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Trombone Short at the Monterey Jazz Fest in 2010. He'll play the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Sunday.
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Trombone Short at the Monterey Jazz Fest in 2010. He'll play the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Sunday.

(June 4-5) Folk, Swamp Romp and 18th Street Singers

Washington welcomes Summer 2011 with music this first weekend of June:

The Washington Folk Festival showcases some of the traditional tunes, dance, and crafts that are a part of the region’s past Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park.

For some traditional sounds from New Orleans, there's the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Vienna's Wolf Trap Sunday. Expect some of the best of the Big Easy’s Cajun, Blues, Zydeco and food.

The young professionals of Washington's 18th Street Singers squeeze in their annual spring concert Sunday at the Kennedy Center. The set includes major choral works, pop renditions and a commissioned composition.

(June 3-5) What the Fool?!?

If you find yourself in Baltimore this weekend, Quest Theatre Company presents "What the Fool?!?" at Theatre Project on West Preston Street. The site-specific performance is actually set at Theatre Project: The venue awakens the soul power of an otherwise bland man with a terrible comb-over.

Music: "Wade's Waltz" by Michael Doucet

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