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Eastern Market Art Series and Teachings: Songwriting with Loide Jorge SOLD OUT

Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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EAST artist contributor Loide JoLoide Jorgerge returns on March 8th with guitarist Jean-Francis Varre to show kids the beauty of music and song creation! Kids will learn how to create verse, chorus, and a bridge setting to music and performing for one another. All kids who love to perform do not want to miss this!

Born in France to her Mozambican mother and Guinea-Bissauan father, Loide grew up in California listening to only hymnals, doo-wop, and soul. Later, she would fuse them with the Afro-luso melodies and verse, hymns she sang in Portuguese with her family, and the European classical compositions she studied and performed at church and school. Loide has since grown into a professional jazz vocalist with a full-length in-studio album. Find information about Loide Jorge here or on Facebook @loidemusica.

Jean-Francis Varre was born to Senegalese and Cape Verdean immigrants in Washington D.C. A self-taught singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Jean-Francis often visited family in Africa and learned to perform the eclectic music he heard and loved in his youth. Whether singing, playing bass, guitar or percussion, Jean-Francis has performed musical genres from American Soul & Rock, to Senegalese Mbalax.

Jean-Francis VarreCurrently, Jean-Francis leads his latest original project Sahel, which expands on the fusion of modern music from the African Diaspora. In addition, Jean-Francis is working on an educational bridge building project entitled “Atlantic Odyssey.” Building on his education in sociology, musical experience and travel, Atlantic Odyssey traces and recounts the movements of African peoples throughout the diaspora and their influence on modern world culture through the evolution of the music of the 19th & 20th centuries. Find more information on his music on Instagram @jeanvarre.

The Eastern Market Art Series & Trainings – EAST – is an ongoing series that brings artists and children (between 6 and 10 years old) together to explore a different craft or medium each month. Each workshop has volunteer opportunities for youth & teens (11 years old and up) to help support the workshop. Please contact for more information.

Our program is made possible by the Near Southeast Community Partners and the CSX Mitigation Fund as well as the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.


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Sunday, March 8, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Eastern Market Art Series & Teachings (EAST)


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