Lubber Run Amphitheater 2017
North Columbus Street & 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Rt. 50)
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Metrobus: Take Bus # 4B or 4E to Park Dr. and N 2nd St
Fridays and Saturdays - 8:00pm; Sundays - 6:00pm (or as noted)
JUNE 16 through SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
2017 Free Concert Schedule Friday, June 16, 8:00 p.m. THE GRANDSONS
Now in their 30th year, this legendary band recently won two 2015 WAMMIE awards: "Best Roots Rock Band" and for the Grandsons Jr (their moniker for the kids-oriented music) "Best Childrens Artist". Having toured Europe, Asia and Canada, a fan aptly described The Grandsons exuberant sound as "American music in a blender with the lid off." The more prominent elements in this eclectic whirlpool are New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two steps.
Saturday, June 17, 8:00 p.m.
RENE IBANEZ y CUBANO GROOVE
From boogaloo to Latin-jazz, Cubano Groove will have you up and dancing! The band has deep roots both in Cuban music and in DC's broader music scene. Featured at last year's DC Jazz Fest, the Band was a mainstay at the club HR-57 (at both the 14th St and H St locations), performing with icons such as Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdes. Percussionist Rene Ibanez is well known for his work with many area bands (including Sin Miedo) for 20 plus years. Early in his career Ibanez performed in the Latin dance band of DC Latin music legend Maria Rodriguez, alongside go-go pioneer Chuck Brown. Likewise, vocalist and virtuoso percussionist Alfredo Mojica, Jr. has performed with such legends in the field as Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, and Ray Barretto, and others. He carries on the legacy of his father, a legendary instructor and percussionist in DC's Latin music scene.
Sunday, June 18, 11:00 a.m. MR. KNICK KNACK
Friday, June 23, 8:00 p.m. JOGO PROJECT
Mr. Knick Knack! is Washington DC’s leading entertainer for young children, melting hearts with his infectious original songs focusing on the fundamentals of family, love, and overcoming fear. As a solo artist, he has been making music for kids for over 15 years, performing thousands of shows in the DC area and dominating the regions family music venues including Tysons Corner Center, Reston Town Center, and Market Common Clarendon in Arlington.
Combining elements of Jazz, R&B, Funk, even Rock, and of course Go-Go music, this group creates a fresh fusion sound they call JoGo. Go-Go music is the indigenous style of music from Washington, DC created by music legend Chuck Brown, who started as a Jazz/Blues guitar player and vocalist. This music will have you out of your seat (if you ever sit down)!
Saturday, June 24, 8:00 p.m. CAZ
Caz is a Washington, D.C.-based singer/songwriter and solo artist, who performs with her own backing band a signature mix of rock, soul and reggae. She has performed with the BandHouse Gigs, The Thrilltones, Newmyer Flyer productions, The Checkered Cabs, and The Beat Hotel. Formerly the lead singer for The Ambitions, this 60's influenced soul/rock band was nominated for a WAMMIE Award for "Best New Band" in 2008. In 2010, Caz was nominated for a Wammie in the best traditional blues/RnB vocalist category for her work with Caz and The Commotions. Sunday, June 25, 6:00 p.m. ARLINGTON PHILHARMONIC
This first-class symphony orchestra makes classical music accessible to every Arlington resident. This performance, their 3rd Annual "Pops for Pets" is a benefit for both the Arlington Philharmonic and Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA).
Friday, June 30, 8:00 p.m. REVELATOR HILL
Revelator Hill is DC Blues guitarist/vocalist Bobby Thompson's latest collaboration with some of the finest rock and blues musicians in the Washington DC area, including Seth Morrissey (bass & vocals), Gary Crockett (drums & vocals), Wes Lanich (keyboards), and special guest member Ron Holloway (saxophone). This group is wrought with deep emotion and blazes down the path pioneered by the great Jimi Hendrix, blending deeply-rooted blues traditions with a popular rock edge to create a sound that will stir every soul.
Saturday, July 1, 8:00 p.m. CISSA PAZ
Belgian-born Brazilian singer-song writer Cissa Paz merges the diversity of her cultural experience merges with her fearless taste for new combinations. She creates and rearranges songs that are melded with the rich traditions of Afro-Brazilian and Luso-African concepts, performed in Portuguese, Portuguese Creole, Spanish, French and English.
Sunday, July 2, 6:00 p.m. SLIGO CREEK STOMPERS
A raucus but refined blend of traditional roots music: Appalachian and Midwestern old time and bluegrass, New Orleans-style traditional jazz, haunted Irish fiddle tunes, honky tonk ans classic country music, the Stompers keep the flame of American stringband music alive in the DC metro area.
Friday, July 7, 8:00 p.m.
