3rd Annual DC Statehood Concert Series Kicks Off Thursday Headlined By The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown
DC Statehood Concert Series
On Thursday, June 9th in Washington, D.C., Chuck Brown, the Grammy-nominated Godfather of DC's indigenous sound, "Go-Go," is headlining this year's DC Statehood Concert Series, a movement of artists and activists passionate about the right for DC to be “heard” in music and in politics.
Hosted and co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nationʼs Capital, this is the third event on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol to inform Congress and the public about Statehood for the District.
The US is the only country in the entire democratized world whose capital city citizens are denied the right to vote in the national legislature.
“We export democracy all over the world,” said Senator Michael Brown, “To me it's a little like saying the people of Detroit can't drive cars. This is what we do in this city.”
Similarly, despite being one of the top ten consumer markets, DC notoriously has yet to produce a platinum-selling emcee.
The ACLU-NCA, a major advocate for First Amendment rights, welcomes Hip-Hop culture as a messenger of self-expression and self-determination.
Tabi Boney Rocking D.C. Staehood Concert Series
Past performers have included such notable DC rappers as Tabi Bonney and Rasi Caprice, whose song “Free D.C.” has become an anthem of the Statehood movement.
This year, Grammy-nominated singer, Wayna, who worked for the Clinton administration before she became a professional entertainer, will also take the stage, along with Uptown XO and Rasi Caprice.
Locally-based visual artist, Demont Peekaso, who has toured with Raheem DeVaughn, will be auctioning off a piece he is painting live; and Cool Kids Forever Films, a collective co-founded by Tabi Bonney will be on the scene shooting for a documentary.
Among this year's noted speakers is the Honorable Reverend Walter E. Fauntroy, the first elected delegate to represent DC in Congress in almost 100 years when he was sworn in as a non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971.
Activities kick off at noon and go until sunset. The entire day is free and open to the public.
Senator Brown & Uptown XO Lead The Charge Dor D.C. Statehood
Artists and activists from all over the world are encouraged to spit their best testimonials for the right to be heard at the open mic session from 4-6 p.m.
For access to the Press Riser or exclusive after party events, please contact: NʼKOSI, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following are links to footage from past events:
Peep Some Of The Footage Of Artists Previously Rallying For D.C. Statehood.
Rasi Rocking The Fight For D.C. Statehood Concert Series
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