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Summer in Mount Vernon Means Free Outdoor Concerts

(National Concert Band of America)

Alexandria, VA – Bring a picnic dinner, chairs, or blanket and enjoy one of Mount Vernon’s special summer traditions, Mount Vernon Nights, free outdoor weekly concerts at Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway. Concerts are every Friday at 7:30 pm through the end of August.

For last-minute performance cancellations due to inclement weather, call the HOTLINE at 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour before the program starts.‌

Mount Vernon Nights is presented in partnership with the Mt. Vernon District Supervisor, supporters of Mount Vernon Nights, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Park Foundation, and generous contributions from numerous community sponsors.

JULY

Cecily (Fort Hunt Concert Photos/NPS)

July 5 Cecily (Soul, Jazz) JULY

Strutman Lane (Main Street Community Band)

July 12 Strutman Lane (Funk/Pop)

July 19 Doc Robinson (Rock and Roll)

Bit Ritmo (Fort Hunt Concert Photos/NPS)

July 26 Bio Ritmo (Salsa)

AUGUST

Eastern Standard Time (Fort Hunt Concert Photos/NPS)

August 2 Eastern Standard Time (Ska & Reggae)

Project Locrea (Fort Hunt Concert Photos/NPS)

August 9 Project Locrea (World Music)

Burn the Ballroom (Fort Hunt Concert Photos/NPS)

August 16 Burn the Ballroom (Alternative Rock) 23 Deanna Bogart (Blues, R&B)

Melissa Quinn Fox (Fort Hunt Concert Photos/NPS)

August 30 Melissa Quinn Fox (Country/Americana)

To enjoy even more free outdoor music in Mount Vernon, go to the Sunday night concerts at Pavilion A in Fort Hunt Park, 8999 Fort Hunt Road. All concerts start at 7 pm except for July 21, when the Silver Tones Swing Band will begin later at 7:30 pm.

The pavilion has picnic tables, but bringing your own chair or blanket is recommended as seating is limited.

July 7 – Sticky G, an acoustic band from Gaithersburg, MD, and Lewes, DE, performed in the mid-Atlantic region since 2014. Using guitar, mandolin, banjo, concertina, bass, Irish flute, and harmonica, Sticky G Music performs family-friendly covers of classic rock.

July 14 – Mount Vernon Community Band formed in 1978 to bring performances including marches, light classics, popular show tunes, patriotic selections, and overtures to various community events.

July 21 – Silver Tones Swing Band (starts at 7:30 pm) made up of professional musicians from the Northern Virginia area. Trumpeter Dave Shuma and vocalist Wendy Marie lead this high-energy 18-piece swing orchestra. The Silver Belles vocal trio recreates the exciting music of the Andrews Sisters from the 1940s. Solo vocalists Wendy Marie and Gene Bates bring to life the music of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, and other Big Band greats. The Silver Tones show also includes music from the 1950s, ’60s, and ‘70s.

July 28 – Blue Book Value Band has been playing in the metro area since 1996.  In addition to blues and swing, they play a bit of rock n’ roll and a few current popular songs. The band’s repertoire includes songs by Junior Wells, Susan Tedeschi, Ray Charles, Sara Bareilles, Sheryl Crow, and Otis Redding.

August 4 – Starlight Orchestra specializes in jazz music composed between the swing era and modern times. They have performed in Washington, DC for over 20 years.

August 11 – Blue Breeze Band, an Americana music combo formed in 2022 by four members of the Bluegrass band The Fairlington Raccoons (founded in 2017), to play a wide range of acoustic hits. The band likes to explore everything from traditional country to folk and acoustic rock. Blue Breeze covers classic songs by artists such as Doc Watson, Hank Williams Sr, Patsy Cline, and The Grateful Dead.

August 18 – Hot Lanes, a 16-piece culmination of Bobby Jasinski’s vision in 2014. With influences ranging from Wynton Marsalis to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Hot Lanes focuses on promoting jazz in the DC metropolitan area.

August 25 – Alte Kameraden has belonged to the City of Fairfax Band since its founding in 1977. Alte Kameraden has introduced American audiences to the lush, spirited festmusik of Bavarian lands.

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Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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