This column is written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
Chosen among “the essential summer outings” in the DMV for 2019 by The Washington Post, the 50th Anniversary Season of Lubber Run Amphitheater’s Free Summer Concerts is underway!
Since the construction of the first permanent stage in 1969, generations of Arlingtonians have enjoyed free summer cultural events at the sylvan venue nestled two blocks off Route 50, ranging from Arlington Children’s Theater to bands like Eddie from Ohio and superstar Ritchie Havens.
More than a thousand music lovers turned out for 2019’s opening weekend concerts featuring two-time GRAMMY Award nominated singer-songwriter Raul Midon, followed on Saturday by acclaimed singer-songwriter Justin Jones.
As part of their nod to the venue, which Arlington Arts programs and manages, The Washington Post noted that “while the schedule includes the usual rotating cast of performers, there are also some standouts such as… local bossa nova powerhouse Verroneau.”
The venue also benefits from the strong support of the surrounding community, and especially the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation. Other upcoming highlights range from area salsa stalwarts Sin Miedo and Arlington Philharmonic’s pet-friendly ‘Pops in the Park’, to an evening of cabaret performances by some of your favorite voices from Tony Award winning Signature Theatre!
Concerts continue through September 15, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with 11 a.m. family-oriented programming on Sunday mornings (run-times vary). So bring a picnic, some friends and enjoy the arts at Lubber Run Amphitheater, located at 200 North Columbus Street, Arlington, Virginia 22203 (North Columbus Street and 2nd Street North).
While there is a small parking lot, there is abundant free street parking in the surrounding Arlington Forrest neighborhood.
For directions on how to get to Lubber Run Amphitheater and leave the car at home, check out the video below by Arlington’s Car Free Diet, a program of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), a bureau of the Department of Environmental Services!
Here’s a sampling of upcoming programs into July. For a full-schedule, visit www.arlingtonarts.org.
Friday, June 21 — Full Power Blues Band
Saturday, June 22 — Sin Miedo
Sunday, June 23 — Grandsons Jr
Friday, June 28 — Arlington Philharmonic: Pops in the Park (pet friendly)
Saturday, June 29 — Signature Theatre: Cabaret Under the Stars
Sunday, June 30 — Encore Stage & Studio: A Sidewalk Stoll (family performance)
Friday, July 5 — U.S. Army Blues
Saturday, July 6 — The Fuss
Sunday, July 7 — Reptiles Alive (family performance)
Friday, July 12 — Vox Pop
Saturday, July 13 — King Soul
Sunday, July 14 — Rocnocerous (family performance)
The Village at Shirlington will be kicking off its summer concert series tomorrow (Wednesday), starting with the Dan Haas Band.
The concerts run every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in front of Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue).
The theme of the concert series is “decades of summer,” with local bands performing music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, as well as original songs.
Attendees 21-and-over are invited to try $5 wine samplings from Cheesetique. Proceeds will go to Arlington Thrive — a nonprofit providing emergency funds to locals in need — and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue — a nonprofit that brings dogs and cats from low-income, rural shelters to the D.C. region.
The full schedule
- June 19: Dan Haas Band
- June 26: Elizabeth, Phil & Chris
- July 10: Justin Trawick & the Common Good
- July 17: Lloyd Dobler Effect
- July 24: 19th Street Band
- July 31: Nathaniel Davis
- August 7: Driven to Clarity
- August 14: Eli Lev Band
Any rain cancellations will be announced by 4 p.m. the day of the concert, organizers say.
Local congregations are hosting a benefit concert in May to raise funds for families affected by gun violence.
The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington at (4444 Arlington Blvd) on Saturday, May 4 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for $10 per person or $25 for families.
The concert will begin with a performance from the children’s choir from Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church.
Choirs from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, All Souls Church in D.C. by Columbia Heights, and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax are scheduled to then perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” together.
Local faith leaders have raised awareness of gun violence before. The Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ displayed 155 T-shirts outside the church three years ago in remembrance of the people who were killed with guns in the Greater Washington area that year.
Photo courtesy of UUCA
Cabarets run for approximately one hour. Tickets for individual performances are $35 and all-access passes are available for $175.
The first ten cabarets are listed below. The full schedule may be found on Signature Theatre’s website, and performances run through Aug. 4.
