DC-based artists performing original music and discussing art’s role in the campaign for racial justice? Get excited for these sounds of the summer.
CapitalBop, a DC-based grassroots presenting organization, this month launched its Freedom Summer Sessions, a summer-long streaming series addressing the role of music in the continuing movement. The series furthers CapitalBop’s ongoing efforts to honor and maintain the intertwined legacies of jazz and activism in DC.
CapitalBop presents the series in solidarity with The Blacksmiths, whose mission centers on “sharing community-responsive work inspired by Black revolutionary history and the current protest movement.”
Each Freedom Summer Sessions concert will feature a one-set performance by an artist (either solo or in a socially distanced group) as well as feature an interview with that artist. Shot on-location at venues across DC, these presentations livestream every Friday at 7 pm, until September 4, 2020.
The streams are free to watch, but listeners are encouraged to support the artists with donations or purchases of their recorded music.
July 31: Reginald Cyntje, trombonist
August 7: Aaron L Myers II, vocalist/keyboardist
August 14: Nik Francis, drummer
August 21: Cecily, vocalist
August 28: Tarus Mateen, bassist
September 4: Rochelle Rice, vocalist