(Updated at 2:25 p.m. Friday) Details are emerging about the free concert the rapper Wale will give in the District this weekend.
As Hill Now was first to report, the D.C. native will perform a free show on Saturday coordinated by Events DC and the the city-funded Washington, DC Economic Partnership.
The “secret” concert the D.C. native announced on Twitter overnight Thursday is rumored to be coming to H Street NE, to the parking lot of the 1207 H St. NE location of AutoZone. An event website that Events DC launched Friday lists H Street Main Street as a sponsor, plus &pizza, which has a location on the strip.
A press release sent Friday said, “This event will showcase the District’s thriving, diverse businesses including those located on the H Street corridor.”
The show will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday and requires an RSVP by email.
— Wale Folarin (@Wale) April 3, 2015
Im doin free show in DC this weekend at a secret (for now) location this will be historical
— Wale Folarin (@Wale) April 2, 2015
@Uber_DC Wale is hosting a block party next Saturday on H st, and is looking for sponsors. We would love for you guys to be involved!
— Kyle S. (@KSPP30) March 28, 2015
— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) March 31, 2015
Julie Weber, a spokeswoman for the economic partnership, said Thursday that she could neither confirm nor deny that Wale will perform along the H Street corridor. An event organizer also declined to discuss the location.
Calls to AutoZone and to WestMill Capital Partners, which will redevelop the lot, went unanswered.
Wale, who grew up on Peabody Street NW and performed at Mayor Muriel Bowser’s inauguration party, gave another “secret” show in New York earlier this week, to promote the release of “The Album About Nothing.”
The nonprofit economic partnership promotes D.C. and recently coordinated the We DC exhibit at the South by Southwest festival, to boost the District as a creative hub.
Photo via Instagram/Wale