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Jonathan Butler Live at Blues Alley

October 25, 2018

Grammy-nominated South African expatriate, Jonathan Butler, known for his laidback, slightly jazz-tinged approach to worship music, will be performing live at Blues Alley, November 1-4, 2018.


The youngest of 13 children, Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music,” he says. “I can’t dismiss where I’ve been or where I’ve come from. I’m a proud South African and I came from nothing.”

Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold) in 1975 as he became a teenager.

More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar. “I don’t think I’ve ever really celebrated these moments in my life. I’ve spent my whole life taking care of people ever since I was seven. And I’m grateful, but this is the season of me.”


Butler’s tenacious, indomitable spirit and effervescent view of silver-lined clouds infuses his music like a heaven-sent harbinger of healing. “Music is spiritual and it heals. It soothes the heart and mind,” states Butler, who after a tumultuous year wrought with immense personal loss, pain and suffering offers up his latest release "So Strong."

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Martin Tolchin on Upcoming Election Oct.25

October 9, 2018

Will President Trump’s policies and/or support help or hurt Republican candidates? What’s the likelihood of Democratic turnover of the House and/or Senate? Martin Tolchin will address these questions when he speaks on October 25th at 6:00 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O Street, NW.

Martin Tolchin spent 40 years at The New York Times as a reporter and bureau chief and then founded The Hill newspaper and Politico.  He authored, with his wife Susan, seven books.  Mr. Tolchin’s talk last year was thoroughly enjoyed by many Georgetown Village members. You won’t want to miss this evening which is part of Georgetown Village’s Speaker Series on Contemporary Issues. 


Free and open to the public and includes refreshments. Please reserve your space by calling the Georgetown Village office at 202.999.8988.

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Drink the District at The French Embassy Sept. 7 & 8

August 21, 2018

Wine and summertime rhyme, and that's no coincidence! Raise your glass to summer and enjoy unlimited samples of more than 50+ wines at La Maison Francaise at The French Embassy September 7 & 8.

Kick back with friends, while you enjoy chill live tunes, demonstrations on the culinary stage, a local artisan market and more!

Every General Admission ticket includes:

  • Unlimited sampling of more than 50+ wines including French favorites
  • Access to the Culinary Demonstrations where our Executive Chef will show you how to sip and cook like a pro
  • Have questions? Our roaming Sommelier team have answers! Stop them to learn more about varieties and vintages
  • Experience Etsy "In Real Life" – with an artisan market featuring local DC small businesses
  • Commemorative festival cup
  • Live music and entertainment all day
  • Specialty cheese and charcuterie packages available!

Every Wine Lovers Package includes:

  • Everything included in the General Admission ticket package, PLUS
  • 4 bottles of our favorite summertime wines to take home and sip.

Event Dates

Three great sessions to choose from!

Friday, September 7, 2018 - Session 1: 6-9pm

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Session 2: 1-4pm

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Session 3: 6-9pm


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The French Embassy is located at 4101 Reservoir Road in Georgetown.

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