Each summer The Post and the Weekend section host Weekend's Weekends, a series of free concerts featuring a variety of music from top local talent in our community. The concerts are held at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in cooperation with the National Park Service of the National Capital Region. This year, we will be presenting three concerts: a Doo Wop Night on June 18, a Latin Night on June 25 and a classic Battle of the Big Bands on July 9.
The Doo Wop Night will feature three legendary vocal groups: the Orioles, the Swallows and Pookie Hudson & the Spaniels. Originally led by Sonny Til, the Orioles served as a cornerstone for what came to be known as doo-wop and R&B, first making their mark in 1948 with "It's Too Soon to Know" and peaking in the early '50s with "Crying in the Chapel." Another Baltimore-bred ensemble, the Swallows, had a huge hit in 1951 with "Dearest," though frat boys may also remember their ribald "It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion)." Pookie Hudson, who has lived in this area for many years, was originally from Gary, Ind.; the Spaniels' best-known hits were "Baby It's You" and the 1954 classic "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight."
Latin Night will feature a trio of high-energy orchestras, salsa specialists Son de Aqui and Orquesta La Romana as well as the multi-genre Latin Jazz All-Stars, while the battle of the bands will feature two of the area's most propulsive swing outfits, the Eric Felten Orchestra and the Tom Cunningham Orchestra.
The Carter Barron Amphitheatre is at 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW.
Free tickets for Weekend's Weekends will be available on the day of performance at the Carter Barron box office beginning at noon. Tickets will also be available starting at 8:30 a.m. the day of the show at the Post at 1150 15th St. NW. There are no scheduled rain dates. Picnic areas are available in the park around the amphitheater. For more information, call 202-334-4748.
-- Richard Harrington