Music

From classical to klezmer, and everything in between, BlackRock presents nationally- and internationally-recognized musical artists whose extraordinary performances receive rave reviews.

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    Tom Principato – Free Summer Concert

    Blues, Free, Jazz, Rock | Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 | 7:00 PM | $Free

    Tom Principato is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery. Read more…
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    Deanna Bogart

    Blues, R&B | Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $42

    BlackRock audience favorite Deanna Bogart is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician whose fans value the diversity of her genre-free zone. Recognized for her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals and cut-above songwriting, Deanna combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” Read more…
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    Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play

    Blues, Jazz | Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $28

    Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians—Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown, (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and group leader Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano & vocals)—who bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the jazz and roots music they perform. Brubeck first hit the music scene as an innovative rock and jazz musician, eventually recording and performing with his dad, the legendary David Brubeck. His natural talents have made him the go-to composer for genre-bending modern jazz. Read more…
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    Roosevelt Dime

    Americana, Folk, Roots | Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $28

    Roosevelt Dime, a five-piece Brooklyn-based band, takes listeners on a journey through the whole of American roots music…from Americana and Memphis soul to “Mardi-Grass”—a bedrock of New Orleans rhythms that brings driving, melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies, and deliciously dirty vocals along for the ride. It makes for a groove so inspired The New York Times has called Roosevelt Dime “a perpetual crowd pleaser.” Read more…
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    Kate Davis

    Pop, Rock | Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $22

    Lauded by MTV as one of 2014’s “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop,” multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kate Davis has been turning heads in New York’s music scene since 2012. Whether she’s crooning rootsy ballads or plucking bright riffs from her bass, the gutsy singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon, puts a fresh spin on the standards and brings a canonical sensibility to her own lush tracks. Read more…
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    Home Free

    A capella, Bluegrass and Country, Pop | Friday, Nov 7, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $36

    When country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” this past December, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota. Rather, it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. Home Free continues to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. Read more…
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    Turtle Island Quartet

    Chamber, Jazz | Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $28

    In its BlackRock debut, Turtle Island Quartet presents Birth of the Cool—celebrating what became known as “Cool Jazz,” marked by the embodiment of cool, Miles Davis, along with his colleagues Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan, as well as the Modern Jazz Quartet and Dave Brubeck. In addition to their masterful jazz string quartet interpretations from the Birth of the Cool recording, Turtle Island offers a program of perennial favorites such as Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo A La Turk, Gerry Mulligan’s Bernie’s Tune, Miles Davis’s dreamy Miles Ahead, and the Modern Jazz Quartet’s darker Django. Read more…
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    Turtle Island Quartet

    Chamber, Jazz | Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 | 3:00 PM | $28

    In its BlackRock debut, Turtle Island Quartet presents Birth of the Cool—celebrating what became known as “Cool Jazz,” marked by the embodiment of cool, Miles Davis, along with his colleagues Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan, as well as the Modern Jazz Quartet and Dave Brubeck. In addition to their masterful jazz string quartet interpretations from the Birth of the Cool recording, Turtle Island offers a program of perennial favorites such as Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo A La Turk, Gerry Mulligan’s Bernie’s Tune, Miles Davis’s dreamy Miles Ahead, and the Modern Jazz Quartet’s darker Django. Read more…
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    Matuto (Brazilian Dance Party)

    Brazilian, Social, World Music | Friday, Nov 14, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $26

    It’s Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains! Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana—from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams—Matuto (a Northeastern Brazilian slang term for “bumpkin”) uses unexpected Pan-American sounds to craft appealing, fun and rootsy music. Read more…
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    John Gorka

    Americana, Folk, Roots | Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $28

    Gorka’s rich, multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, and have been recorded and/or performed by musical greats such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. Gorka has performed at PBS’ Austin City Limits, NPR’s Mountain Stage and venues worldwide, and is widely regarded as “one of contemporary folk music’s leading talents.” Read more…
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    Maccabeats

    A capella, Family | Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM | $28

    Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages. Originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats have recently emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon. Read more…
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    The Steel Wheels

    Americana, Folk, Roots | Friday, Dec 12, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $28

    The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and powerful original songwriting, generating a truly magnetic revival. Read more…
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    Bettye LaVette

    Blues, Jazz, R&B | Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 | 8:00 PM | $32

    Legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette brings her distinct blend of rock, pop, gospel and R&B to BlackRock. Discovered at the age of 16 by legendary Motor City music raconteur, Johnnie Mae Matthews, LaVette boasts a career that spans five decades. Read more…
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    Lloyd Dobler Effect

    Holiday, Pop, Rock | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 | 5:00 PM | $18

    This annual holiday extravaganza spotlights this local band favorite whose multi-layered and upbeat music showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. The performance features a mix of holiday songs, re-vamped LDE songs, guest musicians and diverse covers. Read more…
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    Lloyd Dobler Effect

    Holiday, Pop, Rock | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 | 8:30 PM | $18

    This annual holiday extravaganza spotlights this local band favorite whose multi-layered and upbeat music showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. The performance features a mix of holiday songs, re-vamped LDE songs, guest musicians and diverse covers. Read more…
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    Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas

    Celtic, Holiday, World Music | Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 | 3:00 PM | $36

    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. Over the years The Ladies have won many thousands of fans of their music, and are the most successful and sought after Irish-American group in Celtic music. Read more…
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    Victoria Vox and Unified Jazz Ensemble

    Folk, Jazz, Singer/Songwriter | Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 | 8:00 PM | $22

    Singer/songwriter Victoria Vox, widely renowned for her work on the ukulele, joins the Unified Jazz Ensemble for an evening of jazz standards and original compositions. Read more…
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    The Seldom Scene

    Bluegrass and Country | Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 | 8:00 PM | $36

    It’s been over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in a Bethesda basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Legends in the DC-area, their performances include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. Read more…
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    Black Violin

    Classical, Family, Pop, R&B, Rock | Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 | 3:00 PM | $26

    Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Will B are Black Violin—a dynamic duo of high-energy, classically trained musicians renowned for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. Their electrifying style mines the synergy among classical, jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop. Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin is sure to enthrall… and rock the house. Read more…
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    Black Violin – School Matinee

    Classical, Family, Pop, R&B, Rock | Monday, Feb 9, 2015 | 10:30 AM | $8

    This performance is a weekday school matinee. Tickets are not on sale to the public at this time. Please call the box office for more information: 240.912.1058. Read more…
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