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Some Say Adams Morgan Day Doesn't Reflect Neighborhood's Diversity



    Controversy Surrounds Adams Morgan Day Festival

    Some residents say the Adams Morgan Day festival won't reflective of the neighborhood's diversity. News4's Erika Gonzalez has the story. (Published Friday, Sept. 6, 2013)

    Food and music are on-tap Sunday in a diverse D.C. neighborhood, but some residents say the band line-up doesn't quite reflect the melting pot Adams Morgan is known for.

    Bill Duggan, owner of Madam's Organ Blues Bar, told News4 he had been contacted earlier this week by Latin musicians, saying they were not being included in the festival's line-up consisting of indie and hip-hop acts.

    "I had a bunch of Latin musicians waiting for me, asking, 'Who stole the festival?'" Duggan told News4. 

    Some residents say boiling down the acts to two different musical stylings washes out the international spirit of the neighborhood. 

    "It's not as diverse as Adams Morgan really is," 

    Adams Morgan MainStreet Group President Marc Morgan has not responded to News4's calls, but did send a text message to Duggan that reads, "I've not been focused on the music for the festival but I can assure you it will be diverse!"

    Adams Morgan Day event organizers have also not returned News4's calls.