ALXnow has good news and bad news.
The good news — not to step on The Zebra’s beat — is Gordon Lightfoot is coming to The Birchmere (3701 Mt Vernon Avenue). The more on-brand bad news: the show is already sold out.
Shows coming up in March include:
- March 10: The Oak Ridge Boys
- March 11: The Voices of Motown
- March 12: An Evening with Tom Rush
- March 13: Harmony Sweepstakes
- March 17: Edwin McCain
- March 18: Joshua Radin
- March 19: The Smithereens
- March 20: Christian de Mesones
- March 22: Langhorne Slim
- March 24: Euge Groove
- March 25 and 26: The High Kings
- March 27: The English Beat
- March 28: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs
- March 29: Delta Sprint
- March 30: Pokey LaFarge
- March 31: Joan Osborne
Then in April:
- April 1: The Manhattans
- April 2: Bob Schneider
- April 4: Walter Trout and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
- April 6: Tab Benoit
- April 7: Asleep at the Wheel
- April 8 and 9: Average White Band
- April 10: Cowboy Junkies
- April 11 and 12: The Bacon Brothers
- April 13: Gordon Lightfoot
- April 14: Sergio Mendes
- April 15: Eaglemania
- April 16: James McMurtry
- April 18: The Zombies
- April 19: Delamitri
- April 20: Three Dog Night
- April 21: Leonid & Friends
- April 22: Shawn Colvin
- April 23: 10,000 Maniacs
- April 24: Joey Alexander
- April 25 and 26: Aimee Mann
- April 27: Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer
- April 28: Raul Malo
- April 29: Al Stewart
- April 30: Janis Ian
The full list of upcoming events at The Birchmere is available online.
Photo via Image via The Bacon Brothers/Facebook
SROs in hot water over alleged inappropriate sexual messages — “The investigation stems from a recent report by a former student about alleged sexually inappropriate conversations that occurred during her time at the school, according to two people familiar with the inquiry but not authorized to speak about it on the record.” [Washington Post]
Holiday theft down in the city — “According to data collected by the Alexandria Police Department, a total of 56 shoplifting and concealment incidents have been reported for November and December, with a few weeks still left in December. This marks a decrease from 2020, which had 93 cases over the same two months, and 2019, during which 111 cases occurred over the same two months.” [Alexandria Times]
Afghan siblings, wounded in Kabul airport bombing, seek new life in Northern Virginia — “Mina, 8, and her brother Faisal, 13, navigated a tricky route to arrive in Alexandria. Now they must build a new life, while mourning the one they left behind.” [Washington Post]
Over 50 years of an iconic music venue in Alexandria — “Birchmere tell-all book by local writers published in November.” [Alexandria Gazette]
Arlandria music venue The Birchmere has a jam-packed schedule for the holiday season, with a few notable big names and old favorites returning.
Coming up later this week is musician Chris Isaak, best known for his 1989 single Wicked Game.
Classic 70s rock band America is coming to the Birchmere next month, though unfortunately the show is already sold out.
Birchmere frequent guest KT Tunstall — whose hits like Black Horse and the Cherry Tree were everywhere around 2006 — is also making a return in December. With a completely different vibe: surrealist filmmaker John Waters is also returning to the Birchmere for his yearly Christmas show.
There’s a lot in store this week in Alexandria. Here’s a few events to look forward to.
Wednesday, September 8
- Blue Oyster Cult at The Birchmere (7:30 p.m.) — The 1960s-era band is known for such hits as ” The Reaper”, “Burnin’ for You”, and “Godzilla”. All guests must provide proof of vaccination if they want to attend the performance.
- Outdoor story time for toddlers (11:30 a.m.) –This outdoor program is perfect for ages two-to-five, and will be held outdoors and in-person at Burke Branch Library. Masks are required, and you might want to bring something to sit on.
- Trivia night at The Light Horse (7 p.m.) — “Grab your mates & head down to 715 King Street for a great evening of Q&A in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Delicious food, cold craft beers and delish cocktails await”
Thursday, September 9
- Julia Fordham at The Birchmere (7:30 p.m.) — The British singer-songwriter is performing after her shows were rescheduled from April and October 2020, and all tickets from those shows will be honored. Additional tickets for Thursday night are on sale.
- Willa Cather book discussion (7 p.m.) — “In the upcoming year, a statue of novelist Willa Cather will be installed in statuary hall in the U.S. Capital Building. Let’s celebrate with a discussion about one of Cather’s intriguing novels, The Professor’s House.”
Friday, September 10
- August Wilson’s “Fences” at the Little Theatre of Alexandria (7 p.m.) — “Join Manumission Tour Company on September 10th at 7pm to see a special performance of August Wilson’s famous play, FENCES. Proceeds raised from this special showing will go to the production of an upcoming MTC about black history in Old Town’s South East Quadrant.”
