, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.


This month’s Dumbarton House Museum’s Dumbarton at Dusk features a “Room Where it Happens” theme that focuses on the anniversary of the meeting between Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison that put the US Capitol where it is today. 


The Museum will have an exhibit about the creation of Washington, DC open for guests to view and a postcard writing station so attendees can make their voice heard in "the room where it happens."  


Also, the celebration will have a DC-themed coloring postcard writing, music by Tommy Rueckert, cash bar, free food sponsored by Geppetto Catering, and local politicians speaking about what it's like to be in "the room where it happens.”


Dumbarton at Dusk is free. Pre-registration is encouraged. 


Dumbarton House is located at 2715 Q Street in Georgetown.

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Great Gatsby Picnic at Dumbarton House

June 10, 2019

You’re invited June 12, 13, 14 to the mansion of mysterious multimillionaire Jay Gatsby for a summer party! 


Join Picnic Theatre Company at Dumbarton House in Georgetown for a Roaring Twenties live action performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby! 


Selected by Modern Library as the greatest American novel of the 20th century, you’ll experience the dreamers, debutantes, strivers, socialites and criminals that populate this classic cautionary tale of the American Dream. 


The green light is on at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW. Rain or shine. Picnic and cocktails 6:00 pm, performance 7:00pm. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at door. 

Proceeds benefit Dumbarton House and Courage for Kids.

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