Reston Concerts on the Town, a weekly free summer concerts series at Reston Center, is back for its 28th year. The event, which includes concerts from June 2 through August 25 on Saturdays from 7:30-10 p.m., features local and national acts.
Parking is free and the event is made possible by a grant from Reston Town Center Association and support from Boston Properties, RTC’s owner.
The 2018 lineup is available online.
A number of new performers include the Blues Beatles, a blues band based in Brazil; Good Shot Judy, a band that performs swing and jazz; the T Sisters, a trio of sisters from California who have formed an acoustic band; and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, the U.S. Navy’s official chorus.
Returning favorites, as described by organizers, include:
- Leonard, Coleman & Blunt—The former lead singers of The Temptations, The Platters & The Drifters and their big band will take you on a musical journey of your favorite Motown and doo-wop hits. They’ll kick off the series on June 2.
- Scythian – These raucous roots-rockers blend Celtic and klezmer for a high-energy, dynamic show. Come see these world-class fiddlers rock Reston on July 14.
- Local jazz favorite Chuck Redd returns on June 23 with very special guests: jazz harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Muerkens, renowned trumpeter/vocalist Byron Stripling (played Satchmo on national tour) and bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott
- Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band—This Louisiana-based Grammy-winning zydeco band will shake things up on August 4.
- Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.–This 2011 winner of America’s Got Talent, went from car washer to jazz superstar. Back by popular demand, Landau and his big band close out the series on August 25.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and picnics to the concerts. The event takes place in RTC’s pavilion (11900 Market Street).
Photos via Reston Concerts on the Town
Friday Night Live! (FNL!), Herndon’s free outdoor concert series, returns on Fridays now through August 24. Held on the town green next to the Herndon Municipal Center, the concert series features local bands from across the East Coast.
FNL! is produced by the Herndon Chamber of Commerce and presented by the lead sponsor, Volkswagen Group of America, along with other sponsors like United Bank and Budlight.
Domino’s Pizza and TurCuisine offer food at the event and Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern and Egg Karne provide food on rotating schedules. A featured beer is selected each month.
The schedule for the event, which runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., is below. FNL! will not take place on June 1 due to the Herndon Festival.
- May 11: Gonzo’s Nose (band reunion)
- May 18: LauraLea & Tripp Fabulous
- May 25: Here’s to the Night
- June 8: Love Seed Mama Jump
- June 15: GoodMan Fiske
- June 22: keeton
- June 29: Drop Dead Sexy
- July 6: Shane Gamble Band + Scott Kurt & Memphis 59
- July 13: Kristen and the Noise
- July 20: Herr Metal + Dr. FU
- July 27: JunkFood
- August 3: The Reflex
- August 10: Almost Journey + South Bay
- August 17: Screaming Monkeys
- August 24: Social Call
File photo by Laura B. Poindexter
The trio includes Greg Pattillo on the flute, Eric Stephenson on the cello and Peter Seymour on the double bass.
The group has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between.”
On top of that, The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”
Tickets for the show cost $15 for Reston Association members and costs $20 for non-members.
Photo via RCC
The U.S.S. Herndon took part in World War II’s Normandy invasion 75 years ago. Next year, Herndon High School’s marching band will return to the shores of Normandy to participate in a D-Day anniversary celebration.
The band is preparing to perform in the 75th D-Day Memorial Parade and Musical Salute in June 2019. Roughly 200 students and chaperones plan to attend the event, which offers a salute to veterans.
The U.S.S. Herndon and the Town of Herndon were named after Commander William Lewis Herndon, a Navy officer who served in the Mexican-American War.
The U.S. Navy ship helped escort ships ahead of the invasion in France, took part in anti-submarine duty and screened landings, submarines and aircraft carriers. The ship also provided some fire support.
Fundraising is underway to make the trip possible. A kick-off celebration and benefit concern will be held on May 5 on the Herndon Town Green. The event will feature live performances by The 5:55, guest speakers, food and beer.
The band was recommended by the government and military organizers of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii based on their performance in 2013.
“Getting to represent not just Herndon, not just Virginia, but the entirety of the United States will be a life shaping experience for our students,” said Kathleen Jacoby, the band director at Herndon High School. “Not only are they connecting with current day Americans, but we’re asking them to time travel back to 1945 and put themselves in the shoes of the brave men who were on the beaches of Normandy.”
Here’s more from the band about the tribute:
As they march, the Pride will also be paying a special tribute to the brave men of the USS Herndon, the destroyer that led the Allied naval armada in the assault on France and named for CommanderWilliam Lewis Herndon, after whom the Town of Herndon, VA is also named. The USS Herndon was launched on 2nd February 1942 by the Norfolk Navy Yard, sponsored by Lucy Herndon Crockett, great-grandniece of Comdr. Herndon. The ship was nicknamed the “Lucky Herndon,” because it was never hit by enemy gunfire, despite being targeted by torpedoes, aerial bombardments, and well-fortified German shore batteries. The men of the “Lucky Herndon” were given 10 to 1 odds that they wouldn’t come out of D-Day alive. By contrast, Herndon effectively pounded enemy gun emplacements on Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, ahead of our first troop landings there, and was credited with firing the first naval shots of this campaign. Each member of the Pride will carry a photograph of a Herndon crew member who served during WWII, as they march in Normandy. The marching banner will have a photograph of the ship, and the band will wear baseball caps that say ‘USS Herndon’.
