Lubber Run Amphitheater – Free Concert Series

Signature Theatre Under the Stars

Friday, June 10, 8pm

Signature Theatre Under the Stars

Signature Theatre Under the Stars

Friday, June 10, 8pm

Signature at Bonnie Field

Signature Theatre Under the Stars

Friday, June 10, 8pm

Signature Theatre Under the Stars

Veronneau & Friends present Blue Tapestry

Sat, July 30, 8pm

Veronneau Blue Tapestry at Lubber Run

Aaron Myers

Sat, June 11, 8pm

Aaron Myers

Lubber Run Summer Concert Series

Since the construction of the first permanent stage in 1969, generations of Arlingtonians have enjoyed free summer cultural events at the sylvan venue nestled two blocks off Route 50, ranging from Arlington Children’s Theater to bands like Raul Midón, Eddie from Ohio and superstar Ritchie Havens.

The Lubber Run Summer Concert series features free performances from a variety of genres including big band, blues, soul and orchestral music as well as cabaret to the Lubber Run Amphitheater. Working in partnership with the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation which funds four family-friendly shows at the end of the season, we bring the very best of DC metro area arts to the heart of Arlington.

The series will run Friday, June 10 through August 14, 2022, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 11am.

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2022 Lubber Run Summer Concert Schedule

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 11am*

*Please note exceptions to the general schedule as indicated by an asterisk.
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Signature Theatre -  Fri, June 10, 8pm

Signature Theatre Under the Stars Musician extraordinaire Mark G. Meadows and his band The Movement team up with the amazing Solomon Parker for a dynamite concert full of your favorite sizzling tunes. Featuring iconic songs such as “Superstition,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and  “Moon River,” along with some of Mark’s original music, this upbeat evening kicks off summertime in Signature style. More

 

 

Aaron Myers - Sat, June 11, 8pm

Aaron Myers Entertainer. Artist. Veteran. Entrepreneur. Believer. These are just a few of the titles claimed by DC-based jazz artist Aaron Myers, whose life story is anything but typical. Originally from Goodlow, Texas, Myers found his passion for performing at an early age while playing music in the church, eventually choosing the piano as his instrument of choice. His soulful baritone voice, second-to-none stage presence and captivating personality make him one of the most exciting up-and-coming acts in jazz! More

 

Dan & Claudia Zanes - Sun, June 12, 11am

Dan + Claudia Zanes

Presented in partnership with Arlington Public Library

Grammy award winning children’s performer Dan Zanes and Haitian-American music therapist / jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes have been making music with each other since the day they met in the fall of 2016. The two decided while sitting at Dan’s kitchen table that afternoon that they would continue singing together and, in the spirit of progress and inclusion, would work with presenters to try and make all of their concerts sensory friendly. More

Stacy Brooks - Fri, June 17, 8pm

Stacy Brooks Once Stacy Brooks took a deep dive into the Blues, she was quickly dubbed DC Queen of the Blues by her peers and fans in the DC area. However, she doesn't just perform in DC, she is known internationally. Winner of the DC Blues Battle of the Bands, The Stacy Brooks Band has competed in a number of competitions, including the 30th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2014) and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2012). She has been nominated for many other awards numerous times, including for Best Female Blues Vocalist with the Washington Area Music Association for several years. More

Bumper Jacksons - Sat, June 18, 8pm

The Bumper Jacksons Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style.  The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley.  They hopped on bicycles, touring the country, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music.  In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a fiery five-piece, with horns and pedal steel.  They now tour internationally, and have been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year," "Best Country/Americana Band" & "Best Folk Band" at the Washington Area Music Awards.  Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps. More

No performance - Sun, June 19*

Closed in honor of celebrating Juneteenth.

