$45,000 

Exhibits (included in tour)

American Civics
Shepard Fairey & Jim Marshall
American Civics

The first-ever collaboration between acclaimed contemporary artist Shepard Fairey and the estate of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. In it, Fairey interprets Marshall's iconic photography from the 1960's, including images of Johnny Cash, Cesar Chavez, and Fannie Lee Chaney, with five new works, vividly depicting the humanity behind some of our country's enduring social justice issues: Voting Rights, Mass Incarceration, Workers' Rights, Gun Culture, and Two Americas. The art of American Civics gives a face to these issues to cultivate dialogue and encourage vigorous solutions to problems that have divided the country and eroded the core of the American ideals.
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Generously donated by Michael Jensen, President/Founder Jensen Communications Inc. Jensen Communications, Inc. is a media, marketing and management firm specializing in public relations serving a diverse range of clients in entertainment, business, cause-related politics and the arts.

American Roots
American Roots

Become a pioneer as you immerse yourself in the great American West in our custom built Log Cabin exhibit. Here you'll find original Remington bronze sculptures, a hand carved wooden bear, southwestern art and artifacts, textiles, and more. A fan favorite, this exhibit room was even featured in a chapter of James Patterson's book "Four Blind Mice". 

Artis Lane
Designer of Rosa Parks' Congressional Medal of Honor
Artis Lane

Artis hails from North Buxton, a small town in Canada near Ontario that is largely populated by the descendants of slaves who escaped using the Underground Railroad. In Artis' words "My Civil Rights images led me naturally to ideas about what and who we are outside of race. I went from there to the most important body of work, the metaphysical images of generic man and generic woman emerging out of the ignorance of material concepts and evolving into spiritual awareness."
Her family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan when she was a toddler, and throughout her childhood she became interested in drawing and painting. She received a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Upon graduation, she continued her education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and moved back to Detroit with her new husband, Bill. She became a close personal friend of Mrs. Rosa Parks while there.
 
While in Detroit, she painted and sculpted portraits of many political and business leaders of the day, including members of the Ford Family, Governor George Romney and Mayor Coleman Young. From there she moved to New York, Texas, New Mexico and Mexico City before settling in Los Angeles.
 
Artis created the Congressional Medal of Honor that was presented to Ms. Parks in 1999. Lane has designed multiple sculptures of Mrs. Rosa Parks, which can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian Portrait Museum and The Mrs. Rosa Parks Museum located at Troy State.
 
The National Congress of Black Women commissioned her to create a bust of women's rights activist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth which was unveiled in 2009 by former First Lady Michelle Obama in the Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor Centre. Truth was the first woman to be honored with a bust at the U.S. Capitol.
 
Artis’s impressive list of commissions also include sculptures of President George H. W. Bush, Walter Annenberg. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gordon Getty, Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger, Oprah Winfrey, President Reagan, Jaqueline Kennedy and Michael Jordan.
 
Lane's sculpture was described as "primarily concerned with portraying what she sees as enduring spiritual truths. These truths are that the growth of spiritual awareness is continuous and that nobody ever arrives at perfection. In addition, spiritual awareness connects humans with a universal force." by the St. James Guide to Black Artists.
Artis has been an artist-in-residence many times at O Museum.

Character, Not Characters
CADE MARTIN: World's Top 200 Photographers
Character, Not Characters

A new photography exhibit from Cade Martin

Inspiration doesn't play by many rules. It rides in on the wind and shares your coffee break. Recently during a project, a client and I got to talking about tattoos. She mentioned a tattoo festival being held in the Washington DC area in the coming weeks. There it was, the spark of inspiration. I don't have any tattoos myself but the thought of all those people with their stories essentially written on their bodies was something I felt an immediate pull to photograph. I'm always seeking characters and these were characters I wanted to capture.

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These portraits are so alive with stories, the backgrounds amplifying the investment in expression. These people had amazingly detailed, as well as personal, tattoo work, it was such a clear commitment of time - and money - on their part. The whole experience turned out to be a blast - talking and working with people from all walks of life bonded by their ink. It's been amazing to spend a few minutes with these people and to make their portraits. I find the end product captivating, mysterious and revealing. But, I still don't have any tattoos.

ABOUT CADE MARTIN:
An artist-in-residence at O Museum many times Cade was named one of the 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the world -- his meticulous attention to detail helps shape an environment that echoes the real world. Filled with strength and clarity, perfectly composed and lit with a simple elegance, his photographs touch the deepest emotions.

Cade Martin has shot for some of the most iconic brands in the world including Capital One, Discovery Channel, Target, Marriott International, and Starbucks to name a few.

Chucky's Room
Chucky's Room

Face your fears or find a new friend when you enter one of our newest immersive exhibits. Chucky's Room celebrates America's love affair with Halloween and Scary Movies. Hidden behind a secret door you'll experience an adrenaline rush like never before — if you dare to enter.

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Crown Jewels of Music
Nina Miller
Crown Jewels of Music

Nina Miller loves all animals, some people, music, books, sparkly things, and all things vintage. Perpetually getting lost, but with a strong inner-compass, she resides in Nashville with her little monster, Oliver. Nina has been an artist-in-residence many times at O Museum.

Founded in 2002, The Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organization in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. Nina is the Executive Director of The Gibson Foundation.

East Meets West
Art of TU-2
East Meets West

Did you know Mrs. Parks intently studied many religions including Buddhism, Hindusim and others. She loved the painting below which hangs in her room. 

Tu Ying-Ming, (or English: Ying-Ming Tu) is a visual fine artist who focuses on painting, photography, and documentary films. Born a Gemini - hence his self-given nickname, “Tu-2” (pronounced “Tutu” or “too too”) - to a Hakka family in Taiwan.

After serving in the Taiwan military as a bodyguard to Chiang Kai-Shek, Tu-2 emigrated to America. He was sitting in a cafe with ex-patriots, and they asked him what he wanted to do now that he was in the U.S. His response was “I don’t know. All I do know is I don’t want to be involved in any more wars.” They told him he should become an artist then. So he said “Great idea. I used to draw when I was four and liked it!” When he graduated from UCLA in film and television, his first job was drawing animation for King of the Hill. His Mickey Mao series has shown in Taipei, Los Angeles and Belgium, and was well received by the public and critics alike.

O Street Museum Foundation was proud to have hosted Tu-2 as an artist-in-residence — a brilliant and gifted artist, whose work is an inspiration to all who view it.

Elie Abrahami
The Bridge From Persia to Paris
Elie Abrahami

Elie Abrahami has spent 1/3 of his life in Persia, Israel and France. He grew up in a strict orthodox Jewish family with 11 children in Persia, where it was against the rules to read or write. The family emigrated to Israel, where he was conscripted into the Army.

Even though Elie was 5'2" he continually got into fights and was thrown in Israel's military prison, where he was taught how to read and write. For a while he was in charge of burning the garbage at the prison, and he started to use the black soot from the flames to draw pictures of Warren Beaty and Marilyn Monroe for cigarettes.

An Israeli government official visiting the prison saw his drawings and asked to meet the artist. They immediately released him from prison and gave him a scholarship to the Avni School of Fine Arts, Tel Aviv, from 1964-1968. Later he attended the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, from 1970-1972. He has been living and working in Paris since the late 1960s.

Abrahami has had numerous one-person exhibitions both in the United States and throughout the world. His works can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and internationally in public and private collections, including the Tel Aviv Museum and the Rothschild Collection, Paris.

Today he speaks 15 languages and has been an artist-in-residence at The O Museum in the Mansion many times.

Faces of Hope
Chip Duncan
A Photo Exhibit of Afghanistan, Pakistan & Darfur
Faces of Hope

“The images in this collection speak volumes about the wisdom, joy, humor, love and sorrow found every day Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur. The people profiled in this exhibition overcome unimaginable crisis every day. Their spirit is my inspiration.” — Chip Duncan

Filmmaker, author, photographer and recipient of more than 100 national and international awards for his work, Chip Duncan has filmed in more than forty countries, including many areas impacted by natural and manmade disaster. He is also a board member for Relief International (RI.org) and has been an artist-in-residence many times at O Museum.

Duncan’s work is profiled in the book Enough To Go Around – Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur (Select Books, NYC, 2009).

This is the first exhibit of Duncan’s work in the Washington DC area. Chip Duncan’s Afghanistan photos were exhibited during August, 2011 as part of the World Peace Festival in Berlin.

Faith
Exploration of things greater than ourselves
Faith

Immerse yourself in life’s biggest questions, from hundreds of Bibles, Talmuds, the Koran …  to the legacies of artists, musicians, thinkers and heroes who are all creators, for good.  Enjoy art, fashion, music, movies, science, sports  and different cultures from around the world, all united in the common capacity and unquenchable desire — to dream. This faith based journey endeavors to dig deep into our conscious (and unconscious) to understand that it doesn’t matter what we believe — as long as we believe in something greater than ourselves.  

Discover the deep impact faith can have throughout our thrilling 30,000 square foot museum, and make sense out of the love you feel, exploring and experiencing the diversity of the O Museum.  Every step tells a story.

First Ladies of Rock
Gerald Johnson
First Ladies of Rock

Gerald Johnson's art can be found in the National Gallery of Art, The White House, and the Treasury Department, as well as over three hundred corporate collections in America, Europe and China.

He was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and now lives in the DC area. He earned his fine arts degree and completed his graduate studies in printmaking and painting at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of North Carolina. Gerald has been an artist-in-residence many times at O Museum.

"The O Museum has challenged my creativity and championed my art. Every artist's dream is to find a receptive audience for their work. Twenty-five years ago, carrying 10 tiny collages into this mysterious house on O Street I found that audience; always saying "Do what is in your heart."

From the Gardens of Babylon to Alice in Wonderland
From the Gardens of Babylon to Alice in Wonderland

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They were described as a remarkable feat of engineering with an ascending series of tiered gardens containing a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and vines, resembling a large green mountain constructed of mud bricks.

The Hanging Gardens are the only one of the Seven Wonders for which the location has not been definitively established. Many scholars believe it's mythical.

Imagination and using creativity to help others has always been the most meaningful form of survival. Lewis Carroll is an example of this. He was deaf in one ear, had severe epilepsy, was a recluse, had attention deficit, and yet, he wrote 11 mathematics books and 12 literary books of fantasy — most notably “Alice in Wonderland” and its sequel, “Through The Looking Glass”. Follow us down the rabbit hole to a whole new wondrous world beginning in the front gardens, then wind through over 100 rooms and more than 80 secret doors, all leading you to the Secret Gardens, which will ignite your heart and imagination.

Gibson Guitars
Gibson Guitars

This guitar was a wedding gift to H & Ted from Les Paul. In keeping with The Mansion spirit he signed it upside down.

A history of innovation and quality has led Gibson guitars to become the premier supplier of guitars the world over.

Their rich sound, innovative design and legendary models have become classics, and are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles.

Thanks to the generous donations of Gibson, the O Street Museum Foundation collection includes over 60 signed instruments, played by both famous and wanna-be musicians who love the best, Gibson.

Go Tell It On The Mountain
Go Tell It On The Mountain

"Just like my paintings, I am faceless. I aspire to create other people’s hope through my art. It’s not about me."

Kallé Siekkinen is a self-taught artist from New Orleans and he paints from the heart. He enjoys painting on recycled materials using house paint, wood stain and stucco and is influenced by his friend and mentor the late, internationally renowned folk artist, Bill Hemmerling.

Most of his subjects are children and many of his paintings in some way represent his own life experiences. His painting are frequently faceless and often times painted jet black, more like a silhouette. Kalle says, “the color black is a mixture of all the colors in the world and is meant to represent everyone. By not having facial details, it allows the viewer to complete the painting by seeing the figures as whomever they choose”.

In his new series, Kalle enjoys using a wide variety of colors in an effort to portray unity among all people and spreading a message of love, diversity, and inclusion and in his own words, “hopes to change the world”.

Kalle’s paintings have sold to collectors abroad and have become a favorite among educators and directors of diversity. Many of his paintings can be seen in t.v. shows and movies such as Queen Sugar, Girls Trip, and C.S.I New Orleans.

Many of his paintings were created at the O Museum in the Mansion in Washington, D.C.

Houdini's Mystery Clocks
Houdini's Mystery Clocks

In the early part of the 1800s, a remarkable Frenchman, Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin combined the talents of a skilled clock and watchmaker with those of a master magician to produce a series of clocks that ranked then, and now, as among the most famous and fabled time pieces in history.

To understand and appreciate the clocks, it is good to know a bit about Monsieur Robert-Houdin himself. The son of a Parisian watchmaker, Robert-Houdin became adept at designing and constructing remarkable automata, which he featured in magic shows he presented in and around Paris in the early 1800s.

Robert-Houdin’s reputation as a conjuror gained him substantial notoriety and attracted the attention of the French government when, in 1856, an insurrection arose among tribes attempting to unseat the French colonial government in the Algiers. Believing that Robert-Houdin could command the attention and respect of the people with his magic, the French government appointed him an ambassador and sent him to attempt to quell the uprising. Shortly after his arrival, the new ambassador displayed his magic prowess by inviting a young girl to attempt to lift a small wooden chest that had been set on the ground before him. The child was able to lift the chest readily, which she then replaced on the ground. Robert-Houdin then invited one of the largest, strongest men in the group to join in to attempt to do the same thing, but he warned that he intended to cast a “spell” on the man to deprive him of all his powers. When the man attempted to lift the chest, he could not, try as he might. Yet, the child was able to return and once more list the chest without hesitation.

Robert-Houdin created his miracle with the aid of electromagnetism, a little known phenomenon at the time. Unbeknownst to the audience, he had planted a large electromagnet in the ground before the performance. A hidden assistant could activate the magnet at the appropriate time, and a thick steel plate inside the little chest made it impossible to lift the chest when the magnet was energized.

Robert-Houdin’s apparent miracle deeply impressed the citizenry. But, a peaceful resolution was reached not because of their having been awed by his magic, but because following the performance, Robert-Houdin took them into his confidence and explained the secret, thereby gaining their trust.

Robert-Houdin returned to France a hero and was summoned to Blois (the seat of the French monarchy before Versailles) to be thanked and honored. Today, a monument, museum, and performing center exists in Blois, dedicated to Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin, who remains France’s most celebrated magician/ambassador.

(Temporarily on loan to the Dickens Theatre)

John Lennon
John Lennon

Legendary songwriter, musician, artist and pacifist John Lennon embodies the mission of the O Street Museum Foundation through his own personal journey of evolution and exploration.

Always growing Lennon continued to promote messages of peace and love though his lyrics, music and performance art.

The O Street Museum Foundation is proud to continue his efforts and pay tribute to this visionary with a collection that includes art, architecture, letters and rare studio performances that showcase his genius.

Our support of Jonhn Lennon's mission extends beyond the O Street Museum Foundation. When The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needed help funding an exclusive exhibit focused on John Lennon, the O Street Museum Foundation's founder raised $1m in cash and another $500,000 in-kind networking equipment to help bring this exhibit to life.

Luangisa
African Art Show
Luangisa

LUANGISA African Gallery was founded in 1996 by the Luangisa family from Bukoba, Tanzania. They carry authentic, Fair Trade, modern African art, artifacts, fashion, home decor, jewelry and textiles. They work directly with artisans across the continent to share their rich African culture and heritage with the world.

Nomads
Indigenous Mexican Art & Culture
Nomads

This wonderous collection showcases Mexican contemporary indigenous arts & crafts, created by world renowned artists, and has exhibited in Montreal, Boston and New York. This D.C. exhibit is supported by the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC.

From pottery to beadwork and beyond you'll find many colorful creative pieces that reflect Mexican culture exhibited throughout the museum.  

Ottoman Magic
Mersad Berber
Ottoman Magic

Hailed as one of the greatest and most distinctive painters and graphic artists in the world, Mersad Berber was born in Bosanski Petrovac in 1940. He studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, and later became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. His works chronicled Bosnia, reflecting the multi-layered cultural history.

An honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, he has received approximately 50 awards and he has had exhibits in cities all over the world, from London and Madrid, New York to Moscow, Jakarta and New Delhi.

Experts consider him to be one of the greatest post-Classic artists in the world. His most significant projects were “Chronicles of Sarajevo”, “A Trip to Skender Vakuf”, “Srebrenica”, “A Homage to Vlaho Bukovac”, and “Ottoman Chronicles” among others.

One of our artists-in-residence, O Museum In The Mansion is proud to have curated his first exhibit in the U.S. at The World Bank in 1982.

Pop Culture
Pop Culture

The world is an ever changing place. And it can be a lonely place. Each one of us is completely different... and yet, in many ways... the same.

We celebrate that each one of us is a hero, an artist, a brain, an athlete... and above all a human being wanting to connect with others.

We erase all boundaries like race, religion and nationality which alienates us from our fellow humans and suppresses our true potential.

By searching for and developing our unique individual narrative we are better able to find our purpose in the world around us.

What is your story, your purpose, your essence? At O Museum in The Mansion we dare you to ask those questions.
Discover your internal super hero...you may be surprised with what you find.

Our new Pop-Culture Experience room celebrates our everyday journey exploring the culture that is all around us defining our times in each moment. It encompasses who we are and helps us to connect — whether it’s the music we listen to, the shows we watch, the art we see or the things we do — we all play a part in creating popular culture.

Rebirth. Transformation. Healing.
The Art of Thom Wheeler
Rebirth. Transformation. Healing.

Thom Wheeler is a Texas native who became one of Houston's foremost contemporary sculptors in the 1970's/80's, creating many large commissions for corporations and architects, commercial and public spaces such as hotel and bank lobbies. He worked in grand scale ranging from 54 feet for bas relief works to 60 feet tall three dimensional pieces. Major works were executed for Banco di Roma, Rome, Italy; The Grand Hotel, Houston; and Ole Miss University, Oxford, Mississippi among many others. Private collectors include Dr. Jonas Salk and country music star Randy Travis.

He's had one-man shows in several cities including San Francisco, Palm Springs, and New Orleans, and been feature or cover artist in several publications including "Southwest Art", "New Mexico Magazine", and "The Houston Chronicle".

His materials are highly polished and textured metals such as brass, copper, and aluminum plate set with ivory, wood, cast glass, stag horn, and stone such as turquoise, malachite and jasper. His tools include the band saw, lathe, drill press, shears, kilns, welding machines, buffers, and sanders.

Thom moved to Taos in 1985 where he began concentrating on smaller pieces with a feeling for the icons of the West and Southwest - gypsy women faces, crosses, bucking broncos, howling coyotes, cow skulls, and the saguaro cacti. As he said, "You could call this my interpretation of Indian jewelry." He actually calls these works "wall jewelry".

Rock Icons
Photography of Jim Marshall
Rock Icons

Jim Marshall was an American photographer and photojournalist who photographed musicians of the 1960s and 1970s. Earning their trust, he had extended access to his subjects both on and off-stage. Marshall was the official photographer for the Beatles' final concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, and he was head-photographer at Woodstock.  

Marshall said, “When I'm photographing people, I don't like to give any direction. There are no hair people fussing around, no make-up artists. I'm like a reporter, only with a camera; I react to my subject in their environment, and if it's going well, I get so immersed in it that I become one with the camera.”  His iconic photograph of Janis Joplin captures her inner soul, and tugs at your heart.  We are so honored that Jim donated many photographs to OM.

Rock The Runway
Rock The Runway

This fashion oasis lies behind a secret door. Here you’ll explore the art of fashion, style, and being unique, that personifies the lesson: if each and everyone of us Dares to be Different, Anything is Possible.

Fashion and style take many forms from; Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady’s dress, Emmylou Harris red suede outfit worn when she was inducted into The Grand Ole’ Opry, Prince’s gold lame’ suit he wore to his wedding -- and his final Madison Square Garden concert February 11, 2011 (when he kicked Kim Kardashian off his stage when she wouldn’t dance with him), to tour jackets from icons like Joe Walsh of the Eagles, John Lennon of The Beatles, The Stones, Heart … the list goes on and on.

Featured in the exhibition is the crown for Miss USA, worn by Courtney Gibbs, 1988 (donated by Paula Shugart, of Miss Universe), as well as Louboutin shoes and felt hats worn by Janet Jackson in many of her music videos. 

An original oil painting by Craig Allen of Marilyn Monroe tops off this extraordinary exhibit.

Rythmic Rebels
Sandrine Lee
Rythmic Rebels

French born photographer Sandrine Lee has lived, studied and worked in NYC for over a decade. Via her husband, Will Lee, she has entered the music world and made it her main photographic playground. Sandrine has been an artist-in-residence many times at O Museum.

“I love working with musicians, they are creatively open, daring & most don't take themselves too seriously! It's refreshing in these serious times. I think that in order to take a good portrait, I have to fall in love with my subject a little. For some it's pure admiration of their talent, others their heart and soul and some the whole package. And so, more often then not they become friends and no matter what, they are all dear to me. I feel so lucky to have gotten close to them and hope that their beautiful essence shows through to all, as it does for me.”
— Sandrine Lee

Secret Gardens Of Asia
Secret Gardens Of Asia

Merging the cultural richness of Asia and Washington, DC, this exhibit showcases the diverse beauty and creativity that the gift of spring brings.

Viewers will walk through imaginative urban gardens — inside and out — filled with sculpture, plants, flowers, porcelain and art, as well as get to search throughout the entire museum.

This collection is inspired by the beauty found across Asia, highlighting both traditional and contemporary blooms. Includes a magnificent Cherry Blossom tree in our Secret Gardens.

Secrets of Espionage
Discover Lego, Secrets, Spies & Espionage
Secrets of Espionage

This unique exhibit unravels the mystery of clandestine operations in the most unexpected places: from the rhythm-filled halls of the music world to the cosmic expanse of NASA, to the enchanting rings of the circus, and the covert corners of literature. At the heart of our exhibition is Agent Double O – not your average operative, but our very own LEGO legend, tasked with missions that twist through the fabric of secrecy itself.

This exhibit proudly showcases exclusive donations from LEGO Discovery Center Washington, D.C.

This experience is not just about viewing; it's about discovering, engaging, and unraveling the secrets yourself.

Swingers
PGA's Greatest Golfers
Swingers

Some say baseball is America's favorite pastime, but if you ask anyone that’s ever held a golf club they'll disagree. Golf challenges both your mind and body, it invites you to look inward and work towards improvement. Whether you have a love for the game, relish the business done on the golf course, or simply enjoy swinging a club you will feel connected when you find The St.Andrews Suite, where over 30 pro golfers have stayed. 

Golf is about heart, soul, and perserverance; did you know that even a horrific car accident did not stop Ben Hogan from becoming the “hardest working” golfer?  In 1953, the “Hogan Slam” was where he won all 3 majors in a single calendar year -- after his near-death injuries. 

From the seventeenth-century landscapes of golf to today, artists have approached golf from a diverse range of perspectives. In Scotland—the birthplace of the modern game — Charles Lees presented his heroic masterpiece The Golfers, while in the US, impressionistic landscapes by Childe Hassam and James McNeill Whistler underscored the relationship between golf, modern ideas about recreation, and genteel manners. 

Swingers brings together eclectic and unusual whimsical works of art and memorabilia, to celebrate the words of Bobby Jones (one of the games most beloved players) said: "In golf, the most important distance is the five inches between the ears. No putt, or detail, is too small to be despised.  The secret to golf, and business, is to turn three shots into two. I never learned anything from a match I won." Explore the hidden stories of Golf’s most prolific athletes when you visit.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Take Me Out To The Ballgame

In our Collection: Roger Maris Rookie Travel Suitcase

Best known as the man who broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record - Maris set the new record after a spirited season-long duel with fellow New York Yankee Mickey Mantle.

Like all artists, athletes require talent, determination and vision to become champions. It is their belief in themselves to be the best that we honor through our collection of rare sports memorabilia that includes: a unique collection donated by The Cincinnati Reds — as well as Beatles baseballs and items donated by The Grateful Dead commemorating America's favorite pastime.

The Art of Comics, Anime, & Adventures in the Universe
COMING SOON
The Art of Comics, Anime, & Adventures in the Universe

This extraordinary exhibit celebrates the creative genius of iconic artists from the legendary Stan Lee, whose superheroes have shaped popular culture, to the visionary Akira Toriyama, the mastermind behind beloved anime classics.

Discover the evolution of comic art and anime, showcasing original sketches, vibrant panels, and rare artworks that bring to life the epic journeys of heroes and adventurers. From the golden age of comic books to the groundbreaking styles of modern anime, this exhibit spans decades of artistic innovation and cultural impact.

Witness the intricate details and bold colors that define these art forms, and explore how they have inspired generations of fans worldwide. Whether you are a lifelong comic book enthusiast, an anime aficionado, or new to these worlds, this exhibit offers a mesmerizing experience for all ages.

Join us on this adventure through the universes of comics and anime, and see how these powerful stories continue to captivate hearts and ignite imaginations. Don't miss the chance to be part of this unforgettable journey into the art of dreams and adventures!

The Art of The Game
Athletes & The Creative Process
COMING SOON
The Art of The Game

NEW EXHIBIT COMING SOON!

The Cathedral
Art of Frederick Hart
The Cathedral

American master sculptor Frederick Hart is recognized for creating a body of work — at once traditional in its adherence to the human figure, radical in its sensuality, and innovative in its materials. 

Hart gained international stature for his The Creation Sculptures on the west facade of Washington National Cathedral, which include three tympana Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothing), Creation of Day and Creation of Night, and three trumeau figures, Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Adam carved in Indiana limestone. The cathedral, located in Washington, D.C. is the sixth largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The works were commissioned in 1974, and dedicated between 1978-84. Author Tom Wolfe commented in The New York Times in January 2000, "(Hart) won what would turn out to be the biggest and most prestigious commission for religious sculpture in America in the twentieth century."

One of the most visited monuments in Washington, D.C. is Hart’s heroic bronze statue Three Soldiers, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, dedicated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. 

Hart pioneered the use of clear acrylic resin to create cast figurative sculptures. He patented the process by which one clear acrylic sculpture was embedded within another. In 1997, Hart presented a unique casting of The Cross of the Millennium to Pope John Paul II in a private ceremony at the Vatican in Rome. When it was unveiled Pope John Paul II called this sculpture “a profound theological statement for our day.”

Frederick Hart was articulate in describing the passion and vision that drove him to create such works of beauty. He said, “I believe that art has a moral responsibility, that it must pursue something higher than itself. Art must be a part of life. It must exist in the domain of the common man. It must be an enriching, ennobling, and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization. It should be a majestic presence in everyday life just as it was in the past.”

Mr. Hart was an artist-in-residence at The O. In addition to some of our plaster ceilings and angels, you can find many of the pieces that he donated to us including a moquette of Three Soldiers before he passed away in 1999.

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The Fab Four
The Fab Four

Hailed as the architects of the musical revolution of the Sixties, The Beatles are still considered one of the most prolific bands, ever.

Their success was driven by a combination of factors, including songwriting genius and solid group harmonies that were a hallmark of their recordings.

What set them apart was their steadfast belief that they were the best in the world. Their focus, ambition and hard work were devoted to that belief.

The O Street Museum Foundation shares the creative process of this chart topping band through rare recordings, photos and memorabilia.

The Jazz Box
The Jazz Box

O Museum's collection of guitars includes a rare Gittler, primitave string guitars, and over 70 signed guitars by music greats including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney to name a few. 

Our collection also includes one-of-a-kind Les Paul Guitars and artifacts. A legendary guitarist, recording artist, scientist and inventor, Les Paul left trademark innovations on everything he touched.

Though he is famous for being a jazz-pop icon, it is his inventions that changed the face of music today. One of pioneers of sound recording, his genius developed revolutionary engineering techniques such as close miking, echo delay, overdubbing and multitracking and the first 8-track tape recorder.

Yet his crowning achievement was driven by his desire to create a stringed instrument that could make electronic sound without distortion. It took almost a decade of work to create his solid bodied instrument - the Gibson Les Paul. Gibson's Les Paul Standard went on to become the most popular of all models of electric guitar. It is Les Paul's pursuit of engineering excellence in the science of sound, as well as his musical genius, that we honor at the O Street Museum Foundation.

You can see a one-of-a-kind, hand painted, personally signed Les Paul guitar when you visit the museuem. In keeping with the whimsy and humor of the OSMF, Les signed his guitar, upside down.

Photo: Thomas Faivre-Duboz Paris, France (Les Paul Live @ Iridium Jazz Club / NYC)

The Silk Road
The Silk Road

Did you know the Silk Road is neither an actual road nor a single route? The term instead refers to a network of routes used by traders for more than 1,500 years, spreading over 4,200 miles of treacherous mountains and deserts in Asia. 

The Silk Road mirrors our quest for magic and discovery of the unknown.  It is a journey, much like life, with danger at every turn, filled with hope.  It’s about the unexpected, and when you fall down, you get up, over and over again.  

Look for the Asian room, filled with things from Tibet, China, Mt. Everest, Japan.  Every room -- even the Pop Culture Room and Graceland --  holds a piece of this road, a piece of memory, of times gone by, and hope for the future.

The Urban Safari
The Urban Safari

Expecting wild animals?  Not at this safari.  This euphoric exhibition will be both surprising and joyous, two emotions that you do get when you go on a safari in the wild bush country of Africa.  Here you’ll find authentic, fair trade modern African art, artifacts, fashion, home decor jewelry, photographs, books and textiles from all countries on the African continent, sharing their rich culture and heritage.  You will be able to touch -- and thus feel -- an authentic leopard warriors outfit from Guyana, with brandished sword and shield, and other handcrafted unique antiques, from the 19th century on.  To get to the safari, you will have to find a secret door that takes you past Chucky’s room (enter if you dare) and the St.Andrews room, filled with golf memorabilia.

