Lubber Run 2020 LIVE on WERA 96.7 FM

Live Bands Via Radio!

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington Arts forged ahead with Lubber Run Live on WERA 96.7 FM – LIVE performances and discussions that were broadcast weekly with host Ken Avis (The Antidote), Saturdays at 5:00pm, July 11 through August 8, 2020 (live streaming on

Create your own Live Listening Experience when you fire up the car radio or pull the speakers onto the porch! Listeners are encouraged to recreate their own Lubber Run picnic experience and order take-out and beverages from local restaurants.The lineup is brimming with a mixture of toe-tapping Amphitheater favorites, and a splash of new talent, including: The Jogo Project (July 11); Nkula (July 18); Caz Gardiner (July 25); Justin Jones (Aug 01); and Lauren Calve (Aug 08).

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. While the pandemic makes such a gathering unwise this season, these concerts will let you bring a little Amphitheater atmosphere right into your home and yard!

The JoGo Project band photoThe JoGo Project - Sat, July 11, 2020 @ 5PM
The JoGo Project is a fusion ensemble with Jazz and Go-Go at the core. Founded in 2014 by DC native Elijah Jamal Balbed, the band is dedicated to keeping Go-Go music alive while also exploring new sounds. Elijah performed with the late Chuck Brown (The Godfather of Go-Go) for the last year of Mr. Brown’s life.

NkulaNkula - Sat, July 18, 2020 @ 5PM
Nkula’s unique blend of foundational reggae with infusions of African influence (e.g. zouk and soukous) ratchets up the energy, keeps the crowd moving, and exposes audiences to musical styles that broaden horizons. Nkula is led by “Ras Abel” Mekonnen who hails from Ethiopia.

Caz Gardiner singingCaz Gardiner - Sat, July 25, 2020 @ 5PM
Caz Gardiner, 2019 Wammie (Washington DC Area Music Association) nominee for best Soul Artist/Group, grew up listening to jazz, Caribbean music, soul, blues, rock, mod and punk. Caz is a high energy performer who writes songs of overcoming struggles and celebrating life with a Soul Rock and Reggae sound that is as diverse and driving as she is.


Justin Jones portraitJustin Jones - Sat, Aug 01 @ 5PM
The music of Washington, D.C. based singer-songwriter Justin Jones has been described by The Washington Post as “electrified country and roots-rock that leaves plenty of space for Jones to hold court…like Dave Grohl when at full throttle and Townes Van Zandt when at ease.” The Virginia native has toured North America and headlined popular venues such as The Hamilton and the 9:30 Club.


Lauren CalveLauren Calve - Sat, Aug 8 @ 5PM
Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player Lauren Calve has brought vital new energy to the Americana scene. On her latest EP, Wildfire, Calve delves into complex issues ranging from the increased polarization and divisiveness prevalent in the US and around the world, corporate greed and their role in both the climate crisis and gun violence, women’s’ stories that are dominating public consciousness, and even the precarity of online dating.


**Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lubber Run Amphitheater is closed, and the venue is not available for private rental. Although the live performances are currently suspended, usually 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

Lubber Run LIVE on WERA was presented by Arlington Arts, and broadcast by radio partner WERA 96.7 FM.

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.