Here at IMT we can barely believe that September is nearly upon us, and we vaguely fear that fall might leap out from around the corner without warning, waving its leaves all over the place and generally being cooler than summer ever dreamed of being. As we work our way forward, discussing how to present Live, in-person music safely in an ongoing pandemic we're joyfully announcing new partnerships, inviting old friends to town, and generally working hard to do what we do : create a welcoming environment for Live music supporting and reinvigourating our Musical Traditions. We ARE the Institute thereof afterall!
Beginning Tuesday September 7th – join us for THE SPRING open mic at Sandy Spring Museum!
Institute of Musical Traditions presents THE SPRING Open Mic at Sandy Spring Museum, hosted by rob Hinkal and Rowan Corbett! Join us for a weekly celebration of one of the SOURCES of creativity and performance for any local scene, a new open mic night! Every Tuesday night we invite beginners and pros and everyone in between to come share their talents in the courtyard of the beautiful Sandy Spring Museum – or just come listen!
Our first featured artist will be none other than local performer Tom Prasada-Rao. "Tom Prasada-Rao is a musician's musician - an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with it’s homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty , Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent."
Performances will be from 7-9:30pm with a featured artist tucked somewhere in the middle. We’ll be webcasting the night to Facebook, YouTube and Twitch if you can’t be there in person (and to spread your talents to the world)! A suggested donation of $10 goes to defray the costs of the event. Pay what you can – ALL ARE WELCOME.
Saturday September 18th : Polyphony Marimba.
A free show at the Takoma Park Gazebo (7035 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD) with some of the finest marimba players in the nation. "Polyphony Marimba is devoted to being authentic to its Zimbabwean roots, presenting beloved traditional songs with passion and precision. And they add unique branches of their own, creating new songs stemming from their own powerful music backgrounds. Now embarking on their seventh national tour, this vision is carefully honed and deepened by playing every day in many different contexts, from New York City parks to Chicago farmer's markets, from St Louis clubs to busking in Washington DC and performing on the main stage at the annual Zimbabwean Music Festival."
Thursday September 23rd : BanjerDan's DangerBand celebrating the Country Gentlemen.
BanjerDan returns from the west coast with a band : and BanjerDan's DangerBand has a plan to celebrate The Country Gentlemen! The BDDB (absolutely no-one calls them that) consists of Banjer Dan on banjo, Tom Gray on bass, Stefan Custodi on guitar, David Probst on mandolin and Tom Lyons on fiddle!
This IS an in-person show with musicians who've toured across the entire nation. As-such we request our audience be vaccinated and current COVID restrictions in Montgomery County require the audience wear masks for entry. Doors 7:30pm, music at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door ($15 / $20 for children and students with ID).
The Institute of Musical Traditions is pleased to be sponsoring “ALL WIGGED OUT: THE MUSICAL” starring Marcy Marxer. Mainstays of the roots music scene in the greater Washington area, mentors to generations of musicians, and heroines in family music, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have continuously created music and events that serve the community. This production is a service to anyone going through cancer, their healthcare team, loved ones and community.
IMT is helping raise $100,000 to help cover the costs of a high end film production of the musical - a pivot from the live performances originally planned before the pandemic closed theaters. All donations are fully tax-deductible either via GoFundMe or via check made directly to IMT with “ALL WIGGED OUT” in the memo section.
More info at imtfolk.org.
Other Area Events
With Covid-19 comes cancellations and it would be useless to try to guess when a regular events calendar might resume. However, there are still many online events to "attend" and all of our organizations can be supported in different ways.
One of our fellow local-music organizations, FocusMusic is maintaining a great list of their alumni performers' upcoming webstreams. We've got a lot of crossover with FocusMusic - take a look at focusmusic.org/Online-Shows
FOCUSMUSIC & WFMA PRESENT BUSKIN & BATTEAU W HEATHER AUBREY LLOYD
Saturday, September 04, 2021 7:30 PM • The Kreeger Auditorium | Bender JCC of Greater Washington 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Regular & repeating events:
For Storytelling and online song circles visit the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's Website!
Sundays at 4pm in Takoma Park - Drumspiration.
A FREE (donations encouraged!) live West African drumming class and jam led by Drumlady K (Kristen Arant) outdoors with live participants at the Takoma Park Gazebo from 4-5pm every Sunday. To join us, bring a drum and a chair. If you need a drum, contact Kristen through her website, www.drumlady.com.
Perhaps you need a Daily Antidote of Song? - Join Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts each day at 12 noon for an inspiring and uplifting Daily Antidote of Song with international recording artists from a broad range of cultures and traditions. Seven days/week. Information on their website : carpediemarts.org
Donations and Support
Be a patron of the arts if you're able and please consider making a tax-deductible donation to IMT. Even the smallest donation is a big help and you can give easily and securely at paypal.me/imtfolk or visit imtfolk.org for more information (and more ways to give!)