David Chappell and Friends - The Anacostia Delta Sound - Fri, June 24, 8pm

Dave Chappell Guitarist Dave Chappell, one of the most sought after and respected musicians in the area, was one of the stars of the recent PBS screened movie Anacostia Delta, which spotlighted the great guitarists of DC, inspired by Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan. Dave will be performing the rock, blues, country, jazz inspired music which creates the unique sound of the DC area, the Anacostia Delta sound. David’s "friends" at Lubber Run include long-time Danny Gatton bassist Jon Previti, and fellow guitarist Anthony Pirog, Tommy Lepson (keys/vocals), Bruce Swaim (sax), John Thomakos (drums). David has performed with many of the greats including Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, and members of the Allman Brothers Band. The event will be introduced by Anacostia Delta co-producer Ken Avis. More

The 19th Street Band - Sat, June 25, 8pm

The 19th Street Band Characterized by high energy and strong vocal harmonies, The 19th Street Band bridges the musical traditions of country and roots from Ireland to the Appalachia with their eclectic gypsy-rock spirit leaping from the stage and engaging every crowd. The charismatic vibe that Caolaidhe Davis (guitar player/vocalist) blends with fiddle/mandolin player/vocalist/partner-in-crime, Meghan Davis, creates a joy-filled chemistry that no crowd can resist. Add to the mix the highly talented rhythm section, Greg Hardin (bass) & Patty Dougherty (drums), and this band will have every crowd addicted. The band’s newest album, Diamond in the Rough, was chosen as ‘Album of the Month’ on West Norfolk Radio, selected as a finalist for the DC Wammie Awards and has received air play on numerous radio stations throughout the UK. It includes three songs that were co-written by the late, great Philip Donnelly and John Prine. Donnelly invited the band to record these songs with him in Tipperary, Ireland. The band is honored to be showcased at this year’s DelFest. More

Tale Wise: Pirates Lost at Sea! - Sun, June 26, 11am

TaleWise: Pirates Lost at Sea! Presented in partnership with Arlington Public Library

Ahoy there, matey! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to repair their ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Throughout the story, we’ll explore the incredible science behind clouds, physical and chemical changes, air pressure, and more! Volunteers from the audience will help us conduct several hands-on science experiments that ‘ARRR’ sure to amaze you! Don’t miss your chance to experience this interactive nautical tale — with a refreshing splash of science! About Talewise: Fun, interactive learning experiences through the art of storytelling. More

Arlington Philharmonic - Sun, June 26, 4pm*

Arlington Philharmonic The Arlington Philharmonic is a professional symphony orchestra in Arlington, Virginia led by A. Scott Wood, Conductor and Music Director. The Philharmonic’s mission is to make classical music accessible to every Arlington citizen, to promote the value of classical music in our civic life, and to build strong, creative partnerships with schools, local government, businesses, and other organizations. Each season, the Philharmonic presents a series of free public concerts. More

Griefcat - Fri, July 1, 8pm

GriefCat Described as "Local Favorites" by Washington City Paper, Griefcat is comprised of veteran singer-songwriters Louisa Hall and Annie Nardolilli. Annie and Louisa met behind the scenes at a variety show in 2015, and felt an immediate kinship after Annie sang about a Hot Park Ranger, and Louisa about her Barista Boyfriend. They reunited to play the 9:30 club in 2018 and vowed to form a band: Griefcat. They scheduled their first rehearsal in 2019, wrote a song about vaccines and eggrolls, and the rest is (recent) history.
Griefcat's songs range from hilarious to sincere with a unique sound akin to Flight of the Conchords, mixed with a little Dolly Parton and an indie flair. Griefcat entertains with music about the trials, joys, and tribulations of modern life. As one concert goer said, seeing Griefcat was "the most fun I've had since Lizzo". More

Elikeh - Sat, July 2, 8pm

Elikeh Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating and danceable Afropop tunes. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys. The group’s leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo and developed his singing and songwriting ability performing with several local bands. He also acted as musical director of the University Orchestra in Togo. Elikeh has release three albums and an EP so far. They have recorded songs featuring contributions from the Malian guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure, and John Kadlecik, lead guitarist of Melvin Seals and JGB. More

Mr. Gabe & Holly - Sun, July 3, 11am

Mr. Gabe & Holly Mr. Gabe & Holly have been delighting young audiences in the DC area for years with an interactive style of musical entertainment that inspires kids to move their bodies and use their brains. They perform nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites (such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba”), as well as originals from Mr. Gabe’s two Parents’ Choice award-winning CDs. “Listening to Mr. Gabe sing is like hearing an old friend telling stories on the front porch swing.” — Ashley Jo Farmer, Parents’ Choice Foundation More

