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A Capitol Fourth: Rehearsal Concert and Picnic - Motown, Manilow and Diamond!

Every year there is a Rehearsal Concert for the Big July 4th 'A Capitol Fourth' Show at the Capitol.  It is much more manageable than the actual July 4th show, although it still gets very crowded.  We will meet at 5:45 and head over to the grounds (through security) at 6.  They usually close the area we're in by about 7.  We'll sit on the hill towards the back of the middle area.  The show should start around 8.

We'll do a big picnic - always nice to share a little if possible.  So bring a blanket or towel - and maybe a hat because it's hot until sun goes down a bit.  I know regular chairs are a no-no; Low chairs are ok. Alcohol is prohibited as there is a big security check.  It's also nice because the following day is a holiday, so no rush afterwards.  We'll meet in front of Botanic Gardens (near Independence Ave.) because that's convenient for drivers AND Metro people - there are a few stops that are close by.

Neil Diamond was just added to the concert. Other performers include the legendary Barry Manilow, Idol winner Candice Glover, country star Scott McCreery, Smash star Megan Hilty, Motown the Musical and the ultra legndary John Williams. Here's a full list:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That was fun thanks Ronn . Everyday at 6 pm there is a concert in Kennedy center if anyone likes to join me text me ( 202)[masked]

    July 9, 2013

  • Alison

    Great evening - thank you, Ronn

    July 6, 2013

  • Lisa

    It was a great concert! I loved all the acts. My favorite was Twist and Shout and Jackie Evancho. My friend showed up very late. So, I waited for her before I tried to join you guys. I look forward to seeing you guys next time.

    July 4, 2013

  • friend of Smokey the B.

    Neil Diamond was there and sang two songs ... dunno why he chose not to sing "Coming to America" ... isn't immigration on the congressional agenda??

    July 4, 2013

  • Kat (Kathy) H

    Great weather, people and show!

    July 3, 2013

  • Noël

    Really fun. Ronn is a great host!

    July 3, 2013

  • Beth

    Turned out to be a beautiful night!

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous night!

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We made it, not so muggy, we make a good crowd, arthouse!

    July 3, 2013

  • Cecilia

    Happy Fourth for you all!

    July 3, 2013

  • Lisa

    Is the rehearsal still going to be on if it rains?

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    weather and work keeping me away--enjoy the show!

    July 3, 2013

  • Jan

    Sorry, I called Peter at 4:30p in the rain to say I was bailing.

    July 3, 2013

  • Susan

    Seems it rains more often than it doesn't for this concert. I went with you guys a year or so ago, and they sent us all home as we started to enter the gate because of the sudden thunderstorm.

    July 3, 2013

    • Beth

      That sounds like tonight's forecast. Storms right around 7pm...

      July 3, 2013

  • Leslie

    My guests have backed out so I will have to cancel. Couldn't change my RSVP so leaving this message. So sorry!

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still showing up. Chances are it will be fine. See you there!

    July 3, 2013

  • Susan

    I echo Vanetta's thoughts. Wet grass and thunder is not fun. Happens every year - so frustrating :(

    July 3, 2013

  • Venetta

    I think I will have to cancel. It will not be fun sitting on wet grass and riding a damp metro. Hopefully, next year the weather will cooperate.

    July 3, 2013

  • Ronn

    look forward to seeing everyone wednesday. we'll meet at 5:45 and go in at 6. I have a pink sign. It will be crowded. We'll try to sit on the hill in the middle of the back section. my number to text is[masked]-7494. In the past, they have closed off that middle section by around 7. Picnic-wise, bring something to make yourself happy, and if you can share anything that would be a nice bonus.

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we expected to bring anything else other than a blanket?

    July 2, 2013

  • Wendy

    I want to, thought I could but, alas, I'm obligated.

    July 1, 2013

  • Jay

    Sorry… I'm in a be at Toastmasters

    June 30, 2013

  • KCfromDC

    I would really love to make it. I've always wanted to attend.

    June 29, 2013

  • Jacqui

    I sat on the fence too long... Let me know if anyone cancels. Thanks! :)

    June 28, 2013

  • Lisa

    I might have more friends come along.

    June 28, 2013

  • kathy m.

    ok, so how do I pay?

    June 24, 2013

  • Jan

    I had a blast at this a few yrs back.

    June 23, 2013

  • friend of Smokey the B.

    the light show this year will have a difficult time matching the light show last year, when an evacuation resulted. i'm hopeful we will get to sit to the very end of the show and that i'll have more luck finding the group. regardless, it'll be fun.

    June 23, 2013

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