Tysons Corner, VA

“American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey is set to perform a free show at The Plaza outside Tysons Corner Center later this week.

Earlier this summer, the mall hosted a free summer concert series. Now, the series is back with one more show Friday (July 26)at 6:30 p.m.

Gokey, a gospel and Christian singer, recently released a new album called “Haven’t Seen It Yet.”

Attendees can bring chairs, blankets and sunglasses on a first-come, first-served basis for space.

Photo via Danny Gokey/Facebook

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Crescendo Studios now has plans to expand after opening a few months ago in Merrifield.

The education-oriented music studio is looking to use a currently empty space adjacent to the studio’s existing location (8101 Lee Hwy), according to Fairfax County documents.

With the extra square footage, Crescendo would offer both an expanded music education center with group and private lessons and on-site recording studios, according to the application.

The studio’s application in June to the county noted that they would be able to increase their clientele and take on around 90 students.

“The majority of the students are expected to be between the age of 7 and 17, though some adults may also enroll,” according to the application.

The music school’s proposed hours of operation would be noon- 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday. The recording studio would be available 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on the weekend.

Crescendo told the county that the expansion would not affect parking in the area.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission is slated to hold a public hearing on the proposal in November.

Photo via Facebook and image 2 via Fairfax County 

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After a slew of noise violations, Bey Lounge agreed with the Town of Vienna to no longer offer live music.

Rami El-Hasrouni, one of the co-owners of Bey Lounge, told the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals last night (Wednesday) that the lounge (303 Mill Street) would no longer need its live entertainment permit, which the board was considering revoking.

“We’re going to be a straight restaurant from now on,” El-Hasrouni told the board.

The issues for the lounge started several months ago when it received a number of noise complaints and then was found guilty of three noise violation cases in a General District Court.

El-Hasrouni told Tysons Reporter that the cost of paying for lawyers and the permit renewal “were way too much” for the lounge, which is known for its Lebanese cuisine and live music.

“Right now, we are in the process of changing the lounge in general just because once we don’t have live entertainment we are going to lose all our customers, so we are very in risk of losing our business right now,” he said.

The “new concept” under consideration could possibly add more seating and “putting more grocery inside the lounge,” he said, adding that a timeframe hasn’t been set yet.

“Hopefully, it works,” he said.

Photo via Google Maps

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Local musician Ricky Parrell plans to celebrate the debut of his first album in August at Jammin’ Java.  

Inspired by a prompt that asks creative writers to craft short stories about items on their keychains, Parrell decided to shift the idea toward another medium — an album he ended up calling “Keys to My Life.” 

Parrell said that his talents as a musician with the United States Air Force Band and experience as an adjunct professor for the Northern Virginia Community College allow him to transcend different musical genres. Listeners can expect to hear six to eight tracks on the album each featuring a different genre or style of jazz.

Despite the variance, Parrell said the album is still meant to flow cohesively. 

“It has been the most challenging thing I’ve done musically, to get everything together and off the ground,” Parrell said.  

One of the largest roadblocks during the creation of his album was a problem with the licensing for one of his tracks when he wanted to cover a song from a Canadian artist. “Getting to that point was like six months of frustration because I couldn’t find the right person to talk to,” he said.

Once he was able to track down the artist, they were excited about the idea of his cover, he said, adding that most artists are excited to get their work out into the world.

Before the big album release, fans can expect two singles accompanied by music videos. Parrell said “My Bike Lock” should appear on his Facebook page before the end of July, while “Man Like You” will be released in early August.

“Keys to My Life” features well-known musicians such as Justin Stanton of Snarky Puppy and Grammy Award Winning trumpet player, Randy Brecker. Stanton and Parrell attended school together and will both perform at the album debut event on Aug. 25. 

Parrell considered hosting the debut in New York City, but decided to keep it local, since he grew up in Vienna. He hopes to help put the city on the map while helping local businesses and foster the music scene.

“Places like Jammin’ Java are rare,” he said. “Big names go through there and you wouldn’t even know it.”

Tickets start at $10 for the debut performance of his album. For an extra $10, attendees can walk away with an album CD. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Second photo courtesy Ricky Parrell

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The Town of Vienna’s free monthly block parties this summer will start on Friday (June 21).

