Sunset Sessions at The Parks

Since we can’t be together on the Great Lawn in the golden hour of evening right now, let’s start the week with a relaxing cultural experience to uplift our spirits. Sundays at 5 pm, Sunset Sessions at The Parks presents a series of five musical performances by some of DC’s most renowned musicians. 

Sunday, May 10: Beth CannonWatch Sunset Sessions! A self-described “guitar nerd” who teaches guitar and voice at DC’s own 7DrumCity, Beth performs thunderous vocals over bluesy guitar riffs and pulsating rhythms. She writes all the music for her band Elizabeth II, including the drumbeats. Her latest EP came out in late 2019. She performs a range of solo guitar originals and covers, from blues to neoclassical. Learn more @elizabethiimusic.

Sunday, May 24: Imani-Grace Cooper: Watch Sunset Sessions! She’s headlined as a vocalist at venues such as the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center. We are honored to welcome Imani-Grace back to the Great Lawn for a special solo performance that journeys through jazz, soul and gospel. Learn more at and follow her @imanigrace_music.

Sunday, June 7: Luke James Shaffer: Watch Sunset Sessions! Luke James Shaffer is a folk-pop, acoustic, singer-songwriter based in Alexandria. His warm, soulful vocals led his first EP to reach number seven on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. His second EP is coming out in spring 2020. Learn more @lukejamesshaffer.

Sunday, June 21: James Zimmerman: Watch Sunset Sessions! Jazz scholar and renowned jazz vocalist James Zimmerman lives here in Ward 4 near The Parks. His style is sophisticated and classic, a perfect serenade for an evening sunset session heavily featuring the music of Oscar Brown, Jr. Learn more and follow him @zbopjazz

Sunday, July 5: Marcelle Pena: Watch Sunset Sessions! Marcelle Pena is a DC-based Brazilian singer from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She sings Bossa Nova and Samba Jazz in various DC venues and collaborates with musicians throughout the city. In this Sunset Session, she is joined by Brazilian pianist Victor Lepri and flautist Meera Chackravarthy to sing classic Bossa Nova selections beloved by American audiences. Follow @cellepena.

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