Reclaiming Our Time

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Sunday March 10, 2019 at Casa Ruby

Doors open at 3 PM, show starts at 4 PM

This International Women's Day, join SongRise to reclaim our time. Borrowed from Maxine Waters, this phrase embodies the insistence, perseverance, and resilience of women fighting for our rights and telling mansplainers to sit down.

SongRise will be joined by The District. The District is a contemporary all-women vocal group. The District embodies a full, polished, and well-rounded sound through a repertoire of Pop/Rock, Country, Folk, R&B, and everything in between. The District strives to project confidence, strength, and female empowerment through the vast capacity of the human voice.

Donations from this concert will benefit Casa Ruby, a multicultural, bilingual, LGBTQ safe space providing food, shelter and numerous other health-related services in Washington, D.C. The mission of Casa Ruby is to create success life stories among transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals. \

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The Show


Seven Nation Army


I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Can't Help Falling In Love



Reclaiming My Time (arr. Noel Leon)

Representative Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) repeated requests to reclaim her time during a confirmation hearing with Steve Mnuchin in 2017 quickly went viral. Her words inspired many to reclaim their time in the presence of mansplainers. Our version is based on Mykal Kilgore’s gospel arrangement of her words.

(I Can’t Keep) Quiet (arr. Noel Leon)

Singer-songwriter MILCK wrote Quiet to encourage women to be unafraid to be their true, uncensored selves.

Bread & Roses (arr. Noel Leon)

Commonly associated with the successful textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912 (often known as the "Bread and Roses strike"), the slogan pairing bread and roses appealed for both fair wages and dignified conditions.

Glory (arr. Mackenzie Howard)

Originally appearing in the movie Selma, this Common and John Legend collaboration focuses on building hope for the future amidst the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement.

Behind the Wall (arr. Mackenzie Howard)

[Content warning: domestic violence]

In "Behind the Wall," Tracy Chapman speaks about the cyclical domestic violence of a married couple through the perspective of their neighbor, and the futility of calling the police for help. 2019 marks the 31st anniversary of its release.

 Learn more about local organizations serving and empowering survivors of domestic violence.

Redemption Song (arr. Adejoke and Victor)

Bob Marley’s song encouraging listeners to “emancipate yourself from mental slavery” draws from the words of political activist Marcus Garvey.

I’m Gon Stand

This song by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock comes from the words of civil rights leader Reverend Benjamin Chavis while he served an unjust jail sentence as one of the "Wilmingon Ten" for crimes he didn't commit.

One By One

One by One is a song of resistance, speaking to the Apartheid era. It expresses solidarity in the struggle against oppression.

Rise Up (arr. Ricky Jarbarin)

This mashup speaks to the beauty in resilience, and the need for community to support its members in times of struggle.

Human (arr. Noel Leon)

Released by Dionne Farris in 1994, "Human" urges us to accept that our differences are what make us human, and to embrace the diversity within and among us.

Living Planet

Living Planet asks listeners to imagine a more free, peaceful, and just world.

Brave/Roar (arr. Katie Thatcher)

This mashup is both an empowerment song for the LBGTQ community, and a song about breaking out from under oppression and realizing one's own potential for creating change.

Get ready to participate in a community sing!

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Nicole Nesbary