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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  /  ACTIVITIES & FOOD   /  SPONSORS  

 

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 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

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!

BAG IT!

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).

BUTTON IT!

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

BUY IT!

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. 

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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 

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

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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!

Face-painting

MoonBounce

Blues Fest is for DANCING!

 OUR SPONSORS

Dorchester Apartments & Towers
Oakland Apartments
Westmont Garden Apartments

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!”