Two years after it was closed due to needed repairs and lack of funds, Lubber Run Amphitheater is open and ready for the 2011 summer performances beginning July 29th. These performances include jazz and rock singers, an 11-piece band, a Russian folk ensemble, acoustic bluegrass, talent shows, feature movies and more.  Best of all, most shows are suitable for the entire family!  Bring a picnic and enjoy a night out under the stars.

There are benches for approximately 750 in front of the stage, and behind the benches are grassy areas perfect for picnickers.   No reservations or tickets are required for the performances.  While these events are free and open to the public, they do rely on the generous donations placed in the Lubber Run “Wishing Well” as you enter the Amphitheater.

The amphitheater is located at Lubber Run Park in the Arlington Forrest residential area in N. Arlington.

SCHEDULE:

Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm:  July 29th 1 September 3rd

Friday, July 29: Mary Ann Redmond
Winner of a staggering 14 WAMMIE Awards for best female jazz, rock-pop, roots rock/traditional R & B, the vocalist has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and opened for The Pointer Sisters and The Neville Brothers. http://www.marb.com/

Saturday, July 30: Justin Trawick
Indie-folk rocker Justin Trawick’s music fluently balances between sometimes rowdy, other times consoling, forms of folk, bluegrass and hip hop, bestowing listeners an organic form of poetry. http://www.justintrawick.com/

Friday, August 5: Origem
Performing a variety of Brazilian music styles such as samba, bossa nova, forro, afoxe and maracatu, Origigem’s musical versatility has been showcased everywhere from the Kennedy Center, to the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. http://www.myspace.com/origemband

Saturday, August 6: Teen Talent and Movie Night: FAST AND FURIOUS (2001)
Opening the evening will be a showcase of teen talent competition winners, followed by the feature movie.

Friday, August 12: Margot MacDonald
A textbook case of “classically trained soprano and pianist captivated by Led Zeppelin”, MacDonald started her singing career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 15 she was releasing a second album and packing regional venues. She has appeared at 9:30 Club, Kennedy Center, Wolftrap, Birchmere, and the Bitter End in NYC. http://www.margotmacdonald.com/

Saturday, August 13: Russkie Musikanti
The Russkie Musikanti ensemble of the Washington Balalaika Society focuses on outreach programs, bringing its uniquemusic to venues throughout the community http://www.facebook.com/pages/Russkie-Musikanti/50950946354

Friday, August 19: Texas Chainsaw Horns
Built around the tight, five piece horn section led by trumpeter/arranger Tony Murtha, the 11-piece band draws on a wide variety of influences anywhere from Ray Charles and James Brown to ZZ Top and The Tower of Power. http://www.texaschainsawhorns.com/

Saturday, August 20: Andrew Acosta & the New Old-Time String Band
A night of acoustic Americana — an old-time hootnanny featuring The New Old Time String Band, which is made up of some of the area’s best bluegrass and folk musicians including Arlington’s own John Kaparakis and Speedy Tolliver. http://www.andrewacosta.com/band.html

Friday, August 26: Eric Scott
DC area pop/neo-soul singer Eric Scott has performed throughout Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and the U.S, sharing the stage with James Brown, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Little Feet, The Neville Brothers, Jimmy Buffet and Keb’ Mo’. http://www.ericscottmusic.com/

Saturday, August 27: Cartoon Johnny
Drawing on influences from classic soul to modern alternative, these two-time National Harmony Sweepstakes finalists won the Mid-Atlantic Regional title in 2005, and in New York (2005), they’re oft mistaken for instrumentalists. http://www.cartoonjohnny.com/fr_home.cfm

Friday, September 2: The Grandsons
A fan aptly described The Grandson’s exuberant sound as “American music in a blender with the lid off”, the eclectic band has won a WAMMIE for Artist of the Year, and their latest CD, Live at the Barns roots rock album of the year. http://grandsons.com/index.shtml

Saturday, September 3: Teen Talent and Movie Night: INCEPTION (2010 Oscar nominee)
Opening the evening will be a showcase of teen talent competition winners, followed by the feature movie.

For more information call 703-228-1850 or visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/parks/LubberRunAmphitheaterPrograms.aspx

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