Lubber Run Amphitheater

Lubber Run Concert Series, 2013

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 12 through SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

2015 Lubber Run Amphitheater Schedule                             


Thanks to generous donations to the Wishing Well, the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation will sponsor an additional five performances this season. Noted in the listings below with an asterix (*), these Saturday afternoon shows begin with the 8/15 appearance by Rico Amero, and continue with four additional family offerings geared to delight younger audiences - and anybody who just feels younger on a Summer afternoon. 

Friday, June 12, 8:00 p.m.
Bowen McCauley Dance
Featuring excerpts from Victory Road, a collaboration with the 80′s country rock band Jason and The Scorchers, and other Company repertory favorites, this high-energy performance is perfect for an evening out with the family.


Saturday, June 13, 8:00 p.m.
La Unica
Based in Washington, DC, La Unica (in Spanish, "the one and only") is paving the way for eccentricity the world over with the 2013 release of their debut, self-titled album.  The band's performed over 125 shows from New York City to Virginia and credits a diverse fanbase extending from Europe to South America. The Washington Post described them as a "pan-genre party band...fusing roots music ranging from Irish folk to Latin rhythms."


Sunday, June 14, 6:00 p.m.
Lean & Hungry Theater

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Lean & Hungry Theater as we tell the story of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." We'll wander through an auditory kaleidoscope of rich music, mechanical ticks and clockwork whirrs, along with the voices of all your favorite Wonderland characters. Join us at 5pm for fun family-friendly activites. Bring a picnic! 

Lean & Hungry Theater records original adaptations of literature classics before a live audience, complete with live sound effects and original music. The recorded performances are made available as online stream, broadcast, or downloadable mp3. The performance begins at 6pm.


Monday, June 15, 8:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Chorus

Established in 1966 and recognized in the U.S. Congressional Record, The Metropolitan Chorus lifts its 100-voices in concerts featuring music of all ages, from the renaissance to the 21st century, with a strong emphasis on American composers, in venues as varied as the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall and the National Building Museum.


Wednesday, June 17, 8:00 p.m.
The Potomac Harmony Chorus 
Chartered in 1976, Potomac Harmony Chorus performs a variety of music, from traditional favorites to the fifties sound to modern jazz, all in four-part harmony, barbershop style.


Friday, June 19, 8:00 p.m.
The Army Blues

The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army. First organized in 1970, the 18-piece band became an official element of the Army Band in 1972.


Saturday, June 20, 8:00 p.m.
Signature's Leading Ladies
Signature Theatre

Arlington’s nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will present an evening with Signature’s favorite leading ladies. Natascia Diaz (Signature’s The Threepenny Opera), Sherri Edelen (Signature’s Gypsy), Tracy Lynn Olivera (Signature’s Crossing), and Nova Y. Payton (Signature’s Dreamgirls) will sing some of their favorite show tunes from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Kander & Ebb to Irving Berlin.


Sunday, June 21, 6:00 p.m.
Shane Gamble Trio

Shane Gamble’s new single “Beautiful Work” rose to #49 on The Billboard Indicator charts in early 2015. A Maryland native, Gamble embodies what it means to be a working musician. Shane attacks his guitar with passion and sings jangly songs about the good times with a distinctly American feel. Close your eyes and imagine if Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen were to emerge now on Country radio, with modern twist... that's Shane.


Wednesday, June 24, 8:00 p.m.
The Arlingtones

Arlington's champions of the barbershop choral tradition!


Friday, June 26, 8:00 p.m.
Mary Ann Redmond

Winner of a staggering 24 Wammie Awards for best female jazz, rock-pop, roots rock/traditional R & B, the vocalist has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter and opened for The Pointer Sisters and The Neville Brothers.


Saturday, June 27, 8:00 p.m.
Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy
Finalists in the Kerrville Folk Festival's national song competition, the duo includes Washington Area Music Association 'Folk Instrumentalist of the Year' nominee Peter Mealy and Laurie Rose, who has been compared to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell by the World Folk Music Association.
  ***Due to a touring-conflict, this act replaces the previously-announced Andrea Pais Duo for 6/27.


Sunday, June 28, 6:00 p.m.
Arlington Philharmonic

This first-class symphony orchestra makes classical music accessible to every Arlington resident. This performance, "Pops for Pets" is a benefit for both the Arlington Philharmonic and Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA)


Friday, July 3, 8:00 p.m.
Andrew Acosta & the New Old Time String Band

A night of acoustic Americana with a rich repertoire of traditional American roots music, the New Old-Time String Band is a regular in outdoor venues in the Washington, D.C. area. Band members are Arlington-based.


