Old School Pre-School Musical Foundations 101

Every Friday at 4:30 pm

Join renowned jazz vocalist and music educator Rochelle Rice on a music history journey traversing various genre’s from generation past to present. Parents and little ones learn about the lives and music of America’s greatest performers through interactive musical activities, dancing, singing, and storytelling. From Mozart to Mahalia Jackson, the goal is to nurture well-rounded music lovers and inspire early learning through the arts.

An Artist in Bloom resident at BloomBars, Rochelle Rice is a dynamic and compelling vocalist and songwriter, and has been named Best Jazz Vocalist (2013) by Washington City Paper Jazzy Awards. Her profound and flawless sound joins the singer/songwriters of the 1960s and the contemporary jazz vocalists of today.

Rochelle received her B.M. in classical voice in 2008 from East Carolina University, and in 2012 attained her Master’s degree in jazz studies from Howard University. While at Howard University, Rochelle was a member of the multiple DownBeat Magazine award winning premiere jazz vocal ensemble, Afro Blue, and was the graduate teaching assistant to the award winning and well noted arranger, clinician, and jazz vocalist, Connaitre Miller. She is featured on the group’s 2012 recording, The Best is Yet to Come.

Stepping outside of her jazz and soul background, Rochelle is currently the lead singer of DC’s only live house music band, House of Soul, and is featured as a vocalist and songwriter on the band’s debut album, Let’s Move. Rochelle’s versatility has allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most acclaimed musicians, including Kim Jordon, gospel jazz pioneer and former musical director for Gil Scott-Heron. Rochelle can be heard on Jordan’s 2013 CD release, Uncommon. Recently, Rochelle was chosen as a sub for the internationally renowned Grammy award winning a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock®.

Rochelle’s sound is a woven tapestry of jazz influenced contemporary folk and soul. Her highly personal, yet relatable original music reflects her deeply rooted love of jazz and singer/songwriters. Currently, Rochelle continues to perform, record, and write beautiful music.



Mondays @ 9:30am
Thursdays @ 10:00am
Saturdays at 9:30am AND 10:30am

In Swahili, Harambe means “All pull together.” At BloomBars, Harambe is the practice of hope, possibility and compassion – basically, all the things that happen when we all come together.

Think of it as your little one’s first opportunity to express his or her voice (into a microphone), dance, play a drum or percussion instrument, shout, or sing-along to songs that build character, confidence and community.

With more than 10 years of experience in youth development, education and conflict resolution, program instructor Baba Ras D’s “Harambe” is a morning jolt of inspiration for parents, caregivers and children.

  • Recommended for ages 6 months to 6 years
  • Parental consent required.
  • Participation is a $7-10 donation per session or $100 for 12 sessions.

Shadow Puppets

Tuesdays at 10:00 – 11:00 am

As visual artist, filmmaker, musician and singer, it makes me very happy to finally be able to bring my visual story telling and music to BloomBars.

As a mother of two, I had the desire to do something more with my creativity, and so we started a musical shadow puppet show at BloomBars every Sunday at 6pm.

I’ve been so inspired by John, and all of the loving and talented people who give so much of their heart and soul to the people and youth in the community at Bloombars.

This fostering of spirit and creativity is exactly what we need more of in the world and sometimes it takes my breath away. We are so lucky!

So, in an attempt to “pay it forward,” I want to contribute to this (continually blossoming) positive energy and share with you the songs that I love to sing to my girls. Many of these songs – some of which you may or may not have heard – are already part of our culture, and worth keeping alive.

Being a country girl at heart and loving the earth as I do, I want to show our kids early what truly matters through song and story telling, and through sharing and smiling and dancing – you get the picture. So please bring you little ones and join me at BloomBars every Sunday at 6 pm to sing our hearts out, to hear stories and play with shadow puppets!

– Kimberly Rose