The Bands, The Brews: Your Complete Guide to Saturday's Del Ray Music Festival

July 20, 2017 10:42 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

   A cold beer (or margarita or wine!), food from some of the area's top restaurants, and a free outdoor concert featuring some of the region's best local music.  We can't think of a more perfect summer night. 

     The 10th Annual Del Ray Music Festival will take place on Saturday, July 22 from 3pm to 8pm on Mount Vernon Avenue between Uhler and Custis Avenues.  Local musicians will perform on two stages in the heart of Del Ray, while seven of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens. 

    Returning to the Del Ray Music Festival as this year's headliner is 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 debut album "the kind that showcases stellar musicianship and oozes with cool."  They join ten other bands at the festival, representing the diversity of the music scene in the region -- including classic rock, jazz, reggae, bilingual folk rock, and more.

    Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and seven of Del Ray's top restaurants -- Caboose Cafe, Cheesetique, Taqueria el Poblano, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Stomping Ground, and Del Ray Pizzeria -- will host pop-up beer gardens.

     The bands:

Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
located at the intersection of Mount Vernon & Oxford Avenues
3pm: 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.
3:50pm: 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. 
4:50pm: Elena Y Los Fulanos -- This Wammie-nominated bilingual folk rock band "ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin."
5:45pm: 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 entertain you."
6:40pm: Handsome Hound --  WAMU says this folk-rock duo's "catchy, good-natured tunes ... radiate giddiness."
7:35pm: 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." 

Bean Creative Stage
located on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue
3pm: Boss Chiefs --  a four-piece rock band known for their "heavy riffs, loud drums, and heart-on-the-sleeve vocals."
3:55pm: 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.
4:50pm: 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."
5:45pm: Feel Free -- this "genre-bending" band, together since their days at Alexandria's George Washington Middle School, blends reggae, rock, funk, and jazz influences.
6:40pm: Origem -- this trio performs a variety of Brazilian music styles mixed with jazz and funk "to create an exciting unique sound like no other." 

     The brews:

Pork Barrel BBQ will exclusively feature Port City Brewery
Taqueria Poblano will feature their signature margaritas as well as Oscar Blues Beerito, a Mexican style amber
Stomping Ground will feature Schafly Grapefruit IPA and Schafly Summer Lager
St. Elmos / Market to Market (M2M) will feature Two Roads Brewing Co.'s Ol' Factory Pils, Lil Heaven Session IPA, and Road Jam Raspberry Wheat 
Del Ray Pizzeria will feature 16 taps from various breweries including Hardywood, Triple Crossing, Old Ox, Cru, Austin Eastciders, Charm City Meadworks
Cheesetique will feature Aves del Sur Sauvignon Blanc, Borsao Rose, and La Boussole Pinot Noir wines, plus 
Port City beers on draught and Potter's Craft Cider from bottles
Caboose will feature Southern Tier IPA and Fireman's Pilsner and Fireman's Seasonal Ale

     The featured non-profit is The Carpenter's Shelter; all proceeds from water sales will help support their emergency cool-down shelter during extreme heat and their year-round work to help the homeless achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy.

     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

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