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MidCity Music: This Weekend’s Annual Dog Days Festival Tunes Up

by Borderstan.com August 1, 2012 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

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Dog Days 2011: Click above for more pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

This year’s MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival is right around the corner, August 4-5, and the organizers of the neighborhood celebration are giving us something to sing about. For the first year, the weekend event will have live music stages and performances along the festival’s walking route.

Listen Local First, a local music initiative devoted to building awareness and creating opportunities for local musicians and venues, teamed up with Dog Days to bring more than 40 local bands, artists and DJs to eight different stages throughout the weekend. Details on the stage locations and the scheduled musicians are below.

The MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival started in 2000 with six business, and has since grown to a full-neighborhood celebration with more than 70 local participating businesses. It is organized by businesses along the 14th and U corridor.

The Festival takes place on August 4 and 5 on 14th Street NW (between P Street and Florida Avenue) and U Street NW (between 9th Street and 17th Street). Times for the event are 9 am to 8 pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 5. For a list of the Festival’s featured events, see our Dog Days preview and visit the Dog Days website.

Borderstan.com is a proud sponsor of the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival. For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit the Dog Days website  or email [email protected]; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.

Stage Locations and Scheduled Musicians

The Fashion District Stage (U Street between 16th and 15th St NW)
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday
Artists Performing: Sara Davenport, Rachel Levetin, Karen Jonas, Linsay Demig, Margot MacDonald, Victoria Vox, By & By Bluegrass Band, Deb Felz, Maryjo Mattea, Dance for the Dying and Sweet Interference

Dog Days Stage at the African Civil War Memorial (Corner of U and 10th Streets NW)
Time: Saturday 9 am – 7 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 7 pm
Artists Performing: Jason Mendelson, Jim Shirey, Riverbreaks, Brian Franke, Kyle Crosby, Nathaniel Davis, 50 Machines, Fire and the Wheel, Jason Brunner, Charlie Harrison, Lunatic, Immobilaire, Javier Sparks, Dom-O, Grey Area, Harmonic Blue, Don Kim

14th and U St Farmers Market (Corner of 14th and U Streets NW)
Time: Saturday 10 am – 1 pm
Artists: TBA

Batala Performance – Sunday (more details on the way)
Place: 14th and U Streets NW

Whole Foods (P Street between 14th and 15th Streets NW)
Time: Saturday 11 am – 3  pm
Artists: Jon Blashford, Don Kim, Jim Shirey and more

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Stage (Corner of 14th and Corcoran Streets NW)
Time: Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Artists: TBA more info at http://sweetteapumpkinpie.com/

Current Boutique Stage (1809 14th Street NW)
Time: Saturday  2 pm – 6 pm, Sunday 4 pm – 6 pm
Artists: Gordon Daniels, Stepbrothers w/ Frank Mitchell, holychild

Som Records  DJ Stage (1843 14th Street NW)
Time: Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Artists: DJ Naruka, DJ’s Uschi Obermaier and Rick Moranis, NiteKrawler, Justin Jouvenal, Jeyone and Frank Mitchell, DJ Neville C, DJ Provoke, DJ Retrospect, Moose, DJ D Mac, The Secret Chimp

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Comments (1)

  1. Sounds like an awesome festival. Artists like Margot MacDonald, Victoria Vox & Karen Jonas represent the very best DC music has to offer, & there are a ton of other great musicians as well. This event is must see!

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