Yards Park Concert Series, photo via Joe Flood : FlickrMore than a thousand locals have put their names behind a petition to reinstate the bring-your-own-booze policy at this year’s Yards Park Concert Series.

“The Capitol Riverfront BID has made the decision to ban concert goers from bringing their own beer (BYOB) or wine to the event,” the petition reads. “Instead, the concerts will be now be exclusively sponsored by Corona and Modelo and all will be required to purchase beer and wine from them.  Backpacks and coolers will be searched.”

The BID announced its decision to ban outside alcoholic beverages in a newsletter sent out last Thursday.

“Please take a minute and tell the Capitol Riverfront BID to reverse this decision,” the petition continues. “Not only will this decision negatively impact this very popular community event, it will hurt the local brewers and surrounding business frequented by concert goers.”

So far, more than 1,150 people have signed the online petition.

Photo via Flickr / Joe Flood


Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (Photo via Flickr/Monika Runstrom)Speculation over whether or not the Foo Fighters will play RFK Stadium is over.

A tweet sent out from the Foo Fighters says, “Can’t f***ing wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC.”

The show was called into question after the band canceled tour dates earlier this month when front-man Dave Grohl suffered a broken leg.

Not everyone is a fan of the concert coming to Hill East, though; earlier this month members of the community expressed concern about security in the neighborhood.

Photo via Flickr/Monika Runstrom


"A Capitol Fourth" in 2010 (Photo via PBS)

Singer Barry Manilow, country music band Alabama and KC and the Sunshine Band will celebrate Independence Day with a free concert on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

The lineup for “A Capitol Fourth” on the Capitol’s West Lawn also includes “The Voice” contestant Meghan Linsey, pianist Lang Lang and the National Symphony Orchestra, among other performers, according to PBS, which will broadcast the concert with NPR.

Manilow, the show’s headliner, will open and close the 35th annual concert with a “special patriotic medley,” a news release from PBS said.

Actor and singer Robert Davi also will perform in honor of Frank Sinatra, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. And canons from the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery will blast as part of Peter Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

The concert is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on July 4.

A couple miles away, the Foo Fighters and other performers will have a concert on July 4 in celebration of the rock band’s 20th anniversary. The show starts at noon at RFK Stadium.

Tickets cost $78.

Photo via PBS


Navy Band clarinet players (Photo via navyband.navy.mil)People who love the clarinet or want to visit the Navy Yard complex are in luck — the Navy Band’s third annual Clarinet Day will be held Saturday.

The event for players and fans of the woodwind offers a full day of free recitals, plus workshops for high school and college students, the band’s website says. Participants include National Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Eugene Mondie and University of Florida professor of clarinet Mitchell Estrin.

Recitals and master classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 pm. in the historic Sail Loft building at 617 Warrington Ave. SE. For more information or to register for youth classes, see the band’s website.

Photo via navyband.navy.mil


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