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Co-Sponsored Concert (In-Person): Now with Christylez Bacon!

  • 15 Jun 2023
  • 7:00 PM
  • Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium 10 First St. SE Washington, DC
  • 100

June 15, an in person concert, now with Christylez Bacon, at the Library of Congress.

You'll need to reserve free timed entry passes at this link before your visit to the Library.

Advance passes online: Timed-entry passes are available up to 30 days in advance. Same-day passes online: A limited number of same-day passes will be available online each open day at 9 a.m. ET

FSGW is working with the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress to bring you this concert. The fee structure and COVID protocols are those of the Library of Congress.

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Grammy-nominated hip-hop and African American roots artist Christylez Bacon to appear at the Library of Congress Thursday June 15

We're sorry to report that the Reverend Robert Jones has had to cancel his appearance in the Coolidge Auditorium as part of Thursday's Live at the Library festivities. But our friend Christylez Bacon has agreed to perform instead!

Grammy-Nominated Hip-Hop and African American Roots Artist Christylez Bacon

Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a Grammy Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.

With a mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music, Christylez is constantly pushing the envelope – from performances at the National Cathedral, to becoming the first Hip-Hop artist to be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has composed and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and created an intentional culture exchange project and subsequent documentary between Washington, DC and Brasília, Brazil.

In Washington, DC, Christylez began a cross-cultural collaborative concert series, “Washington Sound Museum” (WSM). WSM is a monthly intimate celebration of music featuring guest artists from diverse musical genres with Christylez Bacon and his progressive hip-hop orchestra. Since WSM’s inception, Christylez has collaborated with artists from various cultural backgrounds, ranging from the Hindustani & Carnatic music of India, the contemporary Arabic music of Egypt, and the music of Brazil. At the beginning for the pandemic, Christylez saw this socially-distant period as an opportunity to bring international artists and audiences together in an online video series titled, Beatbox Remix Series.

When the American Folklife Center contacted Christylez about stepping in, he was on his way to an appearance at the White House! We're excited to see what he brings to the Coolidge Auditorium!

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