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Saturday, July 1, 2017

All American Bar Crawl returns to Clarendon

The fifth annual All American Bar Crawl is returning to Clarendon on Saturday, July 1. Their sister party in Dupont Circle will continue a week later on July 8. Thousands of patriotic dressed and intoxicated party goers will bar-hop through some of the Arlington's most popular bars. Many different bars, DJs, all-day drink specials, and raffles are standard fare for these types of large scale bar crawls. More info on their website such as drink specials:
-$2 Yuengling Lagers
-$3 Summer Wheats
-$3 Rail drinks
-$4 Freedom shots


So far the official list of participating locations is:
  • Mister Days
  • Clarendon Grill
  • Bracket Room
  • Whitlow’s
  • Oz
  • Hunan One
  • Whitlow’s Rooftop
Tickets are $20 online or $30 the day of the event. Long lines tend to form at the registration bars (Mister Days and Clarendon Grill), so either get in line early or work your way backwards (such as starting at Whitlows when its less crowded). Project DC Events offers promo codes almost daily up until the event so check their Twitter feed before purchasing.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

White Ford Bronco at Rosslyn Rocks Concert

Bring your friends and head to Rosslyn Rocks Concert at Central Place Plaza (1800 North Lynn Street) each Thursday evening in June to listen to live music starting 6pm. Each week will be a new cover band, and the first band in the series is the amazing 90s cover band White Ford Bronco!

Enjoy the concerts while sipping on a glass of wine or having a beer in downtown Rosslyn’s newest outdoor space. Proceeds from wine and beer purchases will go to A-SPAN, a charity organization striving to end homelessness in Arlington.

June 1 6-8pm: White Ford Bronco
June 8 6-8pm: Lloyd Dobler Effect
June 15 6-8pm: The 19th St Band
June 22 6-8pm: Jeff from Accounting
June 29 6-8pm: The Monster Band

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Marymount Social at Lyon Hall

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From 5:30 to 8:30 this Thursday, May 11 Marymount University is hosting an alumni happy hour at Lyon Hall. Join other MU grads after work to network and socialize with Marymount alumni and friends. $15 registration includes a drink ticket, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and happy hour specials.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Save Iota

This Wednesday, May 10th from 6-9pm at 2801 Clarendon Blvd, Regency Centers will be holding an open house to show off plans for the redevelopment and take input from the community. The grassroots Save IOTA group plans to tell Regency Centers directly that we want IOTA to be able to stay where they are without their building being redeveloped. They have over 600 signatures on their Change.org petition. Tell Regency Centers why it's important to have a live music venue that focuses on small acts in Clarendon. Before the meeting at 5:30pm we'll be meeting around the corner at IOTA to meet people and give out Save IOTA t-shirts to the first 50 people who show up!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Party Like It's... at Whitlows

The most energetic cover band in the area Party Like It's... will play at Whitlow's on Friday, May 5. This is sure to a lively place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at with this amazingly talented band let by Cathy DiToro's vocals.

Since forming in 2013, Party Like It's has become the go-to band for Arlington and DC events, playing the NHL Winter Classic, Best of D.C. Voting Party and Celebration, game days at Fed Ex Field and Nats park, Big Night DC, and scores of festivals and concert series.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Atoms Apart at Arlington Palooza

The first-ever Arlington Palooza, a free outdoor program for all ages with live music, art, games, and more takes place on Saturday, April 29 from 1-4 pm at Alcova Heights Park. Enjoy live music from a variety of acts:
  • The Stewart Sisters band
  • Sultanas Troupe belly dancing
  • DJs from the Teen DJ Program
  • Atoms Apart: Brothers Mike and Emil Favila are an electronic pop duo from Washington DC. They write, perform and record all their own music, lyrics and videos. Their sound has been compared to bands like Postal Service, M83 and New Order. Their debut album White Label is out now on Bandcamp, Itunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and all major digital outlets. 
More off-stage entertainment will be present with magicians, guitar mini-lesson, moon bounces and art activates. Several food trucks like The Big Cheese and Clarendon's own Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Clarendon Art Festival

The annual Arlington Festival of the Arts returns to the heart of Clarendon this weekend, April 22 and 23rd. Every year in the spring since 2012 the intersections of Washington Blvd and Highland Street are closed to cars for a huge art show and sale. Many unique local artists display their works, including my favorite Whitney "SPOON" Summerford pictured here. You are actually encouraged to use a phone camera to view her hand painted scenes, which helps bring out the abstracted images.

