HOH’s One-Minute Recess: In Concert

Posted May 28, 2010 at 10:48am

If you are one of the few Capitol Hill denizens stuck in town over the holiday weekend (and you don’t mind all those clueless tourists on the National Mall), there is one silver lining: the chance to attend the National Memorial Day Concert.

Scheduled to take place Sunday on the Capitol’s West Front, the annual event will be hosted by actors Gary Sinse and Joe Mantegna (who also served as master of ceremonies at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s annual gala Thursday). Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will make an appearance, and country crooner Brad Paisley, Motown legend Lionel Richie, Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra are among the list of expected performers.

Gates will open to the public at 5 p.m., but be warned: Security is expected to be tight. Entry points will be at First Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest, Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, First Street and Independence Avenue Southwest, and Third Street and Maryland Avenue Southwest, according to a Capitol Police news release.

There also will be a dress rehearsal Saturday, with gates opening at 5 p.m. to the public — in case you want to check out a less-polished version of the concert.

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