D.C.’s Music Culture Is Featured From Morning to Midnight, Including Performances by Rare Essence and Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) With The Archives
Visitors to three Smithsonian museums can go from day to night with the fifth annual “America Now” program, a free one-day festival celebrating the best of art and history in Washington, D.C. Museum visitors can experience local music and culture through art and live musical performances Saturday, June 22. This special day of festivities is a three-museum collaboration between the National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Events begin at the National Museum of American History with an outdoor dance party and continue at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery with an evening of live music performances.
“America Now: Celebration of Music” is free to the public and open to general audiences; drinks and food will be available for purchase at each location. Details are outlined below and at AmericaNow.si.edu. This year’s America Now is part of the Smithsonian-wide initiatives Solstice Saturday and Year of Music 2019. Several Smithsonian museums will stay open until the clock strikes midnight June 22. Details are outlined at www.si.edu/SolsticeSaturday.
National Museum of American History
Special programs: 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Galleries open until midnight
Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
Daytime festivities begin at the National Museum of American History with a celebration of history and culture of hip-hop through workshops and an outdoor dance party with live DJ performances. Activities are designed for general audiences and are programmed from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to continue to the second part of “America Now” at the partner museums, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. A free shuttle bus will run between several Smithsonian museums on the National Mall and Eighth and F streets N.W. from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery
Special programs: 6 p.m.–midnight
Galleries open until midnight
Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets N.W.
Visitors can spend their night at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum for an evening of live musical performances with some of their favorite Washington performers, art happenings and more. The evening will open with Master of Ceremony and Washington native Christylez Bacon and continue with performances by the Out of Town Blues Band, Rare Essence and DJ Beauty and the Beatz. A special headline performance from Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) with The Archives will close out the night.
“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 support of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation. The Washington Post is the media sponsor of “America Now.”
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About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. The Renwick is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: americanart.si.edu.