WHAT: SMITHSONIAN at 8, in partnership with the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Perú: Pachamama Program, presents “Chicha! A Peruvian Dance Party”
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 8 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington D.C.
SMITHSONIAN at 8 makes a summer night even hotter with a Peruvian-style celebration at DC’s Blind Whino.
What’s chicha? It’s an urban music genre originating in Peru that combines a variety of global sounds like South American cumbias and psychedelic surf guitars with local Andean melodies. It’s also the knockout style of neon poster art that exploded as chicha bands began to make their mark in the late 60s.
Say chicha today and you’re talking about a distinct and vibrant mix of color and sound that is unmistakably Peruvian.
Experience it all as Lima’s DJ Sabroso and local favorite DJ Kristy la rAt spin chicha beats. Sample Peruvian beers and pisco cocktails at the cash bar, and get a taste of the country from local food trucks like El Fuego. Try your hand at silk-screening with Peruvian chicha poster artist MONKY.
The evening is the perfect way to whet your cultural appetite for this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 24–28 and July 1–5), which highlights Peruvian culture on the National Mall.
Cash bar; food available for purchase.
SPECIAL FEATURES FOR VIP TICKET-HOLDERS: Exclusive early access to the event from 7 to 8 p.m., and enjoy small bites, an open bar, and a sampling of Peruvian piscos, courtesy of Macchu Pisco.
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General admission $25 ($30 at the door)
VIP admission $55 ($60 at door- includes early access from 7 to 8 p.m., small bites, open bar, and drink samples)
All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.
About SMITHSONIAN at 8
Inspired by the world of the Smithsonian, the SMITHSONIAN at 8 event series offers one-of-a-kind experiences for guests 21+. With themes from the local to the global, these after-hours gatherings combine music, food and drink, and unique settings to create evenings that are smart, adventurous, and memorably entertaining.