THE KENNEDY CENTER presents its first "AMJAM American Music Festival," three full days of music on five indoor and outdoor stages by rock, folk, blues, country, jazz, Cajun and other musicians, Saturday through Monday from noon to 7. Among many familiar names are Kenny G, Chuck Berry, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Staple Singers, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Sweet Honey in the Rock and the Robert Cray Band. The weekend also includes the third annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival in the Concert Hall. In addition, family entertainers will perform at three more stages upstairs, and crafts and food vendors will offer their wares throughout the center. Tickets cost $15 per day through Friday, $20 at the gate (children ages 2 through 12 $5, younger free).
The center's garage will be closed during the festival, and neighborhood parking will be tight. But the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop is only three blocks away, and free shuttle buses will run continuously from 10 a.m. to midnight.
For information and tickets call 202/467-4600 or 800/444-1324 (TDD: 202/416-8524).
Here's the announced lineup: PLAZA STAGE - Saturday: The Huck-a-Bucks, noon; the Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1:30; Buckwheat Zydeco, 3; Medeski, Martin & Wood, 4:30; Chuck Berry, 6. Sunday: Rumba Club, noon; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 1:10; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 2:25; the Staple Singers, 3:50; Kenny G, 5:35. Monday: the Leatherwoods Band, 12:15; Eddie Palmieri, 1:20; the Robert Cray Band, 2:40; Los Lobos, 4:20; Arlo Guthrie, 5:50. HILLSIDE STAGE -- Saturday: Stars of Hope, noon; the Savory Smith Cajun Band, 1:15; the Blind Boys of Alabama, 2:30; Boozoo Chavis & Magic Sounds, 4; the Klezmatics, 5:30. Sunday: Great Change Gospel Ensemble, 12:30; Tish Hinojosa, 1:40; Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, 3:10; Chuck Brown, 4:30; the Seldom Scene, 6. Monday: The Terri Allard Trio, noon; Tim Reynolds, 1:20; Doc Watson, 2:35; the Nields, 4:15; Lonnie Brooks, 5:45. RIVER STAGE -- Saturday: Mahina & the Polynesians, 12:30; Chesapeake, 2; Ingrid Lucia & the Flying Neutrinos, 3:20; the Gary Ferguson Band, 4:30; the Leatherwoods Band, 6. Sunday: Ruthie & the Wranglers, 12:15; Robert Lowery & Vergil Thrasher, 1:35; the Leatherwoods Band, 3; Celtic Thunder, 4:30; the Mahogany Brass Band, 5:50. Monday: Wong Chinese Lion Dance Troupe, 12:20; the Campbell Brothers & Sacred Steel, 1:35; the Hackberry Ramblers, 3; Kayaga of Africa, 4:30; Trapezoid, 6. MILLENNIUM STAGE -- Saturday: Asian-American Arts Center, 12:15; Odadaa of Ghana, 1:40; Tom Paxton, 3; the Savoy Smith Cajun Band, 4:30; "Women in Jazz" jam session, 6. Sunday: Odadaa of Ghana, 12:25; Cephas & Wiggins, 1:40; Toshi Reagon, 3; Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers of Albuquerque, 4:25; "Women in Jazz" jam session, 6. Monday: Mahina & the Polynesians, 12:20; Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, 1:45; Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers of Albuquerque, 3:10; Sweet Honey in the Rock, 4:30; "Women in Jazz" jam session, 6. CONCERT HALL - Saturday: The Joyce DiCamillo Trio, noon; Holly Hoffmann's Four Women Only, 1:15; Nnenna Freelon, 2:30; the Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet, 3:45; the Regina Carter Quintet, 5. Sunday: Piket-Cuenca-Parrott, noon; Leni Stern, 1:15; the Marlena Shaw Quartet, 2:30; Renee Rosnes, 3:45; Bobbi Humphrey, 5. Monday: The Lorraine Desmarais Trio, noon; the Amina Claudine Myers Trio, 1:15; the Virginia Mayhew Group, 2:30; the Vanessa Rubin Quartet, 3:45; Ann Patterson's Maiden Voyage, 5. FAMILY MUSIC STAGE -- Saturday: Oscar Brand, noon and 2; Kim & Reggie Harris, 12:45; Hesperus, 2:45 and 4:15; Josh White Jr., 3:30 and 5:45; Tom Paxton, 5 and 6:30. Sunday: Oscar Brand, noon and 2; Kim & Reggie Harris, 1 and 2:45; Hesperus, 3:30 and 5:15; Josh White Jr., 4:15 and 6:15. Monday: Guy Davis, noon and 2; Kim & Reggie Harris, 1 and 2:45; Hesperus, 3:30 and 5:15; Josh White Jr., 4:15 and 6:15. FAMILY DANCE STAGE -- Saturday through Monday: Dance Institute of Washington, noon and 1:30; Step Africa, 12:45 and 2:15; Maru Montero, 3:15 and 5:15; Tappers With Attitude, 4:15 and 6:15. FAMILY STORYTELLING STAGE - Saturday through Monday: Jamal Koram, noon and 2; the Amazing Lula, 1 and 2:45; Ritchie Porter, 3:30 and 5:30; the Backpack Puppets, 4:45 and 6:15.