LOS GALLOS NEGROS
Soulful and smart, Los Gallos Negros is a five-member string instrument ensemble with a repertoire of Mexican traditional music. Members hail from throughout the U.S., and all currently work and live in Washington, D.C. They perform regularly around Capitol Hill and have recently played at events supporting the DREAM Act and for Dolores Huerta, an icon of farmworker and international migrant rights in the U.S. Having performed for The White House Cinco De Mayo celebration in 2014, Los Gallos Negros is the quintesential DC music ensemble. Their five members arrived in DC following studies at universities such as UCLA and Stanford, and are variously engaged in pursuits ranging from from sustainable energy entrepreneurs and pre-doctoral ethnomusicology fellows at Smithsonian, to trial attorneys.
Saturday, July 8, 8:00 p.m. KING SOUL
Born of a mutual passion for the deep, down home sounds of an earlier time, eight-piece band King Soul is bringing the excitement of old school Southern Soul to a new audience. Featuring original songs, powerful vocals and a badass horn section, King Soul has become a top draw at area clubs and events. The all-star band includes members of the Slickee Boys, the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, the Recliners, the Grandsons, the Hula Monsters, the Thangs and the J Street Jumpers. King Soul’s membership holds more than 30 Washington Area Music Association Wammies and Austin Music Awards to its credit. Sunday, July 9, 6:00 p.m. AKUA ALLRICH
Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances.With the launch of her independently produced albums, A Peace of Mine, in 2010, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live! in 2012, and her latest release Soul Singer, the young artist’s music and concerts created a significant buzz with critics and music-lovers alike. Friday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. COMPANY DANZANTE
Company Danzante, is a contemporary repertory dance company based in Arlington, VA. Since beginning artistic activities in 2013, the company has presented work at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Dance Gallery Festival NYC, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival DC, and the Esencia Festival in Chicago. In 2015 the company directors Katherine Horrigan and Arturo Garcia were recipients of the Strauss Artist Grant awarded by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. In 2014, Arturo was the recipient of Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project. Saturday, July 15, 8:00 p.m. CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND
Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of thirteen Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (for the last nine years in a row). Sunday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. KENNY RITTENHOUSE
Kenny Rittenhouse has led his own jazz quartet for the past 20 years, performing in and around the Washington, DC area. He has performed with many great jazz artists including Larry Willis, Ralph Peterson, Don Braden, Buck Hill, and Steve Wilson. He is a member of The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. He is also Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
Friday, July 21, 8:00 p.m.
LITTLE RED & THE RENEGADES
Little Red has shared the stage with Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, T-Bone Burnett, Chubby Carrier, Queen Ida, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Brave Combo, Rosie Ledet, and many others. Madlib and Limp Bizkit have sampled Little Red, so you know he's got the fonk bone. Little Red's music had been broadcast on WAMU (DC), WPFW (DC), WWOZ (New Orleans) WERA (Arlington) WOWD (Takoma Park) and on other stations around the world. The band includes: Little Red (Tom Corradino), Accordion, Piano, Guitar - Carol Arthur, Zydecaribbean Steel Pans, Piano - Jon Danforth, Drums - Dave Petersen, Bass - Allen Rado and Harry Rado, Guitars.
Saturday, July 22, 8:00 p.m. ELIKEH
Based in Washington, DC, Elikeh blends Togolese rhythms with blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Their recent CD Between 2 Worlds features Malian guitar icon, Vieux Farka Toure and John Kadlecik, lead Guitarist of Furthur. Elikeh has performed with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Wailers, Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino and John Kadlecik of Furthur.
Sunday, July 23, 6:00 p.m.
LITTLE BIT OF BLUES
Little Bit of Blues combines Warner Williams' warm vocals and Piedmont guitar picking with Jay Summerour's harmonica. Warner is a native of Takoma Park, Md., and has been part of Washington's blues scene since the '50s. Jay is a veteran of the Starland Vocal Band and the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra. The pair has played the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. In 1995, they opened the American Roots 4th of July Festival on the Mall. Friday, July 28, 8:00 p.m. CHIECK HAMALA DIABATE
A Grammy Award-nominated master of the West African n'goni (a stringed lute and ancestor of the banjo), Cheick Hamala Diabate has performed with everyone from Bela Fleck and Corey Harris, to Bob Carlin (his fellow 2007 Grammy-nominee for "From Mali to America"). Having graced stages ranging from the Kennedy Center to the stages of Europe, Canada, Africa and Asia, Cheick Hamala makes his Lubber Run Amphitheater debut with this performance.
Saturday, July 29, 8:00 p.m.
ELENA Y LOS FULANOS
Formed in 2011, Elena & Los Fulanos came together on the streets of DC’s rapidly changing neighborhoods of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant, where working immigrant communities co-exist with young political and nonprofit leaders. That is where Elena was introduced to the District’s mariachi, son, and punk music crowds and met her future band members. Together they are part of the city’s growing indie and international music scene. In 2014 they released their debut Wammie-nominated album, Miel Venenosa, with CD release shows in both Washington, DC and Managua, Nicaragua.
Sunday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.
Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics. In 2011, Christylez began a cross-cultural collaborative concert series in Washington, DC, “Washington Sound Museum” (WSM). WSM is a monthly intimate celebration of music featuring guest artists from diverse musical genres with Christylez Bacon and his progressive hip-hop orchestra. Since WSM’s inception, Christylez has collaborated with artists from various cultural backgrounds, ranging from the Hindustani & Carnatic music of India, the contemporary Arabic music of Egypt, and the music of Brazil
Friday, August 4, 8:00 p.m. DUPONT BRASS
DuPont Brass is an eclectic, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, DuPont Brass has now grown to a 9-piece ensemble consisting of brass and a rhythm section. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for local weddings, banquets, and other private events. Thanks to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
Saturday, August 5, 8:00 p.m. The Gospel At Colonus WSC AVANT BARD
Avant Bard theatre proudly presents a concert staging of their hit musical The Gospel at Colonus
, a soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life. The Gospel at Colonus transforms Sophocles’ timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Founded in 1990 as Washington Shakespeare Company, WSC Avant Bard is a performing arts organization dedicated primarily to producing classic works—both time-tested and contemporary classics; emphasizing a provocative, bold approach in an intimate setting; and training and showcasing the best emerging talent in the region, mentored by seasoned, professional theatre artists. Sunday, August 6, 6:00 p.m. THE SCOTCH BONNETS
Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. The Bonnets self-released their debut album Live Ya Life in 2012 and dropped Quest in 2014, an EP done in collaboration with their legendary friend HR of Bad Brains.
Friday, August 11, 8:00 p.m. RICO AMERO
A favorite of the Lubber Run Amphitheater season, Rico Amero Sr. has been part of the Washington, D.C. music scene for over 20 years. He has performed in the U.S. and internationally as a solo artist and band leader. He performs regularly with this children as The Amero Project. He hosts the popular weekly Open Mic night at Madam's Organ in DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood, and offers private lessons for adults and children who have a desire to express their creativity through music.
Saturday, August 12, 8:00 p.m. SIGNATURE THEATRE
Arlington's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre returns to Lubber Run with an evening of powerhouse vocals by beloved regular performers!
Sunday, August 13, 6:00 p.m.
NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
The National Chamber Ensemble is a Society of acclaimed DC Area musicians gathered by violnist and Artistic Director Leonid Sushansky. A former concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard-trained violinist is a frequent guest soloist, chamber musician and guest musician with the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera. As such, each NCE concert assembles some of our region's finest musicians.
Sunday, August 27, 11:00 a.m.
"SPEED" THE MAGICIAN*
Experience the High Energy Magic and Comedy of one of the East Coast’s premiere entertainers… Speed. Speed is the original “High Energy Magician and Illusionist” known for his hyperactive, fast-paced, fun and modern performance style. This amazing magician has performed over 4,200 live shows across the entire East Coast and Canada over the past 23 years including being featured in many Newspapers, TV, Internet and Radio Station Programs. Speed experience and professionalism has gained him a strong reputation for being on time, fully prepared and always amazing his audiences with his fast wit, positive personality and amazing magic. Sunday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. MYSTIC DRUMZ
An international leading provider of World Music education, Mystic Drumz specializes in bringing interactive percussion experiences to young people. Their unique rhythm and sound programs excite, enlighten, and engage audiences of all ages. Hands-on interactive sessions and performances showcase eclectic percussion instruments sourced from around the globe, and link geography to sounds, rhythms to science, and laughter to learning. Sunday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. THE GREAT ZUCCHINI*
Washington's funniest and most magical PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN entertainer, with over 20 years of experience making kids laugh! Performer at the White House Easter Egg Roll, National Zoo's Guppy Gala, thousands of birthday parties geared to children ages 2-7! Shows for birthdays, day care, preschools, and groups.
(No Rain Date)
An Asterisk (*) marks six additional performances funded by the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation
Important Info About Rain-Dates, Picnics, etc.
Lubber Run Amphitheater events are suitable for the entire family, unless noted. No reservations or tickets are required. Bring a picnic, but alcohol is prohibited in all Arlington public parks, and smoking is discouraged. In the event of rain or extreme heat, the decision to cancel is made at the last possible moment. For official info, visit the ArlingtonArts.org homepage, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Events cancelled due to inclement weather will not be rescheduled (with the possible exception of one of the family performances at the end of the Season). While these events are FREE and open to the public, we invite you to consider a generous donation to the Lubber Run "Wishing Well" as you enter.
Arlington's LUBBER RUN AMPHITHEATER performance series is presented by Arlington Arts, a Division of Arlington Economic Development, in collaboration with Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, and in cooperation with the non-profit Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation.
***Thanks to generous donations to the Wishing Well, the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation will sponsor in whole or in part several performances this season, noted in the listings above with an asterisk (*).