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Metro Brief: Rain delays first Lunchtime Music on the Mall performance

District of Columbia

On June 16, 2014
Amadou Kouyate

Kouyate will perform on the Mall on June 12.
Credit: amadoukouyate.com

To mark the start of this season’s Lunchtime Music on the Mall, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Tuesday  introduced a resolution honoring Lunchtime Music on the Mall, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Park Service.

D.C. native Amadou Kouyate’s kick-off performance, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed due to rain until Thursday from noon until 1:30 p.m. on the National Mall, by the Smithsonian Metro Station, at 12th St. and Jefferson Dr. SW.  

The performances, which will take place every Tuesday and Thursday during the lunch-time hours in the summer, will include gypsy jazz, indie pop, traditional North Indian classical music, acoustic soul, traditional Irish folk, West African percussion, classic rock and much more.  The full list of the first month’s performers will be released shortly.

“[Tuesday’s] rain notwithstanding, our Lunchtime Music on the Mall performances have begun the process of bringing the Mall alive for us – D.C. and regional residents who work near downtown,” said Congresswoman Norton. “Of course, we welcome the tourists too, but we especially want office workers, as well, to see the Mall as theirs and as a respite during lunch hours from the typical hustle and bustle of the Washington workday.”

Norton’s resolution acknowledges the work of National Parks Service in bringing weekday musical activities to the Mall, a provision originally in Norton’s National Mall Revitalization and Designation Act, which the NPS has implemented administratively. The resolution also recognizes the Mall as a national treasure and a natural showcase for D.C. and regional musical acts.

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