The party goes on for Marion Barry.
The D.C. music community is throwing the mayor-for-life, who passed away last month, a tribute concert at one of D.C.’s most controversial hot spots, Ibiza. On this Thursday, Dec. 4, the show will feature performances from prominent go-go bands like the Junk Yard Band and Rare Essence. Other go-go stars like Sugar Bear and Donnell Floyd will also make appearances.
“This is really the ordinary people’s tribute,” says Deneira Owens, co-founder of D.C. M.U.S.I.C (Movement Uplifting Safe Independent Communities), the organization co-hosting the event. “Marion Barry meant so much to so many people. Some of the bands that we have performing were bred in Ward 8.”
Barry’s son, Christopher, will be honored at the concert for the “sacrifices he and his mother made in sharing Barry with our community for over 40 years in D.C.” Kim Dickens, the woman who donated a kidney to Barry, will also get a nod.
The event is free and open to the public (assuming you are 21 or older—-it’s for “mature clientele only”). Those who get there early enough can snag some free food and Barry memorabilia.
“We are going to do it big for the legendary Marion Barry Jr.,” the press release announcing the event reads.
The tribute show runs from 7 – 11 p.m. at Ibiza, 1222 First St. NE.