Lubber Run Amphitheater


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 17 through SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

2016 Free Concert Schedule                             

Friday, June 17, 8:00 p.m.
Arlington's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre opens the season with an evening of powerhouse vocals by beloved regular performers!


Saturday, June 18, 8:00 p.m.
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, June 19, 6:00 p.m.

Jazz vocalist and bassist Nicole Saphos has brought her inventive and rhthmically driven sound to stages from Manhattan's Lincoln Center to DC's own Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her bold bass playing combines with her compelling, achingly nostalgic vocals casts an inventively hypnotic spell.

Friday, June 24, 8:00 p.m.
Recently celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season with performances at the Kennedy Center, join Arlington's acclaimed Bowen McCauley Dance a family-friendly evening performance. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening with the family while BMD entertains you with excerpts from the company repertory. More information about the program will be available soon.


Saturday, June 25, 8:00 p.m.

The quintessence of Ethiopian jazz, blending the roots of Ethio-jazz, folk, the blues into a beautiful whole which has invigorated audiences everywhere from popular venues like Bossa, to the Kennedy Center. Colored by exquisite traditional instruments, their sophisticated yet earthy sound evokes the feel of an Ethiopian village, and the texture of mountains and woods.

Sunday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.
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, July 1, 8:00 p.m.
Your friendly neighborhood bluegrass band! By & By is: Claire Blaustein (Fiddle); Daniel Buchner (Guitar); Steve Grossman (Banjo); James Millward (Mandolin); Elise Smithmyer (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar); Trevor Olexy (Bass)


Saturday, July 2, 8:00 p.m.

Winner of a staggering 24 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) 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.


Sunday, July 3, 6:00 p.m.

Winners of five WAMMIE Awards for "Best Folk Duo" and "Best Contemporary Folk," The Washington Post says Sara Curtin & Maureen Andary "...will pluck at your heartstrings [with] an intimidating number of instruments" and soaring soprano harmonies!


Friday, July 8, 8:00 p.m.
Hailing from Washington, DC., The Harry Bells are a lively 8-piece brass and percussion ensemble that focuses on music from the islands. Incorporating elements of (but not limited to) calypso, mento, and merengue, we largely perform songs made famous by the amazing Harry Belafonte.


Saturday, July 9, 8:00 p.m.
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 10, 6:00 p.m.

D.C.-based Los Caribbeat plays music from the Caribbean, West Africa and Detroit. Utilizing two drummers (kit and congas), keyboards, bass, saxophone and African vocalist Haile Supreme, they are able to deliver their musical styles—calypso, Afrobeat, Salsa and even Samba--with a danceable drive that is both modern and authentic.

Friday, July 15, 8:00 p.m.
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.

Saturday, July 16, 8:00 p.m.
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.


Sunday, July 17, 6:00 p.m.
Hollertown is a bluegrass and old-time music band that has played in and around Washington, DC, for nearly ten years. Playing everything from haunting (and haunted) originals, to old-timey standards, to tunes by Mötley Crüe, Bob Marley, and the Texas Tornados, Hollertown has been known to inspire spontaneous dancing, questionable public displays of affection, and glossolalia.


Friday, July 22, 8:00 p.m.
Telecaster Masters featuring

Virtuoso guitarists Anthony Pirog and Dave Chappell are recognized as two of the most dynamic and innovative guitarists performing in the metro area. Their virtuosic and genre-defying styles are the latest in a long tradition of DC-area guitar icons such as John Fahey, Roy Buchanan, and the original Telecaster master himself, Danny Gatton.


Saturday, July 23, 8:00 p.m.

Veteran Nigerian saxophonist and pioneer of the Afro soul and Afrobeat genres, Orlando Julius makes his Lubber Run Amphitheater debut as part of his first set of US dates in over a decade. Expect to hear tracks from his acclaimed new studio album with The Heliocentrics, Jaiyede Afro, alongside a host of classics from his incredible 50-year career including “Alo Mi Alo,” “James Brown Ride On,” “Jagua Nana” and “Ijo Soul,” the track which allegedly influenced James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).”


