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Mobile Music and More Creative Ideas in the Heart of DC

Kristen Barden

Adams Morgan, a neighborhood in Washington D.C., has long held a reputation for having a mix of restaurants and live music venues. However, when COVID hit and venues began to close, Adams Morgan had to get creative. Partnering with Songbird Music and Record Café (a live music venue in the neighborhood) and with the help of a friend and his truck, roving musicians played on the back of a truck every Saturday afternoon. The truck would station itself in front of an outdoor dining area, then move on to the next. This served as entertainment for music-deprived patrons and a gig for musicians!

Kristen Barden

Executive Director

Adams Morgan Partnership

Kristen Barden became the Executive Director of Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District (AMPBID) in November of 2008 after serving as Council Member and Muriel Bowser’s Communications Director. Kristen brings years of excellent service delivery and 15 years of nonprofit management with a variety of international, domestic and local nonprofits.