Three-time Grammy Award®-Nominee Bettye LaVette Shakes Up Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Three-time Grammy Award®-nominee Bettye LaVette headlines the 22nd annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival​, on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 1 – 8:30 p.m.

Bettye at the Blues Fest
Bettye LaVette shakes it up in Arlington.

For this FREE annual event, LaVette is joined by a full lineup of blues, R&B and funk performers of national and regional note. Book your hotel now!

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. The Blues Festival covers three blocks at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive. So put on your dancing shoes, grab friends and family and head to the Pike for a day of great music, food, art and fun!

The winner of multiple awards, Bettye LaVette performed the memorable duet “Change is Gonna Come” with Bon Jovi for President-elect Obama at HBO’s We are One concert, as well as the critically acclaimed “Love, Reign O’er Me” tribute to The Who at the Kennedy Center Honors. From the birth of soul in the 1960’s, Bettye continues to garner accolades and awards in her fifth decade in show business for her vital new albums and interpretive live shows. The rest of this year’s amazing Columbia Pike Blues Festival lineup includes: 

6:45 p.m. Bettye LaVette

5:00 p.m. Rufus Roundtree and Da B-more Brass Factory

3:30 p.m. Full Power Blues Band

2:00 p.m. Sol Roots with Carly Harvey

1:00 p.m. Jonny Grave

Columbia Pike, or as locals often call it, “The Pike”, is fast becoming a destination for food and fun. You have everything from one of the top Latin dance clubs in the DMV, the Salsa Room, and Ethiopian delicacies at Dama Pastry and Restaurant (prepared by a baker trained by The White House pastry chef), to down-home staples such as Bob and Edith’s diner. The Celtic House Irish Pub & Restaurant, which made national news this Spring when it was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the best place in the country to spend St. Patrick’s Day!

Presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) in cooperation with Arlington Arts - the presenting arm of Arlington Cultural Affairs, the Columbia Pike Blues Festival is a recipient of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Music Festival Sponsorship Program, which is geared toward helping the growth of Virginia music festivals and their important economic impact to local communities while also building Virginia’s reputation as a music destination. Get on down while you're in Arlington at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival on Saturday, June 17th!

Author: Jim Byers