We returned to the U.S. on June 2, had a day off, then hopped the train to Washington DC for a concert at the National Geographic Society. The following day we were invited to the U.S. Department of State in Washington to discuss our trip with officials from the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs which is the department that sponsors the Rhythm Road. Upon entering, we were met by such a sweet site, photos of our President and Secretary of State.
We also had the unique opportunity to meet with mid-career diplomats receiving training on producing cultural programs abroad. We met diplomats on their way to Romania, Japan, Germany and Africa. There was such a strong shared understanding of the power of cultural programs to bring people together. We wish all our friends in the field well as they undertake their new assignments!
On June 6, we performed our final event of the tour at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Founding tuba player, Bob Stewart joined the band on stage for Night Time Is the Right Time and Healing Song. It was a glorious circle coming round again. The power of our music to heal and hold us together is unstoppable!
Thanks a million to everyone who came out to our concerts. Thanks to the glorious Rhythm Road Staff and everyone at the Department of State office of Education and Cultural Affairs. Thank-you Kate, LaFrae and Chanell. You were absolutely sensational! May the blues continue to heal, uplift and unite the world!