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Monday, July 14, 2014

All types of music featured at free concerts in local parks

Looking for some free entertainment nearby on a summer evening? The Spotlight by Starlight series at Mason District Park and Ossian Hall Park are the places to go.

Here’s a video by Bob Kovacs of Jeff Little performing “Orange Blossom Special” on July 11 at Mason District Park during a show that also featured Wayne Henderson and Helen White:

The video below captures the George and Ira Gershwin classic, “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” during a July 6 performance by the Reunion Music Society Jazz Orchestra at Mason District Park.

That show featured jazz and pop standards made popular in the 1950s by saxophonist Charlie Parker. The group used Parker’s original arrangements with NOVA professor Herb Smith taking the lead on sax. The group is directed by Christopher Johnston, who also plays piano. See more videos by Kovacs on the Annandale Arts You Tube Channel.

Upcoming shows this week at Mason District include Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 (roots rock/alt-country) on Wednesday, July 18; HuDost (neo-folk/world rock) on Friday, July 18; and the Capitol Steps (political satire) on Sunday, July 20. All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, at 10 a.m., bring the little ones to the park for a puppet show with the Pointless Theatre. On Saturday evening, bring the whole family to Indonesian Cultural Night (with dance and music) at Ossian Hall Park, 7:30 p.m.

If there’s rain, the concerts are canceled. If it looks like it might rain, call before 703-324-7467 one hour before show time. 

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