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Modular on the Mall

Official monthly modular synth concert series for the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia communities

We are thrilled to give our local and visiting artists a place to play modular synths live and in front of an audience right here on America's most visited national park, where the past, present, and future come together. 

The event occurs at The DC War Memorial on weekends during the warmer months of the year. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates. Check out the fabulous performances on YouTube, too!

This concert series is inspired by the host/organizer Patrick O'Brien's performance at Catharsis on the Mall. After performing his modular synthesizer live on the National Mall, he wanted to give other modular synth artists a similar experience and started the Modular on the Mall concert series in July 2021.​

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The Location

Events will be held at the DC War Memorial on the National Mall

This circular, open-air, Doric structure, was built with the purpose of being both a memorial and a bandstand. DC native John Phillip Sousa attended the memorial's dedication ceremony back in 1931, leading the US Marine Band in a 20-minute performance. Now, 90 years later, we’ve brought the bandstand back, this time with 20-minute performances from our modular community. 

Performers and attendees meet on the bandstand to listen to the unique sounds reverberating from the dome. There's also room to spread out on the lawn, surrounded by many shade trees. Bring a blanket, food, and lots of your friends for an afternoon of awesome modular music. You can even bring your pup! (with a leash)

Restrooms are located between the DC War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. (link) There's also a refreshment stand near the Lincoln Memorial that offers lunches, snacks, and drinks. (link)

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2023 Schedule of Events

Repertoire of Offerings


June 17, 11AM ET

Chaka Benson


June 24, 2PM ET

Artists TBA


September 16, 7:30PM ET (Quadraphonic)

Artists TBA


October 15, 12PM ET

Artists TBA

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Metro, parking, and rideshare options

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Want to Perform?

If you're a modular synth artist in Washington, DC, or if you plan to visit the area in the future, we'd be happy to have you play!

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Patrick POB O'Brien Host, Modular on the Mall

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