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  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)

Deets: The Kennedy Center brings the fun outdoors this summer with four free rooftop happy hours, taking place on Thursdays June 13, July 11, July 18, and August 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 The series is offered in partnership with local and national partners, who will curate each event. Frank Brown & DC Millennials, Ritmos Raros, Union Stage, and Smithsonian Year of Music bring their unique artistic selections to the Center’s Rooftop, making each happy hour a different musical experience for all those wanting to kick back, relax, and enjoy a summer evening outside. The Center’s Rooftop will transform into a contemporary lounge space, with guests able to sample beer from 3 Stars Brewing and Port City Brewing Company, as well as half-priced beer and wine and select cocktail specials from the bar. Diverse ranges of live music provide the entertainment, including Latin-inspired, tropical discotheque; Japanese pop/rock; and pure, classic country. For the inaugural happy hour, three local DJ’s will collaborate and battle with each other, providing new interpretations of feel-good summertime hits while the sun sets on D.C skyline.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Events are FREE and open to the general public. No tickets required. Must be 21 or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.

Kennedy Center x Frank Brown & DC Millennials with Port City Brewing Co.
June 13, 2019
Records on the Rooftop is a creative collaboration of musical and visual vibes. Three of D.C.’s top DJs set the scene mixing summer feel good hits atop one of D.C.’s most unique rooftops. 

Kennedy Center x Ritmos Raros presents Immigrant Sounds Rooftop Party with 3 Stars Brewing Co
with Neal Becton aka DJ Neville C (Som Records), Marcello Bentine (Batida DC), and Sir Ramases (Afro Ritmo Records)
July 11, 2019
Ritmos Raros is a moving, but never-ending nostalgic tropical-vinyl-dancefloor party dedicated to the rare and normally unheard rhythms of Africa, Latin America, India, Caribbean, Brazilian, and the Arab variety.

Kennedy Center x Union Stage presents CHAI and This/Side with 3 Stars Brewing Co.
July 18, 2019
Japanese four-piece CHAI may worship at the altar of kawaii—their homeland’s culture of cute—but they’re not about to be pushed around by the idle bosses and the ignorant patriarchy. The ultra-concise pop of their debut LP PINK is about to be overhauled on their new album. CHAI are ready to light the fuse; CHAI are PUNK. CHAI returns to D.C. following an exciting performance at Union Stage at The Wharf in March 2019.

Kennedy Center x Smithsonian Year of Music presents JP Harris and More with Port City Brewing Co.
August 1, 2019
Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1983, JP Harris doesn’t fancy himself so much a musician as he does a carpenter who writes country songs. Harris has been writing and performing country music for nearly a decade now, releasing I’ll Keep Calling, in 2012. , and following with Home Is Where the Hurt Is in 2014. His latest album, Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing, received a 2018 Independent Music Awards nomination in the Best Country Album category and was named one of Paste Magazine’s 100 Best Albums 2018. 

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