Mount Vernon Nights 2016 at Grist Mill Park

Arts and Entertainment

May 27, 2016

This series of free, public concerts features a variety of musical performances reflecting Fairfax County's diversity, culture and community spirit. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and enjoy one of Fairfax's County's special summer traditions. Come early to the Workhouse Arts Center to explore its vibrant arts scene.

Schedule of Events:

June 03, 2016

Rachel B

Exuding a smoky undertone, sassy delivery, and catchy melodies, Rachel B is paving her way as an undefinable and timeless entertainer. Beyond the stage, Rachel B has had her songs placed on ABC shows such as General Hospital and in various independent films. She was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award and Berklee's Women's Composer Award. Her magnetic stage presence led the young starlet to perform at venues across the country including Chicago Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center, South Park Amphitheater, and Flood City Music Festival.

June 10, 2016

Rick Franklin & His Delta Blues Boys

This group of legendary blues artists performs acoustic folk blues in the Piedmont blues and ragtime music style.

June 17, 2016

Mariachi Los Amigos

Mariachi Los Amigos was founded in 1979 and has continued to evolve over the years. Los Amigos truly are what their name depicts: a group of friends who share a passion for the lively, extroverted sound of mariachi music. Mariachi music originated among the ranching and farming people of west Mexico in the 19th century and began to gain recognition in the US during the early 20th century. Traditionally found at weddings, birthdays, saint's day celebrations and rural dances, this upbeat style of music was used to inspire celebration at special occasions in Mexico.

June 24, 2016

Memphis Gold

He is the genuine article, perhaps a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch like Charlie Patton. And having done so, serves as one of the last links to the days when cotton was king on the Mississippi Delta. - Larry Benicewicz, Music Monthly.

July 01, 2016

Art Sherrod, Jr.

Smooth Jazz Saxophone - Welcome to music's newest saxophonist extraordinaire. Art Sherrod, Jr.'s music is a celebration of the awesome talents and smooth, musical stylings of the hottest new jazz artist around.

July 08, 2016

Craver Hicks Watson

Bill Hicks and Jim Watson, along with Tommy Thompson founded the Red Clay Ramblers in 1972. Mike Craver joined in 1973. For the next decade these talented musicians toured extensively and released eight albums. Bill and Jim and Mike left the band by 1986, but they still get together and play music.

July 22, 2016


International acoustic quartet Veronneau won this year's Washington Area Music Association Wammie awards for Best Jazz Vocals, Jazz Recording and Jazz Band. The band has delighted audiences in North America, Europe and beyond with its world jazz and pop. The band's two recent albums rose to Top 10 status in the national jazz and world music charts, earning critical and international acclaim.

July 29, 2016

Ruthie & the Wranglers

Ruthie & the Wranglers play rockin' American roots music (also known as FUN!). Famous for its original Americana country and rousing surf instrumentals, the group's clever lyrics, high energy and spritely hillbilly harmonies set them apart from the pack. The band has won more than 25 Washington Area Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

August 05, 2016

The Annandale Brass

Formed in 1997, the Annandale Brass comprises NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra members and additional musicians. Its repertoire ranges from a variety of American music and latest Broadway tunes.

August 12, 2016

Rain Follows the Plow

Rain Follows the Plow is a song cycle that attempts to capture and convey the worldviews and first-hand experiences of those who lived through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. It gains significance from reanimating an important and under appreciated chapter in our history. The listener will find no preaching or moralizing here, but if the stories resonate in the present age - if they cast into sharper relief our own folly as we rush headlong into climate change, that is a good thing.

August 19, 2016

The Ransom Notes

Describing The Ransom Notes' sound in a single word is an impossible task. Schooled in the precision of classical music andÿsteeped in homegrown tradition, The Ransom Notes epitomize the phrase best of both worlds. Drawing inspiration from genres such as bluegrass, folk, Americana, and Celtic fiddling, this eclectic group has enthralled audiences for nearly two decades. The band never fails to amaze with its exceptional talent on a multitude of different instruments including fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and dobro. In addition to instrumental prowess, The Ransom Notes inspire audiences with soulful vocals that are considered by many to be one of the best features of this talented ensemble.

August 26, 2016


Although the need for petrol got this Irish band started, it is the great times and appreciative listeners that have kept them going. They lightheartedly claim inspiration from the Scythians, a bunch of pre-Mesopotamian barbarians who didn't use forks or phonics.

Fest Date: June 3 - August 26, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309

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