Featuring live music, food trucks and activities, the summer block parties are called “Chillin’ on Church” because they take place on Church Street between Dominion and Mill roads.

Here is the live music line-up:

The summer block parties are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. every third Friday this summer.

The food truck list for this Friday has nearly a dozen vendors, including:

While blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, alcohol not purchased at the party and pets are not.

Photo courtesy Town of Vienna

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The City of Falls Church’s free summer concert series will return this week.

Now in its 27th year, the annual City of Falls Church Concerts in the Park series highlights local musicians with a show every Thursday this summer at 7 p.m. in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue).

The lineup this year:

  • June 20: Falls Church Concert Band, playing concert music
  • June 27: Mountain Fish, a Southern rock and country group
  • July 4: to be determined
  • July 11: Korybantes, playing ’80s, ’90s and modern rock hits
  • July 18: Soul Stew, a Motown band
  • July 25: Big Tow, an alternative and blues band
  • Aug. 1: Big Howdy, a progressive bluegrass band

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic dinner. If it starts to rain, the concert will get moved to the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls Street).

The performer for the Fourth of July concert, which will take place at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike), has not been named yet.

Image via City of Falls Church

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A free summer concert series will kick off Friday (June 7) in the Town of Vienna.

The town partnered with the Rotary Club of Vienna and other sponsors on the “Summer on the Green Concert Series.”

The concerts start at 6:30 p.m. — unless otherwise noted — on Fridays at the Vienna Town Green (144 E. Maple Avenue).

Friday performance schedule:

The concert series also has a handful of performances that are not on Fridays, but do start at 6:30 p.m., including:

Attendees can bring chairs and blankets, but should leave alcohol and pets at home.

If rain clouds roll in, attendees can call 703-255-7842 or the Department of Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 two hours before the event for cancellation information.

Image via Google Maps

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Indie pop band Echosmith is one of the groups set to perform in the 2019 Summer Concert Series outside Tysons Corner Center.

The line-up for the free summer concerts in The Plaza outside the mall was recently revealed today (Tuesday). The concerts featuring iHeartRadio artists all take place on Fridays in June.

The schedule is the following:

Best known for their 2013 single “Cool Kids,” Echosmith was started by a quartet of siblings. In March, the band released their newest single, “Favorite Sound.”

Tucker Beathard is a singer-songwriter who released a country album called “Nobody’s Everything” last year and a single this year called “Better Than Me.”

Grammy-nominated Thompson Square is a country duo, whose 2018 comeback album “Masterpiece” album gave fans a glimpse into the married couple’s personal lives.

Tauren Wells, a Grammy-nominated Christian rock and pop artist, recently dropped his “God’s Not Done With You” single in April.

Photo via Twitter 

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Music lovers looking for free concerts can head to McLean on Sundays this summer.

McLean’s returning summer concert series plans to feature a variety of musical styles, including Latin, brass, jazz, Americana and rock.

The concerts run from June 16 to July 29.

June lineup:

July lineup:

Sponsored by The Alden at the McLean Community Center, the concert series takes place every Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. in the gazebo of McLean Central Park (1468 Dolley Madison Blvd).

Photo courtesy McLean Community Center

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A musical about how women won the right to vote is coming to the Town of Vienna for a sold-out preview ahead of a national tour.

19: The Musical” chronicles the struggles of women suffragists, including Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Inez Milholland.

Ratified Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment made it illegal to deny U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. The show’s national tour for this fall coincides with the amendment’s centennial next year.

From the musical’s website:

The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, traditional musical standards style, spoken word, hints of gospel and dance. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment; our goal is to get a full production of 19 up and running, and onto a stage by the end of 2019.

The show’s book and lyrics were created by Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw, the cofounders of the Alexandria-based Through the 4th Wall. The show’s music is by film composer Charlie Barnett.

All 200 tickets got snapped up for the special preview performance at the Vienna Community Center (120 Cherry Street SE) on Friday (May 17), according to the musical’s Facebook page. The preview will include songs, dance and narration from the first and second acts of the show.

Photo via Facebook

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