2019 Summer Spirit Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Saturday August 3rd

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General Admission ($60)
Pavilion ($65 - $250)
VIP Experience ($650)

No summer is complete without the sonic adventure that is SUMMER SPIRIT FESTIVAL and, returning for its 14th anniversary with another monster event, this year's line-up will once again blend the best of Soul, R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, and GO GO. Featuring superstars Anthony Hamilton, Jhené Aiko, Raphael Saadiq - and more - the lineup is stacked top to bottom. Grab these HOT tickets today! SUMMER SPIRIT FESTIVAL packs a big bang and there is no better time to be had!

The fastest and easiest way to get access to the best reserved seats & tickets is online at TICKETMASTER.COM (click to BUY TICKETS NOW) Tickets are also available at all of the 930/IMP affiliated box offices, including: Merriweather, 9:30 Club, The Anthem, The Lincoln Theatre.  Persons requiring accessible seating should call Merriweather at 410-715-5550. Accessible tickets are also available at the Merriweather box office.
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NEW 2019 PARKING INFO:  All patrons planning to park a vehicle upon arrival to the event NEED to pre-select parking once tickets have been purchased.    
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Park & Marketplace Open at 1:00pm





Surviving the test of time, Anthony Hamilton will soon gift his fans with yet another compilation bearing his heart and soul. Millions across the globe have bought his albums, falling deeply in love with raw, passionate notes that tell a story so familiar that it belongs to us all. His new album, "What I'm Feelin'," merges a life-long journey with a musical evolution that never once sacrifices his roots.

"I was an introvert growing up," said the Grammy Award winner. "I had a wild imagination and I would dream a lot." These dreams included earning the world's admiration, dominating the stage with a voice part deep, part smooth, all captivating. With "Charlene" setting the scene in 2003, he became the narrator of "love." His debut LP, "Coming from Where I'm From," created an undeniable connection with fans who related to the yearning, understood the pain, and hoped for a life with "the one."

With seven widely released albums paving the way, the new project stays true to his core yet explores the depths of where this gifted voice can flow. His first single "Amen," produced by Salaam Remi and James Poyser, celebrates the beauty of a woman in true Anthony style. "It's not just about her physical attributes," he noted. "It's about appreciating everything she brings to the table from going to work, cooking for you, praying for you, and loving you from an authentic place."

And it's his authenticity and honest depiction of the average man's woes that keep the audience searching for him year after year. Another track from the new album, "Walk in my Shoes," reminds us that no one is immune to mistakes, trials, and defeats. His vocals perfectly convey a pain so deep, that the song leaves little room for misinterpretation.

With the majority of the tracks produced by Mark Batson, "What I'm Feelin'" has purposeful moments like the up-tempo "Take You Home" fueled by his upbringing in the church. "The lead singer in the choir and the pastor were super heroes because of how they made you feel," he recounted of his early years. "It's a feeling you get when you hear someone lead that just inspires."

Although his voice belongs to the world having worked with icons like D'Angelo and 2Pac, his vocals still serve as North Carolina's soundtrack. Even in the presence of longstanding, global celebration, humility remains his greatest asset. "It means so much that people are still seeking me after so many years without an album coming out," he shared. "They could have moved on." In the five-year span between his last album "Back to Love" and "What I'm Feelin'," Anthony released his first holiday album and even made a guest appearance on the Fox hit show EMPIRE, one of the highest rated episodes of the season.

This spiritual vessel takes nothing for granted and believes that his "heaven sent" talent results from God's plan for his life. He continues to grow while always focusing on what fans want. "There are slight shifts you can make but you just can't leave the people," he said. "If we gon' ride together, we gon' ride together." And oh what a ride it has been.