Through The Looking Glass
Included in Secret Door Tour
Through The Looking Glass

Step into a whimsical world of Lewis Carroll and other cherished children's book characters to see Alice, The Queen of Hearts, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Peter Rabbit, and many more iconic creations come to life through a mesmerizing ensemble of meticulously crafted bronze sculptures.

The genesis of this one-in-the-world exhibition traces back to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, where Leonards, who created The Mansion and the O Museum in 1980, was captivated by a remarkable collection of handmade bronze sculptures. 

The Robert James Studio, which created the exhibit, is a three-time, five-star winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, considered the pinnacle of horticultural excellence in the UK.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
James Coplestone has been making art works of various kinds for nearly 30 years.

Living in the rolling hills of West Dorset, England, his sculptures — based upon his love of literature are taking shape. Classic illustrations modeled in clay and then turned into bronze.

He uses old tools and finger prints to press, move and model clay into position to capture the breath of the character... as if they have momentarily stepped out of the book into the three dimensional world.

Traveling Wilburys
Traveling Wilburys

Artifacts from the supergroup that featured Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Roy Orbison

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Performer Archives

Abbie Gardner- Intimate Music Experience
Americana, Folk
Abbie Gardner- Intimate Music Experience

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own!

Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, with such accolades as; 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2nd place), 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for "The Mind of a Soldier" and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for "I'd Rather Be." "The Mind of a Soldier" was also featured on Lufthansa Airlines in 2010. Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville's Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the 2013 Real Women Real Songs project and is excited to tour as a solo act in 2016..
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Al Kooper
Legendary Singer / Songwriter
Dylan, Stones, Hendrix, Harrison, BS&T
Al Kooper

His first musical success was as a fourteen-year-old guitarist in The Royal Teens, best known for their song "Short Shorts". In 1960, he joined the songwriting team of Bob Brass and Irwin Levine, and wrote "This Diamond Ring", which became a hit for Gary Lewis and the Playboys.

He performed with Bob Dylan in concert in 1965, and in the recording studio in 1965 and 1966, including playing Hammond organ with Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Kooper also created the Hammond organ riffs on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". It was in those recording sessions that Kooper met and befriended Mike Bloomfield, whose guitar-playing he admired. Kooper played organ with Dylan during his 1981 world tour, and just recently produced his latest releases.

Kooper joined The Blues Project as their keyboardist in 1965, leaving the band shortly before their gig at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He formed Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1967. He recorded Super Session with Bloomfield and Stephen Stills in 1968.

Legendary singer/songwriter Kooper has played on hundreds of records, including ones by The Rolling Stones, B. B. King, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alice Cooper, and Cream.  After moving to Atlanta in 1972, the King of Sothern Rock/Pop, he discovered the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and produced and performed on their first three albums, including the single "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". Kooper also wrote the score for the TV series Crime Story and the film The Landlord and has also written music for several made-for-television movies. He was also the musical force behind many of the children series, Banana Splits pop tunes.

Alejandro Escovedo: Benefit Concert
Singer, Songwriter
Alejandro Escovedo: Benefit Concert

Alejandro began his music career with the Nuns, a mid-'70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas in 1981 after a stint in New York City. Escovedo left to form the True Believers with brother Javier. The band recorded two albums for EMI and toured the country, often as an opening act for Los Lobos. He went on to work with Stephen Bruton of Bonnie Raitt's band and the band Buick MacKane. After a health scare in 2003 Escovedo went on to release several more albums, including the Minus Five's Burn Something Beautiful in 2016.
Escovedo received the Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006.

Americana Radio Show & Podcast
with Caroline Ferrante
Americana Radio Show & Podcast

2:00 pm
Join us for a live radio show and podcast hosted by Artist-in-Residence Caroline Ferrante with regional & national songwriters.
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Caroline Ferrante is an award-winning Indie Folk/Roots-Revival Songwriter for Film, Television, & Theater, featuring Americana songwriters, musicians, & characters.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Ari Hest
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter
Ari Hest

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ari Hest began his career as an independent artist in 2001. He built a loyal following touring the college circuit extensively between 2000 and 2003, after which he released two albums on Columbia Records, Someone To Tell(2004) and The Break-In(2007) all the while touring both in the U.S. and abroad with artists such as of Martin Sexton, Suzanne Vega, and Ani Difranco.

In 2008, Ari wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday in his 52 project, and released Twelve Mondays in 2009, a collection of re-mixed fan favorites from 52. From 2010-2016, Ari continued to tour relentlessly and released four other LP's: Sunset Over Hope Street(2011),The Fire Plays(2012), Shouts And Whispers(2015), and the grammy nominated Silver Skies Blue(2016), a duets album with Judy Collins. Ari released his ninth LP, Natural, in the spring of 2017. He is also half of the Bossa Nova inspired band Bluebirds of Paradise, a collaboration with Chrissi Poland.

Many of Ari's songs have appeared on TV and film - The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill to name a few.

Arlo Guthrie
American folk singer, songwriter & icon
performed with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Doc Watson & more
Arlo Guthrie

The oldest son of folk pioneer Woody Guthrie, he was just 13 when he played his first public show. With hits like "Alice's Restaurant" and "Coming into Los Angeles," Guthrie, who performed at the original Woodstock Festival, became an icon of the 1960s counterculture generation.


Arlo works to continue his father's legacy as an activist in addition to a singer-songwriter, and won the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award in 1992.

Arlo starred in the film version of Alice's Restaurant and appeared in the ABC series Byrds of Paradise as well as the USA Network series Renegade.

Autumn Defense
John Stirratt & Pat Sansone
Autumn Defense

The Autumn Defense is the result of a collaboration between John Stirratt, longtime member of Wilco and formerly Uncle Tupelo and musical compatriot [/Wilco multi-instrumentalist] Pat Sansone...Between noontime highs and slipping sunsets, the Autumn Defense create a sound which both embraces and resists the moods of autumn, and so defines their name. The multi-instrumental duo chase the sun westward to the California coast, gathering inspiration from classic L.A. pop and well-crafted melody basking in the warmth of the 60s and 70s AM Radio tradition.

Bear
Bear

"Bear is the 007 agent for Rock and Roll." Jimmy Vivino

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Benefit For
The Women's Refugee Commission & O Museum
Benefit For

 Join us for a very special reception meet & greet with stars of the Lantern Tour DC: concerts for migrant and refugee families - Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lila Downs and special guests - to support the Women's Refugee Commission & O Museum In The Mansion.

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Bill Small
& Brian Langlinais
Bill Small

About Bill Small


Bill is the soulful singer/songwriter and bass player for Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros. He grew up in a musical household, where everyone loved to sing. Bill expanded his musical horizons both through listening to the radio and through borrowing records from his two older sisters. He became acquainted with the stage as a teen, performing at The Whole Theatre Company in Montclair, NJ.

From high school onward, Bill either had a band to play with or was looking for one. This endeavor took him to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied voice, and back to New Jersey where he would commute to work in New York, and eventually down to Austin, Texas. Though there were a few more moves after his first visit to Austin, he settled there for good in 2004. He joined the Mystiqueros through an act of fate; Walt Whitkins needed a bass player, and their mutual friend, Marcus Eldridge, reminded Walt that Bill played bass. At their first show in Gruene Hall in 2006, the band clicked and has been making music together ever since.

About Brian Langlinais

Good Times, Introspection and pure Roadhouse Soul. Brian had music in his blood from the very beginning as his father played saxophone with Swamp Pop Legends, The Shondells, leading him to double major in trumpet and vocal performance. Ultimately, the vocals won out and Brian pursued music as a singer rather than a trumpet player. Brian hails from Louisiana, and incorporated sounds from this upbringing into his latest album, Right Hand Road. When asked to explain how he incorporated the sounds of Louisiana into his album, he said "to me the record symbolizes getting to go back home...If you are from New York and say 'I need a sandwich from Katz's deli,' people from New York can taste that sandwich. Likewise, if you're from Lafayette and I say 'I'm hungry for a Old Tyme Grocery po' boy,' you know the flavor. Going back to Lafayette meant working with people who have the same set of references. I have worked with people who can play a second line groove, but with these musicians it was so much easier to express the minutiae that make a groove specific".

Billy Hancock
Billy Hancock

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1946, Billy Hancock is a rockabilly musician who has become an integral part of the Washington, D.C. music scene. He as been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Southern Legends Hall of Fame, and in 2005, was awarded a Special Recognition Award by the Washington Area Music Association.

Billy Harvey
Billy Harvey

Billy Harvey is an Austin based singer-songwriter, formerly of the band Flame. Harvey's musical style is a blend of country and pop/rock with influences from other musicians like Jakob Dylan and Matt Nathanson.


Billy was born in Evanston Illinois, and after moving around the state, attended high school in Chicago. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco seeking a band to play with. While he was living out of his VW van, he found one called Flame, which was together for six years and released two albums. Though he was never the singer of Flame, Billy wrote songs the entire time, and upon the break up of the band he began playing solo gigs around the Bay Area. The location didn't seem right to him, and from there Billy moved down to Austin, Texas where he has released an EP and seven full length albums, most recently Elephants in the Room in 2017.

Black Lillies
Played Bonnaroo, Grande Ole Opry & more
Black Lillies

"With one foot planted firmly in Appalachian music culture and the other always expanding and evolving, the Black Lillies have created a unique sound embraced by fans old and young." -- Vanity Fair

This Americana band from Knoxville, Tennessee has performed at the Country Music Association's Festival & Fan Fair, Bonnaroo and they were one of the first independent bands to play the Grand Ole Opry and have since returned dozens of times.

Their latest album Hard to Please, produced by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt and recorded at Nashville's legendary House of Blues Studio D, earned praise from Rolling Stone Country, NPR, American Songwriter and beyond, debuting at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers and #30 on Billboard's Top 200 Country Albums. 2013's Runaway Blues and 2011's 100 Miles of Wreckage both fared similarly well, with outlets like Entertainment Weekly praising the band's "strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit."

Their 2010 album, Whiskey Angel, was nominated for the Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album and was awarded the IMA Vox Pop award. They won the Independent Music Award for Best Story Song for "Two Hearts Down" in 2012. In the same year, 100 Miles of Wreckage was nominated for Americana Album of the Year.

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Blues Jam
Featuring "Guitar Man" Warner Williams
Blues Jam

Featuring
"Guitar Man" Warner Williams

1:00pm - 4pm

Guitarist and songster Warner Williams is one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Piedmont blues—an Eastern seaboard style that incorporates fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel.

The son of a cement finisher and a house cleaner, Williams was one of 11 children raised in a musical family. He was a garbage collector in Maryland for nearly 60 years.

By his early teens, Williams was hopping streetcars to get to the District, often paying his fare with a song. He’d wander through the city, playing tunes for change until police shooed him away.

At 22, he won an on-air talent show on WWDC hosted by Jackson Lowe, a white DJ who was an early champion of R&B. Williams started playing juke joints and house hops around the Maryland suburbs soon after.

When Williams married his wife, Karoline, and started his family, he continued to play on weeknights and weekends. All the blues legends tried to get him to go on tour with them — B.B. King the most notable. But he was afraid he would die on a tour bus, and he did not want to leave his family, so he always said no, only playing with them when they came to D.C.

Williams’s major-label debut, “Blues Highway,” was released in 2004 and helped bring him to wider attention. Summerour has also helped guide Williams to bigger gigs at Wolf Trap, the National Folk Festival and other spots in recent years, but Williams is still more likely to be found playing a house party or a small club or busking on a street corner.

EXPERIENCE THE BLUES >

At the age of 88 Mr. Williams plays the fourth Sunday of each month at O Museum in The Mansion.


Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with Warner.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Bob Margolin
Grammy-Nominated Blues Guitarist, Singer & Songwriter
Bob Margolin

Boston native Bob Margolin joined legendary bluesman Muddy Waters on the road and in the studio in 1973, playing festivals and clubs around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In 1975, they recorded Grammy Award-winning "Muddy Waters Woodstock Album", Muddy’s last for Chess Records, which featured Paul Butterfield, and Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band. In '76, Muddy brought Margolin with him to San Francisco to perform at The Band’s "Last Waltz" concert. Martin Scorsese filmed the concert for the classic film. Margolin also played on the four albums that Muddy recorded for Blue Sky Records, which were produced by Johnny Winter, and with Johnny on his Nothin' But The Blues album. Three of those albums won Grammy Awards.

Margolin left Muddy’s band in 1980 and went on to appear at the 1984 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, joining The Fabulous Thunderbirds for a tribute to Muddy Waters (with Etta James singing, and Taj Mahal and James Cotton opening.) He formed his own band and opened shows for Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, and The T-Birds.

Throughout his career he's recorded many solo albums including;"The Old School" and "Chicago Blues" for Powerhouse Records, "Down In The Alley", "My Blues and My Guitar", and "Up & In" for Alligator records, "Hold Me To It" on Blind Pig Records, "The Bob Margolin All-Star Blues Jam" for Telarc, and "In North Carolina" and "Blues Around The World" for his own VizzTone Label Group (formed in 2007).

In 1994, Margolin joined The Muddy Waters Tribute Band, and went on a national tour with B.B. King, Dr. John, and Little Feat. In December of that year, they cut an album featuring the band and special guests from the Rock and Blues worlds. “You Gonna Miss Me, a Tribute to Muddy Waters” on Telarc Records was nominated for a Grammy Award in ‘96. 

Bob Margolin has played on several Grammy-winning recordings, won numerous W.C. Handy/Blues Music Awards and is a KBA Award recipient for Journalism. [In the early ’90s, Margolin began a second career as a music writer. In 2011, he released an eBook featuring the best of his writing — “Steady Rollin’ – Blues Stories, Snapshots, (Intentional) Blues Fiction.] He’s produced albums for numerous artists including Muddy’s son Big Bill Morganfield, Candye Kane, Pinetop Perkins, Mac Arnold, Ann Rabson and produced and consulted on reissues of Muddy Waters’ recordings for the Blue Sky Label for Sony/Legacy.

Bobby Bridger
Bobby Bridger

Singer, songwriter, poet, actor Bobby Bridger has performed on PBS's Austin City Limits & American Experience, C-Span/Booknotes, ABC's Good Morning America, on CNN, A & E, National Public Radio, and the Australian Broadcasting Company.


Bobby began his professional recording career in Nashville in 1967 recording for both Nugget and Monument Records before heading to Hollywood and signing with RCA records in 1970. In the early 80s, he started his own record company, Golden Egg Records and has released his albums from with this label ever since.

According to his website, "Bridger has been an artist-in-residence at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and was the first poet/balladeer-in-residence at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and the John G. Neihardt Center in Bancroft, Nebraska."

Bobby Keys
Saxophonist for the Rolling Stones
Played with Elvis, Lennon, Harrison, BB King & more
Bobby Keys

Bobby was one of those incredible musicians whose accomplishments defy description. Appearing on albums by The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, John Lennon Lynyrd Skynrd, and so many others. With a career spanning decades, Bobby toured from 1956 until his death in 2014, delighting audiences across the country with his sultry but still rock and roll style of saxophone.

 

From a young age, Bobby had music in his blood, starting his first tour with Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly when he was just 15 years old. His career took off from there, meeting the Rolling Stones, who he would later go on to record and tour with, in 1964. It is also rumored that Bobby participated in the last ever recording session between Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1974 (though he could not remember if he participated in the session).


In his memoir, Every Night's a Saturday Night, saxophonist Bobby Keys, known as "Mr. Brown Sugar", tells many tales of an over-the-top rock 'n' roll life in his own inimitable voice.

Bonnie Bishop
Bonnie Bishop

Texan Bonnie Bishop is an award winning country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by such notable artists as famous blues singer Bonnie Raitt and the character Rayna Jaymes (played by Connie Britton) on the hit TV show Nashville. Her song "Not Cause I Want To" was named one of the best songs of 2012 by the New York Times, and was featured on Raitt's Grammy Award winning abum Slipstream. In 2015, Bishop began collaborating with producer David Cobb and started working on a soul album.

Bonnie Montgomery
Bonnie Montgomery

Arkansas born and bred Bonnie Montgomery released her self-titled LP in July 2014 on Portland/Arkansas label Fast Weapons. A classically trained singer whose Southern roots run deep, Montgomery has taken her authentic spin on golden-era country/western music through the U.S. and Europe, headlining shows and also supporting Gossip, Shovels and Rope, Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll, Billy Joe Shaver, Turnpike Troubadours, Pokey LaFarge, and Wayne "the Train" Hancock. Her self-titled debut album earned critical acclaim as well as the title for the Ameripolitain Outlaw Female in 2016.

Bonnie Whitmore
& Graham Weber
Bonnie Whitmore

Bonnie Whitmore

Born with music in her blood (she toured in a band with her parents "Daddy & the Divas" when she was 8) Bonnie delivers spry country music, whiskey-soaked songs that recall prime Loretta Lynn and early Neko Case and, in their more uptempo moments, Miranda Lambert at her rowdiest.

 

Graham Weber


"Weber's a master of narrative and image in his songs, capturing slight, glinting moments that pass so tentatively by." - Austin Chronicle.

 

Graham grew up in Ohio, but has been based in Austin since 2004. His albums received rave reviews from The Austin Chronicle, The Houston Chronicle, Lonestar Music Magazine, Texas Music Magazine, Songs:Illinois, and bluerailroad.com. On his album, Women, Graham collaborated with renowned artists, Carrie Rodriguez, Amanda Shires, BettySoo, Dana Falconberry, Bonnie Whitmore, and Leslie Stevens, as well as his wife, Michelle Keffer. On his most recent album, Faded Photos, Graham worked with Peter Stopschinski on string arrangements.


When he's not writing for himself, Graham works as an ambassador for The House of Songs, providing lyrical expertise for artists around the world while aiming to use this artistic collaboration to create relationships that transcend borders worldwide.

Graham has several exciting upcoming projects! He recorded an EP with Austin-based WESTERN YOUTH, due out in January of 2018, as well as a solo album to be released in late 2018.

Bosnia & Herzegovina Culture
w/Amir Cizmic & Dr. Asim Haracic
Bosnia & Herzegovina Culture

The Advisory Council for Bosnia & Herzegovina along with O Museum In The Mansion are proud to present:

A TRIBUTE TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA BY
CELEBRATING ART AND CULTURE

Please join us in celebrating Bosnia and Herzegovina through the art work of Bosnian American painter Amir Cizmic and a musical performance by Dr. Asim Haracic.

Box Set
inspired guitar & vocal harmonies
Box Set

Box Set has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years with their powerful songs, brought to life by inspired guitar interplay and vocal harmonies that warm the senses.

Their connection has been responsible for 12 albums of original music, thousands upon thousands of miles on the road, and a handful of awards.

Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls once described them as "a cross between the Grateful Dead and The Smothers Brothers."

Brad Cole
Roots-based folk music
Brad Cole

“There are some performers who seem born to command a stage. That’s how it is with Brad Cole. His voice has a sharp, unerring, laser like quality, homing in on those uneasy truths most of us evade.” - Richard Cuccaro (Acoustic Live)

The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar.

The last twenty-four months have been very fruitful for Cole, having played over one-hundred shows and sharing the stage with a range of immensely talented artists such as: Chris Stapleton, Shovels and Rope, Ingrid Michaelson, The James Hunter Six, Dave Davies of the Kinks, Dan Navarro, and Will Kimbrough, to name a few.

Cole’s early days of performing were in the Chicago club scene, along side artists that make up the fabric of the city’s musical legacy such as Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Uncle Tupelo and the Smashing Pumpkins. He also led several Chicago-based bands including Treatment, The Second Story, Psycholove, and Check with Lucy.

Cole’s numerous side projects include: the jazz / blues cover project Bossa Blue and the acclaimed singer/songwriter trio Cole, Nakoa & Treacher. In addition, Cole curates the traveling songwriter series Acoustic Circus. In 2016, his life and music became the main subject of a short film titled Cole Soul by award-winning filmmaker Steven Weiss.

Currently based in New York City, Brad Cole tours extensively both as a solo acoustic performer and with his full

Brian Lanier
Brian Lanier

Buddy Miller
Musical Director "Nashville"
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Buddy Miller

Grammy Award winner Buddy Miller is a Nashville country singer-songwriter and producer whose powerful ballads carry the soul of Americana. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has collaborated with music powerhouses such as the Dixie Chicks, Lee Ann Womack, Brooks & Dunn, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Jim Lauderdale, and Emmylou Harris to name a few. He is married to fellow country singer-songwriter Julie Miller.

Burn The Ballroom --- Live Stream
Presented By SHC Music Tribe
Burn The Ballroom --- Live Stream

FREE to stream - Donations appreciated. (Donations support the artist-in-residence, heroes, and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion) omuseum.org/donate

Stream on:
https://www.facebook.com/omansion/live

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https://www.youtube.com/c/ostmansion/videos

--- Concert Starts: 6:00pm

Burn The Ballroom (BTB) is a rock project founded in the Washington, DC Metro area. BTB blurs the lines between anthem, rock, punk, alt, and pop music. The band has toured across central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Asia, Europe, and the USA. They are the first rock band to partner with the US State Department "American Music Abroad" endeavor to represent America and American rock music across the globe, a project that began with Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie.
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Proceeds of this concert go to support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion

Caroline Ferrante
and the Whole Magilla
Caroline Ferrante

Caroline grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University, studying theatre and dance. Her style is one part Folked-Up Americana, one part Chicago blues, and a hint of hootenanny bluegrass. Caroline Ferrante takes inspiration from R&B to create her own unique form of folk music, which when combined with her powerhouse vocals creates an experience like no other!

 

Caroline performs regularly on our Americana Jam and Radio Show every 2nd and 4th Sunday at the Mansion. If you can't make it to the Mansion, the show broadcasts on West Norfolk Radio.

Chaise Lounge
Chaise Lounge

Chaise Lounge is a collaboration of five of Washington, D.C.'s top jazz musicians covering originals and creating their own unique renditions of classic jazz sounds. Led by vocalist Marilyn Holder, Chaise Lounge brings a fresh approach to the jazz genre.

Chou Chou's Imperial Palms Swing Band
Chou Chou's Imperial Palms Swing Band

Chris Berardo (acoustic trio)
Roots Rock
Chris Berardo (acoustic trio)

Chris Berardo is an Americana roots rock singer and songwriter. With his various musical compatriots he has spent much of the past quarter-century traveling around America, playing music and building an unfailingly devoted and loyal fan base, while accumulating an extensive array of life experience that's reflected in his vivid, personally-charged songwriting.
 
Having released three critically acclaimed CDs and toured much of the country, New York native Chris Berardo and his band, The DesBerardos,  have both headlined and appeared as Special Guests of artists such as The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, America and many more ... And of course, Chris' voice, which has been described as ..."soaring with the wingspan of the eagle" (by no less than Jessie Scott - Music Fog/ Radio Personality WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM Nashville/Sun Radio Austin).

Chuck Leavell
Keyboardist, The Allman Brothers & The Rolling Stones
Chuck Leavell

Chuck Leavell is a multi-instrumentalist who has demonstrated his talents both individually and with other renowned musicians throughout the course of his career, such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band George Harrison and John Mayer, to name a few. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Allman Brothers Band and is a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.


In addition to his musical career, Chuck is also an accomplished author, writing about environmental issues including advocacy and conservation. His third book, a children's book entitled The Tree Farmer, received American Farm Bureau's Book of the Year award, the National Arbor Day's Media Award and the Growing Good Kids honor.

Cindy Lee Berryhill & Bill Kelly
Anti-Folk, Americana
Cindy Lee Berryhill & Bill Kelly

ABOUT CINDY LEE BERRYHILL:
San Diego's own Cindy Lee Berryhill (http://www.cindyleeberryhill.com/) is one of the key early figures in the '80s anti-folk movement. Her music combines a deeply personal point of view and an edgy wit leavened with a compassion for the world around her.

Her newest album on Omnivore records is full of songs pertaining to the subjects of love and desire and inspired by the love she shared with her late husband, rock journalist and founder of the magazine Crawdaddy, Paul Williams.

 
LISTEN NOW >
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ABOUT BILL KELLY:
A poet, singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist and producer, he has released 5 albums of original work that have appeared in films by Gus Van Sant, (Promised Land) Weinstien films (Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden) Roadside Attractions (Super Size Me) Ken Russel films (Whore) network television, (ED, Northern Exposure) documentaries (Alligator on the Zipper) Mary MacGowan (Morning Glory).

Buddy Miller praised Bread on the Waters as "a beautiful record with songs that won't let go"

Bill is currently finishing up a new record with producer Lincoln Schleifer, and includes Larry Campbell, John Leventhal, John Ginty, Clifford Carter, Bob Telson, Marc Shulman, Gary Sieger, Anthony Krizan, Joe Bonadio, Denny McDermott, among others due for 2017 Spring release.

Bill is involved in multiple projects including: the nationally touring tribute show, CSN Songs, celebrating the music of Crosby Stills and Nash and Young, Chris Berardo and the DesBerardo's, Brother Flower, the Civil War Jam Band and Folkfoot.

 LISTEN NOW >
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Classical Concert for Vets
Pitch Pipe Foundation
Classical Concert for Vets

PRESENTED BY PITCH PIPE FOUNDATION


Featuring: Jennifer Heemstra & Wendy Case

Join us as we honor our nation's veterans with an afternoon of classical music. The Pitch Pipe Foundation brings you the works of Debussy, Beethoven and Mozart performed by Internationally acclaimed pianist Jennifer Heemstra and award-winning violinist Wendy Case.

ABOUT JENNIFER HEEMSTRA
Jennifer has performed extensively in India, Nepal, USA and Europe; she recently received the College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University. She founded the Kolkata Classics trust in India, which provides health services for trafficked women and educates children from the slums to the elite. She has put on over 70 concerts in South Asian and performed for and worked with over 65,000 adults/children. For her work, she was presented with the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad.

ABOUT WENDY CASE
Wendy has performed all over the US, Canada and India and is currently the Artist Affiliate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Berry College. A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Wendy Case has been actively involved in training the next generation of violinists for over fourteen years. In November 2016 Ms. Case released the premiere recording of Joshua Rodriguez's Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano in addition to Schubert's beloved three Sonatinas for Violin and Piano.

Classical Jam
Classical Jam

Featuring Classical Revolution
11:00 am

Channel your inner rock star with other musicians in the business. You know who you are: lawyers, doctors, lobbyists by day - but around the clock, always a rock star in your heart.

Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with seasoned artists.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

CoCo Montrese
CoCo Montrese

Coco Montrese Also known as Martin Cooper, Coco is an American Drag Performer, pageant contestant, and Las Vegas entertainer. Coco was crowned Miss Gay America in 2010. In 2013, Montrese appeared as a contestant on Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race and Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars.

Composition & Conversation With Willy Porter
Composition & Conversation With Willy Porter

JOIN US! For the world premier of a new podcast and video series featuring many of the world’s foremost singer/songwriters. Offering a unique view in to their creative process, technique, and the meaning behind their music — through intimate performances & conversation.

Featuring singer-songwriter Willy Porter in an interview with award winning filmmaker Chip Duncan.

Conversation + + with Rock Legend: Skunk Baxter
With Ted Spero
Conversation + + with Rock Legend: Skunk Baxter

Presented By SHC Music Tribe & O Museum

Join us for this once in a lifetime conversation & music with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.

Legendary guitarist for Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter will talk with Ted Spero, President of The Mansion on O Street about his new album, music, touring, and much, much more.

This will be broadcast live from The O Museum in The Mansion

Join us May 2, 2022, 8 PM (EST) on:

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/omansion/videos

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/c/ostmansion/videos

ABOUT SKUNK BAXTER
Originally from Washington, DC, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (jeffskunkbaxter.com), was the lead guitarist for two iconic rock-and-roll bands, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. Jeff also played as a session member for musical artists such as Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, and Sheryl Crow, and has toured with the likes of Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt.

More recently Jeff has worked as a defense consultant and chaired a Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense.

"To most of the world, Skunk Baxter is one of the great rock and roll guitar players. Inside the Beltway, he's one of the leading experts on military defense, and we listen to his advice all the time,"
--- Dana Rohrabacher,
Former U.S. Congressman

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Conversation:
Exploring Unconscious Bias & Critical Race Theory
Conversation:

Exploring Unconscious Bias & Critical Race Theory

Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups --- join our panelists for an evening of productive conversation.

Hear different perspectives and learn how we can all grow together.

PANELISTS INCLUDE:
DR. BERNARD DEMCZUK is a historian, author, and 40-year+ DC resident. He retired from GW after 19 years as a VP & Prof. of African American History and Culture and is now a professor of African American history and culture at the DC Police Academy and a Co-founder of 51 Steps To Freedom.

BRAD PRUITT is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and filmmaker. From race and class to the state of education in America, his work has always been accompanied by advocacy and engagement. For the last decade, he has been focused primarily on the continued development of The America's Black Holocaust Museum, Milwaukee and the legacy of its founder, Dr. James Cameron.

BENNY BENNAFIELD
Currently residing in Atlanta, Benny Is a native Washingtonian, and Co-Founder of Propellant Media and Humint. He was the Co-Creator of BlackLivesMatter.Vote.

KUJANGA JACKSON, Executive Director of TOUCH, Sr. Pastor at the Zion Community Church, Tulsa and augmented reality tech guru. He's has worked on numerous cutting edge technology programs including Greenwood Rising.

--- Cash Bar
--- Discussion starts at 7pm
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Tour not included. If you'd like to tour please add it on in the form and arrive at least one hour early
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JOIN US ONLINE: (registration required)
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lf-6gqTopH93whyDm8Qea5viIydtfe6W1

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ART: by KALLE

Cordell
Cordell

"There's one chance meeting that will stay with me the rest of my life, and really captures the essence of The Mansion.

"Within a few months of moving in, I discovered a musician singing in a thrift store and asked him to perform at The Mansion that night. Months later, he came and asked if he could sleep here for the winter.

