We all remember Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6-D) saying that Eastern Market Metro Park (EMMP) would be a great place “to walk to, rather than through.”
Well, together with Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS), Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) and the Capitol Hill BID, Allen’s office is putting on a concert series for you to enjoy when you get there.
It’s the Live on the Hill concert series, taking place every Friday night and Saturday morning in the month of September on Parcel 4 of the newly redeveloped Eastern Market Metro Park (700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).
Allen said the September series is an opportunity to activate the new park. “We want to activate it, make it feel alive, have it be that gathering place for everybody –and so I’m excited about it.”
Allen helped secure $150,000 in the District’s FY2022 budget for programming at EMMP, and said the September shows are a sort of a proof of concept. “We want to show that we can have music and entertainment. We built a pavillion for a reason,” Allen said.
The hope is that the great things happening in the park will attract people to the surrounding businesses as well, whether it be for a picnic at the Jazz concert or shopping for kitchen ware at Hill’s Kitchen after enjoying a Saturday morning performance by 123 Andres.
The Friday line-up features a jazz concert starting at 5 p.m. and opens up with the Deborah Band. Saturday morning concerts are geared to kids and the young at heart, beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 with The Great Zucchini.
Friday Concerts: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 3 – Deborah Band
- Sept. 10 – Aaron Myers
- Sept. 17 – Samuel Prather
- Sept. 24 – Herb Scott
Saturday Children’s Programming: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Sept. 4 – The Great Zucchini
- Sept. 11 – 123 Andrés
- Sept. 18 – Jon The Bubble Guy
- Sept. 25 – Marsha and the Positrons
Pick-up dinner (or breakfast) from one of your favorite Capitol Hill restaurants and don’t forget a chair or blanket to get comfy.
The concert series is a collaborative effort by the Capitol Hill BID, Barracks Row Main Street, Eastern Market Main Street and the office of Councilmember Charles Allen.