WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Organizers Pull Plug On Virgin Mobile Freefest This Year

Play associated audio
The Virgin Mobile Freefest will not return to the Merriweather Post Pavilion this year.
Baltamour Carla: https://flic.kr/p/9jpwWp
The Virgin Mobile Freefest will not return to the Merriweather Post Pavilion this year.

This year's Virgin Mobile Freefest is cancelled, but organizers aren't giving many details why.

For the past five years, thousands of concertgoers have flocked to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia for Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a benefit concert that helped support homeless youth. When the free tickets ran out, which they quickly did, music fans could volunteer their time or money in exchange for a ticket.

But even though the music is stopping, a spokesperson for Virgin Mobile says the company will continue its philanthropic tradition by making a "significant" donation directly to the Sasha Bruce RE*Generation House, a shelter built with money from the Freefest. It opened in 2012 and houses eight young people who have nowhere else to go.

Merriweather Post Pavilion operator Seth Hurwitz says the concept of Freefest is "fantastic" and his company, I.M.P. Productions, is exploring options to continue the festival.

NPR

Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
NPR

Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
WAMU 88.5

America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

WAMU 88.5

E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.