Giving Tuesday

We’re pleased to announce that you chose A Simple Space to return for our 15th anniversary season.
THANK YOU to everyone who supported our #GivingTuesday campaign and helped us to pick the audience choice for our 15th Anniversary Season! We couldn’t be more grateful that you chose to support BlackRock on this international day of philanthropy. Check back here for #GivingTuesday 2016 on Nov  29!

For the first time ever, we turned the programming reins over to you. By donating just $10 to vote once for an artist, you were able to have a say in our 15th Anniversary Season (2016/17). For every $10 you donated, you got an additional vote for the artist you wanted to see. If you donated $50, you got five votes! There was no limit to the number of votes you can get or support you can give to BlackRock!

If you missed Giving Tuesday, we hope you’ll consider donating to our 2015 end of year campaign #ArtGives.

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See the artists that people chose from: Dar Williams | A Simple Space | Eric Bibb | Step Afrika | The Seldom Scene


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Dar Williams

Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Pop, Family.
Played a sold out show at BlackRock in February 2014.

Dar Williams is a singer-songwriter specializing in pop folk and a frequent performer at folk festivals. Plain spokenly heartfelt yet inspired & ambitious, Williams stands as one of the most prolific & endearing singer-songwriters of contemporary folk. She has toured with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, The Nields and Shawn Colvin, and been described as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by Hendrik Hertzberg of the The New Yorker.


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A Simple Space

Contemporary Circus
Did two sold out performances in November 2015 (just two weeks ago)

In A Simple Space seven acrobats from the multi-award winning Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths push their physical limits without reserve in a performance that’s simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Supported by live percussion in a performance presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment, A Simple Space promises to leave you breathless and exhilarated!

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Eric Bibb

Blues, Jazz
Played a sold out, show in March 2015.

Grammy nominee Eric Bibb brings music steeped in American folk, Blues, African, Celtic, country, Cajun and more to the stage. 


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Step Afrika!

Modern, Step
Last performed at BlackRock in 2009.

Founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Step Afrika! now ranks as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States. They blend percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

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The Seldom Scene

Played another sold out show in January 2015.

What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun.

Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in a  Bethesda basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Legends in the DC-area, their performances include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop.

FINE PRINT: The artist with the most votes will be included in the 2016/17 season (date tbd) and will be billed as the “audience choice”. Other artists may also be included in the season, but no guarantees. BlackRock is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please remember the spirit of your vote is a donation, and no refunds will be given.


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