Saturday, June 17 • 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike
Three-time Grammy-nominee Bettye LaVette headlines the 22nd Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 1:00 – 8:30 pm. For this FREE annual event, LaVette is joined by a full lineup of blues, R&B and funk performers of national and regional note, including: Rufus Roundtree and Da B-more Brass Factory; Full Power Blues Band; Sol Roots with Carly Harvey, and Jonny Grave.
Presented by CPRO in cooperation with Arlington Arts — the presenting arm of Arlington Cultural Affairs — CPRO’s Blues Fest is a recipient of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Music Festival Sponsorship Program. The state program supports the growth of Virginia music festivals and their important economic impact for local communities, while also building Virginia’s reputation as a music destination.
The winner of multiple awards, Bettye LaVette performed the memorable duet “Change is Gonna Come” with Bon Jovi for President-elect Obama at HBO’s We are One concert, as well as the critically acclaimed “Love, Reign O’er Me” tribute to The Who at the Kennedy Center Honors. From the birth of soul in the 1960’s, Bettye continues to garner accolades and awards in her fifth decade in show business for her vital new albums and interpretive live shows. The lineup for this year’s amazing Columbia Pike Blues Festival lineup includes:
6:45 pm Bettye LaVette
5:00 pm Rufus Roundtree and Da B-more Brass Factory
3:30 pm Full Power Blues Band
2:00 pm Sol Roots with Carly Harvey
1:00 pm Jonny Grave
Spend the day on Arlington’s oldest and newest Main Street—in one of its most diverse, vibrant communities— and enjoy Arts & Crafts activities sponsored by Arlington Arts:
Create at the ART ISLAND – a family-friendly oasis of hands-on artistic diversions sponsored by Arlington Arts featuring Silk Screening, Button Making, and Arts & Craft Vendors!
Silk screen your own limited edition Columbia Pike tote bag designed by Washington, D.C. silkscreen artist JD Deardorff. 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, you can select from images ranging 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 offer watercolor prints, handmade terrariums, plush toys made from old sweaters and more!
Arlington Arts Center to present Art Activities in the Kid’s Area
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.
While at the Blues Fest, enjoy a diverse selection of foods from local vendors:
Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue
Bubble TEA Licious
Suya to Go
The Blues Festival covers three blocks at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive. So put on your dancing shoes, grab friends and family and head to the Pike for a day of great music, food, art and fun! More info here.