Don’t Mute DC, Check It Enterprises LLC and The Go-Go Museum Café present a free festival for the community Saturday at Gateway Pavillion which will use the social power of music to unite, heal and educate our community on past and current issues.
The free event will mark the 20 year anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks with a special tribute for the Ketcham and Leckie Elementary Schools students and teachers who lost their lives in the 911 plane crash. Among those killed were three 11-year-olds who were headed to California on trip to study ecology.
It will also feature the world’s largest Narcan training. Attendees can learn to use the first FDA-approved nasal formulation of naloxone for the treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Narcan is available free in every ward in the District, and it is the wide-spread knowledge of where to get it and how to use it is intended to help address the 411 opioid related deaths in DC last year.
Audiences will hear area Go-Go bands such as Sirius and Company feat Ms. Kim and Scoby, Black Alley, The Experience Band along with special appearance by DMV’s newest national recording sensation artist Rico Nasty. There will also be a “B-Stage” for conversations on important issues and a platform for many up and coming artist from our sister cities in, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, and from New York and Virginia. There will also be comedy by Davy Ruffin and a “Black Wallstreet Pop-Up Activation” with over 40 of DC’s hottest vendors and food providers.
Organizers have partnered with the DC Department of Health, Department of Behavior Health, The Mayor’s COVID Corps and Washington Gas to help patrons of the festival address issues related to the current pandemic, opioid and violent crisis being faced in the community. People will have opportunity to get vaccinated or educated on how to beat COVID.
The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Gateway Arts Pavilion, St. Elizabeth’s Campus (2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE). Tickets are free, but you must register. For More information visit www.eventbrite.com/e/95-live-festival-tickets or Call 202-848-4394