Past featured event coverage.

Buika delivers the most personal performance at Lisner Auditorium

April 25, 2016

As the concert came to a close, it became evident why Buika is able to reach a wide variety of listeners. It’s because of her background, her impressive vocal range, and her open and effervescent personality. But beyond that, it is because of her ability to make a performance feel intimate and personal, even while people are dancing in the aisles and kids are jumping on stage to hug her. That is why she is the Queen of Flamenco fusion.

Going Out Guide: 10 things to do in the D.C. area the week of March 7-13

March 07, 2016

One of the largest flamenco festivals outside of that nation kicks off with Farruquito, a dancer from Seville starting his first U.S. tour in more than a decade. An added treat: The Jaleo restaurants in the area will feature tapas from the Spanish region of Andalusia, known as the birthplace of flamenco, as well as flamenco brunches March 12 in Washington and March 20 in Bethesda.

Swimming in Dark Waters Brings Voices of Resistance to Lisner

February 25, 2016

The concept behind Swimming in Dark Waters is based on the premise that there is a direct connection between America's original sins—slavery, the genocide of native peoples, and racism in general—and the problems confronting us today. The show also recognizes that singer-songwriters, specifically protest singers, have become icons of resistance to oppression and bigotry, but also that the most revered of these artists are white. Richie Havens and Odetta are woefully under-appreciated relative to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, or Joan Baez.

Adam Devine will play Lisner Auditorium

February 02, 2016

Of course, plenty of students still love to laugh — and can laugh off an edgy joke.


January 18, 2016

This is a man who started out in Houston’s psychedelic scene with the Moving Sidewalks in 1968, opened for Jimi Hendrix when he was 17, then formed ZZ Top a year later. Since then, he’s played all over the world, worked with some of the greatest musicians, acquired a staggering collection of guitars and cars, and has now released his first solo effort, Perfectamundo. Mr. Gibbons is one of America’s greatest living guitarists, and it seems like he’s just getting warmed up.

Ben Folds Rocks Lisner Auditorium

April 30, 2014

Ben Folds Five frontman commanded the stage at Lisner Auditorium Monday, playing a mix of new songs from his upcoming album and a few beloved classics that his alternative rock band made famous.

HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY - Johnny Clegg, Musician and Anthropologist

April 08, 2014

HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY -- Johnny Clegg, Musician and Anthropologist -- Guest: Johnny Clegg, Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Anthropologist, British-born South African French Knight, and former Grammy Nominee. Your connection to contemporary issues, people, and institutions involved in the world of higher education.

Angelique Kidjo, an exuberant and unstoppable force at Lisner Auditorium

February 17, 2014

People danced in the aisles, rushed the stage and — of course — reached for their cellphone cameras when Angelique Kidjo came to town Sunday evening.

Rosanne Cash explores her Southern roots at Lisner Auditorium

February 16, 2014

Long among the most cosmopolitan of country singers, Rosanne Cash has decided to explore her Southern roots. The fruits of Cash’s excursion, a fabulous new record heavy on Dixie themes called “The River and the Thread,” fueled her rocking and fun Valentine’s Day show at Lisner Auditorium.

Ira Glass and modern dance at Lisner Auditorium

February 09, 2014

Radio host Ira Glass had two messages he wanted to convey Saturday night while regaling public-broadcasting fans at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium.

Photos: Elvis Costello @ GWU Lisner Auditorium

November 25, 2013

Elvis Costello celebrated his past and present work during a sold-out solo show at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Friday.

Alan Dershowitz, Lawyer for Julian Assange, At GW Tonight

November 11, 2013

Alan Dershowitz, activist, writer, maddening TV personality, and lawyer to such luminaries as O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley, Patty Hearst -and now Julian Assange -will be signing his new book tonight, Taking the Stand, at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium.

R&B singer Solange commands stage, gets personal with Lisner crowd

November 04, 2013

Solange walked on stage at Lisner Auditorium Saturday night, grabbed the microphone without saying a word and immediately began her opening song.

Cuba-mania with the Original Buena Vista Social Club

October 01, 2013

No one foresaw the release of Buena Vista Social Club's debut 1997 self-titled album, would be single-handedly responsible for producing the Cuba-mania frenzy that continues to display its effects today.

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia performs tribute to dance’s past

March 11, 2013

The Flamenco Festival, now a biennial event, was supposed to take a breather this year.