JHENÉ AIKO - August 3rd
JHENÉ AIKO - August 3rd


Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko was already more than a decade deep in the music game when she arrived at Def Jam in 2011 having been featured on singles, albums and mixtapes by A-listers like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Logic, J. Cole, and more. Jhené made history when her 2013 debut EP, Sail Out, became the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history, earning RIAA-certified Gold status. The EP's success was propelled when her sizzling BET award-winning and Grammy nominated Platinum crossover hit "The Worst" went #1 and the Childish Gambino-assisted hit single "Bed Peace" earned a RIAA-certified Gold nod. Keeping the momentum going, Jhené joined Drake on his 39-city North American Would You Like A Tour? after appearing with him on NBC Universal's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A year later, Jhené's 2014 solo album Souled Out, entered the Soundscan R&B chart at #1 with "The Pressure," described by Billboard as "an otherworldly neck-snapper."

In 2016, Jhené collaborated with fellow multi-platinum Def Jam superstar Big Sean on their debut duo project, TWENTY88. Jhené went on to release her sophomore album Trip, a passion project more than a decade in the making, with a trio of personal expression in the form of a Movie, Album, and Poetry book (M.A.P.) detailing an alternate form of therapy to deal with the loss of her brother Miyagi Hasani Ayo Chilombo to cancer in 2012. The short film explores many themes and images suggesting what to anticipate with her album and has garnered over 1.7 million YouTube views to date.

Trip debuted at #1 on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart and is now RIAA-certified Gold. Trip rose to critical acclaim after its September 2017 release with standout singles "Sativa" [featuring Rae Sremmurd] amassing over 130 million YouTube views and "While We're Young," both earing RIAA-certified Platinum plaques. A lifelong writer, Jhené completed her trifecta by releasing 2FISH (a poetry book), presenting an intimate portrait of herself as Penny, the nickname given by her grandfather, with excerpts pulled directly from her journals as a child. The book is now a Barnes & Noble Bestseller.

Jhené's evolution into a pop culture icon includes a heavy presence in top fashion books like Elle, Harper's Bazaar, CR Fashion Book, and Vogue, while gracing the covers of Status, Galore, and Nylon. She can be seen frequently attending fashion weeks around the globe as a fixture in the fashion world including Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel and more. Her interactive Trip exhibit was just recently showcased as an art installation and performance at Art Basel Miami 2017.

While Jhené has proved to be a trailblazer in the music, art, and fashion space, she has created a movement between amplifying the convergence of music, literature, philanthropy and personal well-being. Last year, Jhené partnered with Viacom's Get Schooled, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of media, technology and pop culture to motivate and inspire young people to engage in paths toward higher education. Together, Jhené and Get Schooled created #PennysPen, a platform for students and young children to express themselves through writing. The campaign was launched on National Writing Day and went viral, engaging over 45 million nationwide. Jhené went on to lead an intimate poetry workshop at the first ever Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles encouraging girls of all ages to discover how to heal through creative writing.

In December 2017, Jhené continued her movement by launching the W.A.Y.S. foundation, an acronym for "Why aren't you smiling," in honor of her late brother. The foundation, intimately led by Jhené and her family, is dedicated to instill hope into the lives of those who desperately need help.





Raphael Saadiq is a Grammy Award winning musician, songwriter and go-to collaborator/producer for some of the biggest names in pop and R&B. Solange Knowles, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, Ne-Yo and Miguel are among the many artists who turn to Saadiq for his deep musicality, contemporary creative vision and encyclopedic knowledge of timeless pop music.

Born in Oakland CA, Raphael grew up singing gospel music in the church and started playing bass guitar at the age of six. On the strength of the musical and stage training he received at Castlemont High School, Saadiq auditioned for Sheila E and landed a spot in her band which supported Prince on his 1986 Parade world tour.

After honing his chops on the road, Saadiq returned to Oakland and formed the group Tony Toni Toné with his brother D'Wayne Wiggins and cousin Timothy Riley. The trio went on to enjoy considerable success on radio and MTV in the late '80s and early '90s, racking up several hits including "If I Had No Loot," "Feels Good," "Anniversary" and the iconic "It Never Rains (In Southern California)."

