2018 Recap

Has it really been almost a year??! From ducking out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement; to lobbying for tax breaks for the rich and corporate interests; to campaigning for Roy Moore in Alabama; to doggedly pursuing hateful Muslim bans and more… this President and his policies have been a daily challenge for many of us.

On January 20, 2017, we hosted an UnNaugural Concert. Our sold-out crowd of 500+ enjoyed 5 performers (including headliner Sweet Honey in the Rock!) raising money for 5 progressive causes. The next day, most of our guests headed to the National Mall and were further inspired by the Women’s March.

It’s time to gather again on January 20th! We need to be lifted up by music and a sense of community as we raise funds for 5 different causes that are under attack by this Administration.

Please plan to join us for another magical evening that will make a difference for your spirit… and for the hard-working advocacy organizations we are supporting!

Best for the holidays and for continued efforts to make a difference on progressive causes!


Cheryl C. Kagan
Founder and Executive Producer
UnNaugural Concert

Featured performers:

Unfortunately, Christine had the flu the week of the UnNaugural. Legendary TOM PAXTON was able to fill in for us!

Christine Lavin

CHRISTINE LAVIN is an iconic singer songwriter who has earned her legendary status through years of tireless performing, doing shows at once quirky, hilarious and touching. Her songs have a wordsmith’s eye for detail, a comic’s vision for the absurd, and a huge and fearless heart that will go anywhere.


With two strong voices in harmony and superb instrumental arrangements, Magpie’s sound is powerful and moving. Award-winning recording artists and social activists, Terry and Greg are proud to be, as Pete Seeger said of them, “…more links in the chain,” dedicating their lives and music to leaving this world a better place.

Reggie Harris

Reggie Harris travels widely with both music and inspiring reflections. He has earned respect for the way he combines spirituals and roots music; historic inspiration; and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Reggie is known for sharing “songs of joy, hope, and freedom.”

Crys Matthews

Growing up as the gay daughter of a black preacher in the Deep South, Crys Matthews’ songs of social injustice are deeply personal. The award-winning singer-songwriter’s blend of blues, folk and bluegrass has drawn comparisons to Tracy Chapman, Ruthie Foster, and Toshi Reagan.  In 2017, Matthews won the People Music Network’s Social Justice Song contest at NERFA. She also won the Grand Prize at the prestigious NewSong Music Competition in NYC, which included an invitation to perform at the Sundance Film Festival.

Heather Mae

It is rare to find an artist who startles your senses on many levels, engaging the part of your brain that makes you shake your hips, but also raise your fist in solidarity. Heather Mae does just that. An imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice, Heather Mae is forging new ground with her newest album.

Organizations We’re Supporting:

All profits will be donated to five effective local advocacy groups:

CASA works to improve the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities. We envision diverse and thriving communities living free from discrimination and fear, working together with mutual respect.

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CCAN is dedicated to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build a movement to put our region on the path to climate stability.

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The Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition works for affordable health care for all Marylanders.  We helped expand health care to thousands of Marylanders before the Affordable Care Act and are working to make the ACA a success.

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The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault advocates for policies to help prevent sexual assault, provide accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and  hold offenders accountable.

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Maryland Hunger Solutions works to eliminate hunger in the state of Maryland. We work with federal, state and community partners to maximize participation in nutrition programs, educate the public, and improve public policy.

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley
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