The Fuss - Fri, July 8, 8pm

The Fuss The Fuss is a dynamic ska and rocksteady band from Washington, D.C. Their sound pays tribute to the music of 1960’s Jamaica and the British Mod scene, while putting modern slant on the timeless styles. The group showcases 3-part female harmonies and a 3-piece horn section. The Fuss's lively vibe gets a crowd going, yet is smooth and steady for a great groove. Since the band formed in 2014, they’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with The Skatalites, The Toasters, The Pietasters, Eastern Standard Time, The Interrupters, Save Ferris, The Steady 45’s, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, The Scofflaws, and many more. More

Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band - Sat, July 9, 8pm

CANCELLED (due to Inclement Weather)

Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band Joe Keyes will be the first to tell you that he is a late bloomer. A lifelong musician who got his start DJing in middle school, it wasn’t until 2009, as he was approaching his 50s, that Keyes found his band, and his true sound. The Freehold, NJ, native formed Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band around an ensemble of young musicians equally adept at playing the funk, R&B, soul, rock and jazz flavors Keyes throws at them.
Equal parts front man, poet, and conductor, Keyes draws on the influences of Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra, and early Parliament-Funkadelic when bands were led by strong, almost otherworldly leaders. As the nine-piece band grooves through the musical spectrum, Keyes cues the horns and the solos and directs the dynamics from epic crescendos to soft melodies. Add to the mix his deep, commanding vocals, which are punctuated by tales of love, family, and addiction from Keyes’ six decades on earth. More

Cody Clark Magic: Railroad Submarine! - Sun, July 10, 11am

Cody Clark Magic - Railroad Submarine Presented in partnership with Arlington Public Library

Trains…..and the ocean? Not a combo that makes sense, right? Well in Conductor Cody’s Railroad Submarine, anything can happen with a bit of magic! Your youngest patrons and their families will lay down tracks under the sea as we explore all the possibilities that lie within the ocean. We’ll make friends with the ocean life, ride the currents which keep our train swimming along, and learn why it’s important to keep the ocean clean so we can enjoy trips like this for years to come!About Cody Clark Magic: Cody has been performing magic for 16 years and this brand celebrates the skills he’s gained in sleight-of-hand, crafting scripts audiences of all kinds enjoy, and in creating customized shows which reinforce what YOU feel is most important. He gets to cut loose with the magic in these shows and he enjoys himself so much your audience can’t help but enjoy themselves too! This show features Cody’s acclaimed disabilities advocacy services which, since 2014, have magically changed people’s perspectives on living with disabilities. More

Desanguashington - Fri, July 15, 8pm

DeSanguashington DeSanguashington is a Colombian American band from Washington, D.C, that fuses traditional Colombian folk music with anglo genres. DeSanguashington has emerged as one of the premier world music bands in the Washington, D.C. area, recognized and beloved by the Latino community and those who enjoy international music. More

 

King Soul - Sat, July 16, 8pm

king-soul.jpg Born of a mutual passion for the deep, down home sounds of an earlier time, eight-piece band King Soul is bringing the excitement of real Southern Soul to a new audience. Featuring original songs, powerful vocals, soaring horn work and driving rhythms, King Soul has become a top draw at area clubs and events. The all-star band includes members of the Slickee Boys, the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, the Recliners, the Grandsons, the Hula Monsters the Thangs and the J Street Jumpers. King Soul’s membership holds more than 30 Washington Area Music Association Wammies and Austin Music Awards to its credit. King Soul’s new self-titled album on Austin’s Freedom label was recorded live in the studio and features nine new original tunes that sound like lost Muscle Shoals sessions. “We are proud to play the music the way it is meant to be played – with energy and conviction,” says lead vocalist Tom Clifford. “We believe that our original songs and stage show uphold and add to this great tradition.” Adds guitarist/vocalist Jake Flack “King Soul reflects the love each of us holds for playing music. We like to say that King Soul is the sound in your mind. King Soul is Washington music.” More