One hundred and fifty national and international artists are set to display their fine works from across the globe in a prestigious show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. Whether your passions run to sparkling jewels and one of a kind paintings; exquisitely crafted glasswork or an art deco sculpture, you are sure to find it during the free, two-day event. Pets welcome.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rosslyn CAFÉ April Arts and Beats


Every Friday in April, come sip and savor local flavors while taking in our local art scene in downtown Rosslyn. Rosslyn BID's April Arts and Beats series features a happy hour with new local artists each week from 6 to 8pm. You'll enjoy complimentary light bites from local restaurants while listening to the beats of DJ Stacks. Cocktails, wine and beer will be available for purchase for only $5. Entrance is free. Register online here.

Held at the Bennet Park Art Atrium (entrance on Pierce Street) this Friday April 21 and the following April 28.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Margot MacDonald at Black Cat DC

Margot MacDonald, a local songwriter, vocalist and live looper, returns to Black Cat in DC this Thursday April 20 to embody the definition of a one-woman band. Her haunting and mesmerizing solo performances have earned her multiple "Artist of the Year" from the Washington Area Music Association. Margot goes onstage at 8pm with $12 cover.

Joining her at Black Cat at 9pm is Vita and the Woolf, an electronic soul pop music group from Philadelphia.

Bonus: Black Cat features the Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball machine!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Alex Parez at Galaxy Hut

On Monday April 17 you can catch Alex The Red Parez and The Hell Rojos will be headlining at Galaxy Hut for their 4th Annual Earth Day Show. Alex Parez is one of the most active players in the local Clarendon music scene, with Alex hosting Iota's open mic night every Wed, manning the door at Iota, and playing frequently in the area. Also playing that night will be Sunchild. Music starts at 8:30pm with the usual $5 cover.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Justin Trawick at Nationals Stadium

This Friday April 14 local favorite musician Justin Trawick and his band The Common Good will be playing at Nationals Stadium. Every Friday home game, the best place to pre-game is at the Budweiser Terrace inside the ballpark.  Enjoy cold Bud and Bud Light and hot tunes from The Common Good. Justin Trawick and The Common Good is a high energy “urban Americana” band with music ranging from bluegrass to hip hop. Concert runs from 2 to 3:50 pm. First pitch is 4:05 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Atoms Apart at Pancakes and Booze DC

The annual Pancakes and Booze art show is hitting Penn Social in DC again this Thursday, April 6. This huge underground music and art party draws thousands of people to the large Chinatown location. This time the Arlington brothers Atoms Apart are performing from 7 to 8:30.

Brothers Mike and Emil Favila are the electronic pop duo Atoms Apart from Washington DC. They write, perform and record all their own music, lyrics and videos. Their sound has been compared to bands like Postal Service, M83 and New Order. Their debut album White Label is out now on Bandcamp, Itunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and all major digital outlets.

Thursday night will include:
- 100+ Emerging Artists
- Live Body Painting
- FREE Pancake Bar
- 21+ EVENT
- And live DJ sets by:

Monday, April 3, 2017

Goodbye Carpool

Carpool is already surrounded with many
high rise apartments in Ballston.
Beloved local bar Carpool in Ballston is set to close its doors and garage bays for the last time this Monday, April 3. Sadly the longtime favorite casual sports bar will be torn down for a 22 story apartment building later this year.

Carpool has occupied a special place in the Arlington night life scene for years as its cheap prices, what-you-expected-from-a-dive bar food, pool and dart games, and a great open area on the patio that connects to the main bar when its garage doors are open. It's one of the few "dive" type bars left in the area, and a key spot for long time regulars and casual happy hours and Penn State grads.