*Saturday, July 4th *
July 4th Celebration at Long Bridge Park

Lubber Run Amphitheater devotees are invited to join with the whole of Arlington to enjoy the sweeping views of the fireworks at Long Bridge Park in Crystal City. No events will occur at Lubber Run on July 4th.


Sunday, July 5, 6:00 p.m.
Halau O'Aulani and the Aloha Boys

Native music and dance presented by Hālau O ‘Aulani, founded in 1996 for the sole purpose of creating a learning environment for students interested in the preservation of the multi-faceted cultures of Hawai’i with primary emphasis on the Hawaiian culture.


Friday, July 10, 8:00 p.m.
Ted Garber

A genre-bending multi-instrumentalist, Ted Garber’s “BluesAmericanaRock” combines classic showmanship with a singer-songwriter sensibility. Nominated for the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) 2012 Pop Rock Vocalist and Pop Rock Instrumentalist (musician) of the year, Ted won the WAMA 2010 and 2011 Pop Rock Album of the Year!



Saturday, July 11, 8:00 p.m.Acappella Festival hosted by The Tone Rangers
For 28 years, this award-winning D.C.-based vocal group has brought inventive arrangements and keen wit to everything from Gregorian chant to TV theme songs. Nominated for eight Wammies by the Washington Area Music Association over the years, the Tone Rangers were voted Washington's Best A Cappella Group four consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and Best A Cappella Recording in 2007! They were also national finalists in the 2002 Harmony Sweepstakes (the Superbowl of a cappella), and three-time winners of Mid-Atlantic "Audience Favorite" and "Best Arrangement" awards.


Sunday, July 12, 6:00 p.m.
Levine Music – Jazz Faculty

Comprised of some of the region’s leading musicians in their respective genre’s, the Levine Music faculty is sure to swing! The Washington DC region’s preeminent center for music education, it is one of the few community music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the only All-Steinway community music school in the world. Levine is also certified by the National Guild of Community Schools of Arts as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and access in community arts education.


Friday, July 17, 8:00 p.m.
The Grandsons

Now in their 28th year, this legendary band recently won a WAMMIE award for ARTIST OF THE YEAR, and their 6th CD, “Live at the Barns-The Legendary Wolf Trap Recordings Volume Two,” won BEST ROOTS ROCK RECORDING.


Saturday, July 18, 8:00 p.m.

The Center for American Military Musical Opportunities, CAMMO promotes musical opportunities for veterans and service members as well as musical therapy for the treatment of PTSD and TBI.

Sunday, July 19, 6:00 p.m.

Shenandoah Run

Shenandoah Run is a nine-member Americana folk band from the Washington, D.C. area. Formed in 2011, the band blends rootsy vintage, classic and contemporary folk music in a manner that appeals to a diverse audience.


Friday, July 24, 8:00 p.m.
The Traveling Players

Traveling Players performs All's Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare's unconventional girl-gets-boy comedy. A doctor's daughter will travel to the ends of the Earth in order to win the love of a young count, despite his steadfast resistance. Along the way, royalty, a bragging soldier, and a chaste maiden accompany our cunning heroine in this modern fairy tale that... Ends Well! Traveling Players Ensemble was selected by the NEA as one of 25 model "Summer School in the Arts" in the Nation, Traveling Players Ensemble is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing great theatre into the great outdoors through a thriving summer camp and year-round acting classes and workshops.


Saturday, July 25, 8:00 p.m.
Russkie Musikanti
An ensemble of some of our area’s top Balalaika musicians, Russkie Musikanti is the “outreach ensemble” of the larger Washington Balalaika Society — increasing WBS’ exposure via retirement homes, festivals, churches and private events.


Sunday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.
Levine Music – School of Rock Faculty
Comprised of some of the region’s leading musicians in their respective genre’s, the Levine music faculty is sure to rock the rafters! The Washington DC region’s preeminent center for music education, Levine School is one of the few community music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the only All-Steinway community music school in the world. Levine is also certified by the National Guild of Community Schools of Arts as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and access in community arts education.


Friday, July 31, 8:00 p.m.
Pebble to Pearl

Pebble to Pearl (P2P) creates a unique blend of funk, rock, fierce and powerful blues fused and delivered with soulful grooves and incomparable vocals. They display a tapestry of sound that will truly captivate, mesmerize, and send chills down your spine, while undeniably keeping you entertained and dancing. P2P is road bound, touring up and down the East Coast to venues like the House of Blues in Orlando to the Canal Room in NYC.


Saturday, August 1, 8:00 p.m.

