by September 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm 1,890 0

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle

The Festival will include 56 artists, an auction tent, beer garden, The Pet Zone and lots of kids’ activities. (17th Street Festival logo)

17th Street Festival organizers have added two more performances to the live music stage planned for 17th and Church: Singer and songwriter Eric Himan… and Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka, Jessica Spaulding-Deverreoux and the X-Faction Dancers from Town.

They join Djesben, Double Life and Tom Goss. Full details below. The stage will be near JR’s Beer Garden.

The festival–from P Street to Riggs Place NW–will feature 56 local artists (10 more have signed up) who will have vendor stalls along 17th Street–a great opportunity to support local artists.

The Festival will also include restaurants, The Pet Zone, kid’s activities and an auction tent.

Live Performances

  • 2 pm: Djseben. The band’s name (pronounced JESS-ben) comes from a 1920s word meaning “jazz band.” The band says their music style has been described “Rock and roll for little kids,” “Iconojazz,” “subtle, like honey mustard sourdough pretzels” and “Massage table music.” You can check out Djseben’s music on YouTube.
  • 2:30 pm: Singer and songwriter Eric Himan was added to the Festival lineup this week. He is also in town Saturday night to perform at Z Lounge to benefit The Trevor Project, the leading national organization for suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
  • 2:45 pm: Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka, Jessica Spaulding-Deverreoux and the X-Faction Dancers from Town.
  • 3 pm: Double Life. This six-member group covers songs ranging from Maroon 5 to Natasha Bedingfield to Queen and George Michael, and utilizes innovative vocals and intense instrumentation–“two couples, a twist of B-school and shake with a few degrees of separation, and you’ve got Double Life.”
  • 5:20 pm: Tom Goss. The young Wisconsin native “offers up dynamic acoustic rock featuring muscular guitar, hooky melodies and a uniquely powerful voice.” Goss has releases The Politics of Love, which he describes as “ore than an EP or music video, more than one person. The Politics of Love is a broad curriculum that gives you the tools you need to teach marriage equality where you are. Perfect for college clubs, church congregations, high-school classrooms and even your home….” Goss has cuts on his website… check out his Facebook Page.
Tom Goss 17th Street Festival

Tom Goss will perform at 5:20 pm. (Tom Goss)

56 Artists

The number of local artists will have vendor tables and displays at the 17th Street Festival is now up to 56 (10 more since Monday). Check out the list at the Festival page.

Kids’ Activities

Festival organizers (Ross School PTA is the lead organizer) are promising a kid-friendly event this Saturday with a “Kids Zone” on the grounds of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. They promise games, arts and crafts, food and other activities for current Ross students and parents as well as prospective students/parents and children. There will be a meet-and-greet at 2 pm at Ross School with the principal.

Sponsorships and Beneficiaries

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]


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