After four albums with Tony Toni Toné, Saadiq formed the urban supergroup Lucy Pearl in 1999 along with Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest and Dawn Robinson from En Vogue, yielding Dance Tonight. His solo career kicked off with 2002's Instant Vintage and 2004's Ray Ray. Critics began taking special notice with the release of his 2008 homage to Motown and Philly soul, The Way I See It, and it's follow-up, Stone Rollin' (2011), which landed on many year-end Top Ten best albums lists. Consequence of Sound spoke for many critics in their review, writing, "Saadiq [is] a true soul master" who "revitalizes the...genre by taking nearly every step he can to create an almost flawless record."

Saadiq's on-stage performances garner equal praise. NPR called his SXSW appearance in support of Stone Rollin' "a full-blown soul revue....When a guy this cool exerts this much effort, it's a joy to behold."

While his solo career thrived, Saadiq honed his craft as a producer, working with wide range of artists, including Snoop Dogg, Joss Stone,TLC, Kelis, Erykah Badu and Bobby Valentino. He remains an in-demand musician, with Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga among the many superstars who tapped him to play bass or guitar on high-profile projects, including Gaga's memorable David Bowie tribute at the 2016 Grammy Awards. He co-wrote career-defining hits for D'Angelo ("Untitled (How Does It Feel)") and Solange ("Cranes in the Sky"), and his compositions have been covered, sampled or referenced by everyone from Wynonna Judd to Drake.

In 2012, he was named to Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list and in 2017, Saadiq received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Original Song for "Mighty River" from the film Mudbound, which he co-wrote with Mary J. Blige. Raphael Saadiq's highly anticipated next solo album is scheduled for release in the second half of 2019.


BE'LA DONA from 2016 Spirit Fest


BE'LA DONA from 2016 Spirit Fest
BE'LA DONA feat SUGAR BEAR - August 3rd

Bee’la Dona \, bel-e-e‘dan-e \ n [It ,beautiful lady] Washington DC is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band. Originated in 2007, The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on stage is the selling point of this group of Local unsung heroes. Bee'la Dona is currently the hottest act in Washington DC. Their unique style of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock command an impressive drawing power attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. Individually, each band member has toured with various national artists such as Nile Rodgers (Chic),Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John and many others.

Bee'la Dona has also been in the forefront as a group, backing up artists such as Erykah Badu, Vivian Green,Avery Sunshine, KeKe Wyatt, Algebra, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Rah Digga, Lil Mama, Goapole, Marsha Ambrosious, Chico DeBarge, Chrisette Michele, Howard Hewett, Case, Lyfe Jennings, Tony Terry, Tanya Blount and Chuck Brown.  Be'la Dona is also The Official "2011 Black Girls Rock" Tour Band founded by Beverly Bond.

This talented group of ladies has been awarded 2009 GoGo Award "Best Up and Coming Band" , 2010 WAMA Award "Best Urban Contemporary Group and 2011, 2012 & 2014 WAMA Award "Best GoGo/Duo Group" and 2014 & 2015 Titan Award "Best Female Band/Duo Group.  "Sweet Cherie", the Musical Director of the band has been awarded WAMA Awards for "Instrumentalist of the Year" for 6 consecutive years. Also the Be'la Ladies have been nominated for two DMV Awards and many other awards.

This band just seems to have the magic formula: Musicianship, showmanship, high-energy stage performance, leadership, beauty, and integrity, which explain their drawing power. Be'la Dona captivates the crowd, keeps them excited all night long screaming for more and returning week after week. Many local promoters love to book them because of their crowd-pleasing ability especially during the recent festival season.

This is the band you have been waiting for,
Be'la Dona




PJ MORTON - August 3rd
PJ MORTON - August 3rd




DVSN - August 3rd
DVSN - August 3rd

Inspired by 90's R&B, super producer Nineteen85 & singer/songwriter Daniel Daley teamed up to form the group DVSN. Daniel's use of Falsetto, reminiscent of Maxwell, along with his lyrical and vocal vulnerability, have people starting to take notice.

