Sol Roots with Carly Harvey
Full Power Blues Band
Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
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 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
The Blues Fest stage is located at the intersection of Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed.
From BALLSTON Metro:
ART 41 / MetroBus 10B or 23A
From COURTHOUSE Metro:
ART 41 or 77
From PENTAGON Metro:
From PENTAGON CITY Metro:
From CRYSTAL CITY Metro:
ART 77 / MetroBus 10B or 23A
CAPITAL BIKESHARE STATIONS:
Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Dr.
Columbia Pike and S. Courthouse Rd.
S. Walter Reed Dr. and 8th St. South
Walter Reed Community Center
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!
ACTIVITIES & FOOD
Create @ the ART ISLAND
A family-friendly oasis of hands-on artistic diversions sponsored by Arlington Arts from 1 to 8 PM at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival!
Silk screen your own limited edition Columbia Pike tote bag designed by Washington DC silkscreen artist JD Deardorff. Choose between two different color options as the artist helps you transform your bag. Silk screening ends at 7pm! FREE (while supplies last).
While you wait for your bag to dry, color and make your own musical instrument novelty buttons! Designed by artists Hannah & Todd Churn, express your musical passions by selecting from a broad range of images from boom boxes and bass fiddles – FREE
The Hands-On activities are free…, but you can fill your new bag with crafts and other items for purchase in the vendor area! Curated by GRUMP, Arlington’s popular winter arts & crafts show, a select group of local makers has been assembled for your shopping enjoyment. Watercolor prints, unique handmade terrariums, plush made from old sweaters and so much more. Be inspired while supporting local artists, including:
Tigerflight — Beth Baldwin makes owls and other creatures from upcycled sweaters.
I Wear Blue Tights — Pop culture magnets made from vintage clothespins.
Noctiluna — Noctiluna hand silkscreens colorful and fun children’s clothing.
Steve Loya — Steve Loya uses watercolors to create the fantastical world of Splotch Monster Island
Nikdapooh Designs — Monique Roberson makes amazing terrariums from recycled materials.
Kris Loya Art & Illustration — Kris Loya creates a wonder world of dreamlike watercolors.
Becca & Mars — Becca & Mars is a natural bath and body company specializing in bath products, skincare and aromatherapy.
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
LOVE Sculpture – from the Virginia State Tourism Office
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
Calling all artists!
Arlington Arts Center presents some fun, drop-in craft activities for all young artists! We’ll construct some of our favorite creepy, crawly, and awe-inspiring critters and creatures like bees, snakes, ladybugs, and butterflies using recycled materials and art supplies. Your young artist will walk away with as many as four distinct art projects facilitated by AAC’s staff and art educators.
Arlington Public Library – Find out about the summer reading program.
Dog watering station – with bowls and pools to keep your best friend cool!
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!”