When thousands of area voters will be tuned into their favorite news stations on Tuesday for election results, the Kennedy Center's Jason Moran, has come up with a slightly off the wall way to follow the race for the White House -- a free Election Night Jam .
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Moran and his group, the Bandwagon, along with guitarist Zan McLeod, fiddler Tad Marks and other special guests, play along with yet another star of the show, a large screen monitor displaying the real-time tallying of votes and commentary.
In a patriotic nod to the national spirit of presidential elections, the entertainers will celebrate the sounds of America by way of her own composers and campaign-related songs.
At the helm of this celebration, Moran has earned the reputation of risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. From his solo projects to recordings with his group the Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, Moran constantly challenges himself while defying the status quo.
|Election Night Jam|
|Where: Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW|
|When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday|
|Info: Free; 800-444-1324; 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org|
Local fiddler Marks is known in the world of bluegrass music from his years of performing with the Del McCoury Band, the Lynn Morris Band, James King Band, Big Hillbilly Bluegrass, and folk singer Charlie Zahm. He has also performed and toured with numerous bluegrass, country and Celtic acts. This diversity of style has taken him on many tours of Europe and Central Asia, Africa and throughout the United States.
"I'm pretty good at improvising and I play a lot of different kinds of music on the fiddle, so it should be interesting and fun," noted Marks. "I enjoy making music with other groups and I try to find common ground."
Guitarist McLeod has been performing and writing music for 40 years as a solo artist, as well as with his numerous bands such as Touchstone, Fun Addix and Hummingbird. He has been honored for his collaborations on albums such as the Grammy-winning "Celtic Solstice" with Paul Winter.
The festivities will also be broadcast from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. online as part of the Kennedy Center's free daily Millennium Stage series.
"It's a pretty neat idea," he said. "I'm looking forward to it.