Saturday, September 11s
- September 11 remembrance ceremony (10 a.m.) — The city will honor all of the victims on the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11. The event will be held at Waterfront Park, or, in the event of rain, at City Hall. Masks are required at the event.
- Madeleine Peyroux ‘Careless Love Tour’ at The Birchmere (7:30 p.m.) — The American singer-songwirter with Parisian roots will perform vintage jazz and blues.
Standards of Learning Test participation drops in Alexandria — “At ACPS, 60 percent of eligible students participated in the spring 2021 SOL tests. In past years, the school division had participation above 98 percent. The SOL pass rates for ACPS for all participating students were 57 percent for reading, 82 percent for writing, 44 percent for history and social science, 39 percent for mathematics, and 43 percent for science.” [Patch]
Fire Department trains at The Birchmere — “Recently, AFD conducted a multi-company drill at the Birchmere on Mount Vernon Avenue. Regular training, communication, and familiarization with their coverage areas keeps our first responders well prepared to respond during emergency situations in the City.” [Facebook]
Today’s weather — “Mostly sunny in the morning then increasing clouds with some scattered thunderstorms later in the day. High 92F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%… Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms (in the evening). Low 73F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.” [Weather.com]
New job: Restaurant manager — “Restaurant AGM responsibilities include, managing day to day operations, guest satisfaction, payroll and supervising restaurant staff performance. To be successful in this role, you should be familiar with restaurant operations and have a good understanding of what makes a great guest experience. You should also be available to work weekdays including weekends and holidays.” [Facebook]
Former City Councilman Connie Ring dies — “Carlyle Conwell “Connie” Ring, Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2021, at his home at Goodwin House, Alexandria, Virginia… He was an appointed member of the Alexandria School Board from 1969 to 1978, and chairman from 1976 to 1978. During this time, he was involved in the integration of public schools in Alexandria. Connie later held a seat on Alexandria’s City Council from 1979 to 1988.” [Legacy.com]
Alexandria starts pilot program to rename Confederate-named streets — “Alexandria is launching a pilot program and new process for residents to request changes to street names in the City of Alexandria.” [Alexandria Living]
The Birchmere is requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test — “Effective Wednesday, Aug. 25, all attendees, artists and staff will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before attending an event. The venue will accept three types of documentation: a physical vaccination card, digital copy of a vaccination card that matches a person’s photo ID, or negative test within the past 72 hours that matches a person’s photo ID. A physical or digital test will be accepted.” [Patch]
Brewski’s Barkhaus is celebrating National Dog Day in style — “Barkhaus opens early at 11 AM on August 26 with free puppuccinos, ‘dog beer,’ and food specials. Later, get dressed up for The Pet Gala, a ticketed event supporting the National Humane Society from 7:30 to 10PM. Black tie attire is required for all pups and humans, and tickets ($75) are on sale now.” [Washingtonian]
Alexandria firefighters to get collective bargaining training — “We’ll be running through our game plan on how we can lower holdovers, improve pay, improve working conditions, and ensure that WE the WORKERS have a seat at the table when decisions are made!” [Facebook]
Today’s weather — “Sunshine and clouds mixed (during the day). Hot and humid. High 94F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph… Partly cloudy skies (in the evening). A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 75F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]
New job: Cannabis reviewer — “We are a DC-based start-up and cannabis review site that is rapidly growing. We are looking for cannabis connoisseurs who think they have what it takes to join our ranks as a reviewer of Virginia medical marijuana dispensary products and homegrows. This role is mostly remote but does require the ability to travel throughout one or more Virginia counties to pick-up or receive deliveries. For consideration candidates must be local to Northern Virginia and have a valid Virginia medical marijuana license.” [Indeed]
Next month, likely the biggest headlining band is 60s/70s rock band Three Dog Night, performing on August. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $79.50.
Go-go star turned Alexandria High School teacher Sugar Bear, frontman for local band Experience Unlimited and featured in this year’s Oscars, will be performing at The Birchmere for a birthday celebration on Aug. 8.
Other upcoming shows include:
- July 30: Judith Hill
- July 31: The Fabulous Thunderbirds
- Aug. 4: Shinyribs
- Aug. 6: Air Supply: The Lost in Love Experience
- Aug. 7: 1964: The Tribute
- Aug. 8: Sugar Bear
- Aug. 9: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Aug. 11: En Vogue
- Aug. 12: Paul Thorn
- Aug. 13: Chrisette Michele
- Aug. 15: Jonathan Butler
- Aug. 17 and Aug. 18: Colin Hay
- Aug. 19: Pure Praire League and Firefall
- Aug. 20: Kathy Mattea
- Aug. 21: Tanya Tucker
- Aug. 21: A Night of Pure Elegance
- Aug. 25: The Secret Sisters
- Aug. 27: Bo Deans and Billy Coulter
- Aug. 28: Three Dog Night
- Aug. 29: John B.