"For the three winters Cordell lived here, he went from living on the street to learning to play the piano at The Mansion, to performing for $2500 dollars a night as at a local hotel. "If Cordell was alive today, he would have performed "Oh Holy Night" on The Mansion's anniversary album, as he incorporated the soul of The Mansion into his vocal arrangements, never singing a song the same way twice.

"Cordell (he needed no last name) performed every Christmas Eve, until his passing. But we continue to smile with his memory knowing that Cordell's soul truly is resting with God."

Craig Bickhardt & Jesse Terry
Roots, Folk, Country
Craig Bickhardt & Jesse Terry

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES


ABOUT CRAIG BICKHARDT
Craig Bickhardt, an artist and author, who was formerly signed with Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, had development deals with Atlantic records’ Ahmet Ertegun, had songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, BB King, Poco, Art Garfunkel, Janis Ian, Martina Mcbride, The Judds, Alison Krauss & Kathy Matteain, and placed two songs in the Robert Duvall Academy Award winning film “Tender Mercies,” and shared a stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills & Harry Chapin.

When Craig Bickhardt steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar. He’s also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody. His decades in music have given his performances the depth of experience – his love songs seem sweeter and more poignant, his story-song narratives more true-to-life than they could have in the past.

With his latest release, HOME FOR THE HARVEST, Craig Bickhardt demonstrates that folk music needn't be musically dull or iterative. Always in search of forms that challenge not only his songwriting abilities but also his considerable guitar chops and vocal skills, Bickhardt's accessible style is nearly unparalleled in the genre today. There are singers and there are pickers and there are song poets, but very few do all three as well as this."

VISIT: craigbickhardt.com

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/CraigBickhardt/videos/1023977484311129/
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ABOUT JESSE TERRY
A true musical journeyman, New England-based singer/songwriter Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions. The ability to create a connection, to bare his soul and express his feelings through his songs has been the defining thread in a career that began in 2010 and has spawned five albums (The Runner, Empty Seat on a Plane, Stay Here With Me, and his latest pair, Stargazer and Natural). Terry has play over a thousand shows around the world, including such notable festivals as Bonnaroo, 30A Songwriters Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Americana Music Association’s AmericanaFest.

Natural, a very sparse and acoustic album compared to its predecessor Stargazer, finds Jesse relying on a more organic approach to his music, while adding an additional layer of emotional impact with the help of some of the female singers he admires most: Dar Williams, Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope, Liz Longley, Kim Richey, Annie Clements, Sarah Darling and Erin Rae. The relationship between the two singers, the male and female -- the contrast in emotion, tone and texture -- became the focus of the album, while still keeping true to the power of a song, stripped down to one guitar.  

VISIT:  jesseterrymusic.com
LISTEN: https://youtu.be/FijgXjG77yA

Dallas Wayne
Dallas Wayne

Dallas is a pure honky tonk singer/songwriter and was awarded his second Will Rogers Award for DJ of the Year in 2009 for his SIRIUS XM shows Outlaw Country & Willie's Roadhouse.

 

Dallas got his start making music in Nashville, and while touring in Europe in the early 90s, was signed to make an album. This first album led to several more albums, most recently Songs the Jukebox Taught Me in 2016.

 

Making music is not the only way in which Dallas shares his love with the world, as he got his start in radio in 1989. In 2005, he joined Outlaw Country on Sirius Radio. In 2006, he accepted a position at KHYI 95.3 FM in Dallas, and returned to Sirius Radio after it merged with XM in 2008.

 

Dallas's career has earned him such accolades as the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award for Classic Country Major Market DJ of the Year (2006), Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award for DJ of the Year (2009), Ameripolitan Music Awards DJ of the Year (2014), Ameripolitain Music Awards Honky Tonk Group of the Year (Heybale!, 2014) and was inducted into the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame by the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame (2015).

Dan Nainan
100% Clean Comedian - (no cussing, we swear!)
Dan Nainan

Dan Nainan got his start by taking a comedy class to get over the nervousness of speaking on stage. In his job as a demo engineer with Intel Corporation, Dan toured the world with CEO Andy Grove, demonstrating the latest technology for audiences numbering into the thousands.

After leaving Intel to pursue comedy full time, Dan has toured as a feature act with Robert Schimmel and Russell Peters. Dan, who is also an actor and a voice over artist, has appeared on network television including "Last Comic Standing", "America's Got Talent", "Billions", "Family Guy" as well as in feature films, on radio and in an Apple "Get a Mac" commercial. He has performed for President Obama, President Trump, Hillary Clinton and many other luminaries, and he has done comedy in 28 countries.

He has performed at TED India, at a Toastmasters International convention, and at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon live from Las Vegas.

Dan Navarro
Songwriter Workshop - Grammy-nominated "We Belong" for Pat Benatar
Dan Navarro

This workshop focuses on exploring the creative process through songwriting. Attendees will work with and learn from the prolific songwriter Dan Navarro to develop new techniques and enhance existing ones.  Dan will lead you through an exploration of the essence of verbal and musical expression, the dynamic of connected performance and composition and the deceptive allure of success and its various disguises. 

Through collaboration exercises, critiques (if you wish), monologue and dialogue, you will run through your creative paces with positivity and support, to ideally take home concepts that will facilitate creativity — on whatever level you choose.  All levels of songwriters welcome.  If you have an instrument your want to use, please bring it, and bring your songs, in whatever stages they are.  CD’s MP’s welcome.
 
ABOUT DAN NAVARRO
singer, songwriter, voice actor
For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career...

Dan started out as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated "We Belong"), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, The Triplets, Dutch star Marco Borsato, and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir.

In the 1990s and 2000s, he and Eric recorded and toured as the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric's retirement in 2009.

He has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in films like Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of Life, Rio (on the Oscar nominated "Real In Rio"), Happy Feet, The Lorax, Ice Age (2 & 3); TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad; records with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for Subaru, Shakey's, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Honda, Nationwide and more.

He has appeared in Washington on artists' rights and intellectual property issues, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board. Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRA and The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.

Danielle Howle
Danielle Howle

Danielle Howle has been described as "a punk rock girl with the voice of a honkeytonk angel." Originaly hailing from South Carolina, Howle began her career in the early 1990s, and gained notoriety for opening for a number of acts, including Bob Dylan, Fugazi, and the Indigo Girls. She currently tours with the band Firework Show (named "the most experimental band in Charleston, SC" in 2011), and together they opened for the Avett Brothers to a crowd of 10,000 in 2012.

 

Her musical style is one of musical storytelling. Danielle's poetic lyrics are all about pure, honest expressions that come from her own self-awareness and her journey of self-discovery. Her lyrics combined with her unique style of songwriting, which takes inspiration from jazz, country, and southern rock, make for incredible music that is a joy to listen to!


Danielle began creating music with the band, Lay Quiet Awhile, in the early 90s. After this, Danielle started her solo career with the album, Live at the McKissick Museum, in 1995, and has consistently released new music. Her most recent album, New Year Revolutions, released in 2011. Since 1997, Danielle has released 7 albums with Danielle Howle and the Tantrums, most recently, Hey You, in 2002.

Darden Smith with Bruce Sudano
Founder, Songwriting With Soldiers
Darden Smith with Bruce Sudano

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES


ABOUT DARDEN SMITH

“Darden Smith is one of the most respected American musicians working today.” — Daily News critic Jeffrey Sisk

Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Austin whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. His music remains rooted in the songwriting traditions of his home state of Texas, while reflecting influences of rock, folk, and Americana rhythms and melodies.

His latest album, Everything, carries a timely message of unity. In addition to fifteen critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship and service. He is the founder and creative director of Songwriting With:Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that pairs professional songwriters with veterans and service members in retreat settings to craft songs about combat and the return home.

ABOUT BRUCE SUDANO
Singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano has a storied history in the world of music.  The tale includes an early songwriting mentor in Tommy James, chart success in the 70’s with his NYC neighborhood bands (Alive N Kickin' - “Tighter Tighter” and Brooklyn Dreams - “Heaven Knows”), and hearing his songs recorded by iconic artists like Donna Summer (“Bad Girls”), Dolly Parton (“Starting Over Again”) and Michael & Jermaine Jackson (“Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming”).

Today Bruce mainly writes for himself, and has found his voice expressing the internal challenges central to everyday life. His 2016 release, "With Angels On A Carousel", was a heartfelt farewell to his late wife Donna Summer, which he followed up in 2017 with "21st Century World", an album filled with hard questions, some well-aimed finger pointing and poignant observations about the human experience.  Billboard Magazine has now premiered Bruce’s latest single “Forbidden Fruit”, a “stark folky” duet with NYC singer Dina Regine, produced by Mike Montali of the band Hollis Brown.  

Bruce Sudano “Forbidden Fruit”
https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8469311/bruce-sudano-forbidden-fruit-video
http://www.brucesudano.com/
https://www.facebook.com/brucesudanomusic/
https://www.instagram.com/brucesudano/
https://twitter.com/brucesudano

Daryl Davis
Boogie Woogie Exraordinaire
Played with Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis...
Daryl Davis

Davis is an international recording artist, published author, actor, and leader of The Daryl Davis Band. Known for his energetic style of boogie woogie piano he's worked with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge, Bruce Hornsby, President Bill Clinton and Sam Moore. Davis was also the featured pianist on the Cephas & Wiggins Grammy-nominated album "Flip, Flop, &Fly".

His efforts to improve race relations, as an African American he engaged with members of the KKK, have been reported by CNN and The Washington Post. Davis summed up his advice in an interview with The London Daily Mail, "Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking they are not fighting."

Dave Hardin
Dave Hardin

Hardin is one of those rare talents who combines the ability to write great songs and inspired lyrics with a voice that is instantly recognizable. An accomplished musician, he has opened for Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Pierce Pettis, Kim Richey, Patty Larkin, Vance Gilbert, Andy Pratt, Aztec Two-Step, The Nields, and Tommy Malone.


Dave grew up in between the Ohio River Basin in Warsaw, Kentucky and the Appalachian Foothills in Union, Ohio. It was here that he learned about life and Americana music, including styles such as, hill music, country, bluegrass, flat top pickin' and twang. These styles, along with the rock 'n' roll music he heard on the radio greatly influenced Dave's musical style, and elements of each of them can be heard in the music he puts out today.

After high school, Dave enlisted in the Navy. His time traveling the world taught him life lessons and gave him so many stories to tell. He is a natural storyteller, but isn't prone to making stories up. As such, his lyrics are stories of his life or the lives of people he has observed. His artful music is sometimes fueled by pure emotion and sometimes just provides a glimpse of everyday life, but it always pulls you in and makes you feel as though you're part of the story.

David Gans
Sirius-XM Host: The Grateful Dead Hour
David Gans

A prolific storyteller, songwriter and musician David Gans has been a fixture on the music scene since the early 1970's.

He has performed onstage with members of the Grateful Dead, The Schwag, JGB, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Ollabelle, The Waybacks, Blueground Undergrass, Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, moe., Hot Buttered Rum, the Rowan Brothers, and Henry Kaiser.

A regular at music festivals he's performed at the Gathering of the Vibes, the High Sierra Music Festival, MagnoliaFest, Grateful Fest, Free Folk Festival, and others.

As a music journalist David Gans has written for Mix magazine, Relix and Rolling Stone. He is the co-author of the book Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead, and the host of the weekly syndicated radio show The Grateful Dead Hour. He currently co-hosts a radio show with Gary Lambert on Sirius-XM called Tales from the Golden Road, a call-in show about the Grateful Dead.

Dee Dee Sharp
Teen Icon & Philly's First Lady of Soul & Gospel
Dee Dee Sharp

Philadephia's first lady of soul Dee Dee Sharp was launched into stardom at 17 years old with her number one smash, "Mashed Potatoes Time." A regular guest on Dick Clark's American Bandstand; she appeared on the syndicated teen dance show many times from 1962 to 1981. The first black female teen idol, Sharp also became a fixture on Clark's Caravan of Stars tours, and a familiar face in the popular 16 Magazine.

Dee Dee played on sessions with Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Jackie Wilson, and Chubby Checker. Lady luck helped when her vocals were added to Chubby Checker's "Slow Twistin'" (1962) making it a duet.

Other hits followed: "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)," "Ride," "Do the Bird," "Wild," "Willyam, Willyam," "Never Pick a Pretty Boy," "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" (duet with Ben E. King), and "I Really Love You" in 1965 -- Sharp's first R&B record.


In additions to her music career, she appeared on TV and in films including Desperately Seeking Susan, Don't Knock the Twist, Hairspray, Sister Act, and Troop Beverly Hills. 

Dick Gregory
100 Greatest Stand Ups of All Time
Dick Gregory

Dick is an American comedian, civil-rights activist, author, social critic, and entrepreneur. He made a name for himself in stand-up comedy in the 1960s, mocking racism and bigotry, performing for mostly segregated clubs -becoming the first black comedian to cross over to white audiences on television. As an activist, he protested the Vietnam War and racial injustice, frequently getting arrested and going on a hunger strike.

His comedy career started out in the mid 1950s when he was drafted into the army, and his commanding officer encouraged him to enter Army talent shows. After his time in the army, he moved to Chicago in hopes of becoming a professional comedian, and became the master of ceremonies at the Roberts Show Club in 1959. His endeavors landed him the number 82 spot on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all-time.

In addition to his comedy career, Dick was an established civil rights activist, attending Freedom Day in Selma, Alabama in 1963 and running for president with the Freedom and Peace Party in 1968. This unsuccessful bid for president led him to write a book, Write Me In, which told the story of his campaign. He continued advocating and writing, most recently releasing Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies in 2017.


Dick spent a lot of time at The Mansion, starting in the early 1980's.

Diem Jones and Francesco Garri Garripoli
Diem Jones and Francesco Garri Garripoli

Join us for and inspiring afternoonas they present excerpts from their books and then offer discussions on consciousness crystallization and Qigong.

Admission includes:
--- Self Guided Tour of O Museum
--- Cash Bar

NOTE:
--- Tour starts at 2pm
--- Book signing at 3pm

Books Available at Event
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ABOUT THE BOOK: God: The Journey Within: Awonderful tutorial on spiritual contemplation and Love. Diem Jones is a visionary thought leader, and so too are all of the writers within this introspective examination of ageless inquiry...And if your personal spirit world is still somewhat muddled after you turn the final page, you'll have refreshed interior perception, replete with new beacons."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Diem Jones: A thought leader, writer, poet and musician. He recently published A Big Day: Awing the Soul. His CD's include: A Spirit of Oui; Equanimity; and Black Fish Jazz. The Photo Biography, #1 Bimini Road group celebrates the journey of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. Diem lives on the New Jersey Shore with his wife, Carol Penn.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Qi Effect: Enhance Your Personal Practice - Chinese Energy meets Quantum Biology: For everyone prac,cing Qigong, Yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Medita,on, "Qi Effect: Enhance Your Personal Practice - Chinese Energy meets Quantum Biology" is a game changer on a personal and professional level. Drawing from over 40 years of research, study, and prac,ce in the healing arts, Senior Qigong Teacher and Chairman of the Qigong Ins,tute Francesco Garri Garripoli takes you on a non-stop, cap,va,ng journey into the essence of "life force energy" known as Qi (chee) and Prana, and provides revolu,onary insights that will posi,vely change your mind about how you view your body, emotions, well-being, relationships, and health.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Francesco Garri Garripoli: Aninternationally recognized Qigong and Meditation instructor, yoga practitioner, musician, brainwave researcher, author, lecturer, and wellness advocate.

Books Available at Event

Djesben
Djesben

This trio of talented multi-instrumentalists delight audiences with a variety of styles: jazz standards, bebop and bossa nova, as well as original tunes influenced by music from around the globe.

Doc Scantlin
& Orchestra
Doc Scantlin

For over a decade, Washington, D.C. based Doc Scantlin and his 18-piece ensemble infuse traditional F. Scott Fitzgerald era jazz with a new vibrancy and energy that is impossible to replicate. Called "the World's Best Band" by Forbes Magazine, Doc Scantlin and his orchestra keep the music of the 1920's, 30's and 40's alive and well in the present day!

Don Dixon
Don Dixon

Notable record producer Don Dixon's decades-long career in the music business began as the singer/ bass player for the North Carolina based band Arrogence. He is perhaps best known for co-producing two albums for famous "jangle pop" rockers R.E.M., including their highly successful debut album, Murmer. Over the course of his carreer, he has produced albums for artists such as the Smithereens, Chris Stamey, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Tommy Keene. He has also releasd a number of solo albums, and an album of duets with his wife, singer Marti Jones.

Don Henley
of The Eagles
Don Henley

Don was born and raised in Linden, Texas, and first started playing music in his high school band, where he first played trombone before switching to the percussion section. He joined his first band, originally named Four Speeds, upon graduating high school. The band changed members several times, but were finally signed under the name Felicity and released their first single, called "Hurtin'". In 1969, the band met fellow Texan, Kenny Rogers, who worked with them and was instrumental in getting the band signed to Amos Records, which led to their move to LA.

While in LA, the band split over creative differences and Don met Glenn Frey. The two were recruited to tour as a part of Linda Ronstadt’s band, and they started making music together. This led to the formation of the Eagles in 1971. The Eagles went on to win 6 Grammy Awards, released 5 no. 1 singles, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and became the best-selling American band of all time.

In addition to these incredible feats, Don also has an incredible solo career. His first solo album, I Can't Stand Still, earned him a Grammy nomination for the single, "Dirty Laundry" which went certified gold and was featured on the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack. Don's solo career has won him enough accolades to fill volumes, including 18 Grammy nominations and 3 Grammy wins.

Outside of his music career, Don was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 2012. He started the Walden Woods Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Walden Woods from development. Since then, the WWP has expanded its focus from conservation to include education about Henry David Thoreau, who called the Walden Woods home. Additionally, he helped to found the Caddo Lake Institute in 1993, which is dedicated to conserving the Texan wetlands where he grew up. His charitable causes don't end there, however, he also founded the Recording Artists' Coalition in 2000, and contributes to The Race to Erase MS and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

Doo Wop Cops
Doo Wop Cops

The Doo Wop Cops are notable for their ability to combine the distinct 1950s and 60s doo-wop sound with a new vitality that has earned them performances with former Presidents and other well-known musicians. Originally from Washington, D.C., the group has appeared on major television networks such as FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC showcasing their talent and activism against drugs and violence.

Dr. Dread --- Virtual Green Room Session
Join us on Zoom
Dr. Dread --- Virtual Green Room Session

Presented By SHC Music Tribe & O Museum

--- Zoom Green Room Starts: 5:00pm

FREE to join Reservations Required

Donations appreciated. (Donations support the artist-in-residence, heroes, and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion) omuseum.org/donate

Dr. Dread was born in Washington, D.C. in 1954, and first visited Jamaica in 1977. In 1979 he began working as a disc jockey at WHFS, broadcasting under the name Dr. Dread. In 1981 he started RAS Records. He has worked with many artists including Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy Mcgregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Bunny Wailer --- and--- he is mentioned on the cover of the new Bob Dylan project SONY is releasing July 17 .

He's penned a book documenting his experiences running RAS Records, "The Half That's Never Been Told".

Dr. Dread also has a food company called Famous Jerk --- a range of sauces and snacks -- as well as an antique shop in northern California.

This green room promises to be the best one -- ever. Stay tuned!
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Proceeds of this concert go to support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion

Drew Kennedy
Drew Kennedy

Drew Kennedy
With a voice described as distinct, relatable, and admirably flexible, Texas native Drew Kennedy has been praised for his artistry in being able to find 'quiet spaces in the littlest of moments and build his stories there'.

Drinks & Drag
suitable for 21+
Drinks & Drag

Diva's from every decade will be descending on Dupont Circle for this live musical extravaganza. Illusions Drag Show features a rotating cast of female impersonators belting out songs you know and love — sing along and laugh out loud! Every show is different, you never know who will perform!

Come before the "live show" to shop and search for secret doors.
Great for bachelorette and bachelor parties!

Guests are invited to explore the museum's themed rooms and secret doors, signed guitars, memorabilia, art and much more before the event begins. Be sure to bring a shopping bag nearly everything is for sale!

*Must be 21+ with valid ID to consume alcohol
*Show suitable for 21+

Emmylou Harris
13-time Grammy Winner
Emmylou Harris

Few artists have had as profound an impact on contemporary music as Emmylou Harris. Blessed with a crystalline voice, and a remarkable gift for phrasing she has touched nearly every genre of music. In fact, Emmylou and Graham Parsons started the genre, now called Country Rock. She has played with Ryan Adams, Joan Baez, The Band, James Burton, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, John Denver, Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Arlo Guthrie, Mark Knopfler, Little Feet, Dave Matthews, Mumford and Sons, The Milk Carton Kids, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, and Warren Zevon, just to name a few of the hundreds of artists she has performed with.

A 13-time Grammy Award winner - including one in 2014 for Best Americana Album of the Year - she was named #5 on CMT's Most Influential Women in Country Music and #22 on VH1's 100 Most Influential Women in Rock and Roll. She has contributed to soundtracks for films including Brokeback Mountain and O Brother Where Art Thou? - for which she won a Grammy.

Eric Long
Eric Long

Esperanza Spalding
Four-Time Grammy Winner
Esperanza Spalding

Hailed a prodigy on the acoustic double bass at 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has won 4 Grammy awards -- including one for Best New Artist in 2011 -- making her the first jazz artist to ever win the award. She has distinguished herself through her impassioned improvisatory performances and unique artistic aesthetic that includes elements of blues, funk, jazz, hip-hop, fusion, soul, R&B, and Brazilian musical traditions.

She has toured and played with a host of artists, including Joe Lovano, Patti Austin, Michel Camilo, Charlie Haden, Regina Carter, Pat Metheny, Dave Samuels, and many others.

Spalding has released 5 acclaimed solo albums and appeared on a number of others including: 2008's Esperanza, which scored big with critics and listeners alike. The album topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and remained on it for over 70 weeks. In addition, it became the best-selling album by a new jazz artist internationally.

In 2010 Spalding released Chamber Music Society, comprised of eight originals and three covers — including Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington's "Wild Is the Wind" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Inutil Paisagem The album reached number one on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

In addition to her Grammys, she has also received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist, Boston Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts, Soul Train Music Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group, Frida Kahlo Award for Innovative Creativity, and ASCAP Foundation Jazz Vanguard Award.

Esperanza has been a long-time supporter of O Street Museum's Artist-in-Residence and Heroes programs.

Felix Cavaliere Benefit Concert
Groovin', Good Lovin', It's a Beautiful Morning
Felix Cavaliere Benefit Concert

The Rascals reigned atop the charts, from 1965-1970 turning out one hit after another including Groovin', Good Lovin', It's a Beautiful Morning, People Got To Be Free, How Can I Be Sure, A Girl Like You, You Better Run, It's Wonderful, Hold On, Only A Lonely Heart Sees, Mustang Sally, I've Been Lonely Too Long and many more.
The Rascals' sound evolved, from blue-eyed soul to pop psychedelia and jazz fusion. Felix Cavaliere, the lead singer of the Rascals, is an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame -- he continues to carry this music to a new generation of listeners.

ACCOLADES:
- 7 top 10 Hits
- 20 top 40 singles
- 5 top 20 albums
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- Grammy Hall of Fame
- Songwriters Hall of Fame

- Grammy Nomination (2009: Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Love Appetite")

Freda Payne
Freda Payne

Freda Payne is a renowned soul, R&B, and jazz singer who is best known for her hit single "Band of Gold", which reached number three in the U.S. music charts and number one in the U.K. in 1970. Her most recent album, Come Back to Me Love, was released in June 2014.


Hailing from Detroit, Freda attended the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts as a teenager. Almost immediately, people noticed her talent, and she soon began working on jingles for radio, as well as competing in (and winning) talent competitions on both radio and TV. She moved to New York City in 1963 and her career skyrocketed from there. By 1965, she was touring Europe and in 1966 she released her second album. Freda appeared on popular television shows such as, The Merv Griffin Show, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Freebo
Songwriter Workshop - worked w/ Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr, Neil Young
Freebo

This workshop focuses on exploring the creative process through songwriting. Attendees will work with and learn from seasoned songwriter Freebo to develop new techniques and enhance existing ones.

All levels of songwriters welcome. If you have an instrument your want to use, please bring it, and bring your songs, in whatever stages they are.

ABOUT FREEBO
Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

Freebo's compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. He will take an audience from insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing with "Standing Ovation" to where you stand with your pets and your partner with "She Loves My Dog More Than Me." A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.

Freebo & Alice Howe
Folk, Rock & Blues
Freebo & Alice Howe

ABOUT FREEBO

Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

Freebo's compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. He will take an audience from insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing with "Standing Ovation" to where you stand with your pets and your partner with "She Loves My Dog More Than Me." A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.

LISTEN > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IleUnlQMm7Y

ABOUT ALICE HOWE

A lifelong songwriter, Alice's musical sensibility lies in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.

During her three years in Seattle, Alice became a familiar face in the acoustic music scene, playing a variety of local gigs, from the Doe Bay Cafe on Orcas Island to the basement stage of Northwest favorite Dusty Strings Music Store. In the summer of 2016, Alice returned to her home town of Boston, and has been busy making herself known on the stages at Club Passim, the Burren Backroom, and the me & thee coffeehouse. Alice has opened for the likes of Antje Duvekot, Ellis Paul, Chris Trapper, Vance Gilbert, and Brooks Williams.

LISTEN > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOzEjYcHwOc

Freedy Johnston
Freedy Johnston

Johnston was raised in Kinsley, KS, where there were no record shops or music stores. When he was 16, he bought his first guitar from a mail order catalog.

In 1999 Rolling Stone named him "songwriter of the year". He has contributed songs to soundtracks for movies, including Kingpin, Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead and Kicking and Screaming.

George Clinton
of Parliament Funkadelic, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
George Clinton

American singer, songwriter, music producer, and band leader, Clinton is one of the foremost innovators of funk music. The innovator of the style of music known as P-funk, Clinton was the mastermind behind the seminal and highly influential funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Ghosts of the American Road
Ghosts of the American Road

From a one-bedroom farmhouse in the middle of 180 acres in Texas, Ghosts of the American Road is the latest brainchild from acclaimed songwriter Kevin Higgins and his talented musical partner, Barbara Malteze.

Performing coast-to-coast, this duo has logged over 380,000 miles and collected seven Texas Music Awards along the way. Inspired by Higgins' cinematographic compositions, Ghosts of the American Road create beautiful music. Defying comparisons, one thing's for certain...no other artists come close to sounding like them. This is "American Music" where all styles come together at a distinctly original musical crossroads.

Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey

Gospel Jam
every 5th Sunday
Gospel Jam

Channel your inner rock star with other musicians in the business. You know who you are: lawyers, doctors, lobbyists by day - but around the clock, always a rock star in your heart.

Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with seasoned artists.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

Handsome Bill Kelly & Bruce Sudano - Live Stream Benefit
Handsome Bill Kelly & Bruce Sudano - Live Stream Benefit

Presented by SHC Music Tribe & O Museum

Hit songwriters, Bruce Sudano and Handsome Bill Kelly in a virtual online benefit concert for the O Museum Foundation followed by a zoom VIP Green Room Session.
Sunday, September 12 at 6:00PM EDT

--- On-line Concert Starts: 6:00 pm (Reservations are not required to view the concert)

FREE to stream go to:
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ABOUT BRUCE: Bruce Sudano is noted for his hit-crafting work for Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, and Jermaine Jackson. His songwriting credits such as "Bad Girls," a huge hit for his wife, the late Donna Summer as well as several successful soundtracks ---"Thank God It's Friday," "The Hollywood Nights," "Perfect," and "American Hot Wax," the latter of which featured Brooklyn Dreams in the role of a fictitious band called the Pantones. A top five single, "Heaven Knows," soon followed.

His new release, an EP titled Spirals Vol. 2...Time & The Space In Between, released on the heels of Spirals Vol. 1, which appeared earlier this year, and, now at age 72, it finds him at a new plateau that's impacted both his life and the course of his career.

ABOUT BILL: Handsome Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly is a poet, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He has released four albums of original music (Luck of the Irish, Jumbo, Bread on the Waters, Prince of Morocco) and has just finished making Good, Truth, and Beauty, released in 2019, with producer Lincoln Schleifer and featuring Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), John Leventhal (Shawn Colvin, Roseanne Cash), John Ginty (Dixie Chicks), Clifford Carter (James Taylor, Ariana Grande), and Joe Bonadio (Sting, Mavis Staples), among others.

Bill has had song placements and his vocal and instrumental work featured in numerous films, including by Ken Russel (Whore), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) Gus Van Sant (Promised Land), and television shows (Northern Exposure, Ed).

Your donations support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Street Museum

Hardened and Tempered
Country Folk Music
Hardened and Tempered

Hardened and Tempered: hard enough to hold an edge, soft enough not to break. Austin-based folk duo Kristin Davidson and Carolyn Phillips live that balance and express it in their music.

Their poetic lyrics flourish with textured melodies and harmonies, revealing an intimate look at the human condition and one’s search for meaning.

Their debut album, "The Trailer Sessions", produced by Grammy award winning producer, Lloyd Maines, was described as “11 neatly wrapped songs driven by slick harmonies, impressive fingerpicking, and lovelorn tales.” by The Austin Chronicle

The album imagines stark landscapes and protagonists at lonely moments when they must decide, should I stay or do I go?

Hardened and Tempered will be joined by Michael O'Connor on guitar, mandolin, and harmonica.

Harold Payne
Multi-platinum Songwriter
written for Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, Snoop Dogg & more
Harold Payne

LA based Harold Payne is a multi-platinum songwriter whose soulful uplifting songs and husky, heartfelt vocals have graced stages around the world. He has written songs for diverse artists such as Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, Kelly Rowland, Carlos Santana, Peter Paul & Mary and Snoop Dogg to name a few. He co-wrote Bobby Womack's "Bravest Man in the Universe" album which won the prestigious "Q" award in the UK for "album of the year" 2012.

