The phone number for concert schedule information at Fort Dupont Park was incorrect in yesterday's editions. The correct number is 426-7723.
The sun sets majestically in a cloudless sky. Children run up and down the Jefferson Memorial steps, screaming and laughing as they make fast friendships for a quick game of tag. Against the backdrop of Tidal Basin and Washington Monument, tourist meets native and the music begins.
Since 1838, when the Marine Band first performed at the Capitol, free outdoor concerts have been soothing the scorching heat of Washington summers and providing some first-class entertainment. In addition to guest vocalists and conductors with the military band performances, there are jazz, soul, rock, country and western bands.
For people-watchers, the crowd is top-notch. The best view is from a paddleboat in the Tidal Basin. They come young and old, in suits and ties, in dresses and blue jeans. There are as many tourists as natives. Bicycles are as abundant as baby strollers, jogging dates as common as family outings. Seasoned concert-goers come prepared with folding chairs, pillows, sweaters for the inevitable night breeze, insect repellant.
Betty Hadaway of Frederick remembers attending armed-forces concerts as a kid. Now she's back as a regular even though the planes en route to and from National Airport "bother me a bit."
Bikers Sally Russell and Bill Steele have ritualized their concert-going. They pedal in from Southwest and picnic with a sandwich and beer in a garden next to the Jefferson Memorial before the band starts playing.
But the military concerts aren't the only shows in town. Fort Dupont opens its summer jazz concert series Friday and Saturday with McCoy Tyner and Lon Moshe Quintet. Carter Barron Amphitheater will sponsor National Symphony concerts and a Jazz Nexus festival.
The music sung by and about the original canal builders and workers is the theme of the Concerts on the Canal. The Sunday-afternoon series will also feature jazz, blues and traditional folk music from around the world. As with all outdoor events, the concerts are canceled in case of rain.
CABIN JOHN PARK - Tuckman Lane, Bethesda. 468-4230 or 299-4555. Tuesdays at 7:30. July 11 - Navy COmmodores; June 27 - Alpenveilchen Bavarian Band; July 18 - Army Blues Band; July 25 - Navy Country Current; Aug. 1 - Montgomery County COncert Band; Aug. 8 - To be announced.
CAPITOL PLAZA - Tuesdays at 8: June 20, 27, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants. July 11, 18, 25 - Airmen of Note.
CAPITOL WEST TERRACE - At 8 o'clock, through August.
Fridays - Army Band; Mondays - Navy Band; Tuesdays - Air Force Band; Wednesdays - Marine Band.
CARTER BARRON - 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 426-6700.
June 21 through 23 at 8 - National Symphony (Rain date June 24); June 26 through 28 at 8 - Jazz Nexus with D.C. Jazz Ensemble (Stenturion Jazz Band, Musica Mundana, Capital Jazz Quintet, Swingworks, Swingworks 18 plus 7); July 8 at - Up with People; July 6 at 8:30 - Navy Port Authority; July 19 at 8:30 - Air Force Band; July 20 at 8:30 - Army Blues Band; Aug. 3 at 8:30 - Country Current; Aug. 10 and 24 at 8:30 - Commodores; Aug. 31 at 8:30 - Air Force Band.
COURTHOUSE SQUARE - Rockville. 424-8000, ext. 305. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30, through August. Program to be announced.
FORT DUPONT - Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE. 426-6700. All at 8:30, except children's festival.
Jule 16 and 17 - McCoy Tyner and Lon Moshe Quintet; June 18 - WOE and African Heritage Dancers; June 23 and 24 - Betty Carter and Lavenre Reed Dancers; June 25 - Children's Festival (2 o'clock), Trinidad Steel Band, marionettes clowns; July 1 and 2 - Sonny Fortune and Roy Meriwether Trio; July 6 - Woody Herman, Young Thundering Herd and Washington Jazz All Stars; July 8 and 9 - Jean Carns, Byron Morris and Unity; July 15 and 16 - George Russell Big Band and Lillias White Trio; July 22 and 23 - Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble and Bernard Sweetney Trio; July 29 and 30 - Dexter Gordon and Ju Ju; Aug. 3 - Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Richie Reiter and Crossing Point; Aug. 5 and 6 - Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers and Continumm; Aug. 12 and 13 - Elvin Jones; Aug. 19 and 20 - Ahmad Jamal, Tim Eyerman and East Coast Offering; Aug. 26 and 27 - Ramsey Lewis and Ned Einstein Quintet.
FORT WARD PARK - 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 750-6425. Thursday at 7:45.
June 29 - Marine Drum and Bugle Corps; July 6 - Jazz Masters; July 13 - Wind Fall; July 20 - Alexandria Jazz Band; July 27 - Alexandria Community Singers; Aug. 3 - Riverside Ramblers; Aug. 17 and Alexandria Harmonizers; Aug. 24 - Army Brass Quintet; Aug. 31 - Kingsmen; Sept. 7 - Alexandria Citizens Band; Sept. 14 - Alexandria Pipes and Drum and Scottish Dancers.
FOUNDRY MALL - C&O Canal at 30th Street NW. Sundays at 1:30.
June 18 - Washington Saengerbund and Kinsgmen; June 25 - Richard Smallwood Singers and Charlie Byrd Trio; July 2 - Blue Ensemble and Hot Mustard Ragtime Band; July 16 - Aaron Marcus Duo and Van Perry Combo; July 30 - Potomac River Boys and Trinidad Steel Band; Aug. 13 - Celtic Thunder and kenny Reed Quintet; Aug. 27 - Richard Smallwood Singers and Federal Jazz Commission; Sept. 10 - Lydian Chamber Players, Lisa Clarke Dancers and None of the Above; Sept. 24 - Londonaires and Dottie Dodgion Quartet.
GLEN ECHO PARK - MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo. 492-6240. Sundays.
June 18 - Hermian Hymn at 2; Alexandria Community Singers at 3:45; June 25 - Steve Hickman, Libba Cotten, Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard at 1; July 2 - 18th-century popular "musick" at 3:30; July 9 - Szeinfeld Family at 1; Jazz Guitarists at 3; July 16 - Steve Hickman at 1; Airmen of Note at 4:15; July 23 - Steve Hickman at 1; Naval Academy Band at 5; Aug. 6 - Bob Clayton, Bruce Hutton at 3; Aug 13 - Len Jaffe, Seventh Dawn, D.C. Alumni Chorale, Naval Academy Band at 1; Aug. 20 - Steve Hickman at 1; Aug. 27 - Bill Harris at 1; Tim Eyerman and East Coast Offering at 3:30.
HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM - Mallside. Wednesday at 6:30, through August.
IWO JIMA MEMORIAL - Tuesdays through Aug. 22 at 7:30.
Marine Drum and Bugle Corps - Tattoo.
JEFFERSON MEMORIAL - Through August.
Fridays at 8 - Air Force Band; Sundays at 8:30 - Marine Band; Tuesdays at 8:30 - Army Band; Wednesdays at 8:30 - Torchlight Tattoo (Old Guard, Fife and Drum Corps, Army Band); Thursdays at 8:30 - Navy Band; June 26, July 17, Aug. 7 and 28 at 8:30 - National Concert Band.
MARINE BARRACKS - Fridays at 8:20, through Sept. 15. Reservations required. 433-4173.
Evening dress parade with Marine Band, Drum and Bugle Corps.
NAVY YARD - Wednesdays at 8:40, through August. Reservations required. 433-2218.
Navy Concert Band, Sea Chanters, Honors Band, Ceremonial Guard Drill Team.
WHEATON REGIONAL PARK - Shorefield Road, Wheaton. 468-4230 or 622-0056.
Thursdays at 7:30. June 29 - National Concert Band; July 6 - Airmen of Note; July 13 - Rockville Concert Band; July 20 - Country Current; July 27 - Montgomery County Jazz Guitar Ensemble; Aug. 3 - Army Blues band.
WOLF TRAP - Vienna, Va. 938-3800.
July - Air Force Band, Singing Sergeants, Airmen of Note at 2; Aug. 27 - Wolf Trap and National Symphony Youth Orchestra at 2:30.