BlackRock Center for the Arts has officially announced the lineup for their annual Free BlackRock Summer Concerts on their Outdoor Stage. This concert series is a gift from BlackRock to local residents and brings the community together for family fun in the heart of Germantown Town Center.
Shows will be held on five consecutive Saturdays starting June 29. The first four concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Concert-goers are invited to visit BlackRock’s Beer and Wine Garden, sup at any of the specially-provided Food Trucks, or bring their own picnic as they choose the spot for their blanket or low-rise lawn chairs in the front of the Center. Guests may begin to assemble at 6:00 pm.
For the last of the free summer shows, Woodstock comes to BlackRock. 50 years after the legendary music festival that helped define the 1960s, BLACKROCK WOODSTOCK will be an all-day event hosting a full lineup of musical artists paying tribute to the original 1969 concert. The festival will feature face-painting, fun food, period craft vendors, peace, and music, in addition to the normal fare of previous concerts. BLACKROCK WOODSTOCK will start at 2:00 pm on July 27 and go on into the evening.
“BLACKROCK WOODSTOCK might be the biggest event we’ve ever done. Having this lineup of local artists together, each paying homage to different iconic performers of the 1960s, is a concept and a challenge that the artists are very excited about,” said BlackRock Executive Director Alyona Ushe. “It will be an electric finale to all the exciting free concerts this summer, which for many in the community, are their first introduction to BlackRock and all that we offer.”
All Summer Concerts will be performed on the BlackRock Outdoor Stage with seating on front lawn, weather permitting - picnic blankets and low-back chairs are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will move inside to the BlackRock Mainstage.
The Summer Concert Line Up:
Saturday, June 29 | MAMA’S BLACK SHEEP | Country/Pop/Blues
MAMA’S BLACK SHEEP is the soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller and Laura Cerulli. Together, this duo creates a blend of hit-worthy originals and covers with a unique spin. Each song allows music lovers to take a trip with them, whether you’re swinging to Country, Rocking to Pop, Grooving to Soul, or swaying to the Blues; there’s always something to move your body and stir your soul.
Saturday, July 6 | MARV ASHBY & HIGH OCTANE | Bluegrass/Americana
From the West Virginia Panhandle comes hard-driving ‘no holds barred’ bluegrass music courtesy of MARV ASHBY AND HIGH OCTANE. Marv is joined by some the region’s finest entertainers delivering a quality and fast moving show. Both traditional and contemporary bluegrass genres are showcased during High Octane performances.
Saturday, July 13 | THE VI-KINGS | The 60s Soundtrack of Your Life
The music of THE VI-KINGS is the “60s Soundtrack of Your Life.” Beatles, Stones, Motown, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Stax and on and on. There’s a reason that this wonderful music has endured through the decades. It is joyous, fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released.
Saturday, July 20 | DAVID COLE AND MAIN STREET BLUES | Blues
If hearing the blues doesn't make you stand up and holler, then you've never heard David "Git" Cole play the blues. A favorite of the D.C. Blues Society, this native Washingtonian brings the full range of his experience as one of the area's most versatile musicians to his expression of the blues, arguably America's foremost musical and storytelling art form. Come experience “The Bluesiest Blues Band in the Known Universe.”
Saturday, July 27 | BLACKROCK WOODSTOCK
2:00 pm - Songs of the 60s
3:00 pm – DANAH KOCH (Joan Baez set)
4:00 pm – GINGERFUNK ALL-STARS (Jefferson Airplane set)
5:00 pm – SQUARING THE CIRCLE (Grateful Dead set)
6:30 pm – CONOR AND THE WILD HUNT (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
8:00 pm – PURPLEFLO (Jimi Hendrix set)
BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.
Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.