Monday, June 05, 2006


Washington, DC - On Thursday, June 1 the "Come to Washington: A Song for the City" painting exhibition tour will kick off at Love Cafe at 1501 U Street, NW, and the celebrity-filled painting will remain at the lounge until June 29. "Come to Washington" friends will be at Love Cafe's weekly "Chocolate Happy Hour" on Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 PM for scrumptious cakes, drinks, and live DJ music. Everyone is invited to attend the free event, which will offer dessert discounts.

On March 24, 2006, Sonnig Records hosted the launch event for "Come to Washington: A Song for the City", a campaign to name Lincoln Ross' "Come to Washington" as DC's unofficial song. During the event, artist J. Anthony ( installed a canvas onsite for guests to sign, draw, and doodle on. He painted the campaign title in an elegant, gold script and added a street sign of a Southeast intersection that has Washington's most breathtaking view. March 24th guests filled the canvas with color, sayings, and objects.

After the campaign launch event, Washington notables added their mark to the "Come to Washington: A Song for the City" painting. Visit the tour to see contributions made by sports anchor Glenn Harris, celebrity chef Warren Brown, news reporter Pat Collins, LOVE nightclub owner Marc Barnes, organic chef Nora Pouillon, Chuck Brown, news anchor Maureen Bunyan, 9:30 Club co-owner Rich Heincke, radio personality Al Santos, Artistic Director for Arena Stage Molly Smith, WPFW-89.3 FM General Manager Ron Pinchback, radio personality Jeannie Jones, Black Cat owner and manager Dante Ferrando and G. Bernard Wandel, news anchor Gordon Peterson, and music mogul Marcus Johnson.

After Love Cafe, the painting travels to Southeast with Mr. Henry's displaying it from July 1 - 30 at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue. In Southwest, it will be hung in the Market Inn at 200 E Street from August 1 - 30. The tour ends at Colonel Brooks Tavern in Northeast at 901 Monroe Street, exhibiting the piece between September 1 - 30.

In the fall, the painting will be auctioned at the Come to Washington: A Song for the City gala. Sonnig Records is donating 25% of the winning bid to the DC Music Center, a non-profit organization that provides affordable music lessons for inner city, low income and minority youths and adults. Details on the gala will be released mid-summer.

The "Come to Washington: A Song for the City" painting exhibition tour is sponsored in part by Mickelson's Fine Art Framing and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. Supporters include Ben's Chili Bowl, Velatis, Caramels, the Anacostia Museum, and the Embassy of Japan. Join Sonnig Records in this effort to bring the four sections of Washington together through song. Go to for more information on the campaign and to purchase the catchy "Come to Washington" anthem, or call Sonnig Records at (202) 210-2427.

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