Sara Gray

Playing guitar and writing her own songs from the age of 16, this young country singer from Southern Maryland has thrilled audiences around the region, opening for such varied acts as Nashville’s Miranda Lambert, Toby Kieth and Zac Brown Band, and Kellie Pickler, to Earth Wind and Fire. She’s thrilled audiences at regional venues such as Jiffy Lube Live, National Harbor and Six Flags America.


Sunday, August 2, 6:00 p.m.
The Loop

This acoustic rock group plays a variety of original and cover songs from classic rock to current pop, engaging the audience with catchy hooks, terrific harmonies, and top-shelf musical chops. The Loop features three experienced musicians who have played together for years: Bob Goldberg (lead vocals and guitar), Eric McCleaf (guitar), and Judd Gravelle (bass, backing vocals). Either as the Loop or in other band incarnations (such as The Project), the group has gigged regularly throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington area, as well as in New York, Philadelphia, and elsewhere.


Friday, August 14, 8:00 p.m.
Wytold Lebing Quartet

Most recently, Wytold performed his original compositions with the National Symphony Orchestra for a sold-out audience of 3,000 at Echo Stage, which the Washington Post hailed as "virtuosic" and "hard to top".  Two of his songs are featured in the Sundance award-winning documentary, Blood Brother, and he has been selected to study and collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble in their 2015 Global Musician Workshop. Wytold has performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Atlas Performing Arts Center.



Saturday, August 15, 8:00 p.m.*
Rico Amero

Offering soulful renditions of what he calls modern standards, Rico Amero has become a favorite of the Lubber Run season. Incorporating songs from many genres, he will be accompanied by some of the Washington area's best musicians, who will ensure that your journey will be a smooth and enjoyable one! Starting out as an experiment, Amero’s talented children - Frankie, Zion, and Rico Amero Jr. – are now a proud and permanent part of his show.


Sunday, August 16, 6:00 p.m.
BG & the Mojo Hands

This dynamic, exciting Washington, DC based band performs a variety of blues styles at various venues in the Mid-Atlantic region. The band has been favorably reviewed in the Washington Post and was recommended by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best Washington DC-based blues bands around.

Saturday, August 22, 4:00 p.m.*
Groovy Guy

Guy Collins (a.k.a. Groovy Guy) is an international comedy sensation, performing at Renaissance Fairs and wowing audiences with extraordinary juggling tricks and improbable feats of balance. With a little help from the audience he even walks a tight rope juggling deadly sharp knives!  This show is funny and spectacular to adults and kids alike. (If 'rain delayed': 6:00 start-time. No alternate 'rain-date' if cancelled due to weather).


Sunday, August 23, 4:00 p.m.
Levine Music – Interactive Family Concert

Comprised of some of the region’s leading musicians in their respective genre’s, the Levine Music faculty is sure to delight your whole family! The Washington DC region’s preeminent center for music education, Li is one of the few community music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the only All-Steinway community music school in the world. Levine is also certified by the National Guild of Community Schools of Arts as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and access in community arts education.


Saturday, August 29, 4:00 p.m.*
Groovy Nate
Back by popular demand! Nate (a.k.a. Elnathan Starnes) has been a popular children's performer in DC/VA/MD for close to a decade, often performing at Busboys and Poets and Doodlehoppers 4 kids. He blends music, puppetry, movement, and comedy into a great experience for the younger set encouraging participation with his wonderfully wacky handout instruments. Nate's the perfect entertainment for all those tiny Lubber Run Amphitheater "mosh pit" dancers.(Rain Date: Sun., 8/30 at 4:00 p.m.)


Saturday, September 12, 4:00 p.m.*
Banjo Man

Frank Cassell is endearing and charming as the Banjo Man. His performance last season was lively and engaging! He includes folk, bluegrass and original music for all audiences. This talented, award-winning musician has performed at Strathmore Music Center and the National Theatre in Washington.

(Rain Date: Sun., 9/13 at 4:00 p.m.)


Saturday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. *

These three bandmates "grew up" (if they ever did) in Northern Virginia, and have been making award-winning music for the whole family since 2005. They have gained significant national recognition performing at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap. Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits and perform regularly at Jammin' Java. (Rain Date: Sun., 9/20 at 11:00 am in the morning).


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. In the event of rain, the decision is made to cancel at the last possible moment. Due to the packed performance schedules of area bands, there are unfortunately no scheduled rain-dates for events cancelled due to inclement weather. Call 703-228-1850 for day-of info. Bring a picnic, but alcohol is prohibited in all Arlington public parks! Smoking is discouraged. 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 AMPHITHETER performance series is presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs, a Division of Arlington Economic Development, in cooperation with the Arlington Forrest neighborhood’s Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation.