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Advance tickets can be purchase via Eventbrite.

Ticket prices:  

  • General Admission: $20 advance / $25 gate
  • VIP: $30 advance / $35 gate.  Includes special tented, reserved seating.  Plus free non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Platinum VIP:  $250 advance only. Admits 2. Complimentary meals & festival T-shirts for 2 plus drink tickets (4) and special tented reserved seating. Free non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Children 12 and under free with paying adult! 
  • Well-behaved dogs welcomed, must be leashed
  • No outside food or beverages allowed
  • Anyone consuming alcohol must have ID!

Day 1

4 pm - 9 pm

Festival Kicks off with Blues, Brews & BBQ BLOCK PARTY

Mad Fox Brewing Company. 

444 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

9: 00 pm - ?????

Blues on Broad

Live music in restaurants and bars on and off Broad Street (venues and bands schedule coming soon). Low or no admission.

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Lava Lamps, acoustic finger style blues with fiddle.



124 N Washington St

Falls Church, VA 22046

Lenny Burridge

Irelands Four Provinces (The 4 P's)

105 W.Broad St

Falls Church, VA 22046

Hayley Fahey

Clare & Don's Beach Shack

130 N. Washington St.

Falls Church, VA 22046

Dogwood Tavern

132 W. Broad St.

Falls Church, VA.  22046

10 am - 6 pm During normal business hours

Nothing But the Blues, juried Art Show

Show opening at FirstFriday, June 2 6 - 9 pm

Live music and awards.

Exhibition on display June 2 - June 30th*  During business hours 

Art and Frame of Falls Church

205 West Jefferson Street, Falls Church, VA 22046    703-534-4202

Day 2

8:00 am - noon

Early Bird Blues at the Falls Church Farmers Market

Catch Southbound Steel with Charles Solomon and Rick Steele

10:00 am

Watch Lorenzo the Magician chase the blues away with his magic!

Be sure to see the Blues Book Display for children and adults while there! See the latest and best readings on blues! Ongoing the month of June during regular libary hours

Mary Riley Styles Library

120 N. Virginia Ave. 
Falls Church, VA 22046 

11:00 am

Tas Cru's Musical Workshop for Young & Old

Falls Church Community Center


Welcome: Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation &

City of Falls Church

God Bless America sung by Mr. TrueWill


Linwood Taylor


"Lil Maceo" Kareem Walkes with special guest Slam Allen


Beverly "Guitar" Watkins


Tas Cru & his band of Tortured Souls


The Nighthawks


Mud Morganfield, featuring The Nighthawks

8pm - ???

Blues Crawl with live music

Local Falls Church restaurants and bars Low or no admission cost.

9 pm - 1:00 am

After Party with Kareem Walkes & Slam Allen

JV's Restaurant

Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

50% off admission with festival wristband.

9:00 pm

Justin Shaperio

Ireland Four Provinces (The 4 P's)

105 W.Broad St, Falls Church, VA 

Day 3

2 - 5 pm RAIN OR SHINE

Gospel Fest & Old Fashioned Picnic at the Tinner Hill Historic Site, where it all began.  Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs. The Carter Singers & The Barbour Travelers. Others include Susan R. Carter, and guitarist  Damon Foreman.

Fancy Hat Contest! Wear your Fancy Hat or church crown. Winning contestants will win prizes. Open to ladies and gents!

106 Tinner Hill Rd., Falls Church, VA. 22046.

At the corner of Tinner Hill and S. Washington Street.  

This event is FREE. Free lemonade and sweet tea.

Food for sale

Catering by the Fisherman Cafe of Second Baptist Church

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Tinner Hill Brings Blues Back to Falls Church by Ron Weinstock

Ron Weinstock's blog offers a semi-regular collection of observations, reviews and more about blues, jazz and other matters informed by the blues tradition. He wrote a excellent description of the artist featured at the upcoming Tinner Hill Festival, that with his permission, we'll share.   First up Beverly Guitar Watkins.

Beverly "Guitar’ Watkins (seen performing above) . . . describes her blues,“My style is real Lightnin’ Hopkins lowdown blues. I call it hard classic blues, stompin’ blues, railroad smokin’ blues.” If you’ve never seen a blues lady who can play guitar behind her head, belt out powerful songs and lay down James Brown steps, you’ve never been in the audience when Beverly “Guitar” Watkins was burning down the house. As a teen, she teamed up with the legendary Piano Red and for the next six decades, she has rocked venues with the best of them. Through the years, Watkins has stolen the hearts and blown the minds of audiences across the U.S., Europe, and Australia. And, she is not about to give up her striding, acrobatic style just because she’s marched past 70. Beverly Guitar means business! This Georgia Music Legend Award Winner has worked with James Brown, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Taj Mahal, and played on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. She also had a residency at Underground Atlanta, an Atlanta nightclub. Beverly Watkins is also on the cover of the current Living Blues with her story told there. This is her second appearance at a Tinner Hill Blues Festival and we’re delighted to welcome her back!

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April already and the blues festival is right around the corner!  I can hardly contain my excitement over who's performing Friday at the State Theatre or Saturday at Cherry Hill Park or who'll be jamming at the Blues Brunch on Sunday -- or any of the other All Blues, All Weekend happenings All Over Town! This is my first blues blog and I don't know where to begin. OK, let's start with - what will we drink???  We'll Begin with Beer! Mad Fox Brewing Company, Falls Church's very own brewpub, will provide libations (for purchase) at the Tinner Hill Blues Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Cherry Hill Park (located at 330 Park Ave in Falls Church, VA.) Not only will Mad Fox be on hand to serve ice cold beer, the new Tinner Hill IPA (Indian Pale Ale) will be available.  Just  a couple of weeks ago the award winning brewing company  introduced the new beer and titled it Tinner Hill IPA.  The beer will be sold at the blues festival!  Yes, you heard it right!  The new ale - will be on available for purchase at the blues festival!  Beer, BBQ and Blues, can life get any better than this?  Only if you happen to have a beer named after you! Tinner Hill IPA s a light beer - golden, smooth and rich with a bit of a kick to it.

 But hold it, you don't have to  wait until June 9th to satisfy curiosity or your need to indulge.  Head over to Mad Fox Brewing Company (located at 444 West Broad Street, Suite I, Falls Church, VA 22046.  Phone 703.942.6840) and order a pitcher (or two).  They're open: 11am - 11pm Monday - Wednesday, 11am - Midnight Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 11pm, Sunday, Brunch 10am-3pm.  Visit their website for more information about beer than you ever imagined and see what's cooking on their menu or check.  You know the food is good, when I admit that their shrimp and grits actually hold it's own -- that is a really strong recommendation coming from the creator of "Miss Nellie's Grits and Gravy"! Check out the live musical entertainment schedule  Mad Fox Brewing Company website   BTW be sure to tell Brewer Bill Madden - Nikki sent you!  

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