1 pm.: Encore Stage & Studio. Selected scenes from “The Day Nothing Happened,” written by Dawn A. Douglas with Jada Ayanda, Kylen Davis, Madaline Langston, Bryce Gastelum, Ryely Q. Rodgers, Valeria Peterson, Yahney Marie Sangaré, Elliyah Thompson, Sage Ware, and Taylor Welch.
Dr. Toni Miles-Maloney is a charismatic, powerful, energetic, concerned member of her native Washington DC community. She continuously provides public affairs and media relations support for the Washington DC community in various societal and socioeconomic dilemmas involving women, health/wellness, youth services, cultural diversity, and law enforcement.
As the former Director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Radio Washington DC and President of “Just Ask Justine” Media Relations, Dr. Miles-Maloney maintains a national scope of issues in underserved communities connecting urban radio to community concerns as renown health advocate and educator.
2:30 p.m.: Lomax AME Zion Church Celestial Echoes
The Celestial Echoes Choir are members of The Lomax AME Zion Church from Arlington, Virginia. The choir formed in 1966 with seven members. They’ve been ministering in song since then and are currently under the direction of Mr. Todd Pincham and Dr. Charles White, Jr.
2:50 p.m.: Mt. Salvation Baptist Church Incredible High Praise Dance
Reenactors representing the 54th Massachusetts Infantry will talk briefly about the impact of Black soldiers on the outcome of the Civil War and perform a demonstration of the manual of arms and loading procedure for a musket.
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B is an organization of volunteers, comprised of both professional and amateur historians, dedicated to preserving the history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment and Black Soldiers in the Civil War. They serve as a living monument to commemorate and honor the men who served, lost their lives and health in the Civil War, particularly those members of their namesake, the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
3:30 p.m. Soul Food Cook-Off Competition Winners Announced
Think you make the best soul food in the DMV? Submit your entree, side dish or dessert in the third annual Soul Food Cook-Off Competition! View the webpage for details and to sign up.
4 p.m.: Kim B. Miller
Kim is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, NY. She is an author, motivational speaker and a spoken word artist.
She facilitates workshops for authors and artists. She also mentored middle school students in DC on creating and achieving goals. She also taught students how to write poetry and how to “present” their poems.
This spoken word artist loves writing and “spittin”. She wants you to feel her heart in each piece. Her poetry is her heart expressed in words: opinionated, thought provoking and real.
She has been the featured poet in several venues, churches and programs in: VA, MD, DC, PA and NY. She has written three spoken word books. Kim has also participated in Arlington County’s MLK Tribute event in 2017, 2018 and 2020.
5 p.m.: X-Factor Band
Drawing from these influences, the band has crafted original songs that showcase their background and experience without sounding like another pop music cliché. X-FACTOR is driven by the rock-solid pulse of Anthony ‘DaBassman’ Rucker on bass and vocals and David ‘Eckie’ Mullins kicking drums like nobody’s business. With Auturo Evans on keyboards and vocals and Don Theo on guitar/synth and vocals, they produce a wall of sound that outweighs their numbers, while up front, Duane Nelson evokes emotion and response from audiences with their soaring vocals.
X-FACTOR has created a buzz around the metro-DC area playing intimate clubs, charity benefits and corporate events. Their ballads take you on a romantic journey while their funky dance tunes dare you to stand still. They made a big entrance on the music scene with their very first gig, opening for R&B stars THE BROTHERS JOHNSON, SWITCH, THE MARY JANE GIRLS and NEW BIRTH at the Maryland Music Festival at Showplace Arena. The enthusiastic crowd gave X-FACTOR a standing ovation and shouted for more as they excited the stage.
X-FACTOR’s strength is their ability to infuse songs, old and new, with a uniqueness that makes even the classic sound fresh and original. One can sense that every note, every beat is from the heart. It’s this passion that conveys to the audience, pulling them further into the musical seduction with each song.
Each X-FACTOR performance is an event that leaves their audience hungry for more, anticipating the band’s next appearance.
So the next time a friend asks, “Where’s the party at?”… keep searching until you find the X-FACTOR.
Note: Performers and performance times subject to change.