Performances

Audience favorites. Music from around the world. Performances perfect for the little ones…and much, much more all on stage at BlackRock starting this fall. NEW THIS YEAR: NO ADDITIONAL TICKET FEES! Prices are all-inclusive for the 2016-2017 Season.

The 2016 Summer Concert lineup has been announced! Summer Concerts will be performed on the BlackRock front lawn, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to the BlackRock Mainstage. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the up-to-date performance information.

So Much to See, So Much to Do, So Close to Home

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    Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

    Free, Summer Concerts | Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 | 6:00 PM | $Free

    Toss the blankies, kiddos! Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players return to BlackRock this summer. These Grammy-nominated all-stars of the indie family music scene will take the stage on BlackRock’s lawn for an hour-long performance that’ll get kids and their parents alike springing to their feet; jumping, dancing and bouncing off each other like bumper cars. The group dishes out unexpectedly intelligent andd whimsically rocking music that raises the bar for family music. Read more…
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    Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

    Free, Summer Concerts | Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 | 7:30 PM | $Free

    This nine-piece powerhouse group puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds is capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive. Read more…
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    The Sweetback Sisters

    Free, Summer Concerts | Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $Free

    The rollicking country swing of the Sweetback Sisters is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Their charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of both the silver screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars of local UHF TV kiddie shows. That whimsical exterior is wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles and a palpable joy in playing and singing together. Like their pseudo-sister role models, the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony and matching dresses. Their repertoire combines several of the Sisters’ passions—country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions—to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. Read more…
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    The Quebe Sisters

    Free, Summer Concerts | Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $Free

    When the Quebe (rhymes with “maybe”) Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. Today, after more than a decade of traveling the US and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, the Quebe Sisters’ unbridled passion for American music has turned them into a widely-acclaimed, smokin’-hot, young adult Americana band. Read more…
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    The Empresarios: (l-r) ?Paul Chaconas – Guitar/Melodica, Felix Perez – Vocals, Anthony Gary – Drums, Javier Miranda – Percussion, John Bowen – Video/Effects, Frankie Rosado – Vocals

    The Empresarios

    Free, Summer Concerts | Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $Free

    The Empresarios’ sound is best described as “Tropicaliente,” a lively and unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub, and house full of great fun and good vibes. Every time they take the stage a lively party forms on the dancefloor. Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians whose leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico. The Empresarios have toured the US and their global fan base is growing. Their album title track “Sabor Tropical” placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game. Get ready to hit the dance floor and let the Empresario’s sun-drenched sounds warm up your body and soul. Read more…
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    U.S. Navy Band: The Cruisers

    Free, Summer Concerts | Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $Free

    As the US Navy’s premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer, Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The group takes its name from the Navy’s versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band lives up to their namesake by having the capabilities of playing genres of music ranging from jazz and standards, rhythm and blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop, as well as original materi-al. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the US and abroad with world-class musicianship and high-energy, fun-filled performances. Read more…
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    Sweet Dreams

    Film | Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 | 4:00 PM | $6

    The members of Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drum troupe, Ingoma Nshya—made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide—decide to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop. Read more…
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    Buckwheat Zydeco

    Creole, Zydeco | Friday, Sep 23, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $34-44

    Buckwheat Zydeco—the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana’s zydeco music—brought this unique sound into the musical mainstream. No other Zydeco artist has come close to selling as many records or exposing the music to more people around the world. Read more…
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    National String Symphonia: Vaughan Williams – Five Variants

    Chamber, Classical | Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $

    Founded in 2013, the National String Symphonia is a fully professional symphonic string orchestra. Read more…
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    Pinkalicious Cupcake Tea Party

    Family, Pre-Show Party | Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 | 1:30 PM | $15

    Come dressed in your most pinkatastic attire to join Pinkalicious and her friends for a pre-show party with delicious, pinkariffic cupcakes before the 2:30 PM performance of Vital Theatre Company’s Pinkalicious the Musical . Read more…
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    Pinkalicious the Musical

    Family, Musical Theater | Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 | 2:30 PM | $15-26

    Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents, and eventually develops Pinkititis—an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe! When her hue goes too far, Pinkalicious must find a way out of this predicament. Read more…
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    Pinkalicious the Musical

    Family, Musical Theater | Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 | 4:30 PM | $15-26

    Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents, and eventually develops Pinkititis—an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe! When her hue goes too far, Pinkalicious must find a way out of this predicament. Read more…
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    District Comedy

    Stand-up Comedy | Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 | 8:30 PM | $14-26

    Returning to BlackRock after three years of sell-out performances, District Comedy features some of the best local talent in DC’s burgeoning comedy scene. Expect the unexpected…and the hilarious. Read more…
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    Chelsey Green & the Green Project

    Chamber, Jazz, Soul | Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $25-35

    High-energy jazz, funk, and soul performance ensemble that fuses classical technique with modern styles and tears down all stereotypes of the violin and viola in the process. Read more…
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    Tom Rush

    Blues, Folk | Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $36-50

    With a distinctive guitar style, wry humor, and warm, expressive voice, Tom Rush is both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are a musical celebration filled with masterfully told stories, sweet ballads, and gritty blues. Read more…
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    You Belong to Me

    Film | Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 | 4:00 PM | $6

    Exploring a case that has haunted jurors and prosecutors for decades, this film unveils hidden practices, exposes the truth of what it meant to be an African-American in the Jim Crow South, and examines the long road to healing. Read more…
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    A Simple Space (Audience Choice-Field Trip)

    Field Trip | Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 | 10:30 AM | $10-12

    The wildly popular, multi-award winning Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths pushes their limits in a performance that is raw, frantic and delicate—and so intimate you can feel the heat, hear every breath and be immersed in every moment. Read more…
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    A Simple Space (Audience Choice-Field Trip)

    Field Trip | Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 | 10:30 AM | $10-12

    The wildly popular, multi-award winning Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths pushes their limits in a performance that is raw, frantic and delicate—and so intimate you can feel the heat, hear every breath and be immersed in every moment. Read more…
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    A Simple Space (Audience Choice)

    Contemporary Circus | Friday, Oct 28, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $30-44

    The wildly popular, multi-award winning Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths pushes their limits in a performance that is raw, frantic and delicate—and so intimate you can feel the heat, hear every breath and be immersed in every moment. Read more…
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    Pitching. Photo Credits: John Goodridge, Andy Phillipson, Steve Ullathorne

    A Simple Space (Audience Choice)

    Contemporary Circus | Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $30-44

    The wildly popular, multi-award winning Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths pushes their limits in a performance that is raw, frantic and delicate—and so intimate you can feel the heat, hear every breath and be immersed in every moment. Read more…
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