Heather Mae
Indie Pop Music
Heather Mae

An imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice, Heather Mae is forging new ground with her newest album -- "I AM ENOUGH"

Mae breaks ground in "I AM ENOUGH" not only for her interesting indie-pop sound, but also for her musical take on touchy subjects ranging from LGBTQ discrimination, gender stereotypes, body image, and mental health issues.

"I AM ENOUGH" reached #60 on the Pop Album charts on iTunes.

Mae was selected as a 2016 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, as well as, a Falcon Ridge songwriting finalist, and has been lucky enough to perform, work, open for, and study one-on-one with diverse talents such as Tom Paxton, Paul Reisler, Amy Speace, Ron Browning (Wynonna Judd), Beth Nielsen Chapman ("This Kiss"), Sarah Clanton, Rebecca Loebe (The Voice S1), and Paul Pfau (The Voice S8).

LISTEN NOW >

"Mae's songs are charming even outside the context of the original 'One Year of Songs' project" and popculturez.com noted that the album was "beautifully written, engagingly crafted, and accomplished in execution." --The Washington Post

Holly Montgomery - Live Stream Benefit
Holly Montgomery - Live Stream Benefit

PRESENTED BY O Museum & SHC Music Tribe

Join us for some conversation and music with Americana singer-songwriter Holly Montgomery.

--- Event Starts: 8:00pm

Stream on:
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FREE to stream - Donations appreciated. (Donations support the arts & social justice programs at O Museum) - omuseum.org/donate

ABOUT HOLLY MONTGOMERY

"Montgomery's voice is like a dose of heaven as it intertwines with swirling guitars that drive the album home. One of the most impressive records of the year, Holly Montgomery pens songs for the masses, no matter what genre you fancy." - No Depression

With a career spanning nearly three decades, Holly Montgomery is an Americana artist known for her soulful voice and confessional songwriting. Her lyrics invite the audience into her world and showcase the full spectrum of the human experience. In some songs, she's playful, witty, or wryly observational. In others, she's raw and achingly personal, every line as intimate as a stolen kiss.

When she's not engrossed in artistic pursuits, Montgomery turns her talents to the nonprofit world. She's written themes for major charity organizations, including S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat). She's been joined in these projects by world-class musicians, recording alongside icons like guitarist Randall Hall, of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and drummer Aynsley Dunbar of Journey, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and Jefferson Starship.

House of Hats
House of Hats

"Behind vocals that suggest a younger Crosby, Stills & Nash, there's a solid songwriting heart" - Q Magazine


This UK based band takes inspiration from artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Angus & Julia Stone, Devandra Banhart, Ray Lamontagne, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Bon Iver, and Johnny Cash to create their own unique brand of Folk music with a hint of pop. Three of the members, Alex, Noddy and James, met at university, where they all studied music, and upon convincing Alex's brother, Rob to join them, House of Hats came to life. The members share a love of the combination of raw, powerful voice and acoustic guitar that, when paired with rich harmonies created a sound that set them on the path to success. The band made their U.S. debut in 2014 and haven't slowed down since!

Jack Blades
of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees
Jack Blades

Blades is an American musician who has worked with various bands, including Rubicon, Night Ranger, and Damn Yankees. He is also a member of the band Revolution Saints. In 2006 Jack played the role of an 80's Sunset Strip club owner in the Las Vegas version of the Broadway musical show "Rock Of Ages".

Jack Harris with Special Guest Mark Bryan & Son Kenny
11.24.23, Doors Open 6pm
Jack Harris with Special Guest Mark Bryan & Son Kenny

Join Jack Harris, Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish and his son Kenny for an amazing evening of music and storytelling.

ABOUT JACK HARRIS
Jack Harris is a rising star in the world of music, known for his talents as a singer, songwriter, and storyteller. His introspective lyrics and imaginative songwriting offer fresh perspectives on everyday, relatable themes. Notably, Jack has expanded his artistic horizons by venturing into acting and making a stellar debut as Eddie Cochran in the eagerly anticipated documentary "Don't Forget Me," dedicated to the legendary musician. Jack's songwriting prowess has also earned him recognition, as he recently showcased his skills during the Chris Difford songwriting week in England, collaborating with some of the finest songwriters of our era.

Proceeds of this concert go to support our arts & social justice programs

Jack Tempchin
Legendary Eagles' Songwriter
written for Glenn Frey, Trisha Yearwood, Glen Campbell & more
Jack Tempchin

Legendary songwriter Jack Tempchin has written for The Eagles, George Jones, Glenn Frey, Glen Campbell, Trisha Yearwood & many others. With discography dating back to 1976, Jack is an accomplished songwriter, writing songs such as "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "East of Eden", "Swayin To The Music" and co-writing "The Girl From Yesterday", "Somebody", "Already Gone" and "It's Your World Now". His own solo album, Peaceful Easy Feeling, is Jack's tribute to his long-time friend, bandmate and "musical brother" Glenn Frey, which contains Jack's take on songs that he and Glenn wrote and performed together. Jack is also currently a member of the band, Rocket Science.

 

Jack's success as a performer speaks for itself, as he has toured extensively as a solo artist and has opened for Ringo Starr, Dave Mason, Jackson Browne, Chicago, Karla Bonoff, Poco, Dolly Parton, Tom Rush, Emmylou Harris, Al Kooper, Christopher Cross, Timothy B. Scmit, Kenny Loggins and Barry McGuire.

Jackson Browne
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Jackson Browne

"I finally met someone more quiet and private than I am, H" - Jackson Browne


Jackson is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Browne's career spans decades, touring with bands such as The Eagles, writing songs for Bruce Springsteen, and having his own music featured in films such as Taxi Driver, few artists are more accomplished than Jackson Browne!

 

Jackson's musical career started in his youth, and he was signed as a staff writer for Nina Music, the publishing company owned by Elektra Records, before his eighteenth birthday. By 1971, he was signed with Asylum Records, and has been making music ever since, with his most recent album, Standing in the Breach, releasing in 2014. In his accomplished career, Jackson has sold over 18 million records in the United States alone, and earned an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2004.

 

Other accolades Jackson has received are the John Steinbeck Award in 2002, Chapin-World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award in 2007, the NARM Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award in 2008, and the Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

Jason Isbell
Two-Time Grammy Award Winner
Jason Isbell

A Green Hill, Alabama native with a workingman's brand of country soul - Jason Isbell delivers crowd-pleasing music that is equal parts blues, gospel and rock & roll. Jason is best known for his solo work, and his work with The 400 Unit and Drive-By Truckers (2001-2007).


As a child, Jason went to his grandparent's house after school, where his grandfather and uncle taught him how to play several instruments, including the mandolin. He grew up listening to gospel, bluegrass and the Grand Ole Opry. In high school, he learned to play the French horn and trumpet, and played music with his family at least once a week. Isbell joined a garage band by age 14, and at age 16 he performed at the Grand Ole Opry with his friend Chris Thompkins. He attended the University of Memphis, but was one physical education credit short of graduating.

By age 21, he has a publishing deal with FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he worked until he joined the Drive-By Truckers in 2001. Jason released three albums with the band before parting ways amicably and turning his focus to his solo career. He released his first solo album in 2010, and success quickly followed. His most recent solo album, Something More than Free, won him two Grammy Awards, one for Best Americana Album, and one for the song "24 Frames", which won Best American Roots Song. In addition to his Grammys, he won 6 Americana Music Honors & Awards, and was nominated for 7 others. His latest band, The 400 Unit, released their first album, The Nashville Sound, in 2017. The album was very well received and has been nominated for the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year.

Jayhawks
Jayhawks

Critically acclaimed, Minneapolis-based band The Jayhawks have made music in 4 different decades. From their album Tomorrow the Green Grass - considered a masterpiece - to their mainstream hit in "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" they have earned their reputation as a true American treasure.

Jazz in the Hood Jam
Jazz in the Hood Jam

11:00 am

Channel your inner rock star with other musicians in the business. You know who you are: lawyers, doctors, lobbyists by day - but around the clock, always a rock star in your heart.

Bring your groupies, entourage and guitar, banjo or whatever you want to play (or not) and participate in a live jam session with seasoned artists.

Musicians no entrance fee. If you would like to attend a jam and you are not a musician, please reserve the "friends & family jam & tour".

JD Souther
legendary singer/songwriter
written for The Eagles, Ronstadt, Orbison, Buffet & more
JD Souther

"JD Souther is one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation" - Interview Magazine.

One of the architects of the Southern California sound, JD Souther has penned countless hits for everyone from the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, and James Taylor, to Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, and Brooks and Dunn. His chart topping songs include "Heartache Tonight," "Victim Of Love," "New Kid In Town," "Best Of My Love," "How Long," "The Heart Of The Matter," "Faithless Love," "You're Only Lonely" and "Her Town, Too" which JD co-wrote with James Taylor. The Dixie Chicks 1998 hit "I'll Take Care of You," was also written by JD and featured on their album Wide Open Spaces, which sold over 12 million records.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013, Souther has received countless Grammy nominations, in addition to Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, 21 ASCAP performance awards, and the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award in 2009.

JD's latest album Tenderness -- produced by Larry Klein, finds Souther stretching musically, balancing his pop and jazz sensibilities, paying particular homage to his earliest influences, the geniuses of the 20th Century Great American Songbook: Cole Porter particularly, as well as the Gershwins, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, Fred Coots, Yip Harburg, and picking up along the way some of the modern grace of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. His classic albums John David Souther, Black Rose and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues (Omnivore Recordings).

As an actor, he has appeared in the TV Shows Thirtysomething and Nashville, among others.

A long time supporter of O Museum in The Mansion JD is also a passionate animal lover and advocate involved with Best Friends Animal Society.

JD Souther
with Special Guest Ida Jenshus
JD Souther

JD Souther
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013, Grammy-nominated Souther has penned countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn and found success as solo artist.

He is the author of numerous classics including "New Kid in Town", "Heartache Tonight", "Heart of the Matter", "Best of My Love", "You're Only Lonely", "Her Town Too" and "Faithless Love" to name a few.
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Ida Jenshus
Ida Jenshus made her debut in 2008 -- her first studio album "Color of the Sun" earned her the Norwegian Grammy for best country album 2008. Her following 2 albums each garnered her additional Norwegian Grammy's making her the first Norwegian solo artist to win Grammys for their first three albums.

Jeff Majors
Inspirational Jazz Harpist - Ticket includes CD
Jeff Majors

"A True Gift from The Heavens with a Sound for Our Times" — Dr. Maya Angelou

Jeff Majors, “…energizes my faith and transports my spirit. For me, it is the best way to start my day.” — Oprah Winfrey

A Washington, D.C. native, Jeff Majors studied under the wings of jazz pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane, wife of jazz legend John Coltrane and legendary jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby.

Upon his return to D.C. he formed several jazz bands and became a radio personality at Radio One, as the Vice President of gospel music programming for the Radio One network, and the host of “Sunday Joy,” the semi syndicated inspirational and gospel on-air ministry that can be heard on Magic 95.9 and 102.3 in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area.
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Hailed as an inspirational jazz / gospel producer and renowned harp master Jeff Majors has touched the hearts of millions through his television program, TV One’s “Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors,” and his faith-affirming, soul-stirring Sacred series.
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After being welcomed to perform on her talk show, media mogul Oprah Winfrey stated that the music of Jeff Majors, “…energizes my faith and transports my spirit. For me, it is the best way to start my day.” And when he was hand-picked by the Martin Luther King Family to perform at Coretta Scott King’s memorial service, Jeff Majors demonstrated that his music could console a nation.
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Today, he appears in more than 40 million homes through “The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors,” the flagship program on TV One. The hit show provides a venue for diverse well-known and emerging talent, and has showcased some of the biggest names in the industry, including James Ingram, Mavis Staples, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams and Gerald Levert in his last television appearance.
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The current project is the Jeff Majors Sacred series of the “Epistles,” which includes for the first time ever a DVD of some of the most memorable performances of Jeff Majors on the Harp. Thanks to the popular success of the series, the release is eagerly anticipated within the industry of inspirational/Jazz music and by fans alike. It is projected to meet the expectations set by his acclaimed Sacred 2000, of which Billboard said: “One listen will make believers out of even stone-cold cynics.”
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He is an ardent activist for the nation’s homeless through his non-profit organization “The Network of Doves.”, his annual “Jeff Majors Blankets for the Homeless” and the newly established “Hiphop for the Homeless,” where he has collaborated with some of today’s emerging artist and youth in the inner cities drive awareness of and help homeless communities around the country.

Jeff Plankenhorn
Intimate Music Series
Jeff Plankenhorn

HOSTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES:
www.shcmusictribe.com

ABOUT JEFF PLANKENHORN
Jeff Plankenhorn plays a soulful, distinctly Austin brand of roots rock that, over the past several years, has gained him a devoted national following and a seat among the very best contemporary Americana songwriters. His confident, catchy-as-hell fourth studio album, Sleeping Dogs was released to rave reviews (Rolling Stone Country, the Boot, Twangville, among others) and spent a good chunk of 2018 on the Roots Rock and Americana radio charts (#5 and #44). The four-piece band that bears his name has become a favorite on the festival circuit, scoring spots at Old Settlers Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Telluride Americana Music Festival, and Austin's annual New Years Eve blowout at Auditorium Shores.

Well before he started rocking festival stages as a solo artist, Plankenhorn was already in the musical DNA of his adopted home of Austin, Texas. His bluesy, slide-driven guitar style was born out of jam sessions, residencies and house shows played for local audiences eager for the electricity and edge-of-your-seat musicianship that makes Austin the live music capital of the world. "In Austin," he says, "few players rehearse. You show up and you play, for better or for worse."

That freewheeling philosophy, and the disciplined songwriting craft that underpins it, is the result of Plankenhorn's almost ten-year run as a member of the Resentments, a supergroup of sorts that hosts one of the longest running residencies in Austin.

Plankenhorn is a magnet for diverse ideas and collaborators, and his genius is in bringing them together. Sleeping Dogs merges styles effortlessly, juxtaposing sweet-hearted anthems like "Love is Love" (a response to the Pulse nightclub shooting) against ominous, weathered tunes like "Tooth & Nail", which he co-wrote with Ray Wilie Hubbard. Several of the album's standouts are the result of collabs with Americana royalty, including "Holy Lighting", which features a duet with Patty Griffin. Tying it all together is a big-heartedness that speaks to a worldly approach to Americana music.

Today, he lives half the year now living with his wife on Vancouver Island, Canada, where he spends idyllic days writing and playing with their dogs. The other half he spends in Austin, where he remains in demand as a session player, cowriter, and producer. The success of his last two albums have brought international interest in his music, and full tours of Europe and Canada are in the works.

WATCH:
http://www.jeffplankenhorn.com/videos
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Cash bar.

Proceeds of this concert go to support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion

Jennifer Holliday
Grammy and Tony Award Winner
Jennifer Holliday

Texas-born actress and sing Jennifer Holliday started her career on Broadway in the original production of the musical Dreamgirls, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 1982. She got her start in the recording business when she released a pop version of the Dreamgirls hit "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. She has since recorded five studio albums. This single also won Jennifer a Grammy Award for Best Female Performance in the Rhythm and Blues category.

Jesse Winchester
Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester was the music world's most prominent Vietnam War draft evader, moving from Memphis to Montreal in 1967. In 1969, he met Robbie Robertson of the Band, who helped launch his recording career. Jesse's career took off in Canada, where he grew in popularity until he was able to expand his career into the United States upon being granted amnesty from evading the draft in 1977.


While Jesse's own albums are incredible, Jesse is best known as a songwriter for others. His songs were recorded by artists such as Reba McEntire, Elvis Costello, Patti Page, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and the Everly Brothers.


Jesse's career earned him several accolades, including a Juno Award for Best Country Male Vocalist in 1990, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2007.


If you want to see how great Jesse is, watch this video to the end, or speed forward. The end is awesome!

Jimmy Davis
New Memphis Sound
Jimmy Davis

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES

Named "Premier Male Vocalist" five times by the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Jimmy Davis' songs have been recorded by Martina McBride, Restless Heart, Joy White, Johnny Rivers, and more.

 

In addition to his writing talents, Jimmy has lent his vocal talents to artists such as The North Mississippi Allstars, Jim Dickinson, Johnny Lang, Bernie Leadon, Keith Sykes, Michael Hearne, Toy Caldwell, Susan Marshall, Mark Collie and William Lee Golden.

 

Jimmy's career started in the early 80's when he started playing with Charlie McClain, joining Junction in 1987. The band's first release Kick the Wall, was a top 40 hit and had a hit MTV music video. He moved to Memphis and joined The Riverbluff Clan in the mid 90s, where they released two albums, one of which, Two Quarts Low, was an Americana Top 20 record. He recorded his first solo album in 2001, and now lives in the Texas Hill Country making solo music and playing with Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros.

Jimmy Vivino
Music Director - Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino is the Music Director on the TBS late night show Conan, and has worked with the late-night comedian since his first episode of Late Night with Conan in 1993. In addition to his work on television programs, Vivino tours and performs both as a solo artist as well as with bands such as The Prisoners of 2nd Avenue, The Barn Burners, The Fab Faux (Beatles Tribute Band) and The Rekooperators. He's recorded and played live with such legends as Johnnie Johnson, Levon Helm, Hubert Sumlin and Al Kooper. Jimmy has produced, played and arranged for such artists as Pheobe Snow, Lauro Nyro, John Sebastian and Donald Fagen.

Jimmy Webb
Songwriting Legend
Jimmy Webb

Joe Bonamassa
Played with Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Foreigner, Steve Winwood & more
Joe Bonamassa

"Joe is unquestionably among our greatest living guitarists, destined to be counted among the greatest of all-time."
-The Orange County Register

Joe Bonamassa is an American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. Unlike many blues artists before him, Bonamassa states that his primary influences are British and Irish blues acts. Though he primarily performs as a solo artist, he has collaborated with other musicians such as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Steve Winwood, among others.

His career has earned him several accolades, including a nomination for Grammy Award for the Best Blues Album in 2003 for his collaboration with Beth Hart, SeeSaw. In 2015, he won a Blues Music Award in the category of "Instrumentalist - Guitar".

In addition to his music career, Joe runs a nonprofit organization called the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, an organization that strives to further music education by providing music education resources to schools in need.

Joel Rafael
Joel Rafael

He's performed with Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, and Emmylou Harris to name a few, now you can see this singer-songwriter and recording artist live at O Street! With more than a half century of experience and nine albums under his belt, Joel has mastered the art of the performance. Joel's latest album, Baladista, was written as a personal reflection that celebrates the human spirit, and is sure to touch your heart.


Joel hails from San Diego, California and has been releasing music since 1994. Inspired by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, among others, Joel formed the Joel Rafael Band and soon earned accolades such as the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Emerging songwriter award in 1995.


By 2003, Joel had created quite a name for himself in the music world and was invited to perform in a tribute to one of his inspirations, Woody Guthrie, in a show called "Ribbon of Highway, Endless Sky". Joel then released two albums of Woody Guthrie songs, Woodeye: Songs of Woody Guthrie, and Woodyboye: Songs of Woddy Guthrie and Tales Worth Telling, Vol. 2, released in 2003 and 2005 respectively. These albums were well received and in 2007, Joel was honored at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

John Arthur Martinez
John Arthur Martinez

Martinez is an American country music artist. Martinez finished second place on the first season of the talent show "Nashville Star". In 2004, Martinez released a studio album for Dualtone Records, which produced one single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

John Batdorf
singer, songwriter, film composer
John Batdorf

John Batdorf is a singer-songwriter solo artist and one half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney.


John first entered the music scene in 1967 when he and six of his friends packed into a Lincoln Continental and moved to Los Angeles. His decades long journey has given him experiences in several aspects of the music business, including writing and performing folk music, composing for TV in film, recording sessions on the violin and working with those in recovery from substance abuse.

John's musical career took off as his duo, Batdorf and Rodney, gained commercial success. The duo toured the United States and Canada extensively with artists such as, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Cheech and Chong, Linda Ronstadt, and Hall and Oats, among others. They worked together for four years and released three albums, the first of which, Off the Shelf, was released when John was 19 years old. The duo was inducted in to the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He then joined the band, Silver, with Brent Mydland (who later went on to join Grateful Dead), which broke up a year after their debut album was released.

After going through the breakup of two bands, John embraced his gift for melody and used it as a staff songwriter, TV composer and session singer for various channels. He composed score and music for shows such as CBS's Promised Land and Touched by an Angel and PAX TV's Book of Days. His voice appears in jingles and titles for shows such as Tom and Jerry Kids, Garfield and Friends, Promised Land and Doctor, Doctor.

His focus in the past decade has shifted back to artistry and making music. "Music is just what I do, I don’t know anything else. There have been so many powerful moments for me. I remember one time performing my contemporary song 'All for You' which is about a soldier who in battle realizes he couldn't win and just asks that his country remembers him. After that show, an older couple hung around to say hello. Their son had died in December of 1970, in Laos during the Vietnam War, and they wanted me to have his government issued commemorative bracelet. That moment reminded me: I'm never done with music because you never know who needs to hear the next song you're going to write."

John teamed up with Michael McLean to form Batdorf and McLean in 1997. The duo has since created a unique substance abuse survival platform, and released an album entitled Soundtrax2Recovery. The album is intended to empower and inspire those suffering from addiction to begin their path to recovery. When discussing the project, John said, "I grew up in drug culture, but there was always a voice in my head that said 'don't go here' with heavy drugs. My son didn't have that voice, but now he's living the the life of sobriety, and sometimes sings with me. We were all lucky, and I want to help others. There is enormous power with songs that penetrate the heart." The duo found that many people who suffer from addiction have songs they associate with using drugs, and thus a soundtrack to their addiction. They intended this album to be a soundtrack for their recovery. You can read more about this endeavor at http://www.2recovery.org/.

In his five-decade career, he's worked with icons such as Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Clive Davis, Roger Birnbaum, Adele, James Horner, Jimmie Haskell, Bill Conti, Bob Ezrin, Tom Werman, Bill Halverson, America, Rod Stewart, Dave Mason, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum, David Lee Roth, and Motley Crue, plus many others. In the realm of film and TV incidental music, he's lent his voice and compositional skills to beloved shows such as Tom and Jerry Kids, Garfield and Friends, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, and Doctor, Doctor, and Book of Days. Most recently Wham Bam, a hit by John's band Silver in 1976 is now part of the soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy ll. With legendary Utah-based singer, composer, and filmmaker, Michael McLean, under, Batdorf & McLean, he's launched a unique substance abuse survival platform, and released the CD Soundtrax 2Recovery. Since 2004, he's released six solo albums on his own imprint, BATMAC MUSIC. His newly released CD, Next Stop, Willoughby is a collection of ten brand new songs completely performed, arranged, produced and mixed by John.

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John Kadlecik
John Kadlecik

John is the co-founder of the group, Dark Star Orchestra, a band exclusively devoted to playing the well-documented actual setlists of the Grateful Dead. Originally started as a side-project house band for some of the best local deadhead musicians, "DSO" rapidly became a nationally touring band, attracting many guests to join them onstage, including John Fishman, Mike Gordon, Sam Bush, Jorma Kaukonen John Popper, Sanjay Mishra, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir to name a few.

Johnny Gill
Four-Time Grammy Nominee
Johnny Gill

A Washington D.C. native, Johnny Gill got his start singing in his church choir as a boy.

He recorded his first demo at age 16 and it found its way into the hands of the president of Atlantic Records. In the early 1980s, he launched a successful solo career, before being recruited into the popular R&B group New Edition in 1987. With New Edition, he helped to shape a more mature sound, and was nominated for a Grammy award with the group in 1989 for "If it isn't Love." As a solo artist, he has been nominated for several Grammy awards, including Best R&B Song for "My, My, My," and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his album Johnny Gill, both released in 1991. More recently, Johnny returned to his solo career and started his own record label, J Skillz Records in 2014.

 

In addition to a successful music career, Johnny has more than 80 television and film credits to his name, including appearances on Family Matters and Madea’s Family Reunion. His career has named him accolades, including four Grammy nominations; one for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for "If It Isn't Love" in 1989, one for Best R&B Song for "My, My, My" in 1991, one for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male in 1991, and best R&B Album by a Duo or Group for Levert.Sewat.Gill in 1998.

Johnny Nicholas
Bluesman and former member of Asleep at the Wheel
Johnny Nicholas

"Johnny Nicholas is one of the best bluesmen ever, black or white." - Stephen Bruton

Johnny was born in Rhode Island. When he was in his early teens his heart was already set on being a musician and he was playing with various blues greats across Chicago, Ann Arbor and Detroit. His travels to Louisiana exposed him to Cajun music. He then moved to Austin (1978-1980) mixing western swing with jump blues as a member of Asleep at the Wheel.

Johnny says he spent the 70s traveling because, "I was in the river, man, and I was just flowing with it, you know?" Despite this flow, he and his wife fell in love with the Texas Hill Country in the early 80s, where they have resided ever since. Together, they opened the renowned Hill Top Cafe in Fredericksburg, Texas and raised 3 sons.

In 1991, Johnny returned his focus to music, working with Johnny Shines and Snooky Pryor on their album, Back to the Country. Despite taking inspiration and being trained by notable blues artists, something about the term "bluesman" doesn't completely match the sound that Johnny creates. Marcia Ball calls him an "innovative traditionalist", which despite sounding like an oxymoron, gives Johnny a point of direction. He incorporates blues sound with Cajun, swing, folk, and barrelhouse rock 'n' roll to create what he calls "a rich gumbo" of Americana. His most recent album, Fresh Air, “showcases the hard-earned wisdom of a man determined to use his time left on earth not just to revel in the blues, but to plant seeds of kindness, humility and love. His end goal, as revealed in the sweet, spirit-lifting acoustic sigh of the closing title track, is to ultimately help listeners relearn how to just breathe in the thick of a materialistic and distraction-filled world."

Jon Dee Graham
Austin Texas Music Hall of Fame Inductee
Jon Dee Graham

An Austin Texas Music Hall of Fame Inductee, singer songwriter Jon has a knack has for creating raw, gutsy music that's easy to relate to.

 

He's most well-known for his solo work, including albums such as "Escape from Monster Island", "Full" and "Hooray for the Moon", which have gained critical acclaim. Jon is also known for his work with The Skunks, Austin's first punk band and the True Believers, a band with a unique fusion of alternative country and punk sounds lovingly referred to as "Cowpunk".

 

Jon's work earned him numerous accolades, including being inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame on 3 different occasions, as a solo artist (2000), as a member of The Skunks (2008) and as a member of True Believers (2009).

Judith Owen
with Leland Sklar & Pedro Segundo
Judith Owen

Joining Owen are legendary Los Angeles session musicians Leland Sklar (bass), and British-based master percussionist Pedro Segundo.

For most artists, an album of cover songs is an idea of last resort, a Hail Mary pass when one’s creativity has stalled out or there’s a contract to be fulfilled...

But most artists aren't Judith Owen.

This firebrand singer-songwriter and pianist is currently riding the wave of a tremendous couple of years. Her previous album Somebody's Child was adored by critics around the world - The Sunday Times UK chose it as one of the best records of 2016 and Analog Planet said that it "sparkles with Owen’s witty energy" and noting that "the songs will stay with you long after the record ends".

Her live performances, whether as a headliner or as the handpicked opening act for Bryan Ferry's recent tours of Europe and North America, have been wowing listeners and gaining fans like fellow artist Jackson Browne, who said of Owen’s onstage prowess: "It’s a masterclass on how a show should be done."

So with all that wind in her sails, why then turn to the music of others for her forthcoming album redisCOVERed? For Owen, it is something of a gift for her fans, both old and new.

"Over the years, so many people, whether it be [film producer] Nick Wechsler or audience members who hear the covers I’ve done over the years, have always had the question, 'Why don’t you make a collection of these things because they’re so unique and unusual?'" Owen says. "And I had to really ask myself why I do these covers and why they bring me so much pleasure."

Those questions are easy to answer once you listen to redisCOVERed. As she has done since her earliest days attempting to plunk out the music of Mozart and Debussy on her family's piano to her days playing four hour sets in piano bars fulfilling customer requests, Owen makes these songs her own. She molds the familiar melodies and lyrics to contemporary pop hits and longtime favorites to her unmistakable voice and style.

"The line I always use is, ‘I don’t do karaoke.’ I don’t perform or sing music unless it means something to me,” Owen insists. “I knew I had to make these songs matter to me, to have my truth in them.”

It doesn’t take much digging to find the deeper layers of meaning in her song choices and her performances on redisCOVERed. Look within even the seemingly silliest selection and you’ll find a big piece of Owen's heart waiting for you.

For some songs, the connections are fairly easy to make. She pays loving homage to one of her biggest influences Joni Mitchell, recording a pair of the Laurel Canyon legend’s compositions: "Cherokee Louise" and "Ladies Man." They’re somewhat surprising choices, as they come from Mitchell’s post-'70s heyday when her commercial star had faded somewhat yet she was still producing incredible work. Work that resonated loudly with Owen.

"There’s a line in 'Ladies Man' where she sings, 'Why do you keep trying to make a man out of me?'" Owen says. "And I really relate to that because when I met Joni, I realized I knew exactly what she was talking about.  She is someone who is one of the guys. She does not lead with her sexuality. She leads with her musicianship and her abilities. The most important thing is to be respected on stage and in the studio. Yet, there are times when I've wished that the person I was working with could perhaps notice that I was a woman. She nailed it in that one line and it really touched me."

Owen had a similar relationship within the lyrics and mood of "Black Hole Sun," one of the breakout hits for grunge icons Soundgarden that she performs with such thoughtfulness and verve on redisCOVERed, in tribute to the late Chris Cornell and to the message she found within the song.

