I want to post this because I thought a lot of members would be interested AND this looks like quite a good, new arts space in the District. Again, this is part of the great Library of Congress Free Concert and Film series. “Say Amen, Somebody” tells the uplifting story how gospel got its roots in America, focusing on two of the movement’s pioneers, Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie May Ford Smith. In addition, the sensational Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, based in metropolitan Washington, DC, present a special performance which honors Gospel’s legacy with a contemporary spin. I doubt we will be able to stay in our seats.
****It's free but you need to make a reservation WITH THE HILL CENTER for this. I repeat the reservation here is not good enough. Here's the link. It actually takes some time to register your information, so be patient. (Maybe that's the way they'll be assured that you are coming.) ****
Say Amen Somebody has received rave reviews all over the world. It's a treasure of a film - Hailed as “terrific, joyous, funny, [and] unabashedly emotional” by film critic Roger Ebert.. Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music have performed at The White House and shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Shakira. As a pilot program with Hill Center, this event is part of the Library of Congress "Song of America" project. It is located two blocks east of the Eastern Market Metro.
There should be interesting places to eat and drink (and sing) nearby afterward. Again, here's the link to make your reservation.