Friday Night Live Jazz on Eastern Market Metro Plaza Starts September 3
by Larry Janezich
On Friday, September 3, Deborah Bond, DC’s popular indie-soul song artist, will kick off a month of Friday night live music performances from 5:00pm until 6:30pm at the Eastern Market Metro Pavilion. Her music references Anita Baker, Sade, and Chaka Khan and she cites inspiration by Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder.
Bond is a veteran of performances at venues including the Warner Theater, 9:30 Club, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, Blue Note NYC, Cobb Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, and Jazz Café in London.
For more information and music videos, go here: https://www.deborahbond.com/media
The complete schedule for the month is as follows:
- September 3: Deborah Bond
- September 10: Aaron Myers
- September 17: Samuel Prather
- September 24: Herb Scott
According to Charles McCaffrey, Executive Director of Eastern Market Main Street, Councilmember Charles Allen initiated the effort to program the events through the end of the fiscal year. Barracks Row and Eastern Market Main Streets, Champs, the Capitol Hill BID and the Hill Center joined forces to consider what could be done quickly. Capitol Hill Center’s relationship with Herb Scott of DC Jazz Fest enabled performers to be lined up for Friday nights in September.
According to McCaffrey, the goals were to activate the plaza, reinforce the idea that DC is open, do things outside for the community, and encourage the community to patronize nearby businesses and restaurants.
Funding is being provided by the two Main Street organizations and the Capitol Hill BID. Allen was successful in providing $150,000 in next years budget for programming for the Plaza in FY 2022.