"When I heard it, I thought, 'This is the best song about depression and being in the darkness that I’ve ever heard,'" she says. "You couldn’t make that song darker, but what you can do is bring this kind of pompous kind of perkiness to it, which always how I feel when I have my game face on. Like most people who struggle with the 'black dog,' they have their daytime face that they go out with so you won't see what's going on inside. So I liked the idea of doing this almost skipping, 'Take Five' version of it, which belies the words."

Her biggest test, though, was seeing herself within the very modern hip-hop of Drake's "Hotline Bling."

"I said to Harry [Shearer, her husband], 'Choose the most extreme thing; something contemporary that you would think I could not relate to,'" she says. "But of course I can because I've been in that place where I was constantly waiting for the phone call that would come from the guy who would call me only when there was no one better to be around. That song became more of a torch song. That's absolutely a woman's song if ever there was one."

Owen's arrangements breathe fresh life into these familiar songs recording with Grammy® winning co-producer/mixer/engineer David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Meghan Trainor) whilst surrounding herself with some sharp musical talent. She’s joined throughout this album by legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Carole King, Leonard Cohen) and master percussionist Pedro Segundo, both key members of Judith's recent live band.

You'll also find contributions from the likes of Paul Beard (Bryan Ferry, James Blunt), George Shelby (Phil Collins, Bette Midler), Snarky Puppy member Michael 'Maz' Maher, Grammy® winning jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton and her dazzling London string players; longtime cellist collaborator Gabriella Swallow and violinist Lizzie Ball (Nigel Kennedy, Jeff Beck).

What every track on redisCOVERed--be it a pop chestnut from Grease ("Summer Nights"), a modern chart hit (Ed Sheeran’s "Shape Of You" or Justin Timberlake "Can’t Stop The Feeling"), an icon (Beatles "Blackbird" or Deep Purple "Smoke On The Water") or evergreen 70s dance floor classics (Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" or Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music") -- reveals is that what we bring to a song that we love is what ultimately defines its truth. 

"These are great songs that I've deconstructed and re-claimed or simply found my life and new meaning in the lyrics"

"What started as a "Dream A Little Dream Of Me' request sung for a good friend’s wedding, this version turned into one more akin to Sinatra"s "One More For The Road" -- the joy of first love was exchanged turned in a 'not into you' and the perfect bookend for the album starting with "Hotline Bling" and seemingly perfect ending for the album"

"This is the thing about music," Owen avers, "We always get a different read from the same song. A song means so many different things to different people, and they're all true. It's what it means to you that matters."

"The kind of wailing folk-jazz voice that slices away surfaces to touch the vulnerable emotional nerve endings and leave you quivering." -- The New York Times

June Millington of Fanny
1st all women's band signed to a major label
June Millington of Fanny

Join us for an afternoon of story & song with June Millington one of the Godmothers of rock as she reads from her autobiography "Land of a Thousand Bridges" and shares her music with us.

June Millington has been making music since she was a child playing ukulele in her native Philippines. Having moved from Manila to California in the early sixties, she and her sister, bassist Jean, turned in their folk guitars for electric and formed a succession of all-girl bands. By ‘69 they were in Hollywood with their band Fanny, which was the first all women’s rock band to be signed to a major label that released an entire album (Reprise/Warner Brothers). Through five successful albums and extensive touring of Europe and North America, Fanny served notice that women could do more than simply sing, they could write and play passionate rock ‘n roll. As David Bowie said of the group in an interview with Rolling Stone:

“ They were one of the finest f**king rock bands of their time.... They were extraordinary: They wrote everything, they played like motherf**kers.... They are as important as anyone else who’s ever been, ever....” (RS, January 2000)

June left Fanny in 1973 and continued to record and perform with Jean (Ladies on the Stage, Ticket to Wonderful, Melting Pot, Play Like a Girl) as well as releasing solo albums Heartsong, Running, and One World, One Heart.  In 1976 she toured with Cris Williamson on her first groundbreaking national tour backing the explosive Changer and the Changed.  She produced Cris' followup, Strange Paradise, and continued with other artists including Holly Near (Fire in the Rain), Mary Watkins (Something Moving), Melanie DeMore (Share My Song), and Bitch and Animal (Sour Juice and Rhyme).  She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Institute for the Musical Arts [IMA], a non-profit organization for women and girls which hosts Rock ‘n Roll Girls Camps each summer. The Institute for the Musical Arts is an internationally known teaching, performing and recording facility supporting women in music and music-related business.  

June released her autobiography “Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock ‘n Roll World” in June of 2015 and has received a great deal of resulting press including articles in Pitchfork, MS Magazine, and Newsweek as well as on NPR.  Millington continues to perform, write and record and teaches at IMA as well as colleges and universities around North America.

Kasey Chambers
ARIA Best Country Album Winner
Kasey Chambers

Kasey is an Australian country music artist who first came onto the scene in 1998, when she recorded her album, The Captain, which was released the following year. The Captain won the 1999 ARIA Award for Best Country Album. Her follow-up album, Barricades & Brickwalls, came out in 2001, debuting at number 4 on the ARIA chart, and going 7x platinum. The lead single on the album, "Not Pretty Enough", went number one, making Kasey the only Australian country artist to have a number one single and album simultaneously. Since then she has released 9 more albums, the most recent of which, Dragonfly, in 2017.

Kate Vargas
Indie Rock & Blues
Kate Vargas

"Kate Vargas hails from Albuquerque and masterfully assimilated her southwestern storytelling into a medley of blues guitar, bass lines and faint banjo pluckings. It's her throaty rock vocals, though, aged far beyond their actual years, that pierces through it all..."
- Rachel Downes, The Bluegrass Connection

Kenneth Ascher
Kenneth Ascher

Kenny G
Grammy Award Winner
Kenny G

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick (better known by his stage name Kenny G) is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist. His musical style is notable for its ability to seamlessly blend the sounds of jazz and R&B influences. His 1986 album Duotones led to his discovery and subsequent fame. The biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, Kenny G proves that saxophone music never goes out of style.


At a young age, Kenny G saw a saxophone player on The Ed Sullivan Show, and was instantly entranced. He started learning to play at age 10. He attended school in his home town of Seattle where Kenny G's first attempt at jazz band in high school resulted in failure. With practice he earned first chair the next year, and only got better from there. By age 17, he was working with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. After high school, he continued to play professionally while working towards a degree in accounting at the University of Washington. Upon graduation, he joined The Jeff Lorber Fusion. After his time with Jeff Lorber, Kenny G went solo and signed with Arista Records in 1982.

His long and successful career has earned him accolades such as a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for his 1992 song "Forever in Love". Kenny G also holds a Guinness World Record for the longest note played on a saxophone.

Kenny White
Singer / Songwriter
with Marc Douglas Berardo
Kenny White

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ABOUT KENNY WHITE
Hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his "thrilling" and "unique" piano playing, Kenny White is a talented singer/songwriter and a successful NYC-based record producer. He has written, performed, and produced music for hundreds of TV and radio commercials as well as film soundtracks, and has worked with stars like Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, and Linda Ronstadt.

Video from Session 1
Video from Session 2
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Although he is an accomplished and sought-after pianist, White is known for his clever lyrics - compared to artists as diverse as Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. His shows include original music, with songs ranging from humorous to heart-breaking, with White accompanying himself on piano and guitar.  He often tours with Cheryl Wheeler and with Judy Collins, who released three of his CDs on her Wildflower Records label. He has just completed 18 months traveling as opener for the Stephen Stills & Judy Collins reunion shows.

White is currently touring in support of his current album, LONG LIST OF PRIORS, which features guest musicians such as David Crosby, who says that “Kenny has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters. A true wordsmith and musician who reveals a fine sense of humor as well.

ABOUT MARC DOUGLAS BERARDO
Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, 2013 Rams Head Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year.) No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “a highly polished personal collection with songs that are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy.

Berardo's first music show was in a biker bar in St Augustine, Florida in 1988 and since that day he has never stopped performing made up songs. In the past year alone, he has shared the stage with heavyweights such as The Doobie Brothers, The Pousette Dart Band, Jimmy Lafave, Martin Sexton, 10,000 Maniacs, Red Molly, John Haitt, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Buffalo Springfield, Kevin Welch, Lucy Kaplansky and Livingston Taylor. As a member of Chris Berardo and The DesBerardo Band with his brother Chris, Marc has been a part of shows with classic rock acts including Little Feat, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foriegner, Badfinger, Reckless Kelly, America, David Allen Coe, Levon Helm, Dickey Betts and Great Southern and others.

In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's interview and live performance feature on Sirius/ XM Satellite Radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. Berardo was nominated as Best Americana Vocalist by readers of Motif Magazine in early 2017.

When not playing his songs all over the place, MDB lives in a heavily secluded and fortified compound on a river near the ocean in Westerly, RI.

Kenny White Streaming Benefit
Presented by SHC Music Tribe
Kenny White Streaming Benefit

Presented by SHC Music Tribe

Streaming Concert Starts: 7 pm

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"I'd have to say that Kenny White has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters ... and particularly, lyricists. As we say in the trade 'he goes deep.' A true wordsmith AND musician who reveals a fine sense of humor, as well. Put on your headphones and listen carefully." ---David Crosby

This concert includes never before seen footage of Kenny White recorded at Hobo Sound in Weehawken, N.J.

Between sets, Kenny will talk to Ted Spero, President of The Mansion on O Street about his interest in music and songwriting, musical partnerships, fun times at The Mansion and love of The O.

Ted and Kenny will be online to answer questions in the comment section on the Mansion on O Street's Facebook page and YouTube page.

(Reservations are not required to view.)
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All proceeds will benefit O Museum, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the works of people who have devoted themselves to bettering the lives of others. Our mission is to empower people to do what they love --- dare to be different --- and have fun. We inspire creativity, diversity, and imagination through the fusion of the arts, science, and sports.

Kim Lenz
Kim Lenz

"If Elvis had been a woman, he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz" - Rolling Stone


"Kim Lenz breathes new life into the familiar tropes of roots revivalism... with a mix of maturity, depth and zing." - The Austin Chronicle

 

Kim grew up in San Diego and Phoenix, and draws her inspiration from the music she listened to as a child, such as Blondie, The Pretenders, X, Big Star, and The Buzzcocks. She made her debut in 1998 and has been developing her unique form of rock and roll ever since!


Kim's fifth studio album, Slowly Speeding, is slated for release in 2018 and is sure to impress! Kim creates unique blends of pop, rock and roots music, and combines it with her own life experiences to create a distinct sound, which has created a loyal fanbase and gained her accolades, such as "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Dallas Observer.

Kylie Odetta
Indie/Soul Singer-Songwriter
Kylie Odetta

Indie/Soul Singer-Songwriter, Kylie Odetta, is lighting a fire within the underground music scene. With music that is powerful, dreamy, and full of passion she uses the piano & raspy vocals to draw you in.

Kylie has been called an old soul and penned over 250 songs. An indie artist with hints of jazz, soul and pop influences her southern roots make for a unique twist in her vocal character. Her iconic sound is refreshing, original and emotional.

A seasoned performer she has opened for Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, Mat Kearney, Austin Mahone and Kelly Pickler.

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Lanterns on the Lake
Lanterns on the Lake

Lanterns On The Lake is an indie-rock band from The United Kingdom. This four-piece band was formed in 2007 and signed in 2010 to Bella Union record label. Their latest album was released in November of 2015 with the lead singer, Hazel, stating, "We wanted it to be more raw. At its darkest points, we wanted it to feel like you'd dived into the deepest part our dreams and were taking a look around. At its lightest we wanted it to feel like you were coming up for air." Their song "I Love You Sleepyhead" appeared in the film Where Soldiers Come From.

Laurence Juber
GRAMMY® winner & lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's Wings
Laurence Juber

“What he brings is a stunning sense of space and fluidity while simultaneously running a bass line and rhythm parts, and keeping the melody uppermost - a truly wondrous sound"
- Guitar World

GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.

First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer and was recently named by Guitar Player magazine as one of the top 50 all-time acoustic guitarists.

Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has recorded more than two dozen albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on acoustic guitar. His latest release, Downtown, is a collection of standards recorded in one afternoon session at Hollywood’s landmark Capitol Studios.

LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar magazine's all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best surround audio and was ranked #1 in DVD Etc magazine - “The definitive recording of an acoustic guitar performance – stunning!

His 'photo memoir' Guitar With Wings was published by Dalton Watson Fine Books. His latest guitar folio is The Evolution Of Fingerstyle Guitar, published by Hal Leonard which matches Juber’s 2018 release, Touchstones.

As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
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Proceeds of this concert go to support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion

Lawrence Gowan
from STYX
Lawrence Gowan

Lawrence Gowan is a Scottish born, Canadian musician who is known both for his extensive solo career and for replacing Dennis DeYoung as the vocalist for the band Styx. Gowan's style, electric energy and vibrant performances led to him opening for, and eventually becoming a member of Styx. His impressive solo career earned him numerous accolades, such as 12 Juno nominations, 2 Juno wins, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among others.

Lee Roy Parnell
Grammy Nominee
Lee Roy Parnell

Lee Roy Parnell is a Texan guitarist and singer-songwriter, with a long line of musicians in his family before him. He effortlessly brings together the sounds of Texas Swing, Gospel and Delta Blues in his unique fusion of blues and country, refusing to adhere to conventional sounds that traditionally accompany the two genres.


Lee Roy's album, We All Get Lucky Sometimes, earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental in 1997 for his song "Mama Screw Your Wig On Tight".

Leni Stern
5 Time Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year
Leni Stern

Leni Stern is a world leader in the jazz tradition of electric guitar playing. For over 20 years she has led critically acclaimed ensembles featuring some of the most notable names in jazz, blues and African music. Stern has also won multiple awards for composition and songwriting. Guitar Player Magazine recently named her one of the 50 Most Sensational Female Guitarists of All-Time in their 50th Anniversary issue.

Leni is a long time supporter of The O Street Museum's Artist & Heroes-in-Residence programs.

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"One of the World's Most Fully Realized Songwriters and Guitarists" - LA Weekly

Leni Stern African Trio
5 time Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year
Leni Stern African Trio

"One of the World's Most Fully Realized Songwriters and Guitarists"
-LA Weekly

Leni Stern is a world leader in the jazz tradition of electric guitar playing. For over 20 years she has led critically acclaimed ensembles featuring some of the most notable names in jazz, blues and African music. Stern has also won multiple awards for composition and songwriting. Guitar Player Magazine recently named her one of the 50 Most Sensational Female Guitarists of All-Time in their 50th Anniversary issue.

Stern's most recent project is a Trio collaboration with Senegalese artists Alioune Faye and Mamadou Ba. Teir latest album "Dakar Suite" is a celebration of the griot tradition that Faye and Ba come from, featuring Faye's percussive family as the driving groove on Stern's poignant and timely original songs which speak of racial justice, environmentalism, love and family.

Five consecutive wins of Gibson's Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year.

Lenny Kravitz
Four-Time Grammy Award Winner
Lenny Kravitz

Platinum-selling Lenny Kravitz is one of the preeminent rock guitarists in the world. Notable for his retro style, Kravitz is known for his chart-topping hits, his Grammy-award winning music, and his multi-instrumentalism. His funk style has earned him comparisons to one of the best guitarists of all time- Jimi Hendrix. He has worked with a myriad of influential artists, including Slash, Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie,and Curtis Mayfield. Between 1999 and 2002, Kravitz won four consecutive Grammy awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, and his 2000 Greatest Hits album reached #2 on the Billboard 200. In the last decade Kravitz has expanded his musical style even more, working with hip-hop artists like Jay-Z, P. Diddy, and N.E.R.D. and touring with the rock band U2.

Lester Chambers
Lester Chambers

Lester Chambers is a soul and folk rock artist hailing from Mississippi who got his start as the lead singer of the Chambers Brothers. He has used his fame to speak out against record labels that steal from their artists and to fight racial injustice. In recent years, Chambers has performed with his new band, Lester Chambers and the Mud Stompers, under his own record label, Stomping Mud Records.

Lewis Black
Emmy Nominee
Lewis Black

Lewis was born in Washington D.C., and raised in Silver Spring, MD. His parents raised him to appreciate the importance of education and the need to question authority, which have stayed with him throughout his life. His adoration of the theatre began when he saw his first play at age 12. Lewis went on to obtain degrees from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School. It was during his time at UNC that Lewis first ventured into stand-up comedy.

His distinct stand-up style is angry, ranting, and belligerent, spanning topics such as politics, history, religion and pop-culture. Lewis focuses on pointing out the absurd moments of everyday life, hypocrisy, and anyone who gets under his skin.

In 1996, he was asked to create a weekly segment for The Daily Show, which evolved into Back to Black, one of the longest-running and popular segments in show history. His time on The Daily Show led to a record deal with Stand Up! Records, and later a deal with the Comedy Central Records label. These albums have gained him 5 Grammy nominations and 2 wins.

His success on The Daily Show led to several TV appearances and roles. He was featured on two seasons of Inside the NFL, for which he won a Sports Emmy and was cast as Ezra Merkin in the ABC mini-series, Madoff. Lewis has performed on Larry King Live, Piers Morgan Tonight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Late Night with Conan O'Brian. He has also appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and has been known to do the weather with Al Roker.

Additionally, Lewis has filmed two comedy specials for HBO, Black on Broadway, and Red, White and Screwed, the latter of which was nominated for an Emmy in 2007. Lewis appeared in several films including, Man of the Year, Accepted, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Academy Award winning film, Inside Out.

Lewis has penned over 40 plays, including One Slight Hitch, which was first produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and was later produced at both the ACT Theatre in Seattle and The George Street Theatre in New Brunswick. On top of his playwriting, he is the successful author of three books, all of which have spent time on the New York Times best sellers list.

Beyond his performing career, Lewis is a strong supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks. He's an outspoken critic of gun violence, for which he was honored by The Brady Center. The ACLU of Georgia gave him their National Civil Liberties Award, and he has served as an ambassador for voting rights for the ACLU since 2013. He is a long-time mentor with the 52nd Street Project, where he created the Ron Black Memorial Scholarship to honor his late brother. Lewis also created the William Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Lewis has done three USO tours, performing for and visiting American troops in the Middle East and Europe, traveling with Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong, Kid Rock, Miss America Rachel Smith and Kellie Pickler.

Lizzy Loeb
Lizzy Loeb

An American singer-songwriter and actress, she launched her career in 1994 with the song "Stay (I Missed You)" which was used in the film Reality Bites. She was the first artist to have a number one single in the U.S. while not signed to a recording contract. Loeb has also released several songs for children, including "Catch the Moon" and "Camp Lisa".

Los Texmaniacs
Grammy Winning - Tex Mex Rock & Blues
Los Texmaniacs

This Grammy award winning group combines a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, Texas rock, blues, and R&B, to cook up their own tasty TexManiacs groove.


TexManiacs have toured and recorded with everyone from Flaco Jimenenz, to the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven and even the Rolling Stones.


"A sound as big as Texas" -- Cam Fuller, The StarPhoenix, 8/12/14

 

The band is a conjunto band that formed in 1997. They combined sounds and elements from several genres from Rock to Jazz, and incorporated the sounds of their childhood in New Mexico. Their dynamic sound means that they have collaborated with several artists including Rick Trevino (Country), Flaco Jimenez (Tejano), Los Lobos (Latin) and even Hip Hop recording artist/songwriter King Montana.


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Lucinda Williams
Three Time Grammy Winner
Lucinda Williams

Described by critics as the female Bob Dylan singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams has has garnered 3 Grammy awards and countless top charting albums.

Named "America's best songwriter" by Time magazine in 2002 her songs have been recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty.

She has toured with Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, Roseanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to name a few.

In 2016 she was nominated for Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association at their Honors & Awards Ceremony which were held at The Mansion on O Street.

Madison Violet
Madison Violet

Madison Violet is a JUNO-nominated duo of Canadian singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac. With pop, indie, Americana and root influences, Madison Violet has transfixed audiences across the world with their unique musical sound.

 

The duo released their first three albums independently before being signed with True North Records for their fourth and fifth albums. In addition to their JUNO nomination, the band also won Song of the Year it the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for "The Ransom". The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards were also successful for the band, earning them a nomination in the Singer-Songwriter category for their album, No Fool For Trying, and a win in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song category for "The Ransom and Small of My Heart".

Marc Berger
with Ahren Buchheister Folk, Roots, Americana
Marc Berger

Marc’s performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts.  His song "The last one" was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News. 

His current release, RIDE, is a collection of songs all having to do with the romance of the American West.

At this special O Mansion music experience Marc will be joined by Ahren Buchheister on guitar, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel, Marc will perform songs from RIDE and tell stories about his experiences as an easterner in the mountain and desert West.

Hear tracks, watch video, get the backstory at www.marcbergermusic.com

“Gritty, cinematic tales of the real west...at times stripped bare, at other times dramatic and haunting...an experience like no other album I’ve heard this year.” - MAVERICK, U.K.

Marc Douglas Berardo
Marc Douglas Berardo

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, South Florida Folk Fest, 2013 Rams Head Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year.) No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: "a highly polished personal collection with songs that are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy." In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's interview and live performance feature on Sirius/ XM Satellite Radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. Marc Douglas Berardo has shared the stage with heavyweights such as The New Riders of The Purple Sage, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy LaFave, Martin Sexton, Terri Hendrix, Kevin Welch, Red Molly, Eric Taylor, The Pousette Dart Band, John Haitt, and Livingston Taylor. He is also a member of Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos who are frequent performers and friends of the Mansion on O Street.

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Margo Price
Retro-Country Singer/Songwriter
Margo Price

A classic 70's singer/songwriter Margo Price's voice has that alluring mix of vulnerability and resilience that was once the province of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.

Margo was nominated for 2016 New/Emerging Artist of the Year and for Song of the Year for "Hands of Time," by the Americana Music Association at their Honors & Awards Ceremony which were held at The Mansion on O Street.

Mark Bryan
of Hootie & the Blowfish
Mark Bryan

Not many can say that by age 28 their band from college became a multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning act.  For Mark Bryan, lead guitarist and songwriter for the 90’s band Hootie & the Blowfish, this is one of his many accomplishments.  Known for their hits “Only Wanna Be with You”, “Hold My Hand”, “Let Her Cry”, Hootie and the Blowfish’s debut album Cracked Rearview Mirror went platinum 16 times, making it the 16th best-selling album of all time in the United States.

Currently teaching at the College of Charleston, Mark remains passionate about creating opportunities for youth and up-and-comers to pursue music.  He’s founded two notable organizations, Chucktown Music Group and Carolina Studios. 

Bryan's company Chucktown Music Group won an Emmy for their live-concert television series called LIVE AT THE CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL. His other accolades include an MTV Video Award, two Grammy Awards, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 1996, a Billboard Award, USC Alumnus of the Year in 1997, Order of the Palmetto and a Vernor Award.

Mark is constantly writing, and always manages to always make time for a jam session during his visits to The O Museum in The Mansion.  He is a big Redskins fan, having season tickets.

Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish with His Son Kenny
11.24.23, Doors Open 6pm
Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish with His Son Kenny

TICKET INCLUDES
--- Doors Open & Tour 6:00pm
--- Concert Starts: 7:30pm
--- Cash Bar

ABOUT MARK BRYAN
Mark is a founding member, songwriter and the guitar player for multi-platinum Hootie & the Blowfish and has three solo albums to his credit.

Since moving to Charleston in 1999, Bryan has created 4 solo albums, produced 7 full-length albums, as well as co-written, and produced countless songs for other artists. He was also instrumental in founding the student-run radio station at the College of Charleston.

Bryan's company Chucktown Music Group recently won an Emmy for their live-concert television series called LIVE AT THE CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL. His other accolades include an MTV Video Award, two Grammy Awards, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 1996, a Billboard Award, USC Alumnus of the Year in 1997, Order of the Palmetto and a Vernor Award.

ABOUT KENNY BRYAN
Hailing from former bands Walk With Porpoise and Passenger Pigeon, Kenny Bryan is a South Carolina-based singer-songwriter who writes with an emphasis on Americana music. His first album, Duct Tape Bridge, is comprised of eight deeply personal songs written in his high school days. Kenny operates out of Greenville, SC, where he attends Furman University.

Proceeds of this concert go to support our arts & social justice programs

Mary McBride
Mary McBride

Mary is a jazz and blues artist, often compared to Janis Joplin, who has moved on from performing in New York City subway tunnels to releasing four albums and sharing a stage with countless big names in music. In 2010 McBride also founded the Home Tour, an organization that assembles local and nationally recognized musicians to perform for residents in communities that do not have access to live music, with the goal of enriching those people's lives and engaging the communities.

Mastersons
Mastersons

There's no harmony quite like that of two people in love-not only with each other but with the music they share. The talent-abundant. The appeal-obvious. The Mastersons deliver magic in the form of rootsy, melodic, twangy, pop songs.

Matt the Electrician
Matt the Electrician

Austin singer songwriter Matt the Electrician (he started out as an electrician...) songs are delivered somewhere between Paul Simon's folk-pop and Tom Waits's back-alley sandpaper growl. There's just the right mix of vulnerability and strength, ennui and hope to make women want to take him home and mother him.

Mia Dyson
with Hotels and Highways
Mia Dyson

She's toured with Eric Clapton, Chris Isaak, and Stevie Nicks and collaborated with Eurythmics Dave Stewart.

"Her sublime grit & gravel voice lands her squarely between Lucinda Williams & Bob Dylan." - Boston Globe.

Mia came onto the scene in 2003 with her album, Cold Water, and didn't slow down with her second album in 2005, Parking Lots, which won the ARIA Award for Best Blues & Roots Album.

Hotels and Highways
"A gleeful blend of country, pop, and rock and roll" - Dan Bolles, Seven Days Vermont

Michael Fitzpatrick
Tuning The Planet
Michael Fitzpatrick

Featured in the New York Times, USA Today, on PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Fitzpatrick has performed around the world for the past 30 years.

Hailed by The New York Times as possessing "A sense of humor, virtuosity, and an ear for musical dialogue", Michael Fitzpatrick has shared the stage with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for the past 17 years as part of the TUNING THE PLANET recording/film/performance platform he is spearheading. He is the recipient of The Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship conferred by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.

He has performed for the Pope and as cello soloist at The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, the Aspen Music Festival and most recently at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds' 100 Year Anniversary Concert honoring its founder, Pulitzer Prize winner Gian Carlo Menotti. He was instrumental in bringing together Nobel Peace laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama and United Nations Messenger of Peace Muhammad Ali, performing for their historic joining and blessing of the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple.

Michael Jackson
the King of Pop
Michael Jackson

"If we all had a little bit of Michael Jackson in us, I think it would make the world a better place." - Tracy Morgan Michael Jackson was an American pop star, dancer and actor, known for his success both with his family band the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. His 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album in history. His music videos, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" from his 1982 album Thriller, are notable for both their artistic style and their promotional functions. In addition to his wide range and powerful singing voice, Jackson was a talented dancer who propagated the use of two dance moves still used today: the robot and the moonwalk. His unique sound has influenced artists across the board for generations to come. His accolades include 13 Grammy Awards, Grammy Legend Award, Grammy Lifetime Achievement, Award 26 American Music Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (twice, the only artist to do so), Songwriters Hall of Fame, Dance Hall of Fame, Guinness World Records.

Michele Riganese
with Jon Bendis
Michele Riganese

Michele Riganese
 
Michele taught herself guitar and has been writing songs since she was 11 years old. While she has been compared to Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, and Jonatha Brooke, Michele has a unique blend of folk, pop, and country that is all her own. Jon Bendis Jon is a writer and producer best known for his work on MTV's The State. His expansive career speaks for itself, but some of his notable credits include the 1994 Billboard Music Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Jon Bendis

Jon is a writer and producer best known for his work on MTV's The State. His expansive career speaks for itself, but some of his notable credits include the 1994 Billboard Music Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Milk Carton Kids
Grammy Nominee & Best Duo/Group of the Year - Americana Music Assoc.
Milk Carton Kids

Hailing from Eagle Rock, California, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed The Milk Carton Kids in early 2011. The Grammy-nominated harmony duo have emerged as a powerful voice defining the new folk tradition. Their 2013 album, The Ash and Clay, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. In 2014 they won Best Duo/Group of the Year by the Americana Music Association.

They were nominated for 2016 Group Duo of the Year by the Americana Music Association at their Honors & Awards Ceremony which were held at The Mansion on O Street.

Mipso
Favorite festival performance - Rolling Stone Magazine
Mipso

Favorite 2016 festival performance - Rolling Stone Magazine

Chapel Hill's indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain (April 7, 2017), Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana - where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Mipso's music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn.

Hailed as "hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular." (Acoustic Guitar), Mipso brings a distinctly unique sound- full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes.

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Guests are invited to explore the museum's themed rooms and secret doors, 60 signed guitars, memorabilia, art and much more before the event begins. Be sure to bring a shopping bag everything is for sale!

Morley
Morley

From Carnegie Hall to the Nomad Women's Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley has brought her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world's stage.

She has performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, and Ela Gandhi. She has written, collaborated, and shared the stage with Richie Havens, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah, Sarah McLachlan, Wynton Marsalis and many more.

Mrs. Parks Annual Awards - Live Stream
Mrs. Parks Annual Awards - Live Stream

PRESENTED BY O MUSEUM and THE ROSA & RAYMOND PARKS INSTITUTE [RRPI]

Annual humanitarian awards in the name of Mrs. Rosa Parks — bestowed by the RRPI and O Museum in The Mansion. The award will honor women who have demonstrated courage, dignity, and determination to create change and better the lives of others in the world.
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HONOREES:
Humanitarian Award
Marcia Thomas
President, USA Africa

Woman of the Year
Susan Wojcicki
CEO, YouTube

Rising Star
Marley Dias
American Activist & Writer

Legacy Award
Cicely Tyson
Actress & Civil Rights
Supporter
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Nell & Jim Band
Roots Music
Nell & Jim Band

As featured on the PBS Music Gone Public TV Series, Vancouver Folk Festival and FreshGrass

Nell & Jim Band bring all of your favorite elements of authentic music together, creating a genre-busting sound that combines Americana, folk and bluegrass music. The “beloved Bay Area bluegrass stars” (San Jose Mercury News) have been featured on Prairie Home Companion, at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the PBS series Music Gone Public, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival.

“Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally love the road, and they revel in the adventure of uncovering new corners of this old world that people call home.” — NO DEPRESSION

Nell Robinson has been described as one of the freshest voices in roots music. Jim Nunally is a San Francisco Bay Area-native, a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. Jim joins master American guitarists Doc Watson and Tony Rice as one of the finest interpreters and performers of bluegrass and traditional music. Jim Kerwin is considered simply one of the best string bass players in the country. Playing with David Grisman for over 30 years, he is featured on all of Grisman’s Jerry Garcia recordings. Jon Arkin is a versatile, gifted percussionist who is known for his performances & recorded work in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has performed with jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Gene Perla, and Ira Sullivan. Renowned San Francisco musician and accordion player Rob Reich joined the band in 2017 and is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella. This is truly an all-star band!

No Second Troy
No Second Troy

No Second Troy proves that the indie rock and pop music genres are not mutually exclusive. Originally from Washington, D.C., No Second Troy employs strong vocals, guitars, and layers of electronic synthesizers to accomplish a harmony between rock and pop. Their impressive musical renderings have lead to features on ESPN, XM Radio, MTV and in Spin Magazine. They've performed alongside bands like Pete Yorn, Dr. Dog, Coldplay and at the SXSW and NXNE festivals.

Nora Jane Struthers Duo Acoustic Show
$25/per
Nora Jane Struthers Duo Acoustic Show

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES

proudly presents Nora Jane Struthers in a Duo Acoustic Show with Joe Overton.

Nora's latest release "Champion" was listed among the best albums of the year in No Depression Staff Picks, NPR's list of "Most Underheard Albums of The Year" and Rolling Stone’s “12 Great Country, Americana Albums You Probably Didn’t Hear” in 2017.

Nora Jane Struthers has written "some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists," says Ann Powers of NPR Music. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners' lives are usually the
ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear.

Struthers has built her career on these kinds of songs. There’s an honesty and energy to Nora Jane’s stage presence; a vulnerability that is part and parcel of great artistry. In one moment, she joyfully leads the audience in a dance party … in the next, she lays her soul bare for the world to hear.

Our New Girl - a live play reading from Solas Nua
Our New Girl - a live play reading from Solas Nua

Doors open: 3:00 PM

Solas Nua's play reading series continues with this thriller mystery by Nancy Harris.

We're delighted to be live and in-person with our free play readings again. Join us for an afternoon with a new play, followed by a post-show discussion with Artistic Director of Theatre, Rex Daugherty.

The reading is free but registration is required.

To explore beyond the second floor of The Mansion a tour or treasure hunt must be purchased: see choices under add-ons on this form or visit omuseum.org/visit
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ABOUT THE PLAY
Behind the shiny door of Hazel Robinson's immaculate London home, things aren't as good as they look. Her plastic surgeon husband, Richard, has embarked on his latest charitable mission to Haiti, leaving the heavily pregnant Hazel to cope with a failing business and a problem son. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a seemingly perfect stranger, and one who has an agenda of her own.

What The Press Is Saying:

'Mercilessly accurate... this fiendish little play is spot-on'
--- Daily Mail

'Both gripping and deeply unsettling'
--- Daily Telegraph

'A wonderful sly, sharp humour and thematic subtlety'
--- Independent

Photo of cast: (Left to Right) Emily Whitworth, JJ Johnson, Katy Carfuff, Deema Turkomani
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This event is free but reservations are required.

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About this event:

The event is in person and indoors. Proof of vaccination is required to attend. All artists and patrons are required to show proof of vaccination to attend. A copy or picture of your vaccine card can be shown upon arrival.

Masks are required for the indoor setting.

Over The Rhine
Singer, Songwriter Duo - Pop/Rock
Over The Rhine

Native Ohioans Detweiler and Bergquist launched Over the Rhine in the spring of 1989, naming the ensemble after the historic, bohemian Cincinnati neighborhood Over-the-Rhine, where they lived, wrote, and recorded together. They quickly struck a chord with listeners, and had a solid local following by the time they launched their first two albums, Till We Have Faces (1991) and Patience (1992).

Over the next two decades, Over the Rhine continued to build a musically and emotionally potent catalogue. Over the Rhine’s 15th studio album Love & Revelation marks the duo’s 30th continuous year of writing, recording and touring together. In that time, singer songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler (who’ve been married for 22 years) have built a vivid, emotionally-charged body of work that has won them a deeply devoted following and critical acclaim.

They have shared the stage with Bob Dylan, John Prine, Adrian Belew, Squeeze, Ani DiFranco, My Morning Jacket, Hem, and toured as "adjunct" members of Cowboy Junkies.

Paul Williams
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Author & Recovery Advocate
Paul Williams

Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe-winning songwriter. Williams is recognized as one of America's most prolific and gifted lyricists and composers. A Hall of Fame songwriter and recipient of the 2004 National Music Publishers President's Award, Williams' standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Johynny Mathis, Bing Crosby, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Mel Torme and Diana Ross. "The Rainbow Connection", from the children's classic The Muppet Movie, is one of two Paul Williams songs that grace the American Film Institute's list of top movie songs of all time; the second, "Evergreen" is from the award-wining Streisand/Kristofferson remake of A Star is Born.

Although most people first came to know Mr. Williams as one of Johnny Carson's recurring favorites on The Tonight Show, or as an actor in dozens of films, television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "You and Me Against the World" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song" all remain pop classics.

Privately a devoted father and publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian, he predicts he'll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to "The Love Boat" theme. In April 2009, Paul Williams was elected the new President and Chairman of ASCAP.

Paul Williams' Birthday Benefit
With Special Guest Appearances
Paul Williams' Birthday Benefit

To celebrate his birthday Paul Williams' is giving back!

Join him and some very special guests at O Museum for an evening full of music, love, and joy.

Proceeds will benefit: O Museum in The Mansion & FreeHorse Arts (freehorsearts.org/)

VIP MEET & GREET + CELEBRATION: 7:30PM

CELEBRATION IN-PERSON: 8:30PM 

Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world. His songs and scores have received six Oscar, nine Grammy, six Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. "The Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie, is one of two of Williams' songs that grace AFI's List of Top Movie Songs of All Time. More recent honors include album of the year Grammy, as co-writer and featured artist on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories; and a World Soundtrack Award with Gustavo Santaolalla for their work on The Book of Life.

Paul is also passionate about recovery and works tirelessly to destigmatize alcoholism and addiction. His humorous observations of life, love, and creativity has been shared in a best-selling book entitled Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life which was featured on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.

While publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, author and actor, most recently for his recurring role with Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath, Paul predicts he'll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to "The Love Boat" theme. However, it is the lyrics from Bugsy Malone that aptly sum up his philosophy: "You give a little love and it all comes back to you; You're gonna' be remembered for the things that you say and do". (Coke commercial lyrics)

Although most people first came to know Mr. Williams as one of Johnny Carson's recurring favorites on The Tonight Show, or as an actor in dozens of films, television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "You and Me Against the World" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song" all remain pop classics.

Privately a devoted father and publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian, he is also President and Chairman of ASCAP.

Peaches Miriamm Wright
Peaches Miriamm Wright

Piedmont Blues
& Friends
Piedmont Blues

2011 NEA National Heritage Fellow and "Guitar Man" Warner Williams diverse repertoire reflects a wide range of musical influences, from bluesmen Blind Boy Fuller, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters, to country artists Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, and Gene Autry, as well as jazz, big band, and popular tunes.


Warner's Piedmont Blues incorporate fiddle tunes, ballads, country, pop, ragtime and gospel for a sound like no other! The son of a cement finisher and a house cleaner, Williams and his 10 siblings grew up in a musical household. By his teenage years, he was paying his busfare with his music and at 22 he won an on-air talent show on WWDC. From these humble beginnings, Williams went on to win the National Endowment of the Arts' highest honor, a National Heritage Fellowship in the summer of 2011.

Despite these honors, you're most likely to see Warner at the Shady Grove Metro Station performing for tips. For Warner, the joy of playing music is far more important than the potential paycheck. So long as he earns enough to get himself back home, and brings enjoyment to those who get the opportunity to listen to him, he's happy. He didn't release his first album until age 74, and worked as a garbage man to support his wife and children. This album was a worn several years in the making, but not in the usual way. Most of the work involved was done by Tom Mindte, the owner of Patuxent Records, after he saw Warner at an open mike night. Mindte recorded one of Warner's sets, and when the quality was not good enough to release, it took him 8 more years to coax Warner into a studio to record his music.

Warner follows the tradition of songsters, who travel from street corners, to bus stations, to small venues, such as dive bars and house parties, all for the love of the music and to pay the bus fare home. He is often seen at open mike night at Dave's American Bistro, where owner Kevin Sheehan says he's been playing for the last 25 years. Williams might be the last true songster left, and at age 88 it doesn't look like he ever plans on slowing down!

Prince
Prince

Punxatawny Phil
Punxatawny Phil

Though more famous for his work in Pennsylvania each Groundhogs Day, Punxatawny Phil has also graced the Mansion with his presence! Unlike his appearances each February, his appearance at the Mansion didn't predict the weather.

Quincy Jones
Grammy, Oscar, Tony & Emmy Award Winning Artist
Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones has worked in just about every area of entertainment including composer, artist, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, humanitarian, investor, and record, film, and TV producer. One of the most decorated artists he has won multiple awards including 25 Grammys, 1 Oscar, 1 Tony and 1 Emmy Award.

Born in Chicago, and raised in Seattle, Quincy began playing the trumpet at a young age under the mentorship of Clark Terry and attended the Schillinger House (now called Berklee College of Music) in Boston. He continued his music career, and in 1961 he became the first high-level black record executive at any established label when he was promoted to Vice President of Mercury Records.

In 1985, he co-produced Steven Spielberg's adaptation of The Color Purple, which received 11 Oscar nominations. In TV, he produced shows such as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Mad TV.

At 84 years old, Quincy shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon and is working on a variety of projects through his company, The Quincy Jones Global Network.

Renee Dion
R&B, hip hop, jazz
Renee Dion

Renee Dion hails from Columbus, Ohio and released her first album, Rhapsody Inn, in 2011. The Ohio native honed her skills in Chicago, where she attended Columbia College, Los Angeles and Atlanta, working with industry up and comers. Through this experience, she developed a unique sound, combining R&B, hip hop, jazz and soul in a way that is unlike any other.

Renee has opened for N'Dambi, Eric Roberson and Jesse Boykins III, and has sung with Gordon Chambers.

According to Renee, "My mission is to create the soundtrack to navigate through life’s many ups and downs, see people set free from fear, bondage of the mind and begin to see yourself as God sees you. Victorious!"

Renee will embark on her first national tour in the summer of 2018.

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Richie Havens
Richie Havens

Richie Havens Brooklyn native and the eldest of nine children, Richie was known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style. He became well-known for his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Richie went on to start his own record label, called Stormy Forest. Later that year came Alarm Clock, which included the George Harrison-penned hit single, "Here Comes the Sun". This was Havens' first album to reach Billboard's Top 30 Chart.

Robert Ellis
Robert Ellis

Houston, Texas based country singer/songwriter Robert Ellis blends aspects of country, folk, jazz, and bluegrass to create a genre defying sound that earned him a place on American Songwriter Magazine's best albums of 2011 for his album Photographs. He has toured with Alabama Shakes and Old Crow Medicine Show, and just released his third album, simply titled Robert Ellis, in June of 2016.

Rockin' the Suburbs Podcast Live
Rockin' the Suburbs Podcast Live

Join Jim Lenahan and Patrick Foster hosts of Rockin' the Suburbs Podcast as they MC a book reading/Q&A session with Robert Dean Lurie, author of 'Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years.'

"The start of R.E.M and the rise of the Athens, GA music scene has been the subject of countless books, but few crackle with the ring of truth of Robert Dean Lurie’s fascinating new volume Begin the Begin."
~ The Big Takeover

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Dean Lurie is a writer and musician based in Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of "No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church" and "We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie."

Roger Street Friedman
Americana Music
Roger Street Friedman

"One moment he's turning out harmonically rich Paul Simon-esque art-folk; the next he’s digging into the kind of good ‘n’ greasy Americana groove John Hiatt would kill for.” - Jim Allen, Culture Sonar

Roger Street Friedman is a singer-songwriter based in Sea Cliff, New York. Friedman restarted his music career in 2010 following the loss of his parents and the birth of his daughter. His works have received critical acclaim from top outlets including No Depression, American Songwriter, Relix Magazine, and the New York Daily News, and his 2017 album, Shoot The Moon, reached #2 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Album Chart.
 
His new single, Sun Never Sets, features some of the finest voices in Americana including Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Joel Rafael, and Peter Yarrow. The track serves as a soothing protest track in support of all immigrants past, present, and future. For more information please visit www.rogerstreetfriedman.com

Salman Ahmad
Salman Ahmad

One of South Asia's most influential cultural figures, Salman is a musician, physician and United Nations goodwill ambassador.

He popularized a blend of Western rock music and Eastern/Islamic music which has been called "Sufi rock" and hailed as a cultural bridge within South Asia and between the East and West.

Sam Moore
Sam Moore

The Legendary Soul Man

Voted one of the 100 top voices of all time

Rolling Stone Magazine 2008


". The Frank Sinatra of soul"

B. B. King


"My favorite instrument is Sam Moore's voice"

Dan Aykoyd/Elwood Blues


"One of the greatest voices of all time"

Sting and Billy Joel

 

Sam is best known for being the sultry tenor voice behind the soul music duo, Sam & Dave, along with his solo career. Throughout his incredible career, Sam has performed at the Grammys, the 1994 tribute to Elvis Presley, the Kennedy Center’s tribute to Smokey Robinson, SXSW. Sam has recorded or performed with the biggest names in music including Phil Collins, Elton John, Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen, Conway Twitty and Lou Reed among many others.


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

This husband and wife duo meld his love of rock and blues with her roots of folk and country to develop their own original southern rock sound. Their divine harmonies and fresh melodies are a hallmark of this southern rock group.

Shawn Amos
Shawn Amos

"Keepin' the blues alive, one gig at a time" Shawn Amos is a Los Angeles based blues singer-songwriter. His most well known album, Thank You Shirl-ee May, was released in 2005. It was written as homage to his mother, a nightclub singer who performed under the same name. After several years of songwriting Amos decided to set his own work aside and began working as an artists' representative and a producer. He has produced songs for musicians like Heart, Quincy Jones and Solomon Burke.

Shawn Mullins
Grammy Nominee
Shawn Mullins

Born in Atlanta, Georgia Shawn specializes in folk rock, adult alternative and Americana Music. He is best known for his Grammy nominated song "Lullaby". which hit number one on the adult top 40.

 

Shawn's musical inclinations started early in life, when he was mentored by Amy Rau of Indigo Girls. He continued to study music in his college career, eventually becoming the bandmaster of the military marching band at his university, North Georgia College and State University.

 

He pursued music professionally after resigning from the U.S. Army Reserve. His songs have been featured on tv shows such as Scrubs and Dawson's Creek, as well as promotional campaigns for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Sierra Hull & Ethan Jodziewicz
Bluegrass
Sierra Hull & Ethan Jodziewicz

Sierra Hull
An accomplished mandolin player Sierra Hull was mentored by Alison Krauss. Hull and Krauss, along with Dan Tyminski, performed at the White House on November 21, 2011.

In addition to winning International Bluegrass Music Association nominations three years in a row Hull received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation for advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.

Ethan Jodziewicz
Nashville-based double bassist Ethan Jodziewicz thrives in performances and collaborations that combine traditional and contemporary elements, technical virtuosity with simplicity and passion. A rising star on the new acoustic music scene, he has been inspiring audiences with music that is fresh, exciting, and without boundaries.

Skunk Baxter Green Room Session
Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers
Skunk Baxter Green Room Session

Baxter has been the lead guitarist for Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers and has been a well known and uniquely talented musician since the 60's. Aside from his passion for music, he also serves as a defense analyst and consultant for the United States Government. On tour, he would study technical defense magazines and other defense technology manuals. "To most of the world, Skunk Baxter is one of the great rock and roll guitar players. Inside the Beltway, he's one of the leading experts on military defense, and we listen to his advice all the time," said Republican California congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Songwriters' Workshop
with Bill Kelly
Songwriters' Workshop

Singer, Songwriter mramericana.com

[ASCAP] Bill Kelly's song "Luck of the Irish" was in the TV series Northern Exposure and the Ken Russell film, Whore. Bill's song "It Must Stink to be Pink" can be heard in the Academy Award nominated documentary, Super Size Me. Kelly also performs on the movie soundtrack of Don Gorske: Mac Daddy, and the Lisa France feature film, The Unseen. Bill's song "She's Single Again" was featured in the NBC show, Ed.

Sonny Bono
Sonny Bono

Sonny is one of those artists whose career could fill volumes, but at the same time defies description. He began as a songwriter for Specialty Records, where he wrote "Things You Do to Me" for Sam Cooke. By the early 60s, he was working for Phil Spector. He then began singing with his then-wife, Cher, and by the end of the 60s his career had skyrocketed.

 

In addition to music, Sonny entered the realm of television on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971 to 1974). Despite the couples' divorce, they continued to work on The Sonny and Cher Show in 1976 and 1977. Their last television appearance was in 1987 on Late Night with David Letterman. As an actor, he appeared in shows and films such as Men in Black and The Golden Girls.


As a politician, he began his career as they Mayor of Palm Springs, California, and is most remembered in that community for creating the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is still held every year in his memory. Sonny also ran for a Senate nomination, and despite losing this race, ended up in Congress anyway upon winning a seat in the House of Representatives representing the 44th District of California. While in Congress he fought for a bill to extend copyright protections, which never made it to the Senate. The Senate passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in his memory after he passed away in 1998.

Sons of Fathers
Sons of Fathers

Formerly Beck & Cauthen
The dynamic Texan duo David Beck and Paul Cathen come together to perform as Sons of Fathers, a band that is creating "a country shuffle reminiscent of Robert Earl Keen, Americana music with the lyrical weight of Bob Dylan, and a no-frills rocker like when the Stones were at their best." (ReverbNation).Their ability to transcend genre and produce original sound has earned them comparisons from bands such as The Byrds, The Everly Brothers and The Avett Brothers. Their tight "Everly-esque" harmonies bring life to their timeless classics.

Sons of Town Hall
George Brown and Josiah Jones
Sons of Town Hall

South For Winter - Live Stream Benefit
Presented By SHC Music Tribe
South For Winter - Live Stream Benefit

PRESENTED BY O Museum & SHC Music Tribe

FREE to stream - Donations appreciated. (Donations support the artist-in-residence, heroes, and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion) - omuseum.org/donate

Stream on:
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on YouTube:
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--- Concert Starts: 6:00pm

Join us after the show for a Green Room Meet & Greet with the band. Register here: https://bit.ly/SouthForWinterVIP

ABOUT SOUTH FOR WINTER:

Often described as "folk-blues," "folk-jazz," or "Renaissance," South for Winter's songs are intoned with a depth of emotion and richness of experience that invites listeners into the story - eager and anxious in turn with each verse. In a landscape saturated with incredible songwriters and musicians, South for Winter have developed a sound all of their own. With meticulously crafted lyrics, captivating natural charisma, and an impressive assortment of instruments at their command, South for Winter have time and time again established themselves as a crowd favorite.

In Spring 2018 South for Winter were nominated as a rising local artist by Nashville's Lightning 100 Radio; in summer 2019 they were voted a "Most Wanted" Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival; and in January 2020 they were chosen as a Top Artist of 2019 by BuzzMusic blog.

In March 2020 the trio released their debut full-length album, Luxumbra, which was recorded with GRAMMY award-winning producer Matt Leigh at the award-winning Tracking Room studio in Nashville TN.

Stone (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MWTCpBtZqs

St. Patrick's Day Festival
with Solas Nua & Michael Brunnock
St. Patrick's Day Festival

4:00 – 6:00pm
— Poetry reading (Bring your favorite Irish poem or pick one from our collection)
— Traditional music
— New Irish short cinema
— New video art from Northern Ireland

6:00 – 7:30pm [Concert]
Michael Brunnock
Singer - Song Writer
In this special St. Patrick’s Day solo show Michael will bring music old and young from Ireland, sharing family songs and stories handed down with a natural wit and sincerity.

Michael has an extraordinary voice, whose songs mine the profound. It is not surprising that David Byrne cast him to sing the role of an Irish musician on the brink of success whose voice guides Sean Penn through an emotional journey of self-discovery in This Must Be the Place. The score by Byrne with lyrics by Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) called for a distinctive vocalist, which Brunnock is. Michael has won an Italian Oscar (Di Donatello) for the best original song If it falls and has written and performed music for Italian movies Noi 4 and Manuel.

Brunnock’s roots are deeply evident on the acclaimed The Orchard, a collection of gorgeously crafted songs featuring guest performances from Glen Hansard, Julia Stone, Ari Hest and Joe Sumner.

Michael has collaborated with acclaimed Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan (Solas Nua: Wild Sky and The Frederick Douglass Project), on a new musical project called Ettie, a reimagining of the story of Ettie Steinberg, one of the very few Irish citizens to die in the Holocaust. He is currently finishing a song cycle based on poetry and letters by Sir Roger Casement.

Guests are invited to explore the museum's themed rooms and secret doors, 60 signed guitars, memorabilia, art and much more before the event begins. Be sure to bring a shopping bag everything is for sale!  

Taylor Carson
Taylor Carson

Sons of Fathers (formerly Beck & Cauthen)
A country shuffle reminiscent of Robert Earl Keen, Americana music with the lyrical weight of Bob Dylan, and a no-frills rocker like when the Stones were at their best.


Taylor Carson's 2010 album Defending The Name won an Independent Music Award. Pat McGee stated, "it stands out from the crowd, just as Taylor always has." His latest album, With Innocence, debuted at #6 on the iTunes album charts.

 

With more than 15 years of experience, Taylor has shared the stage with artists such as O.A.R., Eric Hutchinson, Kina Grannis, Stephen Kellogg, Dispatch and Pat McGee and has given over 1000 performances. When asked about his music, he said "My/our music is filled with the optimism of dreams into everyday challenges and finds, with insightful observation about the good in the world around us. Songwriting is my vehicle of choice in the relentless pursuit of identity and community."


The Honey Trap A Play Reading
Written by Leo McGann, Directed by Matt Torney
The Honey Trap A Play Reading

authors & playrights

A live reading of the play The Honey Trap by award-winning playwright Leo McGann, directed by Matt Torney, the Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theater.
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Leo McGann Leo is an award-winning playwright from Belfast. He began writing with Tinderbox Theatre Company through their Fireworks Young Writers group, was part of the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme and Studio Group in London. He was awarded the Kennedy Center's Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award in 2018. The Honey Trap was produced as a workshop production at Boston Playwrights' Theatre in 2017. He holds a BA in Modern History from Oxford and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.

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Matt Torney, Director Matt originally from Belfast is the Associate Artistic Director of DC’s Studio Theatre. Previously he was Director of Programming for Origin Theatre in NYC, Resident Assistant Director at The Abbey Theatre and Associate Director at Rough Magic Theatre Company in Dublin. In 2010 he directed Solas Nua’s production of Arthur Reardon and Bell Helicopter’s Irish WWII-era musical comedy, Improbable Frequency. He holds a BA in Drama and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.

The Kennedys
Award Winning Folk-Pop Duo - $25/per
The Kennedys

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES


Award winning husband-and-wife folk-pop team, have been tearing up the music scene since their 1995 debut album, the Celtic-tinged River of Fallen Stars (Green Linnet) which won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors indie award for best contemporary adult album. Their follow-up album, 1996's Life Is Large, included cameos from Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, Kelly Willis, Nils Lofgren and Susan Cowsill to name a few -- and garnered the couple many awards, including more than 30 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards).

Individually accomplished Pete has played with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Nanci Griffith while Maura performed with the Delta Rays and won the New York Country Music Association's Songwriter of the Year Award.

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The Milk Carton Kids
Intimate acoustic benefit concert
The Milk Carton Kids

Intimate acoustic performance - fundraiser for the O Museum in The Mansion

--- Limited tickets available
--- Concert Starts: 8:00pm
--- Cash Bar

About The Milk Carton Kids:
The Milk Carton Kids are a major force in the continuing American folk tradition, blending ethereal, oscillating harmonies and intricate, inventive musicianship --- with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft.

They've performed with Robert Plant, EmmyLou Harris, and Steve Earle. They were also featured in T Bone Burnett & The Coen Brothers' concert film documentary, Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, singing alongside Joan Baez, Jack White, Gillian Welch, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers and many other folk luminaries and upstarts. They've also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS This Morning, and NPR Music Tiny Desk.

They've been nominated for two GRAMMY's one for "Best American Roots Performance" and the other for "Best Folk Album."They also won The Americana Music Association Award for "Duo/Group Of The Year"

Proceeds of this benefit concert support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Street Museum

The Smuggler A Play Reading
a live play reading from Solas Nua
The Smuggler A Play Reading

authors & playrights

A Live reading of the play "The Smuggler" by playwright Ronan Noone and performed Solas Nua's Rex Daugherty

Irish immigrant Tim Finnegan had notions of being a writer in America but struggles as a bartender on the island of Amity. That all changes when a stranger arrives with a plan to make people “disappear and reappear,” and Tim learns the price he must pay to become an American.

Solas Nua’s theatre artistic director, Rex Daugherty, turns in a performance that The Washington Post described as, “delicious…an enticing conspiracy. Daugherty is so good as the bartender that you almost forget how evil he is.”

The Sweater Set - Live Stream
The Sweater Set - Live Stream

Streaming Concert Starts: 7 pm
(no reservations needed)

Stream on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/omansion

Join The Sweater Set as they perform their new album FLY ON THE WALL - Live!

"FLY ON THE WALL" was named one of the best folk albums of 2020 by Pop Matters.

"The Sweater Set will pluck at your heartstrings"
- The Washington Post

Co-hosted by O Museum In The Mansion & Rochelle Rice

Featuring up-and-coming musician Rolanda Carter!

Thelma Houston
Grammy Winner
Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song "Don't Leave Me This Way" which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

 

The daughter of a cotton picker, Thelma grew up in Leland Mississippi. She later joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group. From there her career took off, and she was signed with Dunhill Records. Her debut album, Sunshower, was released in 1969. Thelma's most popular song, "Don't Leave Me This Way", reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. Most recently, she released an EP entitled Forty-Two which was a collaboration with a Los Angeles based producer, Janitor.

Three Tenors of Climate Change
Three Tenors of Climate Change

Science is about facts, and scientific fact is at the center of climatologist Dr. Ben Santer's work on global warming. The esteemed scientist from Lawrence Livermore Labs will join Milwaukee-based filmmaker Chip Duncan and global health expert Dr. Hernando Garzon from California's Kaiser Permanente for an evening of discussion about receding glaciers, global climate modeling and the long term health consequences facing a warming world.

Using personal stories, long term study and decades of documentation and participation, Santer, Duncan and Garzon have teamed up to bring their climate story to audiences across the U.S. Duncan begins the evening with a discussion of his documentation of North America's iciest landscapes going back to 1991. Santer tells the story of a warming climate through computer modeling and satellite imagery accented by personal stories that begin with his participation in the 1995 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This report reached the historic conclusion that "the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate." Considered one of the world's leading experts on global disaster response during the past generation, Garzon weaves a personal story that begins with his work navigating crises like 9/11, the Haitian earthquake and West Africa's Ebola crisis while addressing a noticeable shift to climate-related disasters such as Puerto Rico, New Orleans, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Ayerwaddy Delta region of Burma.
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Cash bar.

The speakers are donating their time for this appearance.

Proceeds of this event go to support the programs at O Museum in The Mansion

Tiara Brown
USA Boxing World Gold Medalist & DC Police Officer of the Year
Tiara Brown

Team USA Boxing World Gold Medalist & DC's Police Officer of The Year Tiara Brown is coming to O Street and you can meet her!

ABOUT TIARA
Tiara is a Team USA World Gold Medalist and World Boxing Organization, NABO World Champion with a record of 8-0 with 6KO’s.

Boxing Highlights:
• The first U.S. female in history to win both the Gold and Bronze Medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championship.

• Competed in the first ever Women’s USA Olympic Trials placing 4th

• Won Gold in Canada at the Pan American Games ranking #1 in the Continent at 125lbs.

• The only American to win Gold in China at the Women’s World Championship becoming the third American in history to do so ranking #1 in the world at 125lbs from 2012-2015

Her accomplishments in the ring are equally matched outside the ring — On March 19, 2019 Tiara was chosen out of 2700 Officers and named DC's Police Officer of The Year for her distinguished work with the community. This past April Tiara was presented a flag by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes on Capitol Hill for her service as a police officer and as an pro-athlete.

In addition to her work on the force and boxing Tiara volunteers at the Humane Rescue Alliance Group, Marthas Table and mentors at the Big Brother sister program in the DMV. Always giving back Tiara created the Tiara Brown Athletic Scholarship and awarded $1000 to a FT Myers senior to help with college expenses.

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This event is free but reservations are required.

Cash bar.

Tom Constanten
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Keyboardist for The Grateful Dead
Tom Constanten

Constanten wrote orchestral pieces as a child. He became the 7th member of the Grateful Dead in 1968, recording the band's second album, Anthem of the Sun, while on weekend leave from the Air Force. "It was like a magic carpet ride that was there for me to step on," he says. "I would have been a fool not to." He was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

He stated his personal philosophy in a 2002 interview, "I know of no path that is better marked than the study of music. Maybe I just think so because it's the path I'm on. There's the old question "How come there's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it over." Well, here's an answer. Settle down. Do it right. However long it takes. That's the direct route to the fast lane!"

