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In a change this year, IMT and CCE will present TWO concerts for MAD Week 2016: the customary Wednesday evening Faculty Concert and a new Kickoff Concert on Sunday evening. July 17 & 20.
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Other Area Events
Here are a few of the other concerts and music festivals coming up in the area.
For more local shows, plus workshops, camps, classes, dances, jams & sessions, visit IMT's Other Events page.
DCBU Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp At Common Ground on the Hill
Sun. Jun. 26 - Fri. Jul. 1
The D.C. Bluegrass Union joins with Common Ground on the Hill to present a week of instrumental, band and vocal classes taught by some of Washington’s best performers and teachers—plus some very special additions. Instructors include Frank Solivan, Mike Munford, Dede Wyland, Robin Bullock, Randy Barrett, Ken Kolodner, Brad Kolodner, Jeanean Martin, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald & Jo Morrison. See event website for prices. McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Bill Staines, plus Lynn Hollyfield
Sun. Jun. 26, 7:00 pm
For more than 40 years, Bill Staines has traveled across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. Bill’s music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land. Blend a powerful, passionate singer, a crisp, acoustic guitar player and a warm heart and you will have, singer-songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield. Hollyfield's roots hail from Staten Island, NY when she picked up the guitar at age 10 and ran with musical influences she experienced from home. From great jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to the Beatles, Cream and CSNY, Hollyfield launched into her own songwriting infusing these influences to create a diverse repertoire of contemporary folk, pop, blues and jazz. Tickets: $15 advance. $18 door. George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
The Seldom Scene
Sun. Jun. 26, 7:30 pm
The Seldom Scene started performing gigs in 1971, after playing together at informal jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s basement. The band quickly became local favorites, then developed a national following for bringing the drive of bluegrass to music from outside the genre, including folk and rock and roll. Free admission. Nottaway Park, 9610 Courthouse Rd, Vienna, VA 22181. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Wed. Jun. 29 - Sun. Jul. 10
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is held on the National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets, from June 29 to July 4 and July 7 to 10. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with special events taking place most evenings beginning at 7 p.m.
The Festival presents many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, living traditions—both old and new. The goal of the Festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions. Tradition-bearers and the public can connect with and learn from one another and, in a respectful way, begin to understand cultural differences and similarities. This year's festival features the culture of the Basque.
The Woodshedders explore diverse samplings of American country, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, and gypsy jazz, resulting in an original and dynamic new sound they call "Indie Roots Americana." The group has charmed audiences at many festivals and venues, and are quickly becoming known as one of Virginia's premier roots bands. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. Gypsy Sally's, 3401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Red Wing Roots Music Festival
Sat. Jul. 9 - Sun. Jul. 10
The Red Wing Roots Music Festival, hosted by the Steel Wheels, takes place at Natural Chimneys Regional Park. Performers include the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, The Steel Wheels, Dom Flemons Trio, Nora Jane Struthers, Aoife O'Donovan, Chris Smither, Anna & Elizabeth, The Woodshedders, Bumper Jacksons, Tony Furtado, Mountain Heart, &The Hot Seats. 3-day Adult tickets start at $129. Camping fees extra. Natural Chimneys Regional Park, 94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt. Solon, VA 22843. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Wed. Jul. 13, 7:30 pm
Exciting and innovative, The Alexandria Kleztet has been combining traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with diverse influences for more than a decade. New arrangements of traditional melodies and original songs by members of the band draw upon jazz, classical, world beat, rock and other musical genres to create a unique and entertaining sound. Free admission. Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
CCE MAD Week
Sun. Jul. 17 - Fri. Jul. 22
Designed for kids age seven through adult, CCE Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) Week features full-day or half-day registrations. The twice daily ninety-minute classes are organized by level of experience and taught traditionally--“by ear.” The extended two-hour lunch period provides time for electives, including bodhran (Irish drum), Celtic Arts & Crafts, Pennywhistle, Sessions, Song Circle, Sean-Nós (Old-Style) Step Dancing & Set Dancing, Ceili Band, daily faculty concerts and more. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Wed. Jul. 27 - Sun. Jul. 31
The 5-day Floyd Fest has 10 stages with a broad offering of music and workshops. Performers include Railroad Earth, Love Cannon, Otis Taylor, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Larry Keel, Gregg Allman & Bruce Hornsby. On-site camping available. See event website for prices. Floyd Fest, 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road, Floyd, VA 24091. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Ruthie & the Wranglers play rockin' American Roots music--also known as FUN!. From original Americana Country to rousing Surf instrumentals, their clever lyrics, high energy and spritely hillbilly harmonies set them apart from the rest. Free admission. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Maura O'Connell and Karan Casey will be at the Birchmere for an evening of Irish song. Tickets: $35 advance. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Robin & Linda Williams
Thu. Aug. 4, 7:30 pm
Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, "a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism." Free admission. Nottaway Park, 9610 Courthouse Rd, Vienna, VA 22181. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Fri. Aug. 12, 7:30 pm
Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community. Free admission. Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
The Ballyshaners Irish Festival In Old Town Alexandria
Sat. Aug. 13, 11:00 am - 7:30 pm.
The Festival, on the waterfront in Old Town, will have vendors selling great merchandise, talented musicians and dancers, and tasty food and drink. All funds raised by the Ballyshaners drink sales goes directly toward funding the Parade in March.. Free admission. Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22320. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Claire Lynch Band
Sat. Aug. 13, 7:00 pm
Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997. Free admission. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Sun. Aug. 14, 7:30 pm
Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. Free admission. Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Sat. Aug. 20 - Sun. Aug. 21
Re-discover The Lucketts Fair, a family friendly event which honors Lucketts’ agrarian roots. Enjoy Bluegrass music all weekend under the gazebo, thrill at the border collies herding sheep, take a load off and enjoy a hayride, let the little ones loose in the hay maze, squish grapes and sample the juice, dominate the mechanical bull, dance with the cloggers, visit with authors in the Reader’s Garden, shop at the juried crafters and artisans, explore for antiques, refuel on great fair food, squeeze some apple cider and so much more! $5, kids under 6 free. Phone: 703-771-5281. Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, VA 20176. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
The Stray Birds
Wed. Aug. 24, 7:30 pm
WXPN The Key says The Stray Birds—Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator, fiddle), and Charles Muench (vocals, bass)— “playing is gorgeous, the harmonies exquisite.” Tickets: $18. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA 22180. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Thu. Aug. 25, 7:30 pm
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. Formed in 1996, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions. Free admission. Nottaway Park, 9610 Courthouse Rd, Vienna, VA 22181. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Fri. Sep. 2 - Sun. Sep. 4
The 45th annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival includes performances by Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs, the Seldom Scene, Claire Lynch, Audie blaylock, Uncle Earl, Danny Paisley. See the event website for the full schedule. See website for ticket prices. Salem County Fairgrounds, 725 Route 40, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
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