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22nd Annual Columbia Pike Blues Fest

Returns SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 • 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Great music, local food, and arts & crafts vendors! Community groups, local businesses, kids’ activities! FREE ADMISSION!

2017 SCHEDULE  /  ABOUT THE PERFORMERS   /  GETTING THERE  /  2016 ACTIVITIES & FOOD   /  SPONSORSHIP  

 

2017 MUSIC SCHEDULE

Little Bit A Blues

1:00 pm

Jonny Grave

Bobby Thompson Project

2:00 pm

Sol Roots with Carly Harvey

Bosley

3:30 pm

Full Power Blues Band

Davina

5:00 pm

Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory

Jesse Dee

6:45 pm

Bettye LaVette

ABOUT THE 2017 PERFORMERS

BETTYE LAVETTE

Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Her career began in 1962 at the age of 16. Now 71 years old, she is still performing with the ferocity of a woman half her age. Her voice has only gotten better with age. She is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. Artist Site

 

RUFUS ROUNDTREE AND DA B’MORE BRASS FACTORY

Formally trained musicians, Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory infuse the essence of the New Orleans brass band sound that defines the mardi gras experience with a hometown contemporary flare; recreating versions of R&B and hip-hop songs with funk, neo-soul and jazz elements… guaranteed to keep the crowd dancing. This is not the traditional band, this is truly an invigorating experience! Artist Site

FULL POWER BLUES

Formerly known as “The D.C. Blues Society Band,” Full Power Blues was formed in 2009.

 The Band has played many yearly Festivals in the Washington Metropolitan area such the Silver Spring Blues Festival, the College Park Blues Festival and most notably the Annual D.C. Blues Society Festival at Federal facility Carter-Baron Amphitheater.  The band was honored in December 2014 to play on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Artist Site 

 

SOL ROOTS AND CARLY HARVEY

Sol Roots band performs a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues, energetic rock, deep grooves, and southern soul. Sol Roots is an official Home Grown Music Network artist and a “Next Generation” Music Maker Relief Foundation artist. Artist Site

Carly Harvey combines blues, jazz, soul, & Americana roots styles with a sound like Etta James she is also influenced by Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Susan Tedeschi, and Ella Fitzgerald. In addition to recently releasing US single Love Me like a Man, Carly has also released an international crossover album titled Among The Stars and EP Y.A.M.W.A.O. with Italian producer/composer Taste of Dream. Artist Site

 

JONNY GRAVE

Jonny Grave is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, bandleader, teacher, musical historian, journalist, photographer, and Bluesman from Washington DC. Growing up in a very musical family, Grave was introduced to the sounds of American traditional folk music early on. At age fifteen he found himself learning slide guitar techniques from old Blues records, and by seventeen he was performing them live. Artist Site

GETTING THERE

The Blues Fest stage is located at the intersection of Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed.

BUS LINES:

From BALLSTON Metro:
ART 41 / MetroBus 10B or 23A

From COURTHOUSE Metro: 
ART 41 or 77

From PENTAGON Metro: 
MetroBus 16BJ

From PENTAGON CITY Metro: 
MetroBus 16G

From CRYSTAL CITY Metro: 
MetroBus 23A

From SHIRLINGTON: 
ART 77 / MetroBus 10B or 23A

CAPITAL BIKESHARE STATIONS:

31067: 
Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Dr.

31053: 
Columbia Pike and S. Courthouse Rd.

31096: 
S. Walter Reed Dr. and 8th St. South

31054: 
Walter Reed Community Center

PUBLIC PARKING:

Penrose Square [map] – best access through S. Adams St.

Siena Park [map] – access through the back of the building/S. Adams St.

The Halstead [map] – access on S. Walter Reed Dr.

Please do NOT park on nearby commercial surface parking lots (CVS, Attila’s). You risk being towed!

Blues Fest Area Parking Map

2016 ACTIVITIES & FOOD

Booking is currently being finalized for this year’s vendors and activities. Below is a list of last year’s activities, food and fun!

FOOD VENDORS

Mazagan Restaurant – Modern Moroccan Cuisine

Cantina Mexicana – Mexican and Tex-Mex

Suya To Go – Nigerian

BubbleTeaLicious – Bubble Teas, Shave Ice, Ice Cream

Mac’s Donuts – Fresh-made Donuts and Lemonade

Carol’s Concessions – Caribbean and American Festival Fare

Sloppy Mama’s BBQ – Barbeque and All the Sides

SPECIAL VENDORS

Music for Life – A Raffle for a Guitar

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue – A Chance to Adopt a Dog 

Columbia Pike Presidents’ Group – T-Shirt Sale:  “Proud to be from South Arlington”  – $10

Car-Free Diet and Capital Bike Share – Info on How To Go Car-Free in Arlington

Arlington Public Library – Find out about the summer reading program. Get a free book!

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Face-painting

MoonBounce

Selfie Station

Dog watering station – with bowls and pools to keep your best friend cool!

Blues Fest is for DANCING!

ART ISLAND presented by ARLINGTON ARTS

The “Art Island” is your oasis of family-friendly activity. ArlingtonArts, the presenting arm of Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, is offering several alternative ways to have fun if you want to take a quick break from shaking, rattling and rolling!

Columbia Pike Paint-A-Mural Project

Bring out your inner-Andy Warhol and be part of creating a mural highlighting Columbia Pike landmarks! The whole family can be involved in this participatory mural project, which has been designed by noted Arlington-based artist David Amoroso. He’s created the framework, so all you have to do is paint between the lines with color and creativity!

The Book Project: Columbia Pike Recipes for You 2016

From Ethiopian to Salvadoran, the flavors of Columbia Pike’s restaurants are as diverse as the people who live and work here! Artist Sushmita Mazumdar has designed 16 formatted pages which feature recipes from The Pike’s restauranteurs on the front, and compelling stories of their personal journeys on the flip-side! Choose as many pages as you like, then select binding materials ranging from cinnamon sticks to spoons to make your own custom Columbia Pike cookbook to enjoy all year around!

Art on the ART Bus Exhibit

Want to just cool off for a moment? Take a break while you lounge on one of the two current Art on the ART Bus mobile galleries that will be parked at the Art Island, featuring dynamic original paintings in the overhead panels! Part of a program started in 2010 in partnership with Arlington Public Transit, this exhibit showcases several Arlington entrepreneurs. A second bus (which you might be able to catch, as it’s been assigned to the “45” route on the day of the Blues Festival) features images of local restauranteurs. Both current exhibits feature the work of Arlington-based artist David Amoroso, and were curated by noted artist Cynthia Connolly in partnership with Arlington Economic Development’s award-winning BizLaunch small business assistance program. 

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SPONSORSHIPS & FRIENDS OF THE BLUES

Support the 22nd Annual Columbia Pike Blues Fest

Become a Sponsor or a “Friend of the Blues”

It takes an entire Community to “lift” the Columbia Pike Blues Fest every year. It is one of Arlington’s biggest street parties and one of the best outdoor live music festivals in the region. We have enjoyed amazing music for more than 20 years, and it’s FREE for all!

We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. 

 

 

The Friends of the Blues have been the backbone of the Blues Fest from day one! Without the hundreds of individual contributions, this event would have never been possible. The annual Blues Fest is the Pike’s big open-house day, and of The Friends of the Blues help make it all possible.















Please donate today!  
$100, $50, $25 or any amount you can! Every dollar counts towards our fundraising goal of $5000!

The Blues Fest would not be possible without your support. Become a “Friend of the Blues!” 

 

THANKS TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS

Dorchester Apartments & Towers • Oakland Apartments • Westmont Garden Apartments