 

He practices what he preaches, and after time in Grateful Dead, Constanten turned to academics and held a Creative Associate fellowship in composition at SUNY Buffalo at their music-oriented Center of the Creative and Performing Arts from 1974-75. In 1986, he was an artist in residence at Harvard University. He also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute.

 

Constanten also began to tour as a solo pianist, and was the house pianist for the radio program, West Coast Weekend, from 1986 to 1993. He also plays with a number of Grateful Dead tribute bands, including Jazz is Dead, a band which covers classic Dead songs with jazz influences.


Constanten has been an artist in residence off and on at the Mansion for the past 15 years! Keep an eye out for his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Award when you tour the Mansion.

Tom Freund
Tom Freund

"Every year the mounting landfill of new releases... yields a few unexpected gems, and Tom Freund is one of them."

- The New York Times


"Truly unique and absolutely brilliant."

- All Music Guide


"I get shivers down my spine on almost every tune. Along with Lucinda Williams, Freund is the best singer/songwriter operating today."

- Graham Parker

 

Tom's musical career began in 1992 with the release of his duo's self-titled album, Pleasure and Pain. After this, Tom began playing bass with The Silos and launched his solo career with the album, North American Long Weekend, in 1998. Following the success of this album, Tom became a favorite on NPR's Weekend Edition.


Tom's unique singer-songwriter style incorporates his previous experience writing across several genres, from pop to folk to jazz to rock and roll and beyond. His latest album, Two Moons, is unlike anything he's ever created before, blending confidence with his own life experience to create an album that is sure to impress.

Tommy Shaw
from Styx
Tommy Shaw

Tommy Shaw is a guitar player and singer-songwriter, best known as a member of STYX. Some of his own material including "Fooling Yourself", "Blue Collar Man" and "Too Much Time On My Hands" contributed to the success of the group that he ultimately recorded over ten albums with. In addition to his work with STYX he has toured with other bands such as the Damn Yankees and as a solo artist.

Tommy describes his first gig as when, at age 5, his grandfather gave him a nickel in exchange for singing a song. His parents gave him his first guitar at age 10. By age 14, he had joined his first band, The Vagabonds, and hasn't stopped making music since!

His discography alone is impressive, having recorded 19 albums with STYX, 6 solo albums, 2 albums with Damn Yankees and 2 albums with Shaw/Blades. Of these, several went platinum, in part due to Tommy's efforts. He travelled the country and personally asked radio stations to play the band's single "Come Sail Away", which led to the band's album The Grand Illusion going platinum in 1977. Damn Yankees' second album, Don't Tread, also went platinum.

Tommy was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in his hometown of Montgomery in February of 2008.

U.S. Elevator
U.S. Elevator

The brainchild of Johnny Irion, U.S. Elevator's music is filled with loving and wily winks at the visionary forces of the 1960s and 1970s - The Beatles, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Gram Parsons, and The Hollies, for starters - and is at the same time thoroughly original, contemporary, and richly melodic.


While Johnny and his wife, Sarah Lee Guthrie were working on their fifth album (released in 2013), a friend suggested that he and his wife make a purely folk album and leave out the heavier rock sounds that Johnny usually brings to the table. At first, he was hurt by the suggestion, but after some time and some thought, Johnny began channelling his rock and roll sounds into U.S. Elevator. After assembling his remaining bandmates and a studio to record in, U.S. Elevator was fully formed, ready to go and has taken off since! They released their first self-titled album in 2015, and toured with Stone Temple Pilots.

Ultra Nate
Billboard's 12th Most Successful Dance Artist of All-Time
Ultra Nate

Ultra is a singer, songwriter, DJ, producer & promoter who has eight studio albums under her belt. She takes pride in the fact that she has always written her own songs, even after being signed to Warner Brothers Records in the UK in 1989. In her 25 years, she has collaborated with The Basement Boys, Nellee Hooper, D-Inflience, Mood II Swing, Nona Hendryx, Lenny Kravitz, N'Dea Davenport, DJ Class, NERVO, Tony Moran, StoneBridge, Todd Terry, David Morales, Michele Williams (of Destiny's Child), Boy George, Morgan Page, and Quentin Harris among others. Her unique sound combines elements of house, soul, disco, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and electro pop. Ultra says she is honored to considered an icon of the dance and LGBT communities. She lives in Baltimore.

VIRTUAL Paul Williams' Benefit
With Special Guest Appearances
VIRTUAL Paul Williams' Benefit

To celebrate his birthday Paul Williams' is giving back!

Join him and some very special guests ON-LINE for an evening full of music, love, and joy.

Proceeds will benefit: O Museum in The Mansion & FreeHorse Arts (freehorsearts.org/)

WATCH ONLINE: 7:30PM

Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world. His songs and scores have received six Oscar, nine Grammy, six Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. "The Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie, is one of two of Williams' songs that grace AFI's List of Top Movie Songs of All Time. More recent honors include album of the year Grammy, as co-writer and featured artist on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories; and a World Soundtrack Award with Gustavo Santaolalla for their work on The Book of Life.

Paul is also passionate about recovery and works tirelessly to destigmatize alcoholism and addiction. His humorous observations of life, love, and creativity has been shared in a best-selling book entitled Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life which was featured on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.

While publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, author and actor, most recently for his recurring role with Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath, Paul predicts he'll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to "The Love Boat" theme. However, it is the lyrics from Bugsy Malone that aptly sum up his philosophy: "You give a little love and it all comes back to you; You're gonna' be remembered for the things that you say and do". (Coke commercial lyrics)

Although most people first came to know Mr. Williams as one of Johnny Carson's recurring favorites on The Tonight Show, or as an actor in dozens of films, television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "You and Me Against the World" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song" all remain pop classics.

Privately a devoted father and publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian, he is also President and Chairman of ASCAP.

Walt Wilkins
and the Mystiqueros
Walt Wilkins

Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros
San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius. His plaintive guitar and hard-edged vocals have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene. His masterful crafting of story-songs can be heard on Kellie Pickler's new single "Someone Somewhere Tonight" which he co-wrote with Davis Raines.

Walt Wilkins
Southern Rock
Walt Wilkins

San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius. His plaintive guitar and hard-edged vocals have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene.

His masterful crafting of story-songs are sought after and have been recorded by a multitude of artists including Kenny Rogers, Kellie Pickler, Eric Church, Bonnie Bishop, and Brandon Rhyder.

Walt Wilkins & Marc Douglas Berardo Live Stream Benefit
Walt Wilkins & Marc Douglas Berardo Live Stream Benefit

Presented by SHC Music Tribe & O Museum

Free to stream go to:
https://www.omuseum.org/music4good

Register for the Meet & Greet Green Room after the show there too! http://bit.ly/WaltMDBVIP

Relax in your own home and join us for some great music and storytelling at this live, on-line intimate music experience with Walt Wilkins & Marc Douglas Berardo

ABOUT WALT WILKINS:
Songwriter, singer, traveler, troubadour - the calling I answered, the life I chose, the way I make my way.

ABOUT MARC DOUGLAS BERARDO
Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song.

Don't miss these great singer, songwriters perform right in your own home.

Donations benefit O Museum, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the works of people who have devoted themselves to bettering the lives of others. Our mission is to empower people to do what they love --- dare to be different --- and have fun. We inspire creativity, diversity, and imagination through the fusion of the arts, science, and sports.

Walter Parks
Lead Guitarist for Richie Havens, The Nudes &Swamp Cabbage
Walter Parks

"Walter Parks is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing. Lyrical and political, personal and otherworldly at the same time, transcendent as well as down to earth, Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere. I adore him." - Judy Collins

"A listen to Parks' soulful Americana rock is to be immersed in warm guitar melodies, smoky vocals and troubadour narratives that gather strength with age." - WNYC

Walter Parks has forged a distinctive career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, The Nudes, and the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage. With the release of "Walter Parks" on Judy Collins' Wildflower Records in March 2011, he will now make his debut as a solo artist.

Walter has a diverse musical portfolio, which he explains by saying "I'm as comfortable with rural culture as I  am with so called "high society." I enjoy doing construction, chatting with locals and driving my Ford F-150 through the Georgia back woods, but I also enjoy throwing on a nice suit and taking in a New York museum."

His love of music began in the sixth grade when he learned to play his first instrument, the viola. By 1973, he switched to guitar and began his first band, The Parental Tears Band. In the early 80's, he returned home from college and started a jazz-fusion band, Sneakers. He moved to New York City in 1989 after winning a Tangueray Rocks talent contest, put on by Don Kirschner, bringing his first electric band, Dear John, with him. By 1991, he downsized to a duo with cellist Stephanie Winters, called The Nudes. The Nudes released three successful albums and toured with Richie Havens as his support act. Walter traveled to France in 1999 and stayed at the Tich Nat Han Buddhist Monastery to reboot and reflect. Rejuvenated, he returned to the New York in 2000 as a label manager for MPress Records. His passion for performing was soon reignited, and he toured supporting Richie Havens from 2001-2011. In his down time, he formed and worked on music with the group, Swamp Cabbage, and began focusing on this group, along with his solo career upon Havens' death in 2013. Swamp Cabbage's fourth and most recent album, Jive, released in 2016.

Warner Williams
2011 NEA National Heritage Fellow and "Guitar Man"
Warner Williams

Guitarist and songster Warner Williams is one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Piedmont blues—an Eastern seaboard style that incorporates fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel.

The son of a cement finisher and a house cleaner, Williams was one of 11 children raised in a musical family. He was a garbage collector in Maryland for nearly 60 years.

By his early teens, Williams was hopping streetcars to get to the District, often paying his fare with a song. He’d wander through the city, playing tunes for change until police shooed him away.

At 22, he won an on-air talent show on WWDC hosted by Jackson Lowe, a white DJ who was an early champion of R&B. Williams started playing juke joints and house hops around the Maryland suburbs soon after.

When Williams married his wife, Karoline, and started his family, he continued to play on weeknights and weekends. All the blues legends tried to get him to go on tour with them — B.B. King the most notable. But he was afraid he would die on a tour bus, and he did not want to leave his family, so he always said no, only playing with them when they came to D.C.

Williams’s major-label debut, “Blues Highway,” was released in 2004 and helped bring him to wider attention. Summerour has also helped guide Williams to bigger gigs at Wolf Trap, the National Folk Festival and other spots in recent years, but Williams is still more likely to be found playing a house party or a small club or busking on a street corner.

At the age of 88 Mr. Williams plays the fourth Sunday of each month at O Museum in The Mansion.

Wes and Victoria Hamil
Wes and Victoria Hamil

Will Kimbrough
AMA Award Winner
Will Kimbrough

PRESENTED BY SUSIE'S SONGWRITER SERIES


Will Kimbrough is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose credits include the 2004 Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year Award, 12 songs on four recent Jimmy Buffett albums, current touring and recording with Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys, and producing two of Todd Snider's most acclaimed collections. Will was a member of guitar pop legends Will and the Bushmen and The Bis-Quits.  He is a member of Willie Sugarcapps with Grayson Capps, Sugarcane Jane and Corky Hughes, whose 2013 self-titled album was critically acclaimed album recieved the Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album. When Emmylou Harris tours, he is her guitar player in Red Dirt Boys. Will is also a member of DADDY, a collaboration with Tommy Womack, with a new record release, that is currently in the Top 40 Americana Radio Chart - "Let's Do This!"

​“Will is a tremendous songwriter, a great guitarist and just an inspirational person.  There’s nobody out there like him. No wonder everybody wants to work with him.”

--- Emmylou Harris

“...On stage, he can charm a crowd whether fronting a band, or playing solo. That is why you see his songs on my albums and his face on our stage”
- Jimmy Buffett

“His records make me jealous. So do his songs”
- Todd Snider

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Will Lee
Grammy Award Winner, Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum inductee
Will Lee

Grammy Award-winning Will Lee delivers more than just fine music; his unique combination of talent and love of entertaining provides good feelings for all who see him perform. He's played with B.J. Thomas, Bette Midler, Ricky Martin, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey and many more. You can see him every week night playing bass with Paul Shaffer and the "CBS Orchestra" on the "Late Show with David Letterman".


Will's fascination with music began after he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, at which point he decided to learn how to play the drums. By age 12, he was in a band earning $9 a night to play 60's surfer tunes. He formally studied music at the University of Miami, where he studied French Horn for a year before switching to bass. Will continued to study the bass and practiced his fundamentals covering the songs of many classic artists, including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Motown, and The Rascals. In his early days, he played six sets a night with local bands. He later moved to New York, where trumpeter Randy Brecker asked him to audition for the band Dreams. Since then, he has toured with several bands and has worked on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman since 1982.

His prestigious career has earned him such as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) MVP Award for bass guitar in 1979, 1982, and 1985-87, the NARAS MVP Award for male session singer in 1987, the NARAS MVP Virtuoso Award for bass guitar in 1989, the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2006. Will was inducted into the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014.

Yusuf
Formerly "The Cat", Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Yusuf

Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name, Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter. His 1967 debut album's titular song, "Matthew & Son" charted at #2 on the UK's Singles Chart. His later albums Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat, both went triple platinum in the US. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

Yusuf started his career playing songs in London pubs and coffee houses. He was discovered at age 18, recorded his first album, Matthew and Son, in 1966. He spent the next two years touring with artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Engelbert Humperdnick. He wrote "The First Cut is the Deepest" for his second album, and though it was not a huge success for him, it became an international success when covered by several artists including Sheryl Crow. Nearly 40 years after he first wrote it, the song earned back to back ASCAP "Songwriter of the Year" awards, in 2005 and 2006.

Author & Speaker Archives

A'Lelia Bundles
Author of Madam C.J. Walker
A'Lelia Bundles

Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, lovingly traces the life and career of the first black female millionaire in America, a woman who literally went from rags to riches and generously contributed to civil rights causes until her death.

A'Lelia Bundles grew up in Indianapolis in a family of civic minded business executives. She was named after her great-grandmother (via adoption) A'Lelia Walker (1885–1931), a central figure of the Harlem Renaissanceand daughter of entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker.

She was a producer and executive with ABC News, serving as director of talent development in Washington, DC and New York; as deputy bureau chief in Washington, DC; as a producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings; and as chair of a diversity council advising ABC News president David Westin. Prior to joining ABC News, she was a producer with NBC News in the New York, Houston and Atlanta bureaus for The Today Show and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. She also was a producer in Washington, DC for two of NBC's magazine programs co-anchored by Connie Chung and Roger Mudd during the 1980s.

Awards duPont Gold Baton, 1994
American Book Award, 1992
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Book, 2002
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2015
MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2017

Alice Beasley
Art of Illusion - Artist Talk
Alice Beasley

Fabric is her chosen medium of expression through which she creates realistic portraits of people and objects.

Her work has been exhibited in many venues throughout the United States including the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum as well as abroad in Madrid, France, Japan and Namibia. Her work has been purchased or commissioned by a number of individuals and public entities including the County of Alameda, Kaiser Hospital, Highland Hospital and the Sunnyvale Medical Facility.

From the artist: "I find color, light, shadow, line and value in the pattern of ordinary household fabrics. From these I snip small pieces which I arrange and fuse into a figurative composition. As such the work grows from within rather than being applied to the surface of a canvas by paint, pencil or similar drawing tools. When the image is complete, I sew it together with the stitch line constituting the final “drawn” line."

Andrea Seiger
Author of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss
Andrea Seiger

Andréa Seiger is the author of “111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss,” an off-the track guidebook for adventuresome visitors, and locals who wish to find new ways to enjoy their own city. She has been in the tourism and meetings industry for 31 years, and has had many uniquely DC opportunities.

She is a road tripping junkie, and is happy to go anywhere on any day, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic. She loves flea markets, auctions, outdoorsy adventures and craft shows anywhere; exploring every place she goes and shopping the local color.

As for DC, she is a total contrarian to the concept that “one never plays tourist in one’s own city.” She is spoiled by the fact that Smithsonian Museums are free and full of wonder.  She knows most of DC by landmarks and loves to explore the nooks and crannies of her home town. She keeps a list of places she still needs to go and things she needs to do in the city, as there are always spots and events to explore that one might not yet know.

In her spare time, she maintains her own small business, Urban Safari, which deals in creating special off-the-beaten-path visits to unique and intriguing locations in the US and abroad.

Andrew Roberts
Author of Churchill: Walking With Destiny - Free
Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War; Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945; and Napoleon: A Life, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Biography. He has won many prizes, including the Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book Award. He frequently writes for The Wall Street Journal, and is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He lives in London and often lectures in New York.
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PRAISE FOR CHURCHILL:
“Fascinating…the most comprehensive single-volume biography of Churchill that we have in print.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[A]n extraordinary biography…exhaustively researched, beautifully written and paced, deeply admiring but not hagiographic, and empathic and balanced in its judgements
—a magnificent achievement.”

—Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

Author Talk with former NPR journalist Sean Carberry
Author Talk with former NPR journalist Sean Carberry

Admission includes:
--- Self Guided Tour of O Museum
--- Cash Bar

NOTE:
--- Tour starts at 2pm
--- Book signing at 3pm
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Sean Carberry will be talking about his new book "Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home" Join us.

ABOUT THE BOOK: (www.passport-stamps.com)
A candid, darkly comic, and emotionally naked tale of a former NPR journalist who---driven by grief, loss, and the desire to find his "tribe"---seeks solace in the world's most dangerous places and his pursuit to join the ranks of combat-tested war correspondents. The learning curve of reporting in hostile environments is steep and at times comical, at others nearly fatal. He encounters a lot of dust, ragged infrastructure, weaponry, scary driving, whiskey, lust, and way too much food poisoning. When the assignment ends, he is left to confront the mental and emotional impact of the years of danger, death, and destruction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sean Carberry is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, foreign policy writer, and author of Passport
Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home, a memoir of his journey through war zones as a
public radio journalist en route to becoming NPR's last Kabul-based correspondent.

Sean became a journalist in the months before 9/11, and since then he has traveled to dozens of
countries to report on conflicts, uprisings, elections, independence movements, and development
efforts in places like Iraq, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen.

Currently, he covers the defense industry as managing editor of National Defense Magazine and writes about foreign policy and international affairs on Substack.

In addition to his journalism career, Mr. Carberry served in the Department of Defense Office of
Inspector General as managing editor of a portfolio of public and classified reports on wars and counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, the Philippines, and Africa.

Prior to entering journalism, Mr. Carberry was a recording engineer and producer in the Boston area.
He received a Gold Record for his engineering work with Susan Tedeschi and taught at Berklee
College of Music.

He has a B.A. from Lehigh University and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives in
Washington, D.C. with his cat Squeak who he rescued from the streets of Kabul.

Author Talk: Chip Duncan
Ewaso Village
Author Talk: Chip Duncan

The Maasai people of East Africa comprise one of the most intriguing and resourceful cultures on Earth. For more than a thousand years, the Maasai and their Samburu neighbors have survived and thrived as pastoralists on the savannah near Mt. Kenya and the Maasai Mara borderlands of Kenya and Tanzania. Photojournalist Chip Duncan exuberantly combines prose, poetry, and beautiful photographs to celebrate the stories, songs, rituals, and dreams of people who live in Ewaso Village, one of his favorite places to visit.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A lifelong Midwesterner and native of western Iowa, Chip Duncan has produced more than fifty non-fiction films for international broadcast and distribution. His work as a photographer and filmmaker has taken him to ice fields, war zones, slums, shipyards, museums, palaces, vineyards, beaches, deserts, rainforests, savannahs, and farmlands. He counts Peru, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and rural Kenya among his favorite places. Duncan's previous books include the short story collection Half A Reason To Die (Select Books, NYC, 2017), photographic collections Inspiring Change (Thunder House Press, Milwaukee, 2019) and Enough To Go Around (Select Books, NYC, 2009). Duncan also speaks publicly on the impact of climate change as part of The Three Tenors of Climate Change. Ewaso Village is Duncan's first book of poetry, and the first in a trilogy featuring indigenous cultures from around the world.

--- Admission includes copy of book
--- Cash Bar
--- Discussion starts at 7pm
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Tour not included. If you'd like to tour please add it on in the form and arrive at least one hour early
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JOIN US ONLINE: (registration required)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83399759240?pwd=YTZ4RlZWVGY3cjN1cUViYUg3MVBOdz09

Author Talk: Valerie Biden Owens
Growing Up Biden
Author Talk: Valerie Biden Owens

In this revelatory, engrossing memoir, Valerie Biden Owens shares stories from growing up in Delaware as the only daughter of the close-knit Biden family. She details her decades-long professional career in politics, and her fundamental presence in her brother, Joe Biden's life as a close confidante. This memoir, full of candor and warmth, brings readers into the Biden home, watching as the siblings were raised to live with deep empathy, to work hard, and to help wherever they can.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As one of the first women in United States history to manage a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, Valerie is arguably the most politically influential woman we do not talk about. From President Biden's first election for New Castle County Council in 1970, to his recent White House Victory, his sister Valerie has been by his side as confidant and campaign manager. Her memoir offers an inside look at the circumstances and values that shaped America's First Family

--- Admission includes copy of book
--- Cash Bar
--- Discussion starts at 6pm
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Tour not included. If you'd like to tour please add it on in the form and arrive at least one hour early
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PHOTO: Evan Krape

Belfast Girls A Play Reading
a live play reading from Solas Nua
Belfast Girls A Play Reading

authors & playrights

A Live reading of the play "Belfast Girls" by playwright Jaki McCormick, directed by Shanara Gabrielle and stars: Megan Graves, Maya Jackson, Karolina Keach, Kate Manfre, and Solas Nua company member Amanda Forstrom.

Escaping the Irish famine in 1850 five young women seek passage on a ship to Australia. For many of the ‘orphan girls’ on board, the voyage offers a fresh start. But some girls find they cannot escape the memory of the lives they’ve left behind - and that the closer they get to Australia the more powerful the past becomes.

Jaki McCarrick won the 2010 Papatango Prize for New Writing for her play Leopoldville. Belfast Girls was developed at the National Theatre Studio, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2014 BBC Tony Doyle Award.

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

Booker T Jones
Time Is Tight: My Life Note by Note
Booker T Jones

The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones’s earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. He would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone’s list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era’s most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave.

Nearly five decades later, Jones’s influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca.

“As joyful to read as Booker’s music is to listen to.”
– Willie Nelson

Brad Meltzer
Author of The Tenth Justice
Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is an American novelist, best known for his political thrillers. He is one of very few authors to have bestselling books for both the Fiction and Non-Fiction genres, and his books have been translated into over 25 languages. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2. The Tenth Justice is Brad's first novel and a New York Times bestseller that he wrote shortly after graduating law school at Columbia University in New York.

Briana Thomas
Author of Black Broadway
Briana Thomas

Before chain coffee shops and luxury high-rises, before even the beginning of desegregation and the 1968 riots, Washington's Greater U Street was known as Black Broadway. From the early 1900s into the 1950s, African Americans plagued by Jim Crow laws in other parts of town were free to own businesses here and built what was often described as a "city within a city." Meet Local author and journalist Briana A. Thomas and learn about U Street's rich and unique history, from the early triumph of emancipation to the days of civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell and music giant Duke Ellington, through the recent struggles of gentrification.

Cat Marnell
New York Times Best Selling Author
Cat Marnell

New York Times Best Selling Author Cat Marnell is coming to O Street.
(we are her favorite place in DC -- after all)

At twenty-six, Cat Marnell was an associate beauty editor at Lucky, one of the top fashion magazines in America -- and that's all most people knew about her. But she hid a secret life.

"Jaw-dropping." - New York Post

"Fantastically entertaining."
-
Glamour

"Intoxicating." -
Harper's Bazaar

"Sensational. . . Marnell treads a knife edge between glamorizing her own despair and rendering it with savage honesty. . ."
- New York Times Book Review


This event is free but reservations are required.

Cash bar.

Chris Formant
Author of Saving Washington
Chris Formant

SAVING WASHINGTON:
The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400
and the Battle of Brooklyn

SAVING WASHINGTON follows two young merchants-in-training, Joshua Bolton, who swears to avenge his father’s murder by British forces, and his best friend, Benjamin Wright, a free black man. Enlisted in the Maryland militia as part of the Maryland 400, they march to New York with only minimal training. Their mission: to prevent the British from taking Brooklyn Heights, which will turn into a battle for the survival of the Continental Army and General George Washington.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Novelist Chris Formant is a student of history. He’s a former top executive of a multi-billion-dollar global business and now technology company CEO. Formant is an unlikely author of historical fiction, but the heroic story of Maryland’s Forgotten 400 drove him to assemble an expert team to help him conduct painstaking research and then write his highly anticipated second book, SAVING WASHINGTON. The book has already captured the attention of filmmakers and has been optioned by the Emmy Award-winning producer of HBO’s Big Little Lies and Deadwood.

His debut novel, Bright Midnight, received lavish praise and has been dubbed the “Da Vinci Code for rock and roll fans.” In the thriller, Formant created a unique mystery in which he re-imagined the deaths of rock icons as murders. Chris divides his time between Baltimore, Maryland and Sedona, Arizona.

Danny Glover
Danny Glover

David Morgan
Author of Main Street Smarts
David Morgan

MAIN STREET SMARTS
There's a world of difference between receiving a Master of Business Administration degree and actually launching and running a successful small business. Even those with the highest level of academic expertise don't necessarily have the "street skills" and hands-on experience it takes to drive a profitable company. In his new book, Main Street Smarts, successful entrepreneur and business leader David Morgan provides the real-world, street-smart tactics needed to take your small business to the next level.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Morgan is the cofounder and COO of STS International, where he oversees worldwide operations for rapid design, development and deployment of cutting-edge antiterrorism and physical security technologies, medical simulation training applications and professional engineering services. Through his strategic leadership, STS has grown significantly by penetrating new and emerging markets through a diversified client base in 18 countries across four continents. A former firefighter and paramedic, Morgan also serves on the advisory boards for several companies and regularly speaks about entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business and Georgetown University Law School. He recently coauthored a book with his brother Daniel Morgan, an active duty infantry colonel in the U.S. Army, titled Chasing The White Rabbit: A Discovery Of Leadership In The 21st Century(Advantage Media Group, January 2016).

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Dr Betty Uribe
author of #VALUES: The Secret To Top Level Performance In Business and Life
Dr Betty Uribe

How can a good leader be GREAT? Dr. Betty Uribe Uncovers the Secret to Top-Level Performance in Business and Life in her International Best Selling Book #Values. Along her own leadership journey, Dr. Betty™ learned and observed a variety of leadership styles which caused her to question why some were more effective than others.

After years of research and observation, she discovered that leaders with clear and sound values were the most effective in their profession and their lives. It was clear that values-based leadership was the secret to sustainable top-level performance in business and life. Thus the idea behind #Values was born.

#Values is packed with stories, real-life lessons, and wisdom from some of the top values-based leaders in the world. Throughout her book, Dr. Betty highlights her own leadership journey in business and in life. She deftly blends academic models with her own experience, as well as that of men and women she regards as exemplars of varied styles of effective leadership. She explores the broad spectrum of leadership types and the unifying principle and importance of values.

Dr. Betty™ provides the tools, advice, and encouragement needed to help anyone become a better leader.

Visit www.DrBettyUribe.com for more about #Values and Dr. Betty Uribe.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Betty™ is the Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase — throughout her 30+ years as a banking executive, Dr. Uribe has led the transformation of organizations, cultures and teams through values-based leadership.

Her best selling book has been highly touted by The Vatican, Steven Covey, as well as many other high profile people.

Visit www.DrBettyUribe.com for more about #Values and Dr. Betty Uribe.

Elyse Weissberg
Author of Successful Self-Promotion For Photographers
Elyse Weissberg

It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear

April 13 2009 | By John Harrington

We spend a great deal of time in my office thinking about how to communicate to clients. For example, "I need to get my contract to you to review and sign before I can get started on your assignment" can sound off-putting. Instead, we say, "We'll send along some paperwork for this assignment, and once you sign it, we'll be all set."

Note the use of "we" over "I," "some paperwork" over "my contract," "we'll be all set" over "before I can get started." This set of choices is more appealing, isn't it? I've been attentive to words in this way ever since a photography consultant named Elyse Weissberg helped me to name my business more than a decade ago.

Photography or Photographer?

Elyse, who passed away in 2001, was among the top photography consultants in the country. She worked with Eddie Adams and wrote Successful Self-Promotion for Photographers.

Years ago, I was struggling with whether to name my business "John Harrington Photography" or "John Harrington, Photographer." Elyse had a clear answer for me: John Harrington Photography.

She said, "You're a business, and you want your clients to see you that way. When you're John Harrington, Photographer, you're seen as just an individual, and businesses want to hire other businesses."

She needed say no more. This was one of the earliest lessons in branding I applied to my business, and it set me on the right path for years to come.

The Power of Words

Eric Meade
Author of Reframing Poverty
Eric Meade

ABOUT THE BOOK: 
Reframing Poverty: New Thinking and Feeling About Humanity's Greatest Challenge

This provocative book prompts a more constructive conversation about poverty by engaging with how we feel about poverty. When we ignore those feelings, we get stuck in limited understandings of poverty that produce limited efforts to reduce it.

Poverty has always been with us, and by some definition it probably always will. But we have made great efforts in reducing human suffering. How well we continue to do so will be determined by how we each answer the question posed in the introduction to Reframing Poverty:

What am I, as a human being, to do, living as I do in a world where poverty exists?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ERIC MEADE is a nationally recognized futurist, speaker, and consultant serving nonprofits, foundations, and governments. Eric stands outside of time to reframe critical social challenges in ways that create new insights and opportunities for clients and communities. With authenticity, courage, and a sense of humor, he changes the way people show up right now, which is the only hope we’ve got!


