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Concerts on the Lawn - Library of CongressThe Library of Congress and Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative will co-host the first “Summer Concerts on the Lawn” outdoor musical performance series. The performances will be presented in conjunction with the “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn”— a six-film series which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry — on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm from July 19 through Aug. 23 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The film screenings will follow the musical performances at sundown.

The concert series is the latest of many activities that have been presented under the leadership of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden that seek to make America’s library and its treasures more accessible on-site. This exciting lineup of locally-based musicians represents the variety of musical genres that can be found amongst the Library’s music collections. A vibrant violinist, a West African griot street band, a tango trio and a summery jazz ensemble all will make up this live Library summer music compilation.

July 19: Batalá Washington DC


Batalá Washington D.C. is an all-female Afro-Brazilian percussion band (banda feminina) that plays samba-reggae rhythms from Brazil’s north east state of Bahia. With colorful costumes and instruments, its exuberant performances create a striking visual and auditory experience. Founded in 2007, the DC group is part of a larger international community, the Mundo Batalá family, including over 30 bands worldwide.


July 19: Batala DC
July 26: Chelsey Green
Aug. 2: Cheick Hamala Diabate
Aug. 9: Trifilio Tango Trio
Aug. 16: Sarah Marie Hughes & Coy Fish
Aug. 23: DuPont Brass and VeVe & tha Rebels

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

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July 12: Field of Dreams
July 19: The Goonies
July 26: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Aug. 2: Back to the Future
Aug. 9: Superman (1978)
Aug. 16: The Wizard of Oz

  • When: Thu Jul. 19
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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