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As part of the Home Rule Music Festival, the Home Rule Music and Film Preservation Foundation is proud to present three educational workshops with leading musicians and intellectuals involved with the Festival.

Please RSVP using the buttons below.  A link to the zoom call will be sent to participants prior to each event; the meeting room will open 15 minutes prior to the workshops.  All are welcome, and community questions will be taken at the end of the discussion, so bring your most burning questions.

The event is Free and Open to the Public.  Suggested donation: $20. 

May 26 - 7pm

Sugar Bear in conversation with Bryan Jenkins  

Join us for our first conversation with the legendary Sugar Bear, whose band Experience Unlimited helped usher the "DC Sound" from heavy funk to Go-Go. In conversation with Howard University scholar Bryan Jenkins, this hour long discussion will range from Experience Unlimited's early work with the Black Fire record label to their current engagement with DC's modern Go-Go scene, all with a focus on DC's rich history as an explicitly musical city.


Join us for our second conversation in the series as the spiritual jazz icon Doug Carn sits down for an hour long discussion with the critical theorist Dr. Thomas Stanley that will range from Doug Carn's early roots in Florida, to his work as an influential organist and producer for the Black Jazz record label, to his work today as a continuous voice in the spiritual and free jazz movements. The conversation will explore both Doug Carn's material musical history as well as the intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual underpinnings of his body of work.

may 31 - 7pm

Doug CARn in conversation with DR. Thomas Stanley  


June 6 - 7pm 


Join us for our final discussion in the series as J. Plunky Branch takes us on a journey from his beginnings as a co-founder of the legendary Black Fire label, to his work today as a leader and organizer vital to the greater Richmond/DC/Philadelphia musical communities. Plunky will discuss not only his own music and the Washington of the 70s out of which Black Fire emerged, but the relationships he sees with that music and the improvised music of today.

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