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All-Day Blues Festival Returns to Columbia Pike

The 24th annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival features a full lineup of blues, R&B and funk performers of national and regional note. It's free!

Bring a camp chair or blanket and your dancing shoes June 15. Nationally renowned soul/blues vocalist Sugaray Rayford headlines the festival. He recently released the CD Somebody Save Me (Forty Below Records) and received two 2019 Blues Award nominations.

Sugaray Rayford By Suzan Jones Web
Sugaray Rayford

Enjoy food and beverages, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities as you spend the day on Arlington's oldest and newest Main Street—in one of its most diverse, vibrant communities—listening to quintessential American music that will make it impossible not to get up and dance. Rayford will be joined by a full line up of blues, R&B and funk performers, including:

  • “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” Thornetta Davis
  • D.C.-based band The Hardway Connection
  • Singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player Lauren Calve, and
  • the unique organ trio and vocals lineup of Funky Miracle.
Thornetta Davis
Thornetta Davis

Forged on urban blues, the Columbia Pike Blues Festival annually puts together a musical gumbo that spans from Africa to the Caribbean and the United States with the sounds of soul, jazz, blues and reggae. On “The Pike,” as locals call it, you will be perfectly positioned to keep the groove going all night with more dancing and dining. This neighborhood has everything from Latin dancing at the Salsa Room, and Ethiopian delicacies at the renowned Dama Pastry and Cafe (whose baker was trained by a White House pastry chef), to the down-home Bob and Edith’s Diner and the now-famous Celtic House Irish Pub, which made national news when it was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2017 as the best place in the country to spend St. Patrick’s Day!

This festival runs from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive in Columbia Pike.

Author: Kathleen Murphy