D.C.’s Must-See Summer Concerts for Families

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Music and dancing goes with summer like swimming and BBQ, and across the DMV the concert listings are heating up with truly unique performances for kids and families. Many of the shows are free, and all are rich in inspiration for everyone in your music-loving tribe. Mark your calendars, here are some of the coolest concerts we can’t wait to jam out to. See you in the front row!

photo: Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards

Jun 23: Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
Don’t miss this authentic New Orleans teaching artist Jazzy Ash who comes to the DMV via Los Angeles California with her five piece band to share her talent, and passion for the Bayou music she grew up on with kids and families across the country.

McLean Central Park Gazebo
1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. (McLean, VA)
Online: mcleancenter.org

Jun 25: Moona Luna
Tour la Sur de America with New York City’s Moona Luna for a family-centric ride offering traditional instrumentation, and mixed rhythms from across the Latin and African diasporas.

Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
1551 Trap Rd. (Vienna, VA)
Online: wolftrap.org

Jul 16: 1-2-3 Andrés
1-2-3 Andrés Latin Grammy Award-winning duo of Andrés Salguero, and Christina Sanabria capitalize on Salguero’s Colombian training as PhD teaching artist with a background in clarinet and traditional instruments.  Their new album Canta Las Letras is an entertaining integration of Spanish and English language learning and fun.

National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Online: rhpnational17.wpengine.com

photo: Christylez Bacon 

Jul 11: Christylez Bacon
Meet up at this downtown Gaithersburg event featuring beat boxer and D.C. native Christylez Bacon who enages kids and adults with stories about his childhood and how he learned to use what was available to him to make music.

Gaithersburg Concert Pavillion
31 S Summit Ave. (Gaithersburg, MD) 
Online: gaithersburgmd.gov

Jul 24: Red Yarn
Red Yarn spins musical tales about wildlife and the outdoors, rooted in a foot- stomping Americana tradition to bring the hoe house down.  Look out also for visits from woodland puppet characters, original creations of the artist.

Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
1551 Trap Rd. (Vienna, VA)
Online: wolftrap.org

Jul 27: the grandsons Jr.
Wind up and wind down July with the grandsons Jr., the kids and family version of The Grandsons, a five piece all DMV based jazz ensemble with an eclectic mix of jazz, country, and New Orleans R & B, an area favorite brought to you by Farifax County’s free morning Arts in the Parks series for families.

Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Rd. (Fairfax Station, VA)
Online: fairfaxcounty.gov

photo: red yarn

Jul 30: Aaron Nigel-Smith
Reggae artist Aaron Nigel Smith hails from Portland, Oregon where he founded the One World Chorus and the kids music and book fest, Rox n’ Sox, promoting both unity and charity among children in the U.S., Jamaica and Africa.

Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
1551 Trap Rd. (Vienna, VA)
Online:  wolftrap.org

Aug 4: Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All Stars
A household name from Takoma Park, Md., Mr. Gabe and his band play a Sunday morning show for Arlington families with oldies but goodies and original music off the band’s D.C. metro themed album. Grab brunch nearby, and after the show walk around the wooded paved trails surrounding this neighborhood venue.

Lubber Run
200 N Columbus St. (Arlington, VA)
Online: arts.arlingtonva.us

Aug 6: Fox and Branch
Ever jammed on the washboard or picked on the banjo?  Here’s your chance to give it a try with the old-timey duo Fox and Branch who have made their family folk music show a popular event from New York City to Wisconsin.

National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Online: rhpnational17.wpengine.com

—Carolyn Ross



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