Experience the vibrant culture of the Afro-Caribbean with an evening of music, dance, and shopping at Dupont Underground.
The night kicks off with a headliner performance by Josanne Francis, the first steelpan concerto soloist in the history of Carnegie Hall. Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, her music delivers that special 'extra' that separates her from even the greats with a blend influenced by traditional calypso, jazz, funk, rock, and classical music.
With hands that seem to float like the wings of a butterfly with a 'wand-like' touch, her music is not devoid of power when needed. Francis' music blends together and draws influences from traditional Calypso music, Jazz, Indian, Funk, Rock and Classical music—a unique mix which is not typical for the instrument. Josanne has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has appeared as a guest artist at festivals and universities across the United States. She was a 2017/18 artist-in-residence at Strathmore, is the artistic director of the Cultural Academy for Excellence, and appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef.
Then enjoy the beats of a local DJ (TBD) and explore our pop-up Afro-Caribbean market, featuring local artisans and small businesses affiliated with the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School’s renowned small business program.
Come dressed in your best Caribbean fashion and jewelry, and bring your best dance moves. Cash bar.
$18 advance/$22 door
Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated. This performance is part of Washington Performing Arts’ global programming initiative, World in Our City, which provides perspective on what it means to be a citizen of the world through a unique arts-based lens.