Saturday, September 23, 2017

Clarendon Day this Saturday

The annual neighborhood party Clarendon Day returns this Saturday Sept 23. This huge festival shuts down the streets around Clarendon Metro for pedestrian only traffic to access dozens of tents for food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, and local businesses. A large number of live performances will occur over two stages:

Main Stage
10:30am 1519
11:00am Christie Lenee Solo
11:30am Giants and Thieves
12:00pm Crooked Angel
12:30pm Pleasure Train
1:15pm Flashback
2:00pm Hayley Fahey Band
2:45pm Fellowcraft
4:40pm Harry J Smith and the Bling
5:50pm GJ4P Peace Anthem

Performers Stage
10:30am Wandering Lies
11:15am  Caroline Ferrante and the Whole Magilla
12:00pm  SASA Beautiful Day Song Circle - MC Caroline Ferrante, Erin Frisby, Crys Matthews, Jacqueline Pie Francis
3:00pm  Saffron Dance
3:30pm  Addagio Ballet
4:00pm  O'Neill-James Irish Dance

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Goodbye Iota

Such a sad day to acknowledge that my favorite live music venue of all time Iota Club and Café will be closing for good on Sept 30 2017. As reported in detail by ArlNow, the owners have decided to pack it up after their lease ends as the building is being remodeled and ending Iota's unique place in Arlington culture for 23 years. Their final lineup so far is Last Train Home on the 28th and 29th.

While nothing can replace Iota, similar spots like Galaxy Hut down the street and Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown will continue to host bands that would have played here.

I have such fond memories of this place and all the wonderful people I've met there, like Justin Trawick, Derek EvryAlex Parez, Margot MacDonald and Rae Williamson just to name a few. ArlNow has an extensive list of performances that have graced Iota's small stage. Here is a quick list of my favorite shows at the quirky place that kept Clarendon strange:

My first recorded Iota night almost 10 years ago with the fun local band Boxcar Collision.

Matthew Good's oddly quiet show in 2008

The super catchy pop punk Exit Clov bursting with style and cow bells

My first show with Juniper Lane and witnessing Vivion Smith's killer vocals

Ending 2008 on an amazing festive night with Ten Out of Tenn. Might have been the best concert experience ever.

That time Tristan Prettyman sold out her show and the first time I saw a line down the block for Iota. Luckily she came back in 2011.

Reni Lane!!!

Katie Herzig's Hologram song live along with Butterfly Boucher in the same night.

Juniper Lane and Margot MacDonald on the same night in 2012!

The week everything was free at Iota in 2014

Luckily for us the Nine Songwriter Series frequently visited Iota

Derek Evry is awesome. Middle Distance Runner is awesome. And both in the same night!

The unforgettable night with Invisible Witches debuting in summer of 2014.

When Boston based Air Traffic Controller dropped by and forever got their song Hurry Hurry stuck in my head.

Justin Trawick's birthday show in 2015. This is the most musically talented and active guy here.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Red Cross Hurricane Irma Benefit at Iota

This Friday and Saturday night Iota is hosting a concert to benefit the Red Cross Hurricane Relief effort. The $10 suggested donations goes towards people affected by the recent Hurricane Irma. If you can't make the show, you can donate online directly. Since Iota will be closing for good at the end of the month, this may be one of their last charity benefit shows. On the playlist tonight starting 8pm will be:
David Kitchen
PBC Vocal Band
Geff King
Chris Aaron
Jeff Smith

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wilson Hardware officially opens

Wilson Hardware officially opens to the public tonight, Friday September 8. Taking over the space RìRà previously sat in, the owners have completely revamped the interior so it is totally unrecognizable from its pervious dark Irish sports bar. Happy hour is from 5 to 7pm and reservations are on Yelp. Thanks to Arlnow.com for this great drink list:

"Many of the drinks will reference the Virginia Hardware store, which occupied the space from the early 1960s until 2005. The cocktail menu will feature signature drinks such as the Blueprint, a mix of rosé, vodka, cantaloupe, lemon, ancho chile and mint; the Adjustable Wrench made with bourbon, rum, vanilla and chocolate bitters and the Bright Idea, a shareable cocktail for two."

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Plant Nite at Hunan Number One

You may have seen the Paint Nights previously hosted in Clarendon, where participates paint beginner level paintings and sip wine at a bar together, so now get ready for Plant Nite this Wednesday August 30 starting 7pm. Hunan Number One is hosting this event where you can exercise your green thumb and create your own table top garden from terrariums to herbs garden. Of course you will be able to take advantage of Hunan's great happy hour specials and $7 to $9 giant beer steins. You can buy tickets on their website for $56 per person including materials.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Summer Dress Party at Whitlows

Summer isn't over yet at Whitlows! The Clarendon late night staple is throwing a Summer Dress party on Saturday August 26. Starting at 4pm The Sports Junkies radio cast from 106.7 The Fan will host the party.
 The party continues at night as Advanced Party Solutions takes the inside stage at 10pm.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Don Tito Solar Eclipse Party

Don Tito invites you to our Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Come view the eclipse from their rooftop and have some eclipse inspired refreshments and taco specials. Glasses will be provided with FREE Eventbrite RSVP. The party is from noon to 5pm, but the best time to view the eclipse itself is 2:47pm.  Free solar viewing glasses will be provided.

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crooked Angels at Iota

Iota has a full night of Americana music planned for Thursday August 10 with three great acts. Local rock legend Alex Parez, who is frequent at Iota, will play with his band The Hell Rojos bringing acoustic rock and old-time country. Joining them are the alt-country and Americana band from DC area The Walkways. Headlining the night is the "bourbon infused Americana" sounds from the husband and wife band The Crooked Angels. Cover is $10 and doors open at 7:30pm with music usually starting around 9pm.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sundresses and Sangria Day Party at Pamplona

Come and enjoy Pamplona's new brunch party Sundresses and Sangria this Sunday July 23. Expect eloquent sundresses, patio entertainment, sangria pitchers and frozen sangria specials, Pamplona’s best bites, and more!

Featured Sangrias: Sangria Pitchers: Roja, Blanca, Rosé, Sparkling Rosé, Sparkling White, and our Seasonal Watermelon Sangria

Frozen Sangrias: Frozen White and Frosé.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ghosts of Sailors at Sea at Galaxy Hut

Tonight at Galaxy Hut in Clarendon the Boston based Ghosts of Sailors at Sea are playing! This fun band is described as post-rock/math rock/indie. I love their catchy and moody instrumentals with heavy and fast bass lines. Check out their latest album Red Sky Morning at BandCamp. Their song Mary Celeste is now stuck in my head. Also playing with them, to round out the "math rock" theme, is DC's Numbers Station.

If you are not glued to your HBO account watching the season premier of Game of Thrones tonight, make sure to catch both these great acts starting 9pm! Cover is $5.