Summertime Blues? Columbia Pike Blues Festival is the Cure!

CONTACT: (703) 892-2776



Music, food, local business interview opportunities

Arlington, Va. – June 15, 2010 – Five bands have your cure for the summertime blues! Join thousands of Washingtonians for the 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival, a free, family friendly celebration of music, food and the diverse South Arlington community sponsored by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and official television media sponsor ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8.  On Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 8 p.m., enjoy the block party on S. Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike in the heart of South Arlington.

Kick off the summer season by jamming to the blues performed by talented national & local musicians:

  • Acclaimed Blues Guitarist Debbie Davies
  • Incredible 16-year-old prodigy Jazz and Blues Pianist Matt Wigler
  • Powerful blend of Mississippi Delta and Chicago Blues Danny Blew
  • Award-winning D.C. band Bad Influence
  • And the fantastic Moondog Medicine Show

Event performers and the following spokespeople are available for interviews this week:

  • Skip Chaples with Guitars Not Guns of the National Capital Area is hosting a Music Experience Tent at the Festival, and 8- to 18-year-olds are invited for free introductory guitar lessons and a chance to win a guitar. GNG teaches at-risk youth how to play the guitar, and upon graduation from GNG, children get to keep their instrument. According to Chaples, it costs just $1,000 to take a class of 10 new students from knowing nothing to earning their guitar.
  • Barbecue! “Big Daddy” Isaac Brown has been grilling up Texas barbecue for more than 50 years. A resident of Columbia Pike, he caters events such as the Marine Corps Marathon, and in his three decades with the Army, he’s cooked for a number of prominent Americans and visiting dignitaries. Big Daddy would like to teach viewers about the different styles of BBQ – Texas, North Carolina, etc. – and since it is the season for it, how to use rubs and sauces.
  • Takis Karantonis, CPRO executive director, is available to address the economic rebirth of Columbia Pike and surrounding communities. Projects in the pipeline include a significantly improved streetscape, new “superstops” for bus (and light rail in the near future), a new Community Center and more that will make South Arlington more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and environmentally conscious while maintaining its diversity.

While enjoying the free outdoor concert and supporting the diversity of Columbia Pike and its businesses, shop and eat with nearly 30 local food, craft and other exhibitors, including Car Free Diet, Pike Ride, Big Daddy’s BBQ and Rincome Thai.

For all of the latest Blues Festival information, follow the event at and on the website at Photos from the 2009 festival are available upon request.

CPRO is accepting applications for VOLUNTEERS & SPONSORS. Please call Amy McWilliams at (703) 892-2776 for more information.

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The 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival is presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) in partnership with ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8, the official television media sponsor of the Blues Festival. For nearly 25 years, CPRO has brought together area businesses, residents and Arlington County officials with the mission to promote smart growth and diversity on Columbia Pike and in its surrounding communities.


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