Eric has served as the vice president of a think-tank, as a sourcing executive in China, and as a naval submarine officer. He has taught university classes at three universities, served on the board of a global development NGO, and started three companies of his own. These diverse experiences have prepared him to build relationships with people at all levels across all types of organizations.



Famous Amos
Author of Watermelon Magic: Seeds Of Wisdom, Slices Of Life
Famous Amos

Wally Amos is an American TV personality, entrepreneur, and author from Tallahassee, Florida. He is the founder of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie, the Cookie Kahuna, and Aunt Della’s Cookies gourmet cookie brands, and was the host of the adult reading program, Learn to Read.

Watermelon Magic is talk from the soul using watermelons as a metaphor for life. Watermelons symbolize the slurpy happiness of life for Wally Amos (formerly known as “Famous Amos”). From his life experiences, Wally sees many parallels between humans and watermelons. Just as the vine connects watermelons and the umbilical cord connects mother and child, we are all connected by spirit. Wally shares his personal path to wisdom and tells how he never lost his humor, joy, and positive outlook on life in the process. He shows us how to overcome adversity and make healthy choices—how to reframe and rethink challenging situations in positive, optimistic, and uplifting terms.

From Eden A Play Reading
a live play reading from Solas Nua
From Eden A Play Reading

authors & playrights

A Live reading of the play "From Eden" by playwright Stephen Jones, directed by Conor Bagley, and performed by Elan Zafir and Musa Gurnis

From Eden is a tender, comic drama about two lost individuals - Alan and Eva - who find themselves locked in a bathroom together on New Year’s Eve while the party continues outside the door.

Gordon Titcomb
& Wendell Minor
Gordon Titcomb

"Train lovers will have reason to delight in musician Titcomb's bittersweet song turned picture book...."
Booklist

..."this stunning book both celebrates and eulogizes the golden era of railway travel. Minor's luminous, occasionally almost photographic, paintings portray the adult narrator as a boy, surrounded by a ghostly haze as he walks along the tracks...an affectionate and nostalgic tribute."
Publishers Weekly

H.H. Leonards
Rosa Parks Beyond The Bus Life, Lessons, and Leadership
H.H. Leonards

Mrs. Parks’ message is as urgent today as it was in 1955.

Beyond the Bus is about having faith in yourself to do the hard work to change hearts and minds and to have the courage to fight for the rights of all others: Black, White, religious, non-religious, men, women, children, gay, transgender.

She believed the laws can change but if you don’t change peoples hearts nothing changes. Love is all that matters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

H.H. Leonards is a wife, mother of three, founder of O Museum in The Mansion, founder of PIRmarketing.com and co-founder of 51StepsToFreedom.org. Mrs. Rosa Parks and her friends and business associates lived with her, at no cost, as part of The Mansion and O Museum’s heroes-in-residence program. O Museum in The Mansion is now A Historic 20th Century Civil Rights Site, on The African American Heritage Trail. It has been featured in books by James Patterson and Hunter Davies as well as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, Wall Street Journal and more.

She has authored seven books and her writings have appeared in Newsweek and Ms. Magazine. She has been a featured speaker at The Rosa Parks Museum (AL), The National Museum of African American Museum (TN), The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (OH), The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival (CA), The Southern Kentucky Book Festival, and the Southern Festival of Books (TN) as well as numerous global TV, radio and podcasts.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
R.H. Boyd (founded, 1896), the oldest Black owned publishing house in America

Helen Thomas
Author of Front Row At The White House
Helen Thomas

"I don't think a tough question is disrespectful" Helen Thomas was a reporter for the United Press International for 57 years, covering the administrations of 11 U.S. presidents during her time there. In addition to her White House reporting she was also a columnist for Hearst Newspapers, as well as an established author. She was also an inspiring role model for women during her time, as she was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the first female member of the Gridiron Club. Front Row at the White House describes Thomas' career as one of the first female reporters covering the presidency, as she reflects on the turbulent but essential relationship between the press and the President, in her own words.

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger

Ian Blake Newhem
Author of A Million Words Away
Ian Blake Newhem

Ian Blake Newhem, author, accomplished ghost writer, and an artists-in-residence at O Museum in The Mansion, will introduce the first TWO books in his "A Million Words Away" project--12 books vs. 1 brain tumor on Sunday, January 26th, 2020 at
2pm.

During his career Blake thrived as a college professor of Literature, Composition, and Journalism; a daily journalist; and most notably a successful ghostwriter --- working with famous doctors, tech gurus, celebrities, and politicians. Some of these books even attained the highly coveted "bestseller" label with both Amazon and the New York Times.

Yet, with all of his success, Blake had neglected his own voice, his own personal works. As he recovered from surgery for a
life threatening tumor that doctors believe will ultimately take is life --- he decided he would change that --- creating his "A Million Words Away" project 12 books vs. 1 tumor - challenging himself to publish a book a month for a year.

The books span genres from period drama, to mystery, to comedy, and crime. Blake is working with different collaborators for each project.

And now the first two books are out: Healing Star, a love triangle set in the Revolutionary War; and The Elephants, I, a family saga in which one elephant saves three generations on two continents (but who will save her from humanity?).

Blake will read from each book and do an interview with journalist and radio personality Doc Barham, then take your questions.

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Jackson Coppley
Author of Leaving Lisa
Jackson Coppley

About The Author
A consummate storyteller, Jackson Coppley illuminates in his writing what happens when technology intersects with human behavior and emotion.

Leaving Lisa:
What if a device could capture everything imaginable about one person, that person dies and you could ask it anything...especially the questions you neglected to ask when alive?

James Carville
James Carville

James Carville is an outspoken political commentator and media personality who is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. He has been featured on television programs such as Crossfire and the Situation Room, and since 2014 has joined Fox News as a contributor.

His work on then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton's presidential campaign thrust him into the spotlight, and as a result he began working on numerous other political campaigns both within the United States and abroad.

Carville is also an established author with over eleven books that he has authored or co-authored.

Jane Gross
A Bittersweet Season
Jane Gross

"A Bittersweet Season is sure to become required reading for anyone with an elderly parent who depends on long-term care. It's also a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in America's health care system as it braces for the demands posed by demographic changes that include a sharp rise in the group now termed the "old old." - The Huffington Post Jane Gross is a former New York Times columnist, specializing in the topic of elderly care and contributing to the New Old Age blog. In 2012 she published A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves, a reflection on her experiences as the primary caretaker for her eighty-five year old mother.

Jim Gilmore
Author of LOOK: A Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills
Jim Gilmore

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Jim Gilmore has created a unique and useful tool to help improve our observational skills. His "Six Looking Glasses" provide a set of skills to master in order to enhance the way we look at the world around us. These include the ability to:

- Survey and scan to see the big picture
- Compare and contrast to overcome personal bias
- Spot significance in any scene
- Scrutinize numerous details
- Uncover potential opportunities
- See what’s in the mind's eye

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jim Gilmore coauthored the highly influential book, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage (Harvard Business School Press). Now published in nineteen languages—the book spawned worldwide interest in experience design, experiential marketing, and customer experience management.

Jim's other book, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Harvard Business Review Press), prompted TIME magazine in a March 2008 cover story to name its insight on the subject as one of "Ten ideas that are changing the world."

Jim is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, based in Aurora, Ohio. He is a Batten fellow and adjunct lecturer at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, a visiting lecturer in Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, as well as a teacher at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an alumnus of Procter & Gamble, and, before co-founding Strategic Horizons LLP, was head of CSC Consulting's Process Innovation practice.

John Heubusch
Author & Executive Director of the Reagan Presidential Foundation
John Heubusch

In a career that has spanned philanthropy, politics, public service, and the Fortune 500, John Heubusch is the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and has served as the first president of the Waitt Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to historic discovery and scientific exploration. Cited often by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, Heubusch has also been a contributing writer for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and other leading publications. He resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles and is the author of The Shroud Conspiracy and The Second Coming.
“Like The Shroud Conspiracy, this story is equally thrilling for its plausibility in today’s technology-driven world…. Bondurant is dashing and cerebral, and leaves the door open for future “mysteries of the Vatican” that Dan Brown fans will love.”    (Library Journal (starred review)

"John Heubusch delivers again. He has followed up his irresistible, action-packed debut thriller The Shroud Conspiracy with its even more sensational sequel, The Second Coming." (Steve Forbes)

“John Heubusch is brilliant. I would read anything he writes.”
(Peggy Noonan, Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist - Wall Street Journal New York Times Best Selling Author)

Kelley Schools
Author of Endless Possibilities, The Depths of My Soul, Together As One, and More
Kelley Schools

The Mansion was lucky to have Kelley Schools for a book signing. She is the author of Endless Possibilities, The Depths of My Soul, Together As One, and More.

Kimberley W. Eley
Author of Tickers: What Makes People....Tick! And Pursue a Career They Love!
Kimberley W. Eley

Eley wrote the book "Tickers: What Makes People....Tick! And Pursue a Career They Love!" after a career shakeup in 2014. Eley knew she wanted to make a life change. Along the way, she interviewed a man who uses flying monkeys to reach his students, an inspiring coach and teacher who defied death, an entrepreneur who travels the country with a toilet suitcase, an animal trainer who crisscrosses the country with her cat circus, a travel agent who sends her customers into the unknown, and many more!

Eley asks the questions many people ask themselves: Why can’t I have fun at work? If you love what you do, will you really never work another day in your life? Are people who are passionate about what they do really different from everyone else? "Tickers" takes the reader on a journey across America, talking with many different people who share one thing in common: They do what they love to do.

As a writing coach and publisher, Eley is passionate about helping others become their best selves - to find a career they love, to pursue what makes them "tick", and to look forward to getting out of bed every morning (yes, even on Mondays!) Her client Shirley T. Burke, who is publishing her first book this year, joins her!

A member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and Phi Mu Sorority, River City Express Network, FAB Women, and James River Writers, Eley is involved in helping her community. She is currently taking the Martha Beck Life Coach Training which she is living and loving! She adores cats, orchids, Marvel movies, cooking for her husband and friends, '80's hair metal, and gets all her news from comedy channels.

Kitty Kelly
Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography
Kitty Kelly

Catherine "Kitty" Kelley  is an American journalist and author of several best-selling biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family, and Oprah Winfrey. Kelley’s last five biographies have been number one on the New York Times best seller list. Kelley published Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography in 1991.  

Kelley won the 2005 PEN Oakland Censorship Award and the Outstanding Author Award and Founders’ Award for Career Achievement from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her “courageous writing on popular culture.”  Kelley received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington Independent Review of Books.  She received the Medal of Merit from the Lotos Club of New York City and was selected by Vanity Fair magazine for its Hall of Fame as part of the “Media Decade.”

“Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography…is no mean achievement…Exhaustively researched, packed with quotes…anecdotes and detail…it has an understandable fascination.” (Time)

Laura Bush
Laura Bush

Loung Ung
Author of: Lulu in the Sky & They Killed My Father
Loung Ung

Lulu in the Sky, is the last chapter in a life that began with her bestselling, critically memoir First They Killed My Father. It reveals Loung's daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay and her tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage-a journey that takes her back to Cambodia to reconnect with her mother's spirit and to a vocation that focused on healing the landscape of her birth.

Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright

Mary Matalin
Letters To My Daughters
Mary Matalin

Mary Matalin is an American political consultant best known for her work with the Republican Party. She served under presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George Bush. Since 2005, she has held the title of Chief Editor of Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster that specializes in conservative non-fiction.

May The Road Rise Up
a live play reading from Solas Nua
May The Road Rise Up

author & playright

A Live reading of the play "May the Road Rise Up" by Belfast playwright Rosemary Jenkinson & performed by actor Amanda Forstrom

ABOUT THE PLAY
When Mia’s boyfriend leaves her, she falls into debt and loses her job, but she still stays cheerful throughout our recessionary times. Mia is aided and abetted by her BFF, wedding singer, Paddy, who can sniff out a party at a hundred yards and, when it comes to acting disabled in the benefits office, he makes Liam Neeson look like an amateur! Then, one day, Mia lands a new job, driving round Belfast’s busy streets, and thinks to herself surely life is on the up. Little does she know, she could be about to get closer to those streets than she ever imagined…

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ABOUT ROSEMARY JENKINSON
Rosemary Jenkinson is a short-story writer, playwright and poet from Belfast. She was writer-on-attachment at The National Theatre in 2010 and her plays have been produced in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, New York and Washington DC. Radio plays include Castlereagh to Kandahar (BBC Radio 3) and The Blackthorn Tree (BBC Radio 4). The Bonefire won the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award in 2006. She has published two short story collections: Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54, published by Lagan Press in 2004; and Aphrodite's Kiss, published by Whittick Press in 2016.

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ABOUT AMANDA FORSTROM
Amanda Forstrom is an actress, director, choreographer, teaching artist, and voice-over artist. Born and raised in rural Minnesota she is now based in Washington, DC and works in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina and her BA in Theatre from The College of Saint Benedict in St. Cloud, MN. She recently appeared in JUNK at Arena Stage

Meera Gandhi
Founder of The Giving Back Foundation & Author of Giving Back
Meera Gandhi

"We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it." - Meera Gandhi

Meera created The Giving Back Foundation as a catalyst to aid women and children to create a new generation of leaders and thinkers. "Giving Back" features people and charitable organizations who have inspired her for their unique ways of giving back to humanity, including Mother Teresa, Bono, Prince William, Donna Karan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Kerry Kennedy and many more.
CBS 2 NY interviews Meera

Mike & Tara Shubbuck
Meet The Authors: Create Your Escape
Mike & Tara Shubbuck

Create Your Escape: A Practical Guide for Planning Long-Term Travel

In 2012, Mike and Tara Shubbuck sold their possessions, quit their jobs, and traveled around the world for 14 months on their "extended honeymoon." They are writers, photographers, and travel experts. Together they run the Two Travelaholics website, documenting wild adventures, international cuisine, and unforgettable scenery around the world.

Create Your Escape is the comprehensive guide you need to plan the trip of a lifetime, whether it's a career break or grown-up gap year!  

This book's invaluable tips will guide you through the planning process and help you modify your lifestyle so you can afford to travel for an extended period of time. Experienced backpackers Mike and Tara Shubbuck will take you through every important step:
- Reduce your possessions
- Implement money-saving techniques
- Draft a dream itinerary and create a budget
- Discover necessary life skills for travelers
- Choose the best credit cards and health and travel insurance plans
- Learn about visas, immunizations, and important legal documents
- Announce your trip to family, friends, your boss, and coworkers
- Pack for life on the road
- Track and analyze your spending abroad ... and more!

Music In My Life Author Talk with Alec Wightman
with Jason Hanley, Ph.D, VP Rock Hall
Music In My Life Author Talk with Alec Wightman

With special guest moderator: Jason Hanley, Ph.D. | Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Author Talk: 5:30pm

Rock & roll first spoke to Alec Wightman as a ten-year-old boy when he heard Dion sing "The Wanderer" on his transistor radio. Over the next sixty years, Wightman would listen to countless records, chase live shows from coast to coast, promote singer-songwriter acts through his own concert production company, and work with leaders in the music industry as a member and chair of the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame---all while maintaining his day job as a successful corporate lawyer.

In MUSIC IN MY LIFE: Notes From a Longtime Fan, Wightman chronicles his musical evolution from the great rock & roll of the 1960s to numerous Neil Young concerts in the '70s and on to decades discovering singer-songwriter favorites like John Stewart, Jesse Winchester, Tom Russell, Rosie Flores, and Dave Alvin. The constant throughout Wightman's life, as one reviewer puts it, has been his "ear for great songs and his admiration for those who craft them." In MUSIC IN MY LIFE, this admiration is genuine and palpable, regardless of whether the talent springs from the lesser-known (Chuck Prophet, John Fullbright) or the renowned (Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb). With his tireless advocacy for live music, Wightman has forged special connections with scores of musicians over his lifetime, using his passion to bring artists and fans together. And his engagement with the Rock Hall is the cherry on top, giving him a unique perspective into the world of rock & roll---the music of our lives. MUSIC IN MY LIFE, says another reviewer, "is written proof that musical fandom can be a form of artistic expression."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alec Wightman is a corporate lawyer with a passion for music that has burned brightly throughout his life and propelled him through three decades of promoting concerts and a deep involvement with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he served as board chair. Alec lives with his wife, Kathy, in the German Village area of Columbus, Ohio, and is the proud father of two grown daughters, Nora and Emily. This is his first book.
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($10 will be applied toward book purchase)

Peggy Wallace Kennedy author of The Broken Road
Peggy Wallace Kennedy author of The Broken Road

Born into one of the most powerful political families in the history of the American South, Peggy Wallace Kennedy is recognized as one of America’s most important voices for peace and reconciliation. From her unique perspective of living behind the gates of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion as her father, George Wallace, rose to become one of America’s most influential populists, Peggy Wallace Kennedy offers a compelling narrative of her family’s history and its relevance to the current version of the politics of rage.

Traveling with her father in 1968 during his presidential campaign, Peggy bore witness to the power of anger and fear at Wallace Rallies in America’s heartland and northeastern factory cities as crowds of disaffected white men and women saw themselves in her father’s eyes. And in May of 1972, she was called from a college classroom and told that her father had been gunned down in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Maryland.

However, it is the story of Peggy’s personal journey to redemption and the love of her two sons that captures the hearts of those who hear her voice. After years of standing in the shadow of others, Peggy Wallace Kennedy challenges us to believe in ourselves so that we too can walk to higher ground. And she demonstrates best the notion that none of us can be held responsible for the circumstances of our birth, but all of us will be held responsible for who we can become.

In her powerful new memoir, Peggy looks back on the politics of her youth and attempts to reconcile her adored father with the man who coined the phrase “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever.”

Queen Noor
Queen Noor

Randall Pinkett
Author of Campus CEO
Randall Pinkett

Randal Pinkett is a business consultant and chairman and CEO of BCT Partners. In addition to his five academic degrees, Pinkett is both a Rhodes Scholar and Walter Byers Scholar. Additionally, Pinkett won season four of Donald Trump's reality television show, The Apprentice, and was the first African-American to do so. In addition to his business background Pinkett is also a successful author and public speaker.

Robert Dean Lurie Author of
Begin the Begin: R.E.M's Early Years
Robert Dean Lurie Author of

"The start of R.E.M and the rise of the Athens, GA music scene has been the subject of countless books, but few crackle with the ring of truth of Robert Dean Lurie’s fascinating new volume Begin the Begin."
~ The Big Takeover

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Dean Lurie is a writer and musician based in Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of "No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church" and "We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie."

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This event is free but reservations are required.

To explore beyond the second floor of The Mansion a tour or treasure hunt must be purchased under the add-ons section of the form Cash bar.

Rock This Town! Author Talk with Fran Belkin
with Jason Hanley, Ph.D., VP Rock Hall
Rock This Town! Author Talk with Fran Belkin

With special guest moderator: Jason Hanley, Ph.D. | Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Author Talk: 5:30pm

This event is for anyone who was ever out front, standing drenched in a World Series of Rock downpour, singing along to every word of their favorite song, Bic lighters in the air, screaming for another encore. Rock This Town! is a love letter to every fan of rock and roll.

Since its initial release, the stories and photos inside Rock This Town! have struck a chord with rock and roll fans across the country. The Amazon bestselling rock book is now in it's third printing, and author Fran Belkin has had the chance to personally present copies of the critically-acclaimed book to rockers Phil Collins, Gene Simmons of KISS, The Who, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Peter Wolf and others. Copies have made their way to Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones, all of whom are featured in the pages of Rock This Town! Every author event with Fran and her husband Jules brings fans with rock and roll stories and memories of their own.

THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
Fran Belkin worked behind the scenes for over thirty years as her husband Jules and his brother Mike built Cleveland-based Belkin Productions into a concert promotion powerhouse. When the business sold, Fran's collection of rare t-shirts and memorabilia wound up in boxes in the attic, until one day she realized these mementos---chronicling over thirty years of rock and roll history---could illustrate the incredible story of a most unusual family business.
And unlike the concert tees the rest of us wore, these shirts were designed and produced in very small quantities as "swag" for the bands and crew, rarely seen beyond backstage. In Rock This Town!, these shirts are artfully woven together with vintage snapshots, concert photography and backstage memories to paint a picture of the times, the music, the bands and the Belkin company from the 1960s to 2001.
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Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks

"the first lady of Civil Rights"

Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, and an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. Her refusal to give up her seat in the colored section of a bus to a white passenger was an important emblem of the Civil Rights movement, and she spent the rest of her life fighting for the rights of African-Americans in the United States.

Many may not know that for many years, Mrs. Rosa Parks called the Mansion on O Street her home. Mrs. Parks entertained friends, dignitaries and Mansion guests in the Mediterranean room, because she loved sitting on a sofa. She also used to host gospel brunches at the Mansion on the first Sunday of every month.

The mansion founder H and Mrs. Parks had a very special relationship, including daily meetings where H would braid Mrs. Parks' hair. When the Pope extended an invitation to Rosa Parks to meet she invited H along with her.

The Rosa Parks Room was named for the room that Mrs. Parks lived in during her time here at the Mansion.

Sharon T. Freeman
African leaders reach out to Africans in the Diaspora
Sharon T. Freeman

Dr. Sharon T. Freeman has worked in 100+ countries and is both an entrepreneur and technical subject matter expert in multiple programmatic and operational areas. She has written 31 books; including "Understanding the Nigerian Ecosystem of Support for Women;" #US Ecosystem of Startup and SME Support" 33 Gems for Living Pieces of the Puzzle of Life" and #Development Practitioner's Gems of Wisdom for Managing USAID Awards.

She lived in Hong Kong for 12 years, worked in most Asian and African countries. She is often engaged by the US State Department's Public Diplomacy Bureau's Speakers Program to provide training workshops on entrepreneurship and trade.

African Leaders Reach Out To Africans In The Diaspora was published in 2004. As Africa leaders reach out, they are reaching out across years of history and the stories of heroism and hardship, triumph and tragedy, liberation and loss… and the spread of African people and ideas to regions and countries of the world.

Studs Terkel
Author of And They All Sang
Studs Terkel

"What a delight -- in this non-human times -- to meet you two flesh-and-blood humans -- who are so gracious -- and make me feel better than I've felt in years. Here's to Peace, Grace and Beauty"
Studs Terkel, 10.5.05

Susan Reyburn: Author of Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words
Rosa Parks Series
Susan Reyburn: Author of Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

PRESENTED BY O MUSEUM and THE ROSA & RAYMOND PARKS INSTITUTE [RRPI]

Until recently, Rosa Parks's personal papers were unavailable to the public. In this compelling new book from the Library of Congress, where the Parks Collection is housed, the civil rights icon is revealed for the first time in print through her private manuscripts and handwritten notes. Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words illumines her inner thoughts, her ongoing struggles, and how she came to be the person who stood up by sitting down.

At the height of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as Parks was both pilloried and celebrated, she found a catharsis in her writing. Her precise descriptions of her arrest, the segregated South, and her recollections of childhood resistance to white supremacy document a lifetime of battling inequality. Parks expressed her thoughts on paper using whatever was availablemeeting agendas, event programs, drugstore bags. The book features one hundred color and black-and-white photographs from the Parks collection, many appearing in print for the first time, along with ephemera from the long life of a private person in the public eye.
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This event is FREE to attend but reservations are required.

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Swanee Hunt
Author of This Was Not Our War
Swanee Hunt

"Full democracy requires the full participation of women. Your voices are vital. The word 'vital' means necessary for life. A democracy, to be fully alive, must include all its citizens." An important figurehead for women's rights, Swanee Hunt is the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also serves as the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University, and is the former United States Ambassador to Austria.

Tom Patterson
Author of Mapping Security
Tom Patterson

"Tom Patterson captures a compelling and practical view of security in a multinational environment. Your CSO needs to read this book!" - Dr. Vint Cerf Tom Patterson is an American author and technical strategist, with experience with companies like Deloitte, Dell and the Unisys Corporation. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for CyberDefender.

Wil Haygood
Author of The Butler & Pulitzer Nominee
Wil Haygood

Best-selling author of The Butler and Tigerland, prize-winning journalist, acclaimed biographer and cultural historian Wil Haygood tells the story of America through the lens of history, politics, sports, race and the lives of change-making African-Americans.
Best known as the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Butler and Showdown, his work has chronicled America’s civil rights journey through acclaimed biographies of Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson and Eugene Allen, the real-life inspiration for Lee Daniels’ award-winning film, The Butler starring Forest Witaker and Oprah Winfrey.
Haygood’s latest book, Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing tells the uplifting story of teams from a poor, black segregated high school that won two state championships in the same year, uniting a racially charged community in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King.
He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and the 2017 Patrick Henry Fellowship Literary Award for his research on Tigerland.
A storyteller for our times, Haygood has earned high praise for connecting the civil rights movement and its iconic heroes with current events and enduring struggles. Above all, he brings the powerful perspective that this is the history of all Americans, shaping our national identity and common values.

Featured Heroes & Artists-In-Residence

Chip Duncan
On Inclusion & Diversity
Chip Duncan

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Chip Duncan, Award Winning Filmmaker & Photographer talks about belonging, finding your place and the importance of inclusion at O Museum.

Warner Williams
Spreading Joy
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The son of a cement finisher and a house cleaner, Williams was one of 11 children raised in a musical family. He picked up the guitar at 4, spurred on by his father, who also taught music and played the fiddle.

Warner Williams has written over 1,000 songs - and has played with bluesmen Blind Boy Fuller, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, as well as country artists Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Gene Autry. Mr. Williams can slide between styles as easily as the arm of an old jukebox snaps a fresh 45 on the spindle. Piedmont blues flows into hillbilly. R&B segues to bluegrass. Vintage rock gives way to gospel. His fingers are nimble but as unhurried as a country ramble. His voice is warm and weathered. At the age of 88, he was honored at the Kennedy Center.

Cade Martin
Making Dreams A Reality
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Cade writes, "People come to The Mansion and O Museum in so many ways - and tell stories you likely wouldn't believe. As a DC resident, I know these tales as a part of the character of this city. I once thought "if I could get one of my photographs on those walls..." and today, I have a whole exhibition focused on the storytelling of tattoos: Character, Not Characters.

"The tagline of the Mansion on O begins with "everything is possible." With my first exhibition of photographs hanging in the galleries of this most iconic of institutions, I am inclined to agree.

"The other part of OM's tagline is "Dare to be different." In my photography, I'm looking for the stories and characters that reveal themselves when you look at things differently. These tattoo portraits are a closer look at stories told through ink - mysterious and intimate at once.

"If you're going to do something, you might as well do it right. Having my work, my first exhibition, at the O Museum in DC is about as right as I can imagine."

Willis Edwards
To Serve Others
Willis Edwards

Born in Texas in 1946, Edwards was drafted by the military, wounded in a land mine explosion in the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star. He was well known in local and national circles as a "fixer" who worked on many elections, including Senator Robert F. Kennedy (he was by his side when he was assassinated). While on the Board of the NAACP, he headed up the Hollywood branch and sued The Arsenio Hall Show for discrimination (he employed over 200 people, and none were African American). 100% of this lawsuit proceeds went to the NAACP. He then created the Black Image Awards, which he produced with Roone Arledge at ABC for 2 years. Again, 100% of the money he received from ABC went to the NAACP. Never his own pockets.

As he struggled to recover from AIDS-related illnesses in 1984 Willis was visited by Mrs. Rosa Parks. She compelled him, while dying in the hospital to get well ? to help her. Five days later he left the hospital, with a mission to serve her for the rest of her life. We called him Mr. Willis. When he stayed with us (which was a lot) he taught us so much about humility and service to others. Brother Willis served on our Museum Board from 1990-2012, when he left to serve God in more ways, in Heaven. There is not one day that goes by without stories and thoughts about Mr. Willis, our brother.

Cordell
Music Provides Purpose
Cordell

Discovered by the founder while he was singing in a thrift store in D.C., Cordell was invited to perform at O Street that night. Months later, he came and asked if he could stay for the winter. For three winters Cordell lived at O Street - he went from living on the streets to learning to play the piano at The Mansion, to performing for $2,500 a night at a local hotel.

As an interesting side note, the piano Cordell learned to play while he lived at The Mansion was later sold to sculptor Frederick Hart, who created the Vietnam Memorial Sculpture of three soldiers on The Mall in Washington, D.C. (you can see a prototype of it in the museum collection) and the sculpture on the fa?ade of the National Cathedral.

Creativity and artistry come together at O Street, sometimes in ways that we cannot fathom.

Cindy Ridolfino
Finding Self-Acceptance
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The why behind the mirrors. My mirrors represent my journey of self-acceptance. Looking into a mirror was a punishing experience. I never saw anything good.

From addiction to recovery from self-loathing to self-acceptance to being SPLENDIDLY IMPERFECT. I transform the mirrors into something that could only make me smile, which has changed the way I look at myself today. It has been... and still is... a journey.

I?m not where I was... I?m not where I am going... but I am on my way!

Dave Heck
The Soul of the O
Dave Heck

Korean War veteran Davie Heck (the soul of The Mansion) worked for the Maryland Parks Department after completing his military service. Transitioning from military to civilian life can be a challenge and Davie fell on hard times, relying on alcohol and drugs to get him through. When he was arrested for passing out in his car on the highway, he was put in jail and then sent to a halfway house, where a kind judge suggested to his parole officer he come here to work during the day. Wanting to help himself, at the end of his service there, he reached out to us for a place to stay, at no cost.

Davie lived here for 25 years before he passed. His warm smile and genuine personality became a mainstay and beacon of hope for all those who came to The Mansion and O Museum.

Davie entered our life, and became our saving grace.

Nothing in life is random. There is a reason for everything. It's all about saying yes to what God brings you.

Daryl Davis
Common Ground Heals
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Miracles surround us if we don't shut our hearts. It all starts, with the power within.