music history


Historically Speaking: The Launch of The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap (Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and Smithsonian Folkways are pleased to launch The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. The first-of-its-kind multimedia collection chronicles the growth of the music and culture from the parks of the Bronx to solidifying a reach that spans the globe. […]


‘The Roots of Black Music in America’ Presented by Karlus Trapp (Enoch Pratt Free Library) – VIRTUAL

Tuesday Tunes: The Roots of Black Music in America presented by Karlus Trapp In honor of Black Music Month, Karlus Trapp presents “The Roots of Black Music in America,” a delightful, educational, and entertaining program.  It is a 100 year journey back through time to hear, experience anew, and learn […]


The ’60s: The Motown Story (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Motown, established by Berry Gordy in 1960, has been described as the greatest pop music hit factory in recording history. We explore how the “Motown Sound” was created and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon beloved by millions to this day. From the “hit machine” songwriting teams to the […]


Night Train Memories: Sounds of The Cities (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Join us for an introduction to Urban Vocal Group Harmony (including Doo-Wop) from the 1950s to mid-1960s. Richard Kwatnoski, aka “Squire,” a radio producer for over 20 years for Radio Fairfax, will help us explore through slides and music the who, what, when and where of this very popular musical art form. Emanating from America’s cities in […]


Music City, DC (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

Left to right: The Ellington Apartments on U Street, NW; Howard Theater (Photo: Kevin Rutherford); “The Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown, 2011 (Photo: Mark Taylor); The Stoneman Family band, courtesy of Roni Rocking the Capital After WWII, music, society, mass media, and technology heralded the emergence of teen power. Once […]


Don’t Mute Us: Go-Go with Pure Elegance feat. Big G, Weensey, J’TA Freeman & Jus Paul (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Celebrate the reopening of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library with a series of virtual events! DC Public Library’s Go-Go Archive and Don’t Mute Us Go-Go History Museum presents DC’s official music with Pure Elegance feat. Big G, Weensey, J’TA Freeman & Jus Paul!  Live streaming from the rooftop. Click here […]