With the nice spring weather upon us Carpool should see lots a business this weekend. Monday night will be the best time to visit as it is also the celebration of opening day for Nationals baseball season.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Blarney Blowout Breakfast

Instead of a St. Patrick's Day bar crawl in Arlington, Project DC Events is throwing a Blarney Blowout breakfast bash on Saturday March 18 morning at multiple Arlington locations. Keep the fun going from the Friday night festivities with a little help of hair of the dog at this Irish breakfast at either A-Town, Pamplona, Clarendon Grill or Courthaus Social.

Tickets are $25 and are for one of the four venues only, so choose your adventure wisely. Tickets include an all you can eat breakfast from 8 to 11am, drink specials, DJs, raffles and outfit contests. Wearing as much green as possible is recommended.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Derek Evry at Black Cat

Local favorite Derek Evry is taking the stage at Black Cat in DC on Friday March 10 for the first time playing in his own band. Derek frequents many Clarendon and DC venues often and is a huge part of our local music scene. In addition, the $12 show ($10 in advance) will feature more music and burlesque:

LIVE MUSIC from:
Jonny Grave & the Tombstones
Oh He Dead
Derek Evry & the Rhythm Section

BURLESQUE by:
GiGi Holliday of Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret
Whiskey Joy of Baltimore, MD

Hosted by:
Jenn Tisdale


This is an exciting time for Derek, as last week was not only his birthday but he also announced his engagement to Emily Henry, also a super talented singer-songwriter. Congrats!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Qianlei Li at Iota

https://www.instagram.com/urnotqianleili/Qianlei Li returns to Iota this Wednesday, March 8 at 10pm to once again play the unique Chinese violin Erhu and perform a variety of music from classic traditional songs to Adele covers. Qianlei has been playing the Erhu since she was six and has performed many times at local venues, including recently at the Verizon center before a Caps game. This Wednesday Qianlei will play along with other local talents at Iota's open mic night, presented by Alex Parez. Free show starts at 8pm.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras Parade and Ball

The Clarendon Alliance is producing the 2017 Clarendon Mardi Gras parade on Tuesday, February 28 starting at Wilson Blvd and N. Barton Street and will continue up Wilson Boulevard, past Liberty Tavern and end on N. Irving Street. Clarendon has for a number of years brought the community together to celebrate Fat Tuesday with an annual parade and nightlife celebrations. After the parade, there will be the Second Annual Mardi Gras Ball at Clarendon Ballroom. There will be live music, great food in the Fat Tuesday tradition with beer, wine and punch. The Mardi Gras Ball is a ticketed event, which along with parade entry fees helps the Clarendon Alliance defray their substantial parade expenses. A portion of the proceeds from the Ball will be donated to our nonprofit partners, Arlington Independent Media, and WERA-FM 96.7. Purchase Mardi Gras Ball Tickets here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Save IOTA!

I nearly had a heart attack when ArlNow.com broke the story of the possible future closing of Iota given the developer Regency Centers plan to the demolish 2800 Clarendon building. Since then, the developer who also owns Market Common Clarendon has responded saying they have "been actively working with the owner of IOTA since we acquired the center to do what we can to keep her as a part of the redevelopment."

Despite those assurances, local fans of the small live music venue that has graced our neighborhood for decades have created a petition to Arlington County to Save Iota and oppose the demolition plan. The next Clarendon Courthouse Civic Association meeting is happening this Thursday February 23 at 7:30pm at the Hyatt Place hotel in Courthouse (where Wilson Tavern used to be).

Come out to the Civic Association meeting Thursday night to voice your opinion and talk directly the developers. With the recent rash of local restaurant closings last year I don't think the community can stomach another loss, let alone a long time historical staple like Iota Club and Café.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Reston Bar Crawl for Fairfax Boxing Club

A former Clarendon resident created the promotion company Rabid Events to help fundraise for local non-profits. Rabid's first event is the bar crawl for the Fairfax Boxing Club being held this Saturday February 11 2-8pm in Reston Town Center. Starting at World Of Beer, portions of the sales will go to support the Fairfax Boxing Club which strives to mentor at-risk youth through boxing and to put them on a track of health, fitness, and community involvement. FBC will receive 25% of every sale and a percentage of restaurant sales as well. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 online.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Silent Disco at A-Town

On Thursday, February 9th, join the crew at A-Town for the grand opening of Silent Disco Thursdays! Watch three DJs compete and go head to head at the same time while you choose any of the three on your headphones and rock out to whichever you choose!

