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GATEWAY PAVILLION (ST. Elizabeth's East Campus) DC

2700 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue Southeast

Washington, DC 20032

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#DontMuteDC Meets #DontMuteNola: BANDS & BBQ.” A friendly culinary & musical meeting between New Orleans and DC.

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A showcase of two gentrifying cities whose musicians are on the front lines of fighting back against cultural displacement.

MUSIC: The New Orleans-based Big Six Brass Band will match note-for-note with DC go-go bands Proper Utensils featuring Jas. Funk and Black Alley.

FOOD: DC’s Own Catering by John will square off against Louisiana-native Trés Creole chef Eric Tyson.

The Gateway Pavilion, St. Elizabeth East.

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The #DontMuteDC uprising began in April after neighbor complaints to police and corporations briefly silenced a 24-year tradition of go-go music playing outside the Metro PCS in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. On July 10, #DontMuteNola became a trending topic on social media after New Orleans police arrested trumpeter Eugene Grant while playing with the Young Fellas Brass Band after a Frenchman Street business owner called 911.

Of all the “Chocolate Cities” in the United States, D.C. and New Orleans have among the oldest free black communities dating from before the Civil War. This festival links national gentrification trends and celebrates black resilience in the face of displacement and cultural erasure, and the social power of music.

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GATEWAY PAVILLION (ST. Elizabeth's East Campus) DC

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