One September evening at the Birchmere Music Hall in 2015, thirty of DC’s finest
musicians gathered to celebrate their heroes and display the virtuosic, genre-
blending music they proudly call their own. In the center of the stage stood a Fender
Telecaster, which was Gatton’s signature instrument. As the undisputed master of
this music, Gatton would blend jazz, blues, country, swing, rock, and
bluegrass—sometimes in the same solo. He grew up in Anacostia, and gave his
neighborhood’s name to this musical culture unique to DC—The Anacostia Delta.
This brand new documentary celebrating a music unique to Washington, D.C. and championed by the late Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan will is available now on DVD and digital download at anacostiadelta.com
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Within an industry that is historically dominated by men, all-women Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble Batalá Washington DC is here to show us what they are made of. Launched in 2007 as the newest branch of the Batalá band and the first-ever in the United States, Batalá Washington, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, brings its powerful, invigorating sounds to the nation’s capital and across the globe as a means of empowering women to be change agents in their respective communities.
Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Marly Perez, board president and musical conductor of Batalá Washington DC, to discuss the collective’s impact over the years,