Norton Announces Two Extra SummerSet DC Concerts on the Mall
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today said she was delighted to announce two additional SummerSet DC performances, rainchecks for two that had to be cancelled due to weather. Norton said SummerSet DC will make up for the cancellations by holding two additional concerts in June, the first, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from noon-2:00 p.m, and the second, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, also from noon-2:00 p.m. As usual, these performances will be held on the National Mall at 7th St. and Jefferson St. SW (in front of the National Air and Space Museum). There will also be a regularly scheduled performance on Thursday, June 7th.
SummerSet DC is a free lunchtime music series featuring performances by a wide variety of local artists every Thursday at noon on the National Mall. SummerSet DC, formerly known as “Music on the Mall,” was established by Norton in 2012 and is presented by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, in cooperation with Norton’s office and the National Park Service. Lawn chair seating is available.
“For a couple of hours, D.C. and area residents and others who work downtown can bring their lunch to the Mall for a free concert and create their own outdoor eating spot in nature,” Norton said. “Relaxing, while eating and hearing good music, puts the Mall to a new, ready-made purpose for residents.”
The June 5th concert will feature D.C. musician Sara Curtin, duo Nikhil Baviskar and Ross Anderson, and Malik Davage, who grew up in the District. Curtin is a current Artist Fellow sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. A singer-songwriter, Curtin has performed at the Kennedy Center, the 9:30 Club, and the Barns at Wolf Trap. Baviskar and Anderson, South Asian-inspired folk musicians, have been performing together since 2015 and have performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. R&B performer Davage is a D.C. native and has performed on BET’s 106 & Park four times. He received a preliminary audition with The Voice last year in New York, and the producers invited him to Los Angeles for the recorded blind auditions.
The regularly scheduled Thursday, June 7th concert will feature Meredith Eib, a D.C.-based singer, actor and teacher; Elena Lacayo, a singer-songwriter and leader of the D.C.-based Elena & Los Fulanos; and JusPaul, an independent artist whose career also began in the District (https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1327406). Eib is a vocalist with theatrical training, Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual folk rock band, infused with Latin Rock. JusPaul is a hip hop vocalist.
The June 12th lineup will feature performances by three artists, Nasim Siddeeq, The Thomas Kitchen + Friends Quartet and Ryan Collins (https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1327346). Siddeeq is an up-and-coming R&B artist who released his first original album, Singing for my Life, a year ago. The Thomas Kitchen + Friends Quartet is a group of jazz musicians from the metropolitan area. The quartet, comprised of Walter Heber, Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg, Kabir Thatte and Thomas Kitchen, has been performing together in different groups and in a wide array of venues for years. Collins is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter who also hails from the metropolitan area.