Thursday, July 1, 2010


July 1

PAT MCGEE BAND The popular concert rock band from Virginia behind "Save Me" was formed by McGee after he graduated from college. With D.C.-based rock quartet Honor by August. 8 p.m. Wolf Trap National Park, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1868. 877-965-3872. $25-$32.


July 2

GIPSY KINGS The flamenco group began as a family band of singer-guitarists and hit it big with its single "Bamboleo." They recorded the Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" featured in "Toy Story 3." Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Wolf Trap National Park, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1868. 877-965-3872. $25-$42.

CLIPSE AND MAMBO SAUCE Mambo Sauce, the go-go band known for "Welcome to D.C." and "Miracles," formed in 2005. The Virginia Beach hip-hop duo Clipse emerged in 2002 with "Lord Willin' " and released "Til the Casket Drops" in December. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., concert at 9:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. $20 in advance, $25 day of the show.


July 3

PATRIOTIC PICNIC This all-day event includes artist demonstrations on the quad, live music, food and a children's area. The concerts include Thrive, an acoustic duo (2 p.m.), the New Dominion Choraliers (6 p.m.) and the Rebel Run Dixieland Band of the City of Fairfax Band (7 p.m.). 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-495-0001. Suggested donation $5.

"SUBURBAN MOTEL George F. Walker's set of plays depicts oddball characters in a seedy motel room. Contains adult content. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., closes Saturday at 8 p.m. 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. $25, students $15.

POTOMAC NATIONALS The Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals starts a four-game series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Saturday. The Saturday and Sunday games mark the Fourth of July with fireworks and an all-you-can-eat picnic. Saturday-Sunday at 6:35 p.m., Monday-Tuesday at 7:03 p.m. G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. 703-590-2311. $24 for game and picnic on Saturday-Sunday. Game tickets $8-$14; seniors, military and age 6 and older $7-$9; age 5 and younger free.

UPPER EAST SIDE BIG BAND Swing and jazz music with the 19-piece group from Richmond. Part of a summer concert series. 7:30-10 p.m. Reston Town Center Pavilion, 1818 Discovery St., Reston. 703-912-4062. Free.


July 4

GREAT FALLS FOURTH OF JULY The holiday celebration starts with the annual baby parade of youngsters dressed in red, white and blue (registration at 8:45 a.m., parade at 9 a.m.). Then comes the main parade with firetrucks, horses, floats and antique cars (10 a.m.) There will be food, games and activities in the morning (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). In the evening, activities include inflatable rides for kids (6 p.m. at the Turner Farm, Georgetown Pike and Springvale Road). The day caps off with fireworks at dusk (Turner Farm). Great Falls Village Center, Georgetown Pike and Walker Road. Free.

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