DJ Phlipz - EDM, Top 40, House
DJ Emervize - Bachata, Salsa
DJ Reckless - International, Latin

Tickets are just $5 for your headset for the night.

Friday, February 3, 2017

White Ford Bronco at Clarendon Ballroom

One of the best 90s cover bands out there White Ford Bronco will be playing Clarendon Ballroom  on Friday, February 3. Since 2008, this five member band has played all around the DC area at Clarendon Ballroom, Clarendon Grill and Truckeroo amongst over places. It's no surprise they were named Best Local Cover Band in Washington City Paper earlier this year, as their energetic renditions of your favorite songs and Gretchen's vocals will make you an instant fan of theirs. Music stars at 10pm and cover is $12.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

1969 Classic Albums at Iota

Throwback to 1969 Classic Albums with local musicians at Iota this Saturday January 28! Cover is $12 and music starts at 8:30 pm.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Goodbye Mad Rose

Another late night staple in Clarendon has shut it's doors this weekend with Mad Rose Tavern throwing its Last Call party Saturday Jan 21. This isn't as much as a tear jerker as other recent closings, as the next door Pampola owners Social Restaurant Group also are involved with Mad Rose and are planning on opening a Taiwanese food restaurant Bao Bar to replace Mad Rose.

Mad Rose opened in 2011 with a strange layout and mediocre food. They worked on focusing themselves on their patio hooka service and late night DJ's. In 2013 they made a splash by hosting a Sisqo concert, which I was hoping was going to lead them to more live music shows in the future. They did well with events and parties thrown by Social DC PR and others as well as frequently hosting popular DJs like Yezmin Soliz. Their back patio was their biggest draw, even if it was in an easy to miss location hidden behind 3100 Clarendon office building.

Looking forward to Bao Bar! Hope it opens soon, maybe later in 2017.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Justin Trawick Birthday Show at Iota

Come to Iota in the Clarendon this coming Saturday, Jan 21 night for Justin Trawick's Seventh Annual 29th Birthday Show! Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 8:30pm with Louisa Hall Music opening followed by Justin Trawick and The Common Good! This show will feature Justin's entire band including Jean Finstad on upright bass, Josh Himmelsbach on mandolin, Pete Daniels and Matvei Sigalov on fiddle, rapper Flex Mathews, plus special guests!

Justin Trawick and the Common Good is a high energy "urban americana” band packed full of emotional raw musicianship, heartfelt lyrics, and powerful harmonies.  Justin is a local legend in the Arlington music scene who is very active with solo projects, the Common Good band, creating the Nine Songwriter Series and the Circus Life podcast In February 2014 Justin won Song of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards for his song “All the Places That I’ve Been." Happy birthday Justin!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pamplona Grand Opening

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This week Clarendon welcomes a much anticipated Spanish themed restaurant Pamplona! It is officially opening this Thursday, January 12 in the old Sobe space next to Mad Rose.

Pamplona's Grand Opening will be held on Thursday but if you just can’t wait to get a peek they will  host soft openings beginning on Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11. Come sample their signature black squid ink seafood paella, extensive pinxtos menu, and 8 different sangrias. Pamplona looked great when it was unveiled during their private NYE celebration and is sure to be a hit in the Clarendon nightlife scene.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Goodbye Sehkraft Brewery

Justin Trawick and the Common Good performing
an amazing set at Sehkraft late Dec 2016 
Local authoritative news source ARLNow is reporting the unfortunate news that Sehkraft Brewing is closing early January. The new venue, barely one year old, was one of my favorites with its ambitious goal of being a brewery, butcher meat backed restaurant, outdoor beer garden and live music stage. Their last day will be Tuesday Jan 10. This seems sudden as they had booked bands out until March.

I recently had the opportunity to see Justin Trawick and the Common Good put on a great show, as well as Sehkraft being a home for a short time to the Nine Songwriter Series and Derek Evry's open mic nights. Sadly, it wasn't enough to keep Sehkraft a float combined with the tough restaurant competition in Clarendon.

Sehkraft will be missed. No word yet on what might replace it in the large commercial space on 925 North Garfield Street, but I'm hoping for the best.