- July 19 (8 p.m.) — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.: It Takes Two
- July 20 (7 p.m.) — Rochelle Rice: American Remix
- July 20 (9 p.m.) — Mason Cabaret: An Evening with Stephen Sondheim
- July 21 (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) — Bob McDonald: Best of Bob
- July 22 (5 p.m.) — Monumental Theatre: Flip Flop, A Miscast Cabaret
- July 22 (7 p.m.) — Nova Y. Payton and Mark G. Meadows: Hotter than July
- July 24 (8 p.m.) — Awa Sal Secka: Soul Divas
- July 25 (8 p.m.) — Nova Y. Payton and Mark G. Meadows: Hotter than July
- July 26 (8 p.m.) — Erin Driscoll: Ladies’ Night
The Washington Post has noted Signature Theatre’s cabaret series for lending the stage to out-of-town performers and promoting cabaret in the D.C. area. The Signature Theatre’s productions are routinely recognized as among the region’s best — they have won 107 Helen Hayes Awards and received 411 nominations.
Photos courtesy Signature Theatre
(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall and Shake Shack will host live music performances outside the restaurant from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in June.
Events in the series, called “Shack Sounds,” are free and open to the public near the mall’s S. Hayes Street entrance.
“Shoppers are invited to enjoy burgers, beats and brews while shopping to the soundtrack of summer,” said a press release.
The full concert schedule is below.
- June 7 — David Thong Band (Pop/Rock/Hip-hop/Acoustic)
- June 14 — The Ryan Forrester Band (Motown/Top 40/Country/Rock)
- June 21 — Chris Timbers Band (Singer/Songwriter)
- June 28 — Most Savage Gentlemen (Covers/Originals)
Market Common Clarendon is hosting a free concert series called “Rock the Loop” from May through July.
The concerts are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday at “The Loop” in the shopping center.
Here’s the full concert schedule below:
- May 17 – Gary Smallwood (Classic Rock/Blues)
- May 24 – Shane Gamble (Country Rock)
- May 31 – Driven to Clarity (Acoustic Covers)
- June 7 – Hand Painted Swinger (Pop Rock)
- June 14 – Chris Bruno (Popular Covers)
- June 21 – Yellow Tie Guy (Rock/Alternative/Folk)
- June 28 – Smokin’ Lounge (Pop/Rock/Jazz)
- July 5 – Brian Weber (Rock/Blues/Folk)
- July 12 – Elizabeth, Phil & Chris (Rock/Latin/Go-go)
- July 19 – Nina Casey Trio (Acoustic Blues/Swing)
- July 26 – Phil Kominski (Acoustic/Folk)
Market Common Clarendon is also offering free concerts for kids each Friday through August, starting at 10:30 a.m. each day.
Photo via Facebook
Central Place Plaza in Rosslyn will be alive with holiday cheer tomorrow (Thursday) for the Rosslyn Carols! Holiday Concert.
Hosted by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District for the first time at the public plaza at 1800 N. Lynn Street, the event will include a lunchtime concert, then in the evening a DJ, games and food and drink.
A choir from H-B Woodlawn will lead the singing of Christmas carols from 6:15 p.m., then local band The Woodshedders will play a live concert from 7 p.m.
And throughout the day, attendees can have free photographs taken in a life-size snow globe.
The full list of festivities on offer is below:
- Noon-10 p.m.: Free photo-ops in the life-size snow globe.
- Noon-2 p.m.: Holiday lunchtime concert.
- 4:30 p.m.: Festivities start on the plaza with a DJ, holiday games, drinks and food for purchase.
- 6:15 p.m.: Holiday caroling from H-B Woodlawn
- 7:00 p.m.: Live concert featuring The Woodshedders
Central Place Plaza (1800 N. Lynn Street) in Rosslyn will host a harvest festival next month during Halloween weekend, the neighborhood’s first.
On Friday, October 27 from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 20 vendors will sell various crafts and gifts, while there will be live entertainment and activities including a pie eating contest, cornhole, a pumpkin toss, costumes contests for children and pets.
The event is part of a series of autumnal happenings in Rosslyn.
The neighborhood’s Business Improvement District is hosting Cinema & Pub in the Park at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway) tonight — extending its summer film festival into September.
