Hollywood on the Potomac
“It was a great privilege to represent my country in The United States. I represented a country that I loved – Hungary – and in a country that I loved – The United States,” Gyorgy Szapary, The Ambassador of Hungary, told Hollywood on the Potomac during a sit down interview at the home of Aniko and Nash Schott who hosted his farewell party.
Publisher Austin Kiplinger, The Ambassador of Spain Ramon Gil-Casares, Roland Flamini, Susan Eisenhower , Lynda and Bill Webster were among those who dined on red, black and green caviar served on Herend china passed down to Aniko by her grandmother.
This week hosted a musical welcome for the new 114th Congress as The Band Perry, the GRAMMY nominated powerhouse trio, came to DC to advocate for musicians rights and stopped by the Capitol building for a special concert. The family band, composed of brothers Neil and Reid along with sister Kimberly shared both old music and new to a captivated crowd of more than 20 members of Congress, staffers, and esteemed guests of The Recording Academy.
As often when musicians make it up the hill, issues like copyright and fair wages were front-and-center to many. Rep Kevin McCarthy who serves as a co-chair for the Recording Arts & Sciences Congressional Caucus pointed out that music can “inspire us or define a decade” but along with that nostalgia, comes the need that “someone has to be the voice for the people who write those words or sing that vocal or that tune.” McCarthy encouraged new members of Congress to join the cause along with himself, Rep. Steny Hoyer and other outspoken advocates for music.
“I’ll be performing with Arturo Sandoval a song that I wrote called Liquid Spirit. It’s about the release of energy and love and culture and soul. I’m honored to perform for the helpers of the helpers,” Grammy Award-winning American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actor Gregory Porter told Hollywood on the Potomac at the All-Star Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts where the entertainment community gathered to celebrate our military, veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers and military families while saluting the Lincoln Award recipients.
The Lincoln Awards is the first event of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families. The concert will be broadcast in Spring 2015 to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 2015, at which Lincoln remarked, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”