Save the Date

25th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Returns SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020 • 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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

2019 Details Below



Funky Miracle

1:00 pm

Funky Miracle

Lauren Calve

2:00 pm

Lauren Calve Band

Hardway Connection

3:30 pm

Hardway Connection

Thornetta Davis

5:00 pm

Thornetta Davis

Sugaray Rayford

6:45 pm

Sugaray Rayford


2019 Soul Blues Male Artist of The Year!

Rayford began his musical career at the tender age of seven, singing and playing drums in church, and his gospel influences definitely shine through in his music. “I grew up in gospel and soul,” says Rayford, whose soulful rasp and emotive vocal style hint at the hardships he experienced as his mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. Rayford found a pathway to a better life by joining the Marines. The Desert Storm veteran spent ten years in the military and says, “…I’m proud of the time I served. I wouldn’t have my wife and the life I have right now had I not served.” As front-man of The Mannish Boys, Rayford and the band won the Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2013 and Rayford himself has been nominated for over a dozen BMA’s, including Vocalist of the Year multiple nominations for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. For 2019, he was nominated for “B.B. King Best Entertainer” and won “Soul Blues Male Artist of The Year.” His extensive studio work includes the theme song for the syndicated the Judge Joe Brown TV show, the film trailer for City Lights, and several songs for Person of Interest. Rayford made his stage debut in May 2012, joining the touring Broadway cast for the six-week run of the Tony® award-winning play Ain’t Nuthin’ But The Blues. Artist Site


In as musically ‘storied’ city as Detroit, it speaks volumes that in 2015 Thornetta Davis was crowned “Detroit’s Queen of The Blues” by official city proclamation. The winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, Thornetta’s 1996 debut solo album Sunday Morning Music (Sub Pop) received raves in the national media. Her song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit “The Sopranos”. Opening to acclaim for artists such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, and Koko Taylor, Davis also has recorded with numerous rock luminaries, including Little Steven VanZandt (E-Street Band), Bob Seeger, and Kid Rock. Artist Site


The smooth, passionate, sometimes funky and extremely “tight” sound of The Hardway Connection will make you get up and dance! The DC-based band has opened for everyone from Johnny Taylor and Toni Terry, to Chuck Brown. Combining contemporary instrumentation with soul and blues from the 1960s, the band regularly plays the Southern soul and beach-music circuits from Virginia to Texas. Their song “Southern Soul Rumpin’” is well known to area aficionados as the theme song of Dr. Nick Johnson’s Saturday r&b show on WPFW 89.3 FM. Artist Site


Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar, and lap steel player Lauren Calve has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene. Starting with her days attending the open mic nights at the well-loved, but now defunct Arlington, VA live music haven Iota Club and Cafe, Calve became known for her strong, soulful vocal style and skillful playing. Seeing her perform, one thinks of Patty Griffin’s dynamic voice, Bonnie Raitt’s smoky aura, and Ben Harper’s unique slide style. She released her debut EP, “Between the Creek and the Tracks” in 2014, for which she earned a Washington Area Music Association nomination for Best Roots Rock Vocalist. Artist Site


Funky Miracle is an exciting collective that brings a unique organ trio + vocals lineup and an improvisatory approach to classic Soul, Funk, and New Orleans tunes. Members of the group have performed with some of DC’s funkiest outfits including The Funk Ark, Sir Joe Quarterman, Three Man Soul Machine, and The Mighty Heard, as well as avant-jazz group, Fiasco! With a repertoire stacked with classics from the Motown, Stax, Hi, and Josie record labels, and influences from jazz, rock, go-go, gospel, and even classical, Funky Miracle is sure to please even the most discerning musical connoisseur. Artist Site

Posted by Funky Miracle on Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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


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

ART 41 or 77

From PENTAGON Metro: 
MetroBus 16BJ

MetroBus 16G

MetroBus 23A

ART 77 / MetroBus 10B or 23A


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!

Blues Fest Area Parking Map


The Annual Blues Festival features a multitude of activities for both adults and families beyond the Blues!


The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) is pleased to announce it has partnered with New District Brewing Company for this year’s 24th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival. New District will offer four their craft beers, including a ‘Blues Fest Brew,’ made specially for the event.

New District Brewing Company is a family and friend owned business built from the ground up right here in Northern Virginia, opening its doors off Four Mile Run in 2015. CPRO is thrilled to support Arlington’s first local brewery in one hundred years.

Rincome Thai has curated this year’s wine selection. The wine list includes Planeta Sicilia Rosé, Ava Grace Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, and Athena Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.



Futura Percussion 1860 by Neil Feather

Learn about basic and early principles of electricity by operating an interactive sculpture by Guggenheim Fellow and Baltimore artist Neil Feather. Learn More

Columbia Pike Blues Festival 2019

Shop Local Artists!

Curated by GRUMP, Arlington’s popular winter arts & crafts show, a select group of local makers has been assembled for your shopping enjoyment. Hand Painted cigar boxes, the absolute cutest ever handmade children’s dresses, plush made from old sweaters and so much more…

Horse and Hare — Kerry and Neil Stavely specialize in hand carved, hand pressed block prints. They carve their images out of wood orlinoleum blocks and either print by hand burnishing or with their Chandler & Price 1909 letterpress. 

Oak Lane Soapworks, LLC — It’s about the soap!

Candygrams — CANDYGRAMS puts a colorful new twist on word games. A new and original anagrams game for 2-4 players, CANDYGRAMS is easy to learn and simple to play — but quickly reveals deep strategies that will challenge even the most ambitious wordsmiths.

Naked Decor — Stylish home decor from pillows to tea towels.

Potomac Candle — We love candles so much the only way to make them is by hand and from the heart! We are a veteran owned, small business. Soy candles that are hand-made, hand-poured, and robot-free. We area veteran-owned business located in Virginia.

Max’s Mixtures — Handmade soaps and candles.

Deft Melange — Contemporary gemstone jewelry, made by hand, inspired by natural forms.

Tina Seamonster — Random oddities since 2004. 





Support the 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!” 


Thank you to our Friends of The Blues

Kimberly Fedinatz

Pamela Holcomb

Laurrainne Robichaud