From 6-11 p.m. for the next three Fridays, beer, wine and sangria will be on offer, with food available from on-site food trucks. September 22 will be a family night, with activities beginning at 5 p.m.
The movie schedule is as follows:
- September 15: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”
- September 22: “Lego Batman”
- September 29: “Golden Eye”
On Tuesdays beginning September 19, Gateway Park will host Yoga in the Park, a yoga class for all experience levels from 6-7:30 p.m. The entire session of five classes costs $20 per person, and attendees should bring a yoga mat.
And on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. starting September 21, Gateway Park will host Bonfire Concerts around its bonfire pit. Seasonal beers, ciders and wines will be available for purchase, with a different fashion truck on site each week as well as donuts from Mama’s Donut Bites and s’mores from Capital Candy Jar.
The following acts will perform:
- September 21: Trailer Grass Orchestra
- September 28 Scott Kurt & Memphis 59
- October 5: Moose Jaw
- October 12: Justin Trawick and The Common Good
Photos via Rosslyn BID.
Several thousand people are expected to descend on Rosslyn’s Gateway Park on Saturday, September 9 for this year’s Rosslyn Jazz Fest.
The free event at the park at 1300 Lee Highway regularly draws more than 5,000 people for jazz music, local food trucks and a beer and wine garden from 1-7 p.m.
This year’s lineup, with timings, is as follows:
- 1 p.m. – Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band
- 2:20 p.m. – Xenia Rubinos
- 3:45 p.m. – Lee Fields & The Expressions
- 5:30 p.m. – The Soul Rebels
Food trucks Tacos Matadores, Rocklands BBQ, Mangia Tutti, Chix N Stix, Tapas Truck, Bon Bonni and Healthy Food Fool will be on site.
And for the second year, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District is partnering with neighborhood restaurants to offer discounts at to those attending this event. Customers must mention the code “Rosslyn Retail” at participating restaurants and receive 15 percent off their bill all day long.
The offer is available at Barley Mac, Bistro 360, Heavy Seas Alehouse, Kona Grill, Pancho Villa, Piola, Ben’s Chili Bowl, cityhouse, Key Bridge Terrace, Jimmy John’s, Continental Pool Lounge and The Perfect Pita.
Organizers said parking nearby will be limited. Public parking is available on N. Moore Street between 19th Street N. and Lee Highway for a $5 flat fee, while parking around Rosslyn will likely be limited too. Instead, organizers said they “strongly encourage” attendees to take Metro or bike to the festival, with the park a few blocks away from the Rosslyn Metro station.
Photos via Rosslyn BID.
Those near Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall next weekend can expect to hear live cannon fire during the U.S. Army Band’s annual 1812 Overture summer concert.
The free concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 at Summerall Field (247 Sheridan Ave) on the base. If it rains, it will be moved to across the street to Conmy Hall (239 Sheridan Ave).
The U.S. Army Concert Band, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus and the U.S. Army Voices ensembles will all perform. The program will include selections of classical, popular, and patriotic music.
The climax of the evening will be live cannon fire provided by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) during a playing of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Advance tickets are not required, and bleacher seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food is allowed but alcohol, glass containers and coolers are not. All bags will be searched.
Cars and pedestrians can enter the base through the Hatfield Gate (off Washington Blvd and 2nd Street S.). The Henry Gate (off Arlington Blvd) will be open for pedestrians only from 6-10:30 p.m., while cyclists can enter at either gate. Valid photo ID is required for attendees aged 18 or over.
Photo via Facebook
The lineup is set for the 27th annual Rosslyn Jazz Fest.
The free event is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 in Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway). It regularly draws over 5,000 music fans to the park for world-class jazz music along with local food trucks and a beer and wine garden.
The lineup this year consists of four different music groups:
- The Soul Rebels, a brass ensemble from New Orleans.
- Lee Fields & The Expressions, an old-school soul group that has been recording music since the 1960s.
- Xenia Rubinos, an Afro-Latina singer/songwriter that takes influence from hip-hop and Caribbean soul music.
- Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band, a jazz/funk group from Baltimore influenced by artists such as Sun Ra and Miles Davis.
New this year, a Spotify playlist is available to listen to the artists’ work before the festival. Timings will be set at a later date. The event is presented by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District and Arlington Arts.