Music

The 2015-16 Season is here! Welcome to our Members-Only Sale – BlackRock members may purchase tickets before the general public. If you are a member, you will be given an access code to purchase tickets. Last year over 60% of our shows were sold out. If you are not a member, but would like to purchase tickets to ensure yourself a seat, you are encouraged to become a member today!

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

    Hot Sardines- Photo Credit LeAnn Miller

    The Hot Sardines: Opening Night

    Jazz | Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 | 8:00 PM | $36-50

    Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a “one-of-the-boys” front-woman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. Read more…
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    KellyLee Evans. Photo Credit: Thomas Piper

    Kellylee Evans

    Hip Hop, Jazz | Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 | 5:00 PM | $18-30

    The unstoppable singer/songwriter Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer who’s thriving career in Canada and France over the last decade has recently brought her into the spotlight in the US. Her natural charm and arresting combination of soul, pop, hip-hop, and improvisational jazz vocal style come together to create a simultaneously fresh and retro sound. Read more…
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    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. Photo Credit: Richard Oliver

    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

    Cajun, Zydeco | Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 | 8:00 PM | $22-36

    Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. They take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. The music of BeauSoleil captivates audiences the world over. Read more…
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    Solas, Green Door Win. Photo Courtesy of Myriad Artists

    Solas

    Celtic | Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 | 3:00 PM | $32-40

    Fifteen years ago, Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. Since that time, the group has released eleven albums and has been named “Irish America’s most influential band” by NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock. Read more…
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    Solas, Green Door Win. Photo Courtesy of Myriad Artists

    Solas

    Celtic | Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 | 7:00 PM | $32-40

    Fifteen years ago, Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. Since that time, the group has released eleven albums and has been named “Irish America’s most influential band” by NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock. Read more…
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    De Temps Antan

    Folk, Québecois | Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 | 7:30 PM | $22-36

    Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, and bouzouki, this Québécois folk trio blends boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found in traditional French-Canadian music. Read more…
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    Crooked Road Tour

    Bluegrass/Country, Folk, Traditional | Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 | 4:00 PM | $30-44

    The Crooked Road Tour – an evening celebrating the rich tapestry of musical traditions in Southwest Virginia. Three award-winning ensembles showcase the region’s amazing variety – from toe-tapping old-time string bands, to a cappella gospel, to the plaintive strains of mountain ballads. Enjoy it all in one memorable evening as you travel along the Blue Ridge Highlands through the heart of Appalachia along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail– The Crooked Road. Read more…
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    Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome- Credit Sherry Brown

    Crooked Road Tour

    Bluegrass/Country, Folk, Traditional | Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 | 7:00 PM | $30-44

    The Crooked Road Tour – an evening celebrating the rich tapestry of musical traditions in Southwest Virginia. Three award-winning ensembles showcase the region’s amazing variety – from toe-tapping old-time string bands, to a cappella gospel, to the plaintive strains of mountain ballads. Enjoy it all in one memorable evening as you travel along the Blue Ridge Highlands through the heart of Appalachia along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail– The Crooked Road. Read more…
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    The Steel Wheels, Photo Credit: Dylan Duvall

    The Steel Wheels

    Americana, Folk, Roots | Friday, Dec 4, 2015 | 8:00 PM | $30-44

    The Steel Wheels return to BlackRock after a sold-out performance in 2014. The dynamic four-piece string band has captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Read more…
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    Rusted Root

    Acoustic, Pop/Rock | Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 | 8:00 PM | $30-44

    Rusted Root, best known for their Top 40 hit single “Send Me on my Way,” has brought their unique fusion of roots music and world rock to stages around the world for more than two decades. In this time the group has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape-shift their music into their own distinct and undeniable vision. Read more…
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    The Klezmatics promotional photo. Credit: Chuck Fishman 2013

    The Klezmatics

    Klezmer, Yiddish | Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 | 6:00 PM | $30-44

    World-renowned Grammy-winning superstars The Klezmatics have revitalized klezmer for the new century. Steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, their sound is inspired by Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, and their music addresses contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism. In the last 20 years they’ve released nine albums of wild, spiritual, provocative, and ecstatically danceable music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels. Read more…
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    Claire Lynch Holiday Photo Courtesy of Myriad Artists

    Claire Lynch Bluegrass Holiday

    Bluegrass/Country, Holiday | Friday, Dec 11, 2015 | 8:00 PM | $30-44

    This Holiday season, treat your family to an evening of classic holiday tunes performed by award-winning Bluegrass singer Claire Lynch and her white-hot band featuring soulful, young gun Bryan McDowell (fiddle-mandolin), twenty-something virtuoso Jarrod Walker (mandolin-guitar) and A-Lister Mark Schatz (bass-banjo). You’ll see an Appalachian dance around a Christmas tree, feel the joy of the Menorah lights, and experience the extraordinary skills of the CLB players as they present a jazz interpretation of a beloved old carol. Read more…
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    The Sing-Off

    Afro Blue Christmas

    A cappella, Holiday, Jazz | Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 | 5:00 PM | $30-44

    Howard University’s premier vocal ensemble Afro Blue will bring their “vocal big band” stylings to BlackRock in a special holiday concert jam-packed with unique arrangements of traditional holiday songs. Afro Blue has previously performed their holiday show live on NPR and at the White House. Read more…
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    Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Photo Courtesy of Unlimited Myles

    Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Octet

    Jazz, Latin | Friday, Jan 22, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $30-44

    Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill has made extraordinary contributions to the Afro Latin Jazz genre. In 2002 he created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Lincoln Center and later founded the Afro Latin Jazz alliance. He’s recorded 13 albums, toured the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and works regularly as a composer in addition to being a performer. Read more…
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    Ruthie Foster

    Blues, Gospel | Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 | 5:00 PM | $32-40

    Ruthie Foster can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Following a tour with the US Navy Band, Ruthie ended up in Austin, Texas where she won Best Female Vocalist at the Austin Music Awards three times, garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and won Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year. Most recently she earned the 2015 Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) at the 36th annual Blues Music Awards. Read more…
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    Shenandoah Run

    Contemporary Folk | Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 | 7:30 PM | $26-28

    Shenandoah Run is a nine-member Americana folk band from the Washington, DC area that blends the spirited sounds of American folk music with songs from other lands, spices it up with a little country/bluegrass, and delivers the instantly recognizable sound with a little humor. Shenandoah Run has entertained audiences of all ages and has an ever-growing fan base, as their shows often play to sell-out crowds. Read more…
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    Thomas Pandolfi

    Chamber, Classical | Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 | 4:00 PM | $26-30

    With each passing season, the utterly engaging young American pianist Thomas Pandolfi becomes more and more sought after by audiences worldwide. Lauded by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique, Pandolfi has released several CDs to great acclaim and has performed alongside American and European symphony orchestras all over the world. As a recitalist, Pandolfi has appeared in concert halls in Canada, the UK, Germany, China and the United States. Read more…
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    Cherish the Ladies

    Celtic, World Music | Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 | 3:00 PM | $36-50

    Cherish the Ladies returns to BlackRock following two sell-out performances in the 2014-15 Season! With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Read more…
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    Cherish the Ladies

    Celtic, World Music | Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $36-50

    Cherish the Ladies returns to BlackRock following two sell-out performances in the 2014-15 Season! With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Read more…
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    Sybarite5, Photo Credit: Brian Braun

    Sybarite5

    Chamber, Classic Rock, Classical | Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $18-30

    From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. Read more…
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