/ The DC Traveler
Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on May 19, 2010 at 8:45 am
Filed under: Events, festivals, music

Tinner Hills Blues Festival

Bringing together all blues, all weekend, all over town, the Tinner Hills Blues Festival kicks off Thursday, June 10th at 8:00 pm at The State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia.  Chuck Brown, the undisputed “King of Go-Go,” will get the place going.

Chuck BrownThe festival runs Thursday night through Sunday, and includes numerous blues performances fro9the likes of WAMMIE winner Patty Reese & Band, the Piedmont blues style of MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, more acoustic blues by Phil Wiggins & Corey Harris and Clarence “Blues Man” Turner.

The full schedule details all of the performances, activities and event locations along with ticket information.

And besides lots of great blues, the Tinner Hills Festival offers:

  • Street fair with ethnic foods and music,
  • Tinner Hill: Portraits in Black & White, an original performance based on Falls Church early civil rights history,
  • Art exhibit featuring vintage black & white photographs of Tinner Hill,
  • Tours and kids activities at the historic 1845 Cherry Hills Farmhouse and Barn
  • Panel discussion entitled Red, Black and Blues: Native Americans, African Americans share their blues musical traditions,
  • Lyric, Rhythm, and Rhyme; blues music as poetry,
  • Film screening of “John Jackson; A Blues Treasure,” an award-winning short documentary film on the life and music of John Jackson.

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation has preserved several buildings and historical sights in the area, documenting the neighborhood’s rich history, from the period of Jim Crow and segregation through the fight for equal rights during the Civil Rights movement.

It’s history of civil rights began in 1915 when a few brave African American the Tinner Hill residents, led by teacher and athletics instructor E.B. Henderson and Joseph Tinner, a stone mason and local quarry owner, fought against a proposed ordinance that would have required segregated housing in the area.  They formed the Colored Citizens Protective League (CCPL) which evolved and became the first rural branch of the NAACP in the county.

Dates & Times -  Thursday, June 10 – Sunday, June 13, 2010.

Locations -

  • Cherry Hill Park, Park Ave. and N. Virginia Avenue (main festival site) (map)
  • ArtSpace Falls Church – 410 S. Maple Avenue (map)
  • Mary Riley Styles Public Library – 120 N. Virginia Avenue (map)
  • The State Theatre – 220 North Washington Street (map)
  • Falls Church Community Center – 223 Little Falls Street (map)
  • Cherry Hill Farmhouse & Barn – 312 Park Avenue

Tickets – $10.00 suggested donation (non-ticketed festival events). Some events require tickets and cost extra.

Parking – Street parking is available.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – East Falls Church – Orange line, then a 1 mile walk or cab ride.

Image – dalesun @flickr

Related places:
  1. A
    Cherry Hill Park
    Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, Virginia 22046, United States, undefined
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  2. B
    ArtSpace Falls Church
    410 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, Virginia
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  3. C
    Mary Riley Styles Public Library
    120 North Virginia Avenue, Falls Church, VA
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  4. D
    State Theatre Virginia
    220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA, 22046, US
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  5. E
    Falls Church Community Center
    223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, VA
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