Summer Concerts

Whalen Commons Summer 2019 Concert Series

Our bandshell will be rocking all Summer long at our Friday On The Commons events. Bring your family and friends and come enjoy the concerts at Whalen Commons.
Concerts

Brian Harris - Local Artist
    

  • Friday, June 28th
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm Under the Tent!
Local Singer/Songwriter Brian Harris plays a wide genre of acoustic tunes with a great energy & vibe!


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The 19th Street Band 

  • Friday, June 28th
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Caolaidhe came to America from Holywood, Northern Ireland in 2005 to pursue a career in music. While establishing an earlier band, he found himself in need of a fiddle player. As fate would have it, Meghan (a classical violinist) was working at an Irish pub in DC as a server while teaching music at a nearby public school. Through Caolaidhe’s acquaintances, he was lucky enough to meet Meghan and quickly auditioned her for the band. What Caolaidhe didn’t know was that he was auditioning his future wife. Fast-forward a few months down the road, and Meghan and Caolaidhe found themselves living on ’19th Street’ in Arlington, VA, writing songs and creating the sound that would become the backbone of The 19th Street Band.

With a chemistry and stage presence similar to Johnny & June, they tend to captivate audiences just by being themselves. Having fun and keeping it real. Making sweet, simple rock and roll. The two combine their instrumental talents with strong harmonies and high energy, bringing genuine joy to the show and instantly connecting to every audience.

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Mark Puryear - Jay Summerour - Eric Selby

  • Friday, July 26th
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Mark Puryear has had a musical career spanning over thirty years. Over the decades, he has performed at Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, and the D.C. Blues Society Festivals, He has recorded with the acoustic blues trio BluesWorks and Jay Summerour. Mark had the pleasure of working with blues artists such as Warner Williams and Daryl Davis.  

Jay Summerour has been involved with music for well over 40 years. Beginning his musical education on the trumpet at age 7, Summerour learned the harmonica from his grandfather, Smack Martin - an accomplished blues harmonica player. Largely self taught. Summerour picked up bits and pieces from “folks he ran into”—folks like Sonny Terry, James Cotton and Magic Dick. During the late 1960s and early 1970s Summerour took the traditional harmonica into the popular arena, joining the Starland Vocal Band and playing with Nils Lofgren and his band Grin. Four of the Starland Vocal Band’s records went gold during Summerour’s tenure. 

Eric Selby is a much sought after drummer/percussinist for many genres of music with concentration on the blues. Eric has performed live and recorded with many talented artists, including: Billy Thompson (Little Milton, Albert King, Art Neville), Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie,!The Allman Brothers, Sonny Rollins,Tedeschi/Trucks), Daryl Johnson (The Neville Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, U2, Bob Dylan), James East (Elton John, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton), Guy Davis,

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Gina's Soul Party & The Souled Out Horns
 

 
  • Friday, July 26th
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Genuine old school R&B and soul with modern influences for all generations. Check them out on Facebook




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Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge Band

  • Friday, August 2nd 
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm

One of the area's leading Bluegrass bands. From traditional favorites, classic gospel, to Ernie Bradley originals, something that this band plays is sure to make you smile. Ernie is no stranger to Bluegrass, he has been playing for over 40 years. His band Grassy Ridge has been around for decades. The band has changed pickers over the years , but the quality of the music only gets better. Whatever your expectations are when you attend one of our shows, Ernie Bradley and The Grassy Ridge Band promises to bring to you the best Bluegrass music we have to offer.  

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Colebrook Road

  • Friday, August 2nd 
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm

One of the area's leading Bluegrass bands. From traditional favorites, classic gospel, to Ernie Bradley originals, something that this band plays is sure to make you smile. Ernie is no stranger to Bluegrass, he has been playing for over 40 years. His band Grassy Ridge has been around for decades. The band has changed pickers over the years , but the quality of the music only gets better. Whatever your expectations are when you attend one of our shows, Ernie Bradley and The Grassy Ridge Band promises to bring to you the best Bluegrass music we have to offer.  

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Justin Trawick

  • Saturday, September 14  
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Somewhere in-between John Prine and Jason Mraz lies Justin Trawick, a Washington, DC based singer-songwriter working hard to etch his name in musical history. Describing his music as 1/2 urban folk and 1/2 rock, Justin has a sound ranging from folk to bluegrass, and even acoustic funk-infused hip-hop

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