Sunday, July 24, 6:00 p.m.
Levine Music – Interactive Family Concert
Join Levine's First Music (Early Childhood and Elementary Music) faculty for an evening of music and fun for the whole family. Levine’s First Music faculty are both accomplished musicians and early childhood specialists who emphasize learning through play. Through First Music, Levine combines the best of early childhood music education practices with fun, dynamic, and creative programs to deliver the DC region’s most engaging musical learning experiences for children ages 4 months through 8 years and their families.


Friday, July 29, 8:00 p.m.
DC Highlife Stars is a rocking new collaboration between local bandleaders Eme Awa (Eme & Heteru) and Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band), featuring some of the best African musicians in the DC area. This is not an art project. This is for getting down! This is beer hall Africa, highlife and rumba, bikutsi, a little zouglou, some West African reggae and funky points in between. This is five world class groove masters from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and the US slinging deep-pocket bass and drums, soaring double-helix guitars and earthy harmonies, all so you can forget your troubles and dance.


Saturday, July 30, 8:00 p.m.


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, July 31, 6:00 p.m.
Now in their 29th 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.


Friday, August 5, 8:00 p.m.

While born in Washington, DC, Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate lineage and has studied and performed Manding music since the age of three years old. A dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer, he also plays the 21-string kora, which he learned first with his legendary father, Djimo Kouyate and other master Diali --oral historians/musicians-- of Manding tradition in West Africa. His credits include performances at The Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Bristol Academy and Isle of White (U.K.), Brazil's Tim Festival (Brazil), Lowell Music Festival, and with Sweet Honey in the Rock at Carnegie Hall.



Saturday, August 6, 8:00 p.m.
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. Having performed at venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, NYC's Birdland jazz club, the U.S. Army Blues has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Doc Severinsen, Stanley Turrentine,Dr. Billy Taylor, Kevin Mahogany, and Terrell Stafford.


Sunday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.
Featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Voice of America and TEDx; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. A guitarist and pianist, Margot’s instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created and looped live on the spot through the use of a loop pedal. Haunting, powerful and indie-pop driven, Margot’s performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies.Margot is Washington City Paper's "Best Singer" of 2014, a three-time winner of the Washington Area Music Association 'Artist of the Year' award, a recipient of DC’s Power 30 Under 30 award, and an Artist-in-Residence alumna at Iceland's Saga Fest and the Music Center at Strathmore. Now 23, her latest album, Canvas, is quickly gaining critical acclaim.


Friday, August 12, 8:00 p.m.

A stunning Canadian-born song siren – award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mary Alouette's voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz singer. She also composes and performs electronic music under the name Alarke. The multiple WAMMIE Award winner has headlined at venues ranging from 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s SixtyFive Bar, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Blues Alley.

Saturday, August 13, 8:00 p.m.

Creating quite a stir with their debut CD on World Circuit last season, Mbongwana Star, the 7-piece band from the Democratic Republic of Congo makes their Lubber Run Amphitheater debut with this performance. A fusion (‘too smooth and seamless a word for this angular hodgepodge’ according to The Guardian) of traditional Congolese rhythms with a big fistful of European post-punk bass and busted electronics. ‘Afrobeat with a solid steel casing’, says Fact Magazine.



Sunday, August 14, 6:00 p.m.*


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.


Saturday, August 27, 11:00 a.m.*

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)

Sunday, September 11, 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., 9/25 at 11:00 a.m.)

Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.*
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.  
(Rain Date: Sat., 9/24 at 11:00 a.m.)


Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. *

Captain All-Star is renown as the DC area’s funniest, most amusing and not to mention… clumsiest magician! His performances are energetic and fun and guaranteed to generate tons of laughter! The Captain All-Star show is best suited for kids from ages 2 – 7. The show is highly interactive and solicits the participation of its audience, and of course the birthday kid is always made to feel special! Everyone’s sure to have a blast!
(Rain Date: Sat., 9/24 at 4:00 p.m.)

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. The exception is the four additional family performances at the conclusion of the main LRA Season. 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 AMPHITHEATER 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.

***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 above with an asterix (*), these Saturday and Sunday morning shows begin following the main Lubber Run Amphitheatre season with the 8/27 appearance by The Great Zucchini, and continue with three additional family offerings geared to delight younger audiences - and anybody who just feels younger on a late-summer morning.