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Black Girls Rock! Fest returns to D.C. to kick off Women's History Month 2024

Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center from across the water in Georgetown
Kennedy Center (By: Clay Elliot on Unsplash)

Black Girls Rock! Fest is returning to the Kennedy Center at the end of February for a pop-up celebrating the cultural contributions of Black artists and creatives. The immersive

event celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2024 and kicks off on February 29, running through

March 9.

The showcase of musicians, cultural curators, and entrepreneurs will bring a late-night concert and DJ series to Washington D.C. It’s the perfect way to close out Black History Month and head into Women’s History Month. 

The pop-up will include the Vibes and Vinyl Party and Jam Session on Thursday, February 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s event features an iconic group of artists to include Black Girls Rock! Founder and CEO, DJ Beverly Bond along with DJ Miss H.E.R, DJ Aktive, and DJ OP! In a tribute to the roots of DJing, the group will be integrating vinyl into their sets. 

On Saturday, March 2, at 9:30 p.m. there will be an After Dark experience featuring Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Elle Varner and Who Rocks Next! featured artist, Zada. The pair will be joined by DC CJ. 

On Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m. indie rock artists Bazaar Royale will take the stage for Black Men Rock! performance. The singer, songwriter, and producer will share his sound characterized as a dynamic fusion of raw, gritty energy. Bazaar Royale made his Kennedy Center debut during BGR!Fest 2023. 

On Saturday, March 9, at 6 p.m. Emcee Nia Dinero will showcase her range of lyrical poise, edginess, and sophistication for Who Rocks Next! The DMV rapper merges genres of hip-hop, pop, and R&B for a unique perspective on the art of rap that she calls “Hip-Pop.” Nia previously performed at The Kennedy Center’s “Sounds of the DMV: Hip Hop Showcase.” 

"The BGR!FEST™ Pop Up series offers a fantastic opportunity to celebrate music, art, and culture, along with the invaluable contributions of Black women artists in these fields. We are excited to honor Women's History Month through this series," said Beverly Bond, CEO of Black Girls Rock!

The Black Girls Rock! Fest Pop-up is being held in partnership with the Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture Program which highlights the genre’s contributions to global culture. 


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