Friday, September 27
Furious Flower Benefit Gala
7:00 PM | The Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Join our honorary hosts Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, A. Van Jordan, Gregory Pardlo, Sonia Sanchez and Tracy K. Smith for a night 25 years in the making! This Benefit Gala will raise funds to support the endowment of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, ensuring its longevity and ability to continue serving students, educators and poets everywhere.
MacArthur Genius Awardee Terrance Hayes will preside over this very special event that will feature poetry readings by three U.S. Poet Laureates (Rita Dove, Natasha Trethewey and Tracy K. Smith) and entertainment provided by the chart-topping music ensemble Ranky Tanky!
Dinner Included | Attire: Formal; Black Tie Optional
Gala guests will be automatically added to the Furious Flower registration list for entry into the museum on that Saturday, September 28. Therefore, you do not need to register for that separately.
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE
About Ranky Tanky
Ranky Tanky released its debut album in 2017, which quickly soared to No. 1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Jazz charts. The acclaimed quintet from South Carolina will bring to life the soulful songs of the Gullah culture—spirituals, dance music, and children’s rhymes—by mixing Lowcountry traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. The Gullah are descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia. Gullah comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” Ranky Tanky is a Gullah expression that translates loosely as “work it” or “get funky.” Charlton Singleton (trumpet), Clay Ross (guitar), Kevin Hamilton (bass) and Quentin Baxter (drummer) join vocalist Quiana Parler of American Idol success to perform a memorable concert with music that is a testament to the human spirit! www.rankytanky.com