Happenstance Theater: Pinot & Augustine - Sun, July 17, 11am

Pinot + Augustine, Photo by Leslie Swan “If you’d like or need to be reminded of the pure and simple joy of life, PINOT  & AUGUSTINE will do the trick. Their show is pure entertainment, clean and fresh fun...The Most Adorable Show in the World!”  - DC Metro Theatre Arts 

A sure-fire 45-minute, bilingual, crowd-pleaser, PINOT & AUGUSTINE is a classic, family-friendly clown duo inspired by the golden age of Circus. Pinot is the authoritarian clown in fancy clothes and white cone hat. Augustine is the appealing red-nosed bumbler who punctures his pomposity. Their show bubbles over with physical comedy, virtuosity and musical surprises from the sublime to the ridiculous: from lyrical melodies on a musical saw to pratfalls and a whoopee cushion. More

Wicked Sycamore - Fri, July 22, 8pm

Wicked Sycamore Wicked Sycamore is an all-female trio hailing from the Baltimore/DC area, consisting of Juliette Bell on guitar, Lainie Gray on mandolin, and Madeline Waters on cello. Their sound can be described as contemporary folk with a mischievous edge that is grounded in traditional roots music but branches out into Americana and bluegrass. They write original music ranging from fun and light-hearted sing-alongs to deep, introspective tunes for the ages. No matter the genre, their music relies heavily on intricate vocal harmonies, thoughtful arrangement, and instrumental prowess. By growing their presence as a collaborative force, they hope to increase female representation as both musicians and songwriters throughout the modern music landscape. More

Soul Crackers - Sat, July 23, 8pm

Soul Crackers Take some of the greatest party music ever made, make sure it’s sung & played by a band that has made a career out of belting out those sweet soul sounds - and you've got yourself a REAL good time — meet the SOUL CRACKERS!
Their music encompasses Memphis & Motown soul, and features timeless songs by artists like Otis Redding, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas & Stevie Wonder among many others. This is the music that brings all ages and personalities together to a dance party. The SOUL CRACKERS grew up with this music and honor it with the legitimacy of a crackerjack soul horn band from the 60's. More

No performance - Sun, July 24

Rainbow Rock Band has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 13 at 11am.

Carly Harvey - Fri, July 29, 8pm

Carly Harvey Based out of Washington, DC, Carly Harvey combines Blues, Jazz, Soul and Americana roots styles to create a unique and authentic sound. She is currently dubbed DC’s Queen of the blues and is the 2021 Wammie winner for Best Blues Artist. More

 

 

 

 

Veronneau presents Blue Tapestry - Sat, July 30, 8pm

Veronneau Blue Tapestry at Lubber Run Award-winning Quebecoise vocalist Lynn Veronneau and guitarist Ken Avis are joined by acclaimed jazz musicians Karine Chapdelaine (bass), and Amy K. Bormet (piano) to interpret the music of Joni Mitchell's Blue and Carole King's Tapestry. Recorded simultaneously, in the same studio in 1971, the milestone albums changed American music forever; marking the end of the 1960's while putting women vocalist-composers center-stage. They reached across generations; appealing to a new audience, mothers and daughters alike...and the rest of us followed. Enjoy the soulful, jazz flavored sounds at Lubber Run Amphitheater, performed by "one of the best voices in the business."  (Canadian Audiophile) More

Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll! - Sun, July 31, 11am

Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll Encore Stage & Studio, Arlington's award-winning children's theatre company, presents A Sidewalk Stroll! Featuring professional artists, join us on our journey as we bring park adventures to life, all while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises.  Recommended for all ages, especially the young at heart. More

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Avant Bard Theatre, The Arlington Players and Encore Stage & Studio present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Fri, August 5 and Sat, August 6, 8pm, and Sun, August 7 at 6pm*

Join Avant Bard Theatre, The Arlington Players and Encore Stage & Studio for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber). This fantastically fun and energetic musical will transport you to ancient times where dreamers and destiny collide. Featuring talented local performers, including a children's chorus, it's a theatrical experience for the entire family not to be missed! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group. More

