Each summer, a wide variety of free concerts are held in Arlington, Virginia. The Lubber Run Amphitheater performance series is presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the Arlington Forrest neighborhood’s Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation. Events are suitable for the whole family. No reservations or tickets are required. Attendees are encouraged to consider making a donation to the Lubber Run "Wishing Well." In the event of rain, call (703) 228-1850 for cancellation information.
Dates: June 17-September 18, 2018
North Columbus Street & 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Rt. 50)
2016 Concert Schedule
Friday, July 22, 8:00 p.m. ANTHONY PIROG & DAVE CHAPPELL. Virtuoso guitarists Anthony Pirog and Dave Chappell are recognized as two of the most dynamic and innovative guitarists performing in the metro area.
Saturday, July 23, 8:00 p.m. ORLANDO JULIUS. Veteran Nigerian saxophonist and pioneer of the Afro soul and Afrobeat genres, Orlando Julius makes his Lubber Run Amphitheater debut as part of his first set of US dates in over a decade.
Sunday, July 24, 6:00 p.m. Levine Music – Interactive Family Concert. Through First Music, Levine combines the best of early childhood music education practices with fun, dynamic, and creative programs to deliver the DC region’s most engaging musical learning experiences for children ages 4 months through 8 years and their families.
Friday, July 29, 8:00 p.m. DC HIGHLIFE STARS. DC Highlife Stars is a rocking new collaboration between local bandleaders Eme Awa (Eme & Heteru) and Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band), featuring some of the best African musicians in the DC area. This is not an art project. This is for getting down!
This is beer hall Africa, highlife and rumba, bikutsi, a little zouglou, some West African reggae and funky points in between.
Saturday, July 30, 8:00 p.m. CAZ. Caz is a Washington, D.C.-based singer/songwriter and solo artist, who performs with her own backing band a signature mix of rock, soul and reggae.
Sunday, July 31, 6:00 p.m. THE GRANDSONS, Now in their 29th year, this legendary band recently won two 2015 WAMMIE awards: "Best Roots Rock Band" and for the Grandsons Jr (their moniker for the kids-oriented music) "Best Childrens Artist".
Friday, August 5, 8:00 p.m. AMADOU KOUYATE. While born in Washington, DC, Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate lineage and has studied and performed Manding music since the age of three years old. A dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer, he also plays the 21-string kora, which he learned first with his legendary father, Djimo Kouyate and other master Diali --oral historians/musicians-- of Manding tradition in West Africa.
Saturday, August 6, 8:00 p.m. U.S. ARMY BLUES. The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army.
Sunday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. MARGOT MACDONALD.
Featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Voice of America and TEDx; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. A guitarist and pianist, Margot’s instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created and looped live on the spot through the use of a loop pedal.
Friday, August 12, 8:00 p.m. MARY ALOUETTE ("The Lark"). A stunning Canadian-born song siren – award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mary Alouette's voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz singer.
Saturday, August 13, 8:00 p.m. MBONGWANA STAR. Creating quite a stir with their debut CD on World Circuit last season, Mbongwana Star, the 7-piece band from the Democratic Republic of Congo makes their Lubber Run Amphitheater debut with this performance.
Sunday, August 14, 6:00 p.m. RICO AMERO. Incorporating songs from many genres, he will be accompanied by some of the Washington area's best musicians, who will ensure that your journey will be a smooth and enjoyable one.