DVSN focuses on authentic conversations in their music, while bringing both intimate moments and memories to life. It's a compelling time to revisit the so-called 'baby-making' sounds of twenty years ago, and push them into the future. Their use of backup vocalists, also known as 'The Choir' is prevalent in their music, giving a nod to their influence of growing up in Christian households.

After putting out a few tracks on Soundcloud in late 2015, they signed to Drake's label OVO Sound in Feb. 2016. Releasing their debut album 'Sept 5' on April 1, 2016, they then toured with Drake on both his Summer Sixteen Tour (July - Oct 2016) and his Boy Meets World Tour (Jan-Mar 2017). They gained even more momentum after being featured on Drake's 'Faithful' off the Views album (April 29, 2016). Oct. 13, 2017 they released their sophomore album 'Morning After', accompanied by a world tour from Jan 20 - April 4, 2018.




MS KIM & SCOOBY - August 3rd
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MS KIM & SCOOBY - August 3rd

Sirius Company feat. Ms. Kim & Scooby

As one of the lead singers for the famed trend-setting Go-Go band Lissen, penned the "godson of Go-Go", and the motivating factor of many of Lissen's sellout performances all over the east cost, his soulful, heart pounding melodies and his smooth vocal styles can not be denied.

Ms. Kim: The First Lady of GoGo, Kimberly 'Ms Kim' Graham is definitely a trend setter for female GoGo artists. In 1995 she made her way onto the GoGo scene with the infamous Wickedest Band Alive, Rare Essence. 'Ms Kim' performed with Rare Essence for years where she made her footprint in GoGo. During her run with RE she set the bar a new high for women in GoGo when she recorded Ashlee Simpson's 'Pieces of Me'.

Together these amazing entertainers, have teamed up with an extremely talented group of musicians, to form their own band and sound, soon to be re-discovered as they embark on a career as a groundbreaking style of of band never before seen in Go-Go. Sirius(ly)




KYLE DION - August 3rd
KYLE DION - August 3rd

With an undeniably recognizable falsetto, Kyle Dion possesses soul that extends far beyond his 23 years. Dion's transition from SoundCloud to stage was seamless, proving out on stages across the country on tour with the likes of BJ The Chicago Kid, & Khalid. Most recently hopping off tour with his longtime supporter, Partynextdoor.

The South Florida native's cult following grew into a loyal fan base that has given him more than 15 million cumulative streams (Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc). If you look at the related artists section of any popular modern R&B artists you are likely to find his name in the top 3 (Daniel Ceasar, H.E.R, Brent Fiyaz, DVSN, Jorja Smith, Ella Mai, Sabrina Claudio…), securing his name in the conversation, and his music in new fan's ears. Dion's latest single "Brown" is the third song to drop from his forthcoming full-length album and gives great sonic insight into what he has in store for the world.




BACKYARD BAND - August 3rd




Saturday, August 3rd


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SUMMER SPIRIT FESTIVAL - Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Saturday August 3, 2019 - 2:30pm - Featuring ANTHONY HAMILTON, JHENE AIKO, RAPHAEL SAADIQ with Special Guests DVSN, PJ MORTON, BACKYARD BAND, SIRIUS COMPANY feat MS. KIM & SCOOBY, BE'LA DONA feat SUGAR BEAR, KYLE DION

SUMMER SPIRIT FESTIVAL - Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Saturday August 3, 2019 - 2:30pm - Featuring ANTHONY HAMILTON, JHENE AIKO, RAPHAEL SAADIQ with Special Guests DVSN, PJ MORTON, BACKYARD BAND, SIRIUS COMPANY feat MS. KIM & SCOOBY, BE'LA DONA feat SUGAR BEAR, KYLE DION




Tickets, $650 per person
Limited number available

Each VIP Experience seat location - to include:

  • Reserved Orchestra Seat in the first three rows
  • Access to VIP climate controlled lounge in backstage area, convenient to seat and restrooms
  • VIP Parking
  • On Site VIP Concierge
  • Show VIP Laminate
  • Complimentary bottled water in VIP lounge
  • Complimentary drink ticket good for five drinks (alcoholic or non, you choose)
  • Complimentary light fare
  • Special VIP ticket pick-up arrangements
  • Meet and Greet opportunities
  • Any happy surprises we happen to come up with

VIP EXPERIENCE seat locations are non-transferrable and non-refundable.  Event tickets and credentials will be received at the VIP EXPERIENCE check-in upon arrival at the venue on the day of the event only by the original purchaser with valid ID.  For more information, seat location assistance, or further questions - please send an email to vipexperience@cdepresents.com or leave a message at 703-734-0088 (x108).

VIP EXPERIENCE contact VIPexperience@cdepresents.com



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Thanks to the new and significant community development surrounding Merriweather, the venue will provide some new on-site parking as well as other added parking locations in close proximity to the venue. Now all ticket holders NEED to pre-select parking once tickets have been purchased. This means a more even transportation flow into the venue - and no more searching for parking when you arrive - just head straight to your designated parking area - there will be a spot waiting for you!

Don't forget to bring your physical parking ticket (or electronic ticket on your smart phone) for entry into your designated lot. Note to ridesharers, walkers, bussers, carpoolers and cyclists: If you have made other transportation arrangements, great. But if your plans change, don't forget to click on the parking link and make your parking selection before the show.

Merriweather Post Pavilion West Box Office
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm
10am to ~1 hour before the end of the event on show-days

More Info at merriweathermusic.com


Media Credential Inquiry

Credentials for the 2019 Summer Spirit Festival may be available to reporters and photographers who are ON ASSIGNMENT and covering the Summer Spirit Festival for legitimate publications, websites/blogs and/or radio and television stations.  Please note we do not provide credentials to broadcast on-air personalities unless there is a prior arranged broadcast scheduled on-site at the event.  Again, credentials will be issued to those on assignment only.  Family members or guests will not be considered for credentials.

Approval of Media Credentials is at the sole discretion of the Summer Spirit Festival.  Failure to follow the request procedures may result in denial of your request.  Issued credentials or approval may be revoked in Festival discretion.

Please read the following criteria prior to submitting a media credential request:

  • Credential requests must be submitted in advance and in writing.
  • Deadline for receipt of requests is one week prior to the start of the event.
  • Credential requests will not be granted on-site at the event.
  • Written credential request should include the following info:
    •  - Name
    •  - Job Title
    •  - Station, Publication or Blog Name
    •  - Business Street Address
    •  - E-mail
    •  - Phone (mobile or event-day phone preferred)
    •  - Are you a staff member of media or a freelancer?
    •  - Spell out your specific access request and objective(s), including date(s)
    •  - Where applicable provide average numbers of visitors/sessions per month; and or other relevant information and link(s) that will help us evaluate your outlet(s)
    •  - For media staff reps, attach a letter, on company letterhead, from your editor or director, noting:
      • your assigned duties;
      • the date(s) you will be covering;
      • your position and title; and
      • the name and title of the person making the request (i.e. your editor or director).
  • Request should be submitted via E-mail to SSFmedia@CDEpresents.com

Media Credential Pick-up
Confirmation of your approved press credentials will be sent via E-mail, along with further instructions for attaining your credential prior to the event.  Media check-in will be included in the instructions you receive.

Artist Interviews
The Summer Spirit Festival does not assist in arranging interviews with performers.  Reporters bear the sole responsibility of arranging interviews through artist publicists/management.

Photo Passes
All photographers and videographers must sign a photo release form upon arrival at Festival grounds.  The photo policy is that the first three songs by a performer can be shot from the stage pit by approved photographers.  This policy is subject to change and advance approval is required by each individual artist.

Our press team will notify photographers at the Festival of any further restrictions or modifications, and a photography release form must be signed by photographers before a credential is issued.  Photographers who are granted a media credential and photo pass must agree to abide by all Festival policies. Only one photo pass will be allowed per day per media outlet.  A photo pass does not allow access into the pit unless escorted.




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