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Free Country Performs Pop, Country, and Rock Tunes on the National Mall

By Staff Sgt. Brian Rust | United States Marine Band | August 9, 2016


This week the Marine Band’s popular music ensemble, Free Country, will perform a mix of old and new songs by various artists from different genres at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol and Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument. All performances are free and no tickets are required. Patrons are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on as there is no permanent seating available.


The ten-piece band features modern and classic commercial hits including songs from the 1960s to the present from the genres of pop, rock, R&B, and country by such recording artists as Jason Aldean; Rob Thomas and Santana; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Lady Antebellum; Marc Cohn; Wilson Pickett; Kellie Pickler; Ed Sheeran; Bruno Mars; Prince; and Van Halen. The group will play recent hits such as “Uptown Funk” and “Thinking Out Loud,” along with classics like “Walking in Memphis” and “Jump.” Free Country delivers shows that include humor and reflection while always paying tribute to the men and women in uniform through songs about the American experience.


“We've always tried to choose songs with which the audience can connect in some way and this concert is no exception,” said Master Sgt. Alan Prather, guitarist for the group. “Our hope is that people will enjoy the show and hear some old favorites while gaining some new ones!”

For concerts at the Capitol, patrons may take the red line to Union Station or the blue, orange, or silver lines to the Capitol South station. For concerts at the Sylvan Theater, take the blue, orange, or silver lines to the Smithsonian station. The concerts are free but weather permitting, and programming is subject to change. Inclement weather announcements will be made by 6 p.m. the evening of the concerts on the band’s Concert Information Line at (202) 433-4011 and on the Marine Band’s website and social media pages.


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