Music Special Events 2018-19

Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.
Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance

GEMA Rocks VIII: All Together Now

A brand-new show packed with tremendously talented student & alumni singers, songwriters, comedians, and musicians representing five decades of Georgetown performers. Featured performances by three-time Grammy-nominated record producer John Alagia (C’86) (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Jason Mraz), Billboard #1 songwriter/ performer Jim McCormick (C ’90); Greta Gaines (C’89) alt-country star of MTV and Oxygen fame; Michael Zakarin (C ’05, MBA ’13) of The Bravery; Tate Tucker (C’14) hip-hop artist and YouTube sensation; Lyell Evans Roeder (C’ 13) of the critically  acclaimed band Tigers are Bad For Horses; Danielle Carter (B’05) aka Dani W, LA-based Tribal/Soul/Funk/Pop artist; Emilie Bogrand (C ’07), the Georgetown Improv Association plus many soon to be announced. This year’s show will honor GEMA Founder and Chairman, Rich Battista (B’86) with the GEMA ROCKS Lifetime Achievement Award. This show will also feature a record number of 33 student participants, including R&B Artist Joe Sonza, Singer-Songwriter Lana Nauphal, viral sensation Eric Dickstein of MELT (SXSW) and the band Right Stuff.

Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre
$35 General | $20 Young Alumni (Classes of 2014-2018) | $10 Student

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Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Discussion with GU Distinguished Artist in Residence Jason Moran: DC Jazz

As part of the ongoing series of events exploring “American Music,” celebrated musician, composer, and artist Jason Moran will discuss the many Washington-born musicians and others who played in the city in the recent book DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington DC, co-edited by Georgetown University history professor Maurice Jackson. Moran provided the foreword for the book.

Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre

Friday & Saturday, October 26 and 27

Music Policy Forum Summit

The Music Policy Forum Summit is an international conference that shines a spotlight on some of the most compelling, inspiring and sometimes frustrating developments in public policy, innovative thought leadership, research, technology and culture. Presentations, interviews and roundtable discussions will be provocative and challenging. Intense small group conversations will allow for high-level, focused explorations of critical topics that are central to moving the field forward. Come join a community of hundreds of musicians, policymakers, activists, researchers, nonprofit leaders and other key communities in a highly curated, two-day exploration and celebration of what is coming next.

Topics to be covered include:

The conference is free to Georgetown University Students with a valid ID.

Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building

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Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Georgetown University Music Program

Discussion with Distinguished Artist in Residence Jason Moran: James Reese Europe

Moran will discuss the life, music, and legacy of jazz pioneer James Reese Europe (1880-1919). Born in Mobile, Alabama, Europe moved with his family to DC when he was 10 and attended the M Street School—now Dunbar High School. In 1910, Europe organized the Clef Club, an organization that advocated for African-Americans in the music industry. The Clef Club Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in 1912 and featured the compositions of African-American composers Harry T. Burleigh and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. During World War I, Europe served as a commissioned officer in the New York Army National Guard, the 369th Harlem Hell Fighters, directing the regimental band. His post-war activities included a series of highly influential recordings for Pathê Records.

Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre