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Friday, June 5, 2015

Free summer concerts four nights a week

A little rain didn't stop the Cool McFinn show Wednesday night.

Spotlight by Starlight outdoor concerts are under way, offering free shows four nights a week in Mason District all summer long.

The first Spotlight show on a cold drizzly evening June 3 at Mason District Park featured traditional Celtic  music by the Cool McFinn group.

There are shows at the amphitheater in Mason District Park on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 30, offering a wide variety of musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, mariachi, zydeco, swing, and more. Among the highlights are legendary folksinger Tom Paxton on July 17 and the Capitol Steps political satire revue on July l9.

Tonight, it’s a tribute to the Everly Brothers. The City of Fairfax Band will perform on Sunday.

Shows at Ossian Hall Park, every Saturday at 7:30 p.m., feature the music and dance from a different country. The first show of the season, tomorrow, June 8, will be Chinese Cultural Heritage Night. Some of the other cultures highlighted this summer include Peru, Bolivia, Taiwan, Vietnam, West Africa, Ireland, Indonesia, Eastern Europe, Korea, and Colombia.

There’s no seating at Ossian Hall Park, so it’s a good idea to bring a blanket; the Mason District Park Amphitheater has benches.

Mason District Park also hosts free children’s performances most Saturdays this summer at 10:30 a.m. The first one is the Scalawags Singalong for Young Pirates on June 27.

If it looks like rain, call to 703-324-7469 to see if the show is canceled.

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