Annandale Fall Festival 2011 Preview: The Entertainment
Take a peek at what you and your family can expect at this year's festival and parade
The 2011 Annandale Fall Festival and Parade, sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, is on Saturday, Oct. 22. To help you and your family plan how to best spend your time at the festival, Annandale Patch will run daily previews of the festival activities Tuesday, Oct. 18 through Thursday, Oct. 20, ending with a guide on Friday, Oct. 21. Read on below to learn more about all of the entertainment at the festival.
This year's performances at the festival are expected to top last year's line up with a few favorites returning for another year. Get the full entertainment schedule below and learn a little about each of the performers.
What: Entertainment Zone
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Safeway, 7414 Little River Turnpike
10 a.m. - Reunion Music Brass Ensemble
Part of the Reunion Music Society ensembles, the Reunion Music Brass Ensemble, or the Annandale Brass, is a 20+ person group comprises musicians from the Northern Virginia Community College Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble performs spring and winter concerts at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the NOVA-Annandale campus and performed at last year’s Annandale Fall Festival.
10:45 a.m. - Reunion Music Jazz Orchestra
Like it’s sibling group, the Annandale Brass, the Reunion Music Jazz Orchestra (RMSJO) is part of the Reunion Music Society ensembles. The RMSJO is led by music director Herb Smith and the group performs a variety of jazz pieces from the 1930s to 1950s. According to their website, the “RMSJO performs as a trio, quartet, quintet, a seventeen-piece ensemble, or a big band with strings.”
11:30 a.m. - Logan Kraft