Summer Concert Series


2017 Summer Concert Series


Applause Unlimited

Applause Unlimited presents “Aesop’s Fables,” amusing and instructive stories brought to life by solo puppeteer/storyteller Christopher Hudert.  “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” – their moral lessons as relevant today as when they were written – are each highlighted by a different style of puppetry.  July 9 at 11 a.m.


Blue Sky Puppet Theater

Blue Sky Puppet Theater presents an updated, modern version of the classic children's story where the pigs play with remote control cars and rock & roll guitars and the wolf is a vegetarian!  Three (Not So) Little Pigs, offering a lesson in sibling rivalry that ends in peace, harmony, and cooperation.  August 13 at 11 a.m.

Bob Brown Puppets

Bob Brown Puppets presents Pandemonium, interactive tales featuring performing pandas, a Chinese dragon, acrobats, jugglers, and a Chinese puzzle box.  These puppets have been featured at the White House, Wolf Trap Park, the National Theater, and on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  July 2 at 11 a.m.

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra

For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920s, 30s and 40s alive in the Washington, DC area and internationally.  July 22, 23 and September 30 at 9 p.m.


Eddie from Ohio

Too energetic to be labeled just "folk", and not angry enough to be pegged "alternative", Eddie from Ohio continues to defy description with their unique blend of vocals and acoustic instrumentation. A bedrock foundation of hand and stick percussion and a textural flavoring of guitar/bass/harmonica support the four-part harmonies and lyrically-driven original music.  July 1 and 2 at 9 p.m.


Eilen Jewell

As hard as it is to categorize Jewell's music, terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot. It's even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter's powerful versatility, musical stories and images, and that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she's singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. She does so much, so well.  September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 9 p.m.


The Empty Bottle String Band

The Empty Bottle String Band originally formed to play a one-time stint at a local farmers market, but it has already reached new heights in popularity all over the Southeast U.S. The band specializes in playing toe-tapping, highly danceable, traditional Appalachian music and is known for its upbeat fiddle tunes and feel-good music. 

July 15 and 16 at 9 p.m.


The Goodlife Theater

The Goodlife Theater presents The Rainbow Show, a whimsical tale of a monkey who ruins a rainbow and needs help from the audience to find the colors. And there's a live music sing-along and a great introduction to puppetry for young children.  August 27 and September 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m.


Hard Swimmin’ Fish

Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Their down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely our own. July 29, 30 and September 23 and 24 at 9 p.m.


Leonard, Coleman & Blunt

Three former lead singers from three of the world's most renowned vocal groups have come together to create the ultimate musical experience, "Leonard, Coleman & Blunt." Glenn Leonard, former lead tenor of The Temptations," Joe Coleman, former lead singer of "The Platters," and Joe Blunt, former lead singer of "The Drifters," join together to bring their rich blend of classic hits and showmanship to the stage.  August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 9 p.m.


Lori Williams & Friends

Lori Williams, the lead vocalist of the Washington-based jazz ensemble Lori Williams & Friends, has been called a dynamic presence (JazzTimes) and the sought-after combination of soul and technical prowess that is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald. July 8 and 9 and August 26 and 27 at 9 p.m.


Mr. Jon & Friends

Mr. Jon & Friends is Parents Choice Award winning music for kids and their families. This energetic family music is all about fun, movement and laughter! Singer/Songwriter Jon Lewis had a decade of playing shows in coffee houses, recording CD's, and having opportunities like being on a TV show, being a finalist in a national song writing competition and having international radio play from Belize to Ireland. This show is sure to bring a smile to your face.

July 16, 23 and 30 and August 20 at 11 a.m.


Pirate Jack

Audiences set sail with a true son of the sea, stories for children, mastery of traditional instruments. 

August 6 at 11 a.m.







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