The Kennedy Center might not be at the top of most people's lists of places to spend a Friday night checking out a killer hip-hop act, but that perception is changing, thanks to the Club at Studio K.
From hip-hop, jazz and comedy, the multi-use venue at the REACH at Kennedy Center showcases the type of art that isn’t normally seen at the landmark performing arts center.
The Club at Studio K is designed to make the arts more accessible to everyone, especially those who think the arts (with a capital A) is just for the one percent.
Longtime fans of the Kennedy Center can expect a bit of a feeling of deja vu. Club K was inspired by the legacy of the Kennedy Center Jazz Club, a small performance space in the old KC library that was known for booking a mix of up-and-coming and iconic artists.
From local legends to out of town favorites and emerging artists, it's bringing some excellent and unexpected talent to the Kennedy Center, including acts from right here in the District. Since it's opened, I've seen Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Detroit techno trailblazer Juan Atkins; and a preview of the local Broccoli City Festival--not a bad show in the bunch.
You can usually score tickets starting at around $25, which is around what you'd pay at the 9:30 Club or U Street Music Mall, and *much* less than you'd spend at the Anthem.
Inside, you’ll find an intimate space for grown-ass folks that can be set up cabaret-style or transformed into a stripped down dancehall. The vibe is cool, chill and a little sexy.
Bonus: The grounds are absolutely stuh-ning, especially at night--the design of the buildings, towering artwork and panoramic views of the waterfront makes attending an event here even more memorable. Date night, done.
If you’ve never been to Kennedy Center, the Club at Studio K is a perfect introduction; it's cool, dressed down and doesn’t cost nearly as much as Hamilton tickets. Check out the calendar of upcoming shows for March and April and get in the Club!
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