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America Now: Celebration of Music

Saturday, June 22, 11:00 a.m. – midnight

FREE one day festival celebrating the best of art and history in DC 
Hosted by National Museum of American History, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and National Portrait Gallery

Go from day to night with this year’s America Now, when three of your favorite Smithsonian museums unite for a free, one-day festival celebrating the best of art and history in DC. This year is a Celebration of Music, with hip-hop performances, DJs, and dance parties.

America Now is free, no tickets required. #AmericaNowSI

Events

National Museum of American History
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

National Museum of American History

Spend your day at the National Museum of American History exploring hip-hop’s influence on American society, innovation, culture, and arts. Check out the dance party on the National Mall with DJ Adrian Loving, DJ Ayes Cold, Les the DJ. Sign up for mixtape and analog technology workshops* with the D.C. Public Library or hands-on beat making and music production workshops* with Words, Beats and Life. Enjoy live music from rapper Wordsmith and the hip-hop/rap/classical music group Classically Dope. Don’t miss a special interview with producer, DJ, and educator Dr. J Rawls, best known for his work with Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Throughout the day, enjoy break dancing performances, rarely-seen objects out of storage and more!

RSVP now for reminders and priority seating at the workshops!

Admission is free, festive food and drinks are available for purchase. Open to families and general audiences.

* Note: Your workshop registration is for events at the National Museum of American History only and does not include entry into the evening programs at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wristbands will be issued on site for the evening performances.

Location:

National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC

SAAM and National Portrait Gallery
6 p.m. – midnight

SAAM and National Portrait Gallery

Spend your night at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) for an evening full of live music in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard with some of your favorite DC performers, and express your DC pride with artist Nekisha Durrett and a go-go community mural

Hip-hop artist, DC native, and Grammy nominee Christylez Bacon acts as the evening’s MC for performances by the venerable Out of Town Blues Band (6 p.m.) and DC’s premier go-go band Rare Essence (8 p.m.). Enjoy a rare live performance by Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) with The Archives, the critically acclaimed reggae band co-created by Hilton. Mixing roots reggae with dub and electronica, Hilton and The Archives perform together as Hilton mans the dub controls (10 p.m.). DJ Beauty and the Beatz keeps the music going between acts throughout the night.

Admission is free, festive food and drinks available for purchase. Evening event recommended audience 18+. Cash bars close at 11:30 p.m., galleries open to midnight.

The previously announced performance by rapper Wale has been cancelled.

Location:

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery 8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC

Locations

America Now is a three-museum collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is made possible by the generous support of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation. The Washington Post is the media sponsor of America Now.

This year's America Now is part of the Smithsonian-wide initiatives Solstice Saturday and Smithsonian Year of Music 2019.

Solstice Saturday logo Smithsonian Year of Music logo The Washington Post logo

Photo Credits:
DJ at America Now at the National Museum of American History. Photo by Brightest Young Things
America Now in SAAM and NPG's Kogod Courtyard. Photo by Pepe Gomez