Music

The 2015-16 Season is here! From classical to klezmer, and everything in between, BlackRock presents nationally- and internationally-recognized musical artists whose extraordinary performances receive rave reviews. Last year over 60% of our shows were sold out, so book early to be sure you get tickets to your favorites!

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

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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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    Edmar Castañeda

    Chamber, Jazz, World | Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $20 – 32

    Columbian Harpist Edmar Castañeda takes the stage with a force that rivals even the most celebrated flamenco guitarist. With his virtuosic command of the electric harp, Casteñada revolutionizes the way audiences and critics alike consider the instrument. Read more…
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    Kathy Mattea

    Country | Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $34-50

    This Grammy Award winning singer draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots, weaving bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences through her music. Her albums have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. Her concerts contain new material alongside Top 20 radio hits. Read more…
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    Coreyah

    Folk, Korean Indie | Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 | 5:00 PM | $18-30

    This sextet’s unique, freewheeling, polystylistic vision of Korean traditional music charts an adventurous course where Pansori (a traditional Korean style of narrative song) and Sinawi (a Korean Traditional Improvisation Ensemble) meet folk, indie and funk in a mesmerizing combination. Read more…
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    Cathie Ryan

    Celtic, Holiday | Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 | 7:30 PM | $22-38

    The original lead singer for Cherish the Ladies, Cathie Ryan has a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing gems from Irish and American song traditions, creating heart-stirring originals, and showcasing writers whose work deserves wider recognition. Read more…
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    Blues, Country, Roots | Friday, Dec 2, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $22-38

    Folding sounds of jazz, early blues, old-time music, and country swing into an exhilarating repertoire of modern American roots music, this award-winning DC-based band has brought a hard-driving party energy to countless dance floors. Read more…
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    The Suffers

    Jazz, R&B, Rock, Soul | Friday, Feb 3, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $22-38

    Mixing classic American soul with rock and roll, this electric 10-piece band from Houston redefines the sound of Gulf Coast soul, and packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. Read more…
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    The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

    Bluegrass/Country | Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $22-38

    Forty-Five years after its original release, Pete Townshend’s The Who’s Tommy has been realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute performed by Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. This Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators. Read more…
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    Cyrille Amiée

    Jazz, Swing | Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $22 – 38

    Billed by The Wall Street Journal as—“one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” Cyrille Aimée’s unique musical vision and hybrid of Brazilian, gypsy and jazz music influences resultsin a sound that’s destined to enthrall audiences for decades to come. Read more…
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    April Verch

    Country, Folk, Roots | Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 | 7:30 PM | $14 – 28

    April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. The musical stylings of this world-class trio feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, and clawhammer banjo in unison with Verch’s delicate vocals, fiddle, and foot percussion. Read more…
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    Eric Bibb

    Blues | Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $30-46

    A progressive preservationist and a fiery singer with true soul, gospel, and folk roots. Eric’s career has spanned five decades, 36 albums, countless radio shows and non-stop touring. He’s one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. Read more…
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    ETHEL

    Contemporary Chamber | Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $14-26

    For 20+ years this acclaimed and exciting contemporary music quartet has conceived, commissioned, produced, and performed rich multimedia concerts. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ethel presents “Blue Dress” a program that pays homage to masterful women who are making their musical mark on the 21st century, including Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lainie Fefferman, Mary Ellen Childs, Anna Clyne, Pamela Z, Paola Prestini and ETHEL’s own Dorothy Lawson. Read more…
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    Lúnasa

    Celtic, World | Friday, Mar 17, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $34-46

    Following a sold-out performance in 2015, Lúnasa returns for another St. Patrick’s Day show. Their inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves, along with their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Read more…
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    The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet

    Americana, Folk | Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $24-36

    The dynamic, Baltimore-based, father-son duo weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, and fiddles, pushing the boundaries of the traditional—and original—fiddle tunes into uncharted territory. Their creative bond and danceable groove is unmistakable. Read more…
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    Raghu Dixit

    World Music | Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $24 – 38

    Strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture, Raghu Dixit’s unique blend of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. He is the unquestionable number one live indie act in India. Read more…
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    The Seldom Scene

    Bluegrass/Country | Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $32-46

    Over 40 years since they played together at jam sessions in a Bethesda basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass. Their performances include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. Read more…
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    Joan Osborne

    Pop/Rock | Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $38-50

    Widely known for her beloved hit song “(What If God Was)One of Us,” Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, the soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought-after collaborator and performer who has performed alongside many notable artists including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Patti Smith, and more. Read more…
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