Columbia Pike Blues Fest Coming This Saturday

by ARLnow.com June 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm 4,512 31 Comments

(Updated at 2:05 p.m.) The 17th annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival will be held this weekend.

The Blues Fest will feature performances from local and nationally-known blues musicians. There will also be numerous food, drink and craft vendors; kid’s activities; a raffle; and booths set up by local community groups.

Thousands are expected to attend the event, which will be held from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, on S. Walter Reed Drive near the intersection with Columbia Pike. Weather for the day is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high of 80 degrees.

Among the blues artists scheduled to perform are:

  • 1:00 p.m. — Karl Stoll & The Danger Zone, a “high-energy houserockin’ blues band featuring veterans of the DC circuit.”
  • 2:00 p.m. — Moondog Medicine Show, a “hard driving, funky blues band that hails from Western Maryland.”
  • 3:30 p.m. — Danny Blew and the Blues Crew, a band that plays a “stylish blend of traditional Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues.”
  • 5:00 p.m. — Chris Polk, who “describes his style as Texas, Memphis and Chicago blues style with a soul twist.”
  • 6:30 p.m. — Peter Karp and Sue Foley, an acclaimed blues duo that tours nationally.

The Blues Festival will close several streets from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., according to Arlington County Police. The closures include Walter Reed Drive between Columbia Pike and S. 9th Street, S. 9th Road from S. Garfield Street to Walter Reed Drive, and S. 9th Street from S. Highland Street to Walter Reed Drive.

Disclosure: The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, organizer of the Columbia Pike Blues Festival, is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

  • James Moron

    Hope the streetcar doesn’t plow through the crowd

    • BangBrahs

      I don’t think the Columbia Pike Streetcar will get up to 88.8mph

      • Traffic Jammin


  • Nunya

    Hope not. They’ll be singing they blues if that happens…

    • Stroker Ace

      Hah hah hah hah hah, oh my.

  • Good Grief

    Love this event!!

    • bringmetheyuppies

      this is the lamest event in all of arlington.one city block of junk food and politicians. The music is ok if you actually like blues but really most don’t. The food is mediocre at best and the beer is spensy for s. arl.

      • drax

        Here’s a crazy idea – if you like blues, go. If you’re a loser who doesn’t, stay home.

      • SoArl

        You must not have kids… Mine really enjoyed it last year. And, anywhere that I can sit outside, drink beer and listen to loud music with her is okay in my book.

      • novarich

        “one city block of junk food and politicians.”

        Yes it’s so unusual for american to eat junk food at outdoor festivals, and it’s so lame that a city that 1 mile from D.C has politicians there! GREAT POINT.

        • drax

          Music and food and beer and partying in the streets. Sooo boring.

  • drax


    I mean VIBRANT.

  • ballsteve

    …our kids have places to be….

    • drax

      …stupid people playing with their toys in our streets…

  • Sparkle Pony Princess

    Being from Chicago, I read the reference to “Chicago blues style” with much skepticism.

    • Mike Hunt

      thanks for bringing Chicago’s corruption. We are now THE MOST CORRUPT in the nation

  • Becoming indifferent

    Well, when you think of the Blues, Memphis, the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, and Arlington immediately come to mind. Especially Arlington.

    • drax

      Did you know DC is the capital of bluegrass?

      • novapeeved

        And go-go.

        • Tabby_TwoTone

          Half smoke.

          (that’s what she said.)

    • C. Heston

      And San Francisco Blues. Don’t forget San Francisco.

  • Hurley

    Haven’t been before but I’m going this year and I’m looking quite forward to it. I went to a fundraising event for this at P. Brennan’s and Danny Blew and the Blues Crew were playing it. They were pretty damn good.

  • JB

    Who’s pool are we meeting at to pre-game? What about the after-party?

  • The Dope of South Arlington

    Do mariachi bands play the blues?

  • Michael H.

    Looks interesting. Even though I don’t listen to blues music that often, most music is better live. (There are some exceptions though, like death metal, gangsta rap, etc.)

  • SoArl

    This was so much fun last year. I highly recommend at least stopping buy for lunch – the food is great.

  • Prefontaine

    The real question is this:

    Can we plop down our beach chair right in the middle of the street and start pounding miller lites there? I want to plan a midday break from my binge drinking and landsharking over at the Archstone pool, and this looks like a promising excursion.

    • Postfontaine

      Only if the Miller Lite is in bottles.

      • Johnfontaine

        Why do you hate cans?

        • Thisfontaine

          Will the Realfontaine please stand up?

  • DTX

    Crapapaloosa, horrible bands!


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