A cold beer, food from top Alexandria restaurants, and a free outdoor concert featuring some of the region's best local music -- the formula for a perfect summer night.

    Local musicians will perform on two stages at the 10th Annual Del Ray Music Festival on Saturday, July 22 from 3pm to 8pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Del Ray.  Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and seven of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens.

    The lineup reflects the diversity of the region's music scene:
  • Boss Chiefs --  a four-piece rock band known for their "heavy riffs, loud drums, and heart-on-the-sleeve vocals."
  • Mars Rodeo -- a favorite at Del Ray events, this group touts they "keeps fans guessing" by mixing covers from Jimi Hendrix with Pink and Kings of Leon.
  • Handsome Hound -- WAMU says this folk-rock duo's "catchy, good-natured tunes ... radiate giddiness."
  • Origem -- this trio performs a variety of Brazilian music styles mixed with jazz and funk "to create an exciting unique sound like no other." 
  • Jack Kilby & The Front Line  -- several horn players perform arrangements by Jack Kilby, a T.C. Williams alum, plus other tunes "reminiscent of the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers repertoire."
  • The Derds -- nicknamed "The Hardest Working Band in Del Ray," this all-local band mixes covers with originals drawing from American roots and classic rock. 
  • Feel Free -- this "genre-bending" band, together since their days at Alexandria's George Washington Middle School, blends reggae, rock, funk, and jazz influences.
  • Greenland -- DC Music Download calls this group a "delightfully unorthodox quartet,"  while The Deli writes, "part literal lyric interpretation, part psych colored basement jam session, their music is surely going to entertein you.
  • Precautionary Measures -- "Imagine if Paul McCartney and P Funk had lunch together. Or if Aretha and The Police were at a yacht party," and you get this "funky ... fun" quartet.
  • Elena Y Los Fulanos -- This Wammie-nominated bilingual folk rock band "ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin."
  • Wanted Man -- DC Music Download describes this blues-rock band as "no-B.S. rock ‘n’ roll with an extra edge ... the marriage of the blues to noisy shreds," while WAMU called their full-length debut album "the kind that showcases stellar musicianship and oozes with cool."
     Held each summer, the Del Ray Music Festival celebrates the diverse, local talent in the Washington, DC area music scene. The event is free and open to all.  For more information, visit www.delraymusicfestival.com.

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