- Aug. 30: Leonid & Friends
- Aug. 31: Todd Snider
The Birchmere’s rundown for the next few months is full of as many 2021 rescheduling as upcoming shows, but there’s still plenty on offer at Alexandria’s historic music venue.
One of the most high profile acts scheduled for the rest of 2020 is KT Tunstall, scheduled for Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” was a 2005 earworm that became a hit and featured in everything from The Devil Wears Prada to the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Coronavirus is on the rise in Virginia again, and the director of Alexandria’s Health Department warned locals to choose lower-risk activities. For its part, The Birchmere is operating at around 40% capacity, or 200 attendees, along with other safety precautions listed on the venue’s website.
- Nov. 19: Tab Benoit
- Nov. 21: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer
- Nov. 22: Al Green Tribute Experience
- Nov. 27: The Seldom Scene and Dry Branch Fire Squad
- Nov. 28: Charles Esten
- Dec. 3: Will Anderson of Parachute
- Dec. 4: Tribute to The O’Jays featuring Forever Yours
- Dec. 5: Hip Huggers Superfly 70’s and 80’s
- Dec. 6 and Dec. 7: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
- Dec. 10: Gary Hoey “Ho Ho Hoey’s Rockin’ Holiday Tour”
- Dec. 11: Legends of R&B, featuring Tyra Levone, Anissa Hargrove, Karen Linette
- Dec. 12: Junior Brown
- Dec. 13: Wynonna Judd
- Dec. 15 and Dec. 16: KT Tunstall
- Dec. 17 and Dec. 18: Carbon Leaf
- Dec. 19 and Dec. 20: A Very MAYSA Christmas
- Dec. 21: An Evening with Damien Escobar
- Dec. 26: Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience
- Dec. 27: Citizen Cope
- Dec. 28: Deanna Bogart
- Dec. 29: Live at the Fillmore — definitive tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band
- Dec. 30: Kindred the Family Soul
- Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve with The Seldom Scene, Sideline and Shannon Bielski & Moonlight Drive
Photo via kttunstall.com
Country Music Hall of Famer Marty Stuart will play The Birchmere on Halloween night, and the celebrated music hall in the city’s Arlandria neighborhood has a full slate of performances all this month.
Stuart, who started his career playing with Johnny Cash’s road band, will play at 7:30 p.m. on October 31.
There are a number of other well known artists performing throughout the month.
The full schedule is below.
- Wednesday, Oct. 7: Raul Malo
- Friday, Oct. 9: Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Tribute)
- Saturday, Oct. 10: John Kadlecik (Solo Acousti’Lectric)
- Sunday, Oct. 11: Eclipse: The Ultimate Journey Tribute
- Friday, Oct. 16: Double Vision – The Foreigner Experience
- Saturday, Oct. 17: Huggy Lowdown with Chris Paul and Friends
- Tuesday, Oct. 20: Samantha Fish
- Thursday, Oct. 22: Drew Lynch
- Friday, Oct. 23: Drew Lynch
- Saturday, Oct. 24: Free Flowing Musical Experience
- Sunday, Oct. 25: Tom Paxton and The DonJuans & John McCutcheon
- Monday, Oct. 26: The Allman Betts Band
- Tuesday, Oct. 27: The Allman Betts Band
- Wednesday, Oct. 28: The Wild Feathers
- Friday, Oct. 30: An Intimate Evening With Marty Stuart
- Saturday, Oct. 31: An Intimate Evening With Marty Stuart
Taking advantage of Phase 3 of reopening’s opening of entertainment locations, Arlandria music venue The Birchmere (3701 Mt Vernon Avenue) is back with new shows planned every Friday and Saturday.
The Birchmere website notes that some changes are in effect for the location. Masks are required when visitors are not seated — such as in the bathroom or when entering or exiting the building. Tickets now also have an additional $5 fee. Tickets for all shows are $15 and available online or at the box office on the day of the show.
Owner Gary Oelze said on the website that he hopes for operations at The Birchmere to be back to normal by August.
In other ways, though, the venue remains the same. The location has free parking, general admission, and no minimums on food or beverage purchases.
- Fri. July 17: Skinny Wallace
- Sat. July 18: Jumpin’ Jupiter
- Fri. July 24: The Nighthawks
- Sat. July 25: Free Flowing Musical Experience
- Fri. July 31: The Roadducks
Photo via The Birchmere