Historic Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Billie Holiday Music & Arts Festival – A Virtual Experience, scheduled for September 12-13, 2020. The event concludes our celebration of 100 Years of the African American Presence on Pennsylvania Avenue as we continue to preserve the rich history and cultural legacy that has defined the Penn-North, Druid Heights and Upton communities since 1920. Our festival displays the musical and artistic talents as expressed today and highlights the contributions and achievements of generations past.
The horrific arrival of the COVID-19 Pandemic that has plagued our nation and this region had threatened to derail plans to build on the success of last summer’s outdoor festival which attracted over 5,000 attendees for food, fun music and art. However, through the same spirit of innovation and improvisation that has sustained African American people in this country to over 400 years and led to very creation of soul food cuisine and our beloved jazz as art-forms, in enabling us to pivot by embracing new technology to present the 2020 Billie Holiday Music & Arts Festival – “As A Virtual Experience”.
Leveraging the power and reach of the world-wide web, the 2020 Billie Holiday Music & Arts Festival – A Virtual Experience will be broadcasted over digital and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and this Web Portal. The two-day event offers exciting and dynamic, live and pre-recorded musical performances, presentations, and informative workshops that reflect the positive energy, promise and hope for this community’s future.
Enjoy the an HBCU Marching Bands Virtual Showcase; R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Gospel Performances.
Savor tasteful tips provided by local chefs serving up Soul Food & Vegan Cooking Demonstrations and Feast your eyes on works of art in Virtual Galleries with photo, textile and political cartoons exhibits.
Take advantage of valuable and timely advice from finance, real estate, and medical experts on topics including homeownership & real estate investment, entrepreneurship, credit & finance, as well as fitness, wellness, and mental health to help you plan for the months ahead.