And while Washington’s art venues, bars and restaurants often get branded based on the crowd they attract, Scott says the scene at Montserrat changes to reflect the name on the bill.
The chill crowd during the recent AM & Shawn Lee show was a far cry from the energetic festivities when the band from “Fela!” took the stage. The group took a break from the refined crowds and pristine setting of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Harman Hall to pay a visit to Montserrat.
“The cast came in, and they were like, ‘Wow,’ ” Scott says. “It’s like this really raw space, and they were right at floor level with everybody, and people were right up in their face and into the show.”
In a word? “Epic,” which made Scott proud to call Washington home.
“Everybody all around was thoroughly pleased,” he says. “And it’s something that people in D.C. remember, and it’s something that the cast and crew can take back to New York or London or wherever they travel the show internationally and be like, ‘Nobody did it like they did it in D.C.’ ”
What to see: Trio Old Tapes performs the catchy songs from its new EP, “This Is Goodbye” (including a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”), on Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. Expect a dose of mellow, sweet vocals courtesy of Lisa Kribs over synth beats. $20.
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1402 Meridian Pl. NW. 202-436-9118
Even in their spare time, Washingtonians have a tendency toward overachieving and multi-tasking. Exhibit A: Ora Nwabueze, the lawyer whose side project, the Dunes, showcases art, music and more.
Since opening in May, the airy third-story space, which touts massive windows overlooking the bright lights of 14th Street in Columbia Heights, has hosted a slew of events, from an interactive storytelling night to a Discovery Channel-themed photo exhibition to a panel discussion with local art fixtures. What makes these gatherings unique is where the proceeds have gone — Horton’s Kids, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and local artsy literary magazine the Folly.
“The Dunes is all about giving back to the community, so roughly half of our events are nonprofit fundraisers,” says managing director Deidree Bennett.