For more information and to donate, visit the band’s website.
Photos via Rini Dutta and William Craig Dubishar
Oscar Paz-Suaznabar, a 12-year-old pianist, will perform on Thursday (April 12) from 2:15-3:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).
Paz-Suaznabar has performed on From the TOP, an NPR radio show that features gifted young musicians.
He also won first place in the Asian American Music Society Competition and the American Protégé Competition at Carnegie Hall. He attends The Langley School and began playing the piano on his sister’s keyboard when he was two years old.
The event is the product of a partnership between Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University and RCC. All ages are welcome to the free event.
Photo via Reston Community Center
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Photo via Flickr user vantagehill
Frying Pan Farm Park will celebrate some of the best bluegrass music in the mid-Atlantic area this season.
At Bluegrass Barn, concerts will take place indoors on selected Sunday evenings at Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center (2739 West Ox Road) from January through March.
Show dates are as follows:
- January 14: Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
- January 28: Mile Twelve (IBMAs Momentum Award winners)
- February 25: Nothin’ Fancy
- March 11: Darrell Webb Band
- March 25: local band By & By
Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchases can be made online or by phone at 703-222-4664 or 703-437-9101.
Bluegrass Barn is made possible through the support of Vienna Hardwoods, John and Sandy Herring, and the Fairfax County Park Authority.
- Three Divas will perform tonight at 7 at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609A Washington Plaza N.). This program is sold out, but names are being taken for a wait list in case tickets become available. Call 703-709-7700 or email [email protected] for details.
- Events at Reston Town Center this weekend include NBA All-Star Weekend watch parties at the American Tap Room (1811 Library St.), the cartoon skate at the ice pavilion and Girl Scout cookie sales in the promenade and Fountain Square.
- CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) will present the New York Festival of Song as they perform The Picnic Cantata/Dinner at Eight on Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Art exhibitions “CUT” at the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) and “Springtime in Winter” at Reston Art Gallery & Studios (11400 Washington Plaza W.) will both close Saturday.
- At the Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609A Washington Plaza N.), “For the Love of Color” remains on display.
- Frying Pan Farm Park will put on a program Saturday from 11 a.m.-noon at Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive). Sunday, from 2-4 p.m., the library will host a talk in its lecture series on World War I.
- New Love Animal Rescue is planning an animal adoption event at Pet Valu (11160 South Lakes Drive) Saturday from noon-2 pm.
- Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will offer live music from The Reluctors tonight, and DJ Kram will perform Saturday night.
- At the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive), a free bird walk for adults will be offered Sunday morning, from 8-11.
- Lifetime Athletic Club (1757 Business Center Drive) is putting on a Daddy-Daughter dance Saturday night from 6-8.
- The Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention is going on this weekend at the Sheraton Reston Hotel (11810 Sunrise Valley Drive). Flute choirs will be playing in the hotel lobby throughout the day.
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If you enjoy the sounds of strings, you may want to be at the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage next Sunday.
String group Taarka is scheduled to perform a live show at 3 p.m. Jan. 22. The band posted on Facebook that it is excited for the opportunity to entertain here.
“We are really looking forward to this matinee concert at the Reston Community Center,” the post reads. “It’s been over a year in the making.”
According to the band’s website:
“Taarka’s live shows strike a balance between well-crafted songs and spirited instrumentals these days, expanding on its beginnings as a purely instrumental string band putting a modern spin on Gypsy and Eastern European folk music. Taarka has drawn from wide-ranging influences over the past 10 years. Sophisticated listeners would be able to distill flavors of Western and Eastern folk traditions, jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, gypsy, Indian, and Celtic music all in a string band setting.”
Tickets for the show are $15 for Reston residents and $20 for non-residents.
(Updated at 3 p.m.) An indie go-go band from Reston has pulled in more than $19,000 from friends and fans after someone stole all their instruments and equipment during a tour stop last week, according to a GoFundMe fundraising website.
The guys from RDGLDGRN woke up to a call from their hotel’s front desk in Medford, Ore., Friday morning. They were told that the back of their trailer was open.
“We rushed outside in disbelief and sure enough, someone used bolt cutters to cut through our lock, and took EVERYTHING !!!!!” the band wrote on the GoFundMe website.
After filing a police report, the band assessed the damages and estimated that more than $17,000 worth of instruments and equipment was gone. The musicians known as Red, Gold and Green, who perform as RDGLDGRN, then started the GoFundMe page to ask friends and fans for help raising money to continue the tour.
“We are in the final stretch of our current tour and start a short run in a few days with no equipment and nothing was insured,” the group wrote. “We just started our own label, released a new single, and have been touring with the Dirty Heads and we really need everyone and anyone’s help with raising money to pay for this equipment.”
With four more shows to play before Thanksgiving, the band already has raised more money than what it told police its gear was worth. But for Red, no amount of money can replace his main guitar — a gift from his deceased godfather.
Formed in 2011, the group has played with other Virginia natives, including Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams.
Photo via GoFundMe
Vocaldente, a German a cappella group, will be performing a free concert Wednesday night at South Lakes High School in Reston.
The concert, presented by the South Lakes High School Parents for Choral Arts, is at 7 p.m. at SLHS’ Little Theatre.
Volcadente will also be conducting workshops with chorus students from Hughes MS, Carson MS and South Lakes HS, as well as IB German students.