Portside in Old Town Summer Festival Announced for June 22, 2019 May 17, 2019

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Portside in Old Town Summer Festival Announced for June 22, 2019

headerKick Off Summer with Live Music, a Waterfront Beer Garden, and Family Fun

Alexandria, VA—Kick off summer with a day of live music featuring an array of creative collaborations and genres, from Ethiopian jazz to Brazilian to Latin folk, at the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the new Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street. The summer festival builds upon the excitement and success of the Portside in Old Town Festival in the fall of 2018 and focuses on the global cultural influences that stem from Alexandria’s history as a Port City and continue today. Toast to summer at a waterfront beer garden by Port City Brewing Company, and savor bites from a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso or Rocklands BBQ. Cool off with a treat from Dolci Gelati as you enjoy fun for the whole family, including hands-on arts and history activities.

Musical acts include Elena & Los Fulanos (2:15-3 p.m.), Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj: Bhairavi Beatbox (3:15-4 p.m.), Feedel Band (4:15-5 p.m.), Cissa Paz (5:15-6:15 p.m.), and Black Masala (6:45-8 p.m.). Alexandria-based musicians and founders of the Yellow Door Concert Series, Vaughn and Robyn Ambrose, are guest musical curators and emcees for the event.

Activities happening throughout the festival include hands-on Portside History experiences exploring Alexandria’s past as a key port of trade, presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria, an artist-led "Make-n-Take" visual arts activity presented by The Art League, an instrument petting zoo from the new School of Rock Alexandria, and jewelry making and fun with bubbles in celebration of Pride Month, presented by NOVA Pride and Safe Space NOVA. Attendees can also enjoy an array of lawn games and explore Mirror Mirror, a rainbow-hued public art installation created by SOFTlab through the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts.

Artist Lineup
Elena & Los Fulanos

Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, they have been creating music that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin rock. In 2014, they released their debut Wammie-nominated album, Miel Venenosa, with CD release shows in both Washington, D.C. and Managua, Nicaragua. 

Nistha Raj & Christylez Bacon

Grammy nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj present the groundbreaking collaborative program “Bhairavi Beatbox: Hip Hop Meets the Music of India.” The duo mixes genres of music native to their cultural upbringings: acoustic Hip-Hop, Go-Go music of Washington, D.C., and classical music of Northern India to create an entirely new sound and intersection for people of Indian and African-American heritage.

Feedel Band

The Feedel Band’s sound can best be described as an East African jazz, a merging of 1960s R&B and funk with traditional Ethiopian songs and instruments. The band features artists and music from the hugely popular Éthiopiques series on the Buda CD label that has helped turn Ethiopian jazz music from the 60s and 70s into a hipster obsession.

Cissa Paz

Singer-songwriter Cissa Paz has made a name for herself in D.C. as an eclectic performer influenced by the local jazz sounds and her Brazilian Indigenous/African background. Nominated for 3 Wammies, her debut album gained great organic momentum. Cissa’s captivating stage presence and soulful voice bring music that is upbeat and engaging.

Black Masala

D.C.’s Black Masala believes if you want to have a good time you need brass. The band harnesses all the good times sunk in the Romany, second-line, bhangra and funk horn parts that have gotten huge swaths of the planet up and dancing. With rock drive and a willingness to be as weird and wonderful as the party demands, Black Masala woos fans and new listeners with Trains and Moonlight Destinies, a tribute to the ins and outs of love, fate, and wanderlust. 

The Portside in Old Town Summer Festival is produced by Visit Alexandria through the King Street Corridor Initiative, a partnership focusing on beautification, programming and marketing of Alexandria’s historic downtown corridor, spearheaded by the City of Alexandria and Visit Alexandria with additional support from private funders. Special thanks to the King Street Corridor Initiative’s Founding Funders, including lead partners Alexandria Hotel Association, Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Asana, Carr Hospitality and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. View a full list of Founding Funders.

For a full festival schedule and more information, visit PortsideFestival.com.

Additional Waterfront Beer Garden Weekends

Fans of Port City Brewing Company are invited to return to Waterfront Park for two subsequent Waterfront Beer Garden weekends June 28-30 and July 5-7, 2019. In addition to classics like Optimal Wit, Port City will highlight different beers each weekend. The first weekend, Meggrolls will be on-site to offer creative eggrolls with a twist. Over the Fourth of July weekend, attendees can enjoy their beer with BBQ from Chadwicks on Friday and Saturday, Rocklands BBQ’s food truck on Saturday and Smoking Kow BBQ’s food truck on Sunday. Cool off with treats from Dolci Gelati both weekends. Attendees can also enjoy lawn games, live music from artists like NACIM and DJs such as DJ G throughout the weekends.

Festival & Beer Garden Event Listings

Portside in Old Town Summer Festival
June 22, 2019 from 2-8 PM
Waterfront Park
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission; $ for food and drink
PortsideFestival.com 

Kick off summer with a day of live music featuring an array of creative collaborations and genres, a beer garden from Alexandria’s award-winning Port City Brewing Company, plus local food, hands-on arts and history activities, and fun for the whole family on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront at the foot of King Street. Enjoy a musical line-up ranging from Ethiopian jazz to Brazilian to Latin folk along with crisp Port City beers, bites from Pizzeria Paradiso and Rocklands BBQ, and treats from Dolci Gelati. Activities happening throughout the festival include hands-on Portside History experiences presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria, an artist-led "Make-n-Take" visual arts activity presented by The Art League, an instrument petting zoo from the new School of Rock Alexandria, and jewelry making and fun with bubbles in celebration of Pride Month, presented by NOVA Pride and Safe Space NOVA. Attendees can also enjoy an array of lawn games and explore Mirror Mirror, a rainbow-hued public art installation created by SOFTlab through the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts.

Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
June 28-30 and July 5-7, 2019
Fridays 5-8 p.m.; Saturdays 12-8 p.m.; Sundays 12-4 p.m.
Waterfront Park
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission; $ for food and drink
PortsideInOldTown.com

Toast to summer at the Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company, part of Portside in Old Town programming at the new Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street. Over two weekends, enjoy award-winning craft beer plus local food and entertainment including live music and DJs. In addition to classics like Optimal Wit, Port City will highlight different beers each weekend. The first weekend, Meggrolls will be on-site to offer creative eggrolls with a twist. Over the Fourth of July weekend, attendees can enjoy their beer with BBQ from Chadwicks on Friday and Saturday, Rocklands BBQ’s food truck on Saturday and Smoking Kow BBQ’s food truck on Sunday. Cool off with treats from Dolci Gelati both weekends. Attendees can also enjoy lawn games, live music from artists like NACIM and DJs such as DJ G throughout the weekends.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com

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