The 257th Army Band, The Band of the Nation's Capital - Thurs, August 11, 8pm*

The 257th Army Band The 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation’s Capital,” is the official musical ambassador for the D.C. Army National Guard. The band boasts a proud lineage going back to the organizational lineage and association with the legendary Corcoran Cadets, the D.C. militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Noteworthy performances include musical support for the Inauguration of President Obama, performances in Greece, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Panama, consecutive appearances at the Great American Brass Band Festival and concert tours throughout New England, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic. Although centrally located among the finest military bands in the world, The 257th Army Band is officially recognized as “The Band of the Nation’s Capital”. More

National Chamber Ensemble - Fri, August 12, 8pm

National Chamber Ensemble

National Chamber Ensemble's internationally-acclaimed musicians and visiting guest artists provide outstanding performances of chamber music in an intimate setting. The Ensemble brings together composers, musicians, performers, and audiences to create an environment that is fun, welcoming, and engaging, and offers the connoisseur, as well as the first-time concertgoer, an exciting musical experience. More

Rainbow Rock Band - Sat, August 13, 11am

Rainbow Rock BandAre you ready to rock the rainbow?? Join the Rainbow Rock Band as they entertain your little dudes with tunes, laughs and more!  Winners of a Parents' Choice Fun Stuff Award for their debut CD, "Meet the Rainbow," in addition to a Family Choice Award, a Mom's Choice Award and a National Parent Product Award (NAPPA) winner for their newest release "Total Eclipse of the Rainbow," an absolute mix of musical genres from folk, pop rock to rockabilly, all the while being EDUCATIONAL and FUN!!  Your child will learn about shapes, colors, movement, nature and more!  The Rainbow Rock Band encourages all rainbow rockers to participate in the show either on the mic or at their seat, any which way you play it, your little one is sure to have fun! Suggested Age infant to 7 yrs. Old More

Karen Jonas - Sat, August 13, 8pm

Karen Jonas Karen Jonas has released five full-length records and is a three-time Wammie (Washington Area Music) Award winner for Best Country and Americana Artist, Mid Atlantic Song Contest winner, Ameripolitan Award nominee, and official SXSW and UK Americanafest Showcasing Artist. For this performance, she and her band will perform a compelling mix of her original Americana and classic country favorites. As Parklife Mag DC put it, “the voice of country music in the DMV is a big, bright voice that belongs to Virginia native Karen Jonas.” More

 

Blue Sky Puppets: The Three Not So Little Pigs - Sun, August 14, 11am

Blue Sky Puppets Presented in partnership with Arlington Public Library

“The Three Not So Little Pigs” features rod puppets behind a six-foot tall curtain.  It is an updated, modern, and comic version of the classic children’s story, “The Three Pigs”.  It features a vegetarian wolf, remote control cars, electric guitars, and three pigs that need to work together and learn to cooperate. About Blue Sky Puppets: Since 1974, one of the finest touring children's theatres on the East Coast and dedicated to excellence in theatre, art, education and fun. More

Policies

Admission to Lubber Run Amphitheater remains FREE.

Lubber Run Amphitheater events are suitable for the entire family, unless noted. While ‘sensible cancelations’ in extreme weather should be anticipated (driving-rain, lightning, tropical storm warnings, etc.), in the case of drizzle or intermittent rain, the decision to cancel is made at the last possible moment. The information will be posted on our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Due to the packed performance schedules of area bands, canceled performances cannot be rescheduled. Bring a picnic, but alcohol is prohibited in all Arlington public parks! Smoking is discouraged. 

Getting There

Address:
North Columbus Street & 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Rt. 50)
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Google Maps

By Metro Bus  – Take Bus # 4B or 4E to Park Dr. and N 2nd St

Bookings

The Lubber Run Summer Concert Series programming begins in mid-January. We recommend that performers interested in being considered for the upcoming Lubber Run season email links to sample recordings/videos starting January 1. Please understand that we endeavor to create a diverse and fresh range of offerings each season, and submission of your materials for consideration does not guarantee a booking. Please email them to: Josh Stoltzfus, Cultural Development Director at jstoltzfus@arlingtonva.us

                                    

 


The Lubber Run Summer Concert Series is produced by Arlington Arts, the presenting arm of Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, in collaboration with the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, and with the cooperation of the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation.