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Verny Varela Combo & Salsa Dancing [Summer Concerts on the Lawn]

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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 second “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 11 through Aug. 15 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.

IS IT RAINING? In the event of rain, the concert will still take place in the Coolidge Auditorium, inside the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, at 7pm. The film will be cancelled or rescheduled.

So we look forward to seeing you, rain or shine!

August 15: Verny Varela Combo & Salsa Dancing

Verny Varela is a renowned DC-based arranger, composer, singer and flutist. He was born in Cali, Colombia and raised in the "Barrio Obrero," home to some of the world’s most famous salsa musicians. Verny’s distinguished career as a jazz and salsa artist has included collaborations with Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago, and Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, all members of the Fania All Stars. In 1997, Varela became the lead singer in the Gabino Pampini Band, and later toured Europe and the U.S. with Tito Gomez. He has been nominated three times for the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) and has performed at many prominent venues, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Theater, Smithsonian, Embassy of Colombia, Embassy of Panama, III World Salsa Festival in Lima, Peru, the Petronio Álvarez Festival and Feria de La Caña de Azucar in Cali, Colombia. Varela currently teaches at Howard University.




SUMMER CONCERTS ON THE LAWN

July 11: Brent Birckhead Quartet
July 18: Elena & Los Fulanos
July 25: BYTES & BEATS: Shing02 and Fat Jon
August 1: ENTATY Music & Go-Go Dance Workshop with Lorenzo "GoLo" Evans
August 8: KanKouran West African Dance Company
August 15: Verny Varela Combo & Salsa Dancing

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.



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SUMMER FILMS ON THE LAWN

July 11: Mary Poppins
July 18: Beauty and the Beast
July 25: A League of Their Own
August 1: Jaws
August 8: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
August 15: Jurassic Park

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