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The Dunes
(202) 436-9118
1402 Meridian Place NW Washington, DC 20010 United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

February 18, 2012


Featuring the Pet Soundsian Explorers Club, Dot Dash, Betsy Kingston & the Crowns and Sara Curtin!

$7. Doors at 8 pm.

RSVP on Facebook here.


Date: February 18, 2012 8:00 pm
Cost: $7

February 23, 2012

The Red Bull Music Academy Sessions visit DC on February 23 at the Dunes in Columbia Heights with crooner Jesse Boykins III (Red Bull Music Academy participant ’11, Madrid) and DJ/producer Sinden (Red Bull Music Academy lecturer ’07, Toronto) at 7pm. The night will feature a conversation with the two career artists followed by a special show at the world famous U Street Music Hall headlined by Sinden at 10pm. The show will be recorded live for Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

7:00 – Open Bar & Muisc by DJ Spicoli

7:45 – Red Bull Music Academy Session with Sinden and Jesse Boykins III

Moderated by Marcus K Dowling

8:45 – Q&A

9:00 – Open Bar & Music by DJ Spicoli

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Date: February 23, 2012 7:00 pm
Cost: free before 11 pm for 21+, $10 after and all night for 18+

February 24, 2012

Poetry / Drinks / Music / Food / Film / Silent Auction

Benevolent Media presents Louder Than a Bomb, a fundraiser party to benefit Split This Rock and the DC Youth Slam Team.

Join us at The Dunes for a special evening featuring live performances by D.C.’s best and brightest youth poets, plus excerpts from “Louder Than a Bomb,” an award-winning documentary about the world’s largest teen poetry slam, based out of Chicago.

Funds raised at this party will help stage the first-ever Louder Than A Bomb High School Poetry Slam Festival in the District in June 2012.

A silent auction will feature poetry chapbooks, produced by the DC Youth Slam Team, plus the chance to hire poets to lead private workshops or performances.

Locally-sourced frozen treats, including a custom-crafted “Bomb Pop,” will be provided by Pleasant Pops.

Ages 18 & up
Space is limited

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Date: February 24, 2012 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 donation

DC peeps:

After a long hiatus, the crew that brought you Halloween at the Dunes is coming back twice as strong. We’ve got twice the dj’s, twice the booze and twice the dedication.

What’s on tap for Freaky Friday Dos:
TWO DJ’s dropping everything from reggae to hip hop to dance and electronic on the Dunes’ banging sound system.
TWO open bars featuring premium beer (Peroni, Lagunitas, Bells), wine and champagne (dry red, dry white, dry bubbly, all proper) and two fancy punch cocktails (vodka punch, whiskey punch).

DJ’s and open bar will run from 10:00pm til close…

We’ve set up a payment link so you can get your open bar ticket in advance. Last time we sold out not TWO, but many days before, so don’t sleep! And like last time, we’re not making a penny on this effort, just trying to get together a great group of people for a great time at a low price.

Tickets are $20 for girls, $30 for guys (guys just drink more). Grab your tickets here.

Hope to see you Feb 24th!

Start: February 24, 2012 10:00 pm
End: February 25, 2012 2:00 am

February 25, 2012


One-minute film festival featuring the works of more than thirty talented filmmakers. It is going to be a wonderful night!

Tickets available here.

RSVP on Facebook here.

For more information, you can visit www.melaniefiander.com.


Date: February 25, 2012 8:00 pm
Cost: $5.00

March 1, 2012

If you haven’t been to a KCDC party, you don’t know what lies in wait. If you have, then the tacos, the music, and the merriment are par for the course. Come meet some teachers, register for classes and partake in the joy that is KCDC. The fabulous Sligo Creek Stompers will be performing, so bring your dancin’ shoes. Come join us and stay tuned for more details as we reveal piñata themes and much more!


To register for this event on Knowledge Commons, click here.


Date: March 1, 2012 6:30 pm

March 6, 2012


The Dunes will be featuring the music of Joseph Bowie+Nasar Abadey, Jessica Boykin-Settles Quartet, and the Eliot Seppa Trio. It is going to be a wonderful night with incredible jazz music. The show will end in a jam session, so bring your instrument and join us!

RSVP on Facebook here.

For more information on the musicians, check out Giovanni Russonello’s article on the upcoming event here on Capital Bop.


Date: March 6, 2012 6:00 pm
Cost: suggested donation of $10

March 8, 2012

Denis Beuret (Swiss Trombone Star) is one of the most original Swiss composers and trombonists. He plays an augmented bass trombone and live electronics, blazing a path of compelling experimental greatness over the past 20 years in Europe.

Joining him is a stellar ensemble of legendary musicians.

Elliott Levin was born and based in Philadelphia, PA pursuing early studies with Michael Guerra (legendary saxophonis/clarinetist of Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski); and composer/flutist Claire Polin (collaborator with flute innovator William Kincaid). Studied music and creative writing at the U. of Oregon. Later studies with masters- pianist/improvisor/composer Cecil Taylor; and later with saxophonist/improviser/composer Odean Pope- led to long time relationships of performing and recording with their ensembles. A member of many groups in Phila/NYC area over the past 30 years (since the early ’70′s), he has continued to work with his own ensembles and collaborating with artists such as Rick Iannacone, Ed Watkins, Ron Howerton, Keno Speller, Marshall Allen, Tyrone Hill, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, and many others.

Weasel Walter (Legendary Drummer of the Flying Luttenbachers) is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with late jazz cult figure Hal Russell and is a current member of Cellular Chaos and Behold…The Arctopus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Chicago musicians such as Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating an uncompromising and mercurial body of abstract music drawing equally from no wave, death metal, free jazz, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical.

Marc Edwards (Legendary Free Jazz Drummer) has played and recorded with artists such as Cecil Taylor, Charles Gayle, and David S. Ware. His influences include Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich.

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Date: March 8, 2012 8:00 pm

March 10, 2012


The homecoming culmination of a charmed tour. There will be noise, there will be hooks, there will be punk, there will be love, there will be a bunch of queer people and a bunch of straight people having a party. It’s gonna be full of psychedelic vibrations and good time sensations. Art and music, Chattanoogans and hometowners, ladies and gentlemen, tell your friends, tell your neighbors: This is gonna be a goddamn American rock show.

Tereu Tereu (DC Prog-pop)

Moonlight Bride (TN Noise-rock)

Southern Problems (DC Post-indie punk)

The Dunes (Columbia Heights art gallery/show space)

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Doors at 8, music at 8:30
18+ (and yes, there is a bar)

Date: March 10, 2012 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

March 16, 2012

Celebrate Arts in the Schools month with Class Acts Arts at our “Artsperience” Happy Hour.  Meet our new interim director, Jim Modrick, and artists Lesole Maine from Lesole’s Dance Project and Japanese multidisciplinary artist Shizumi at The Dunes.  Featuring DJ Chris Burns, drink specials, and tasty treats!

Proceeds benefit Class Acts Arts programs in schools.

Class Acts Arts is supported in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Date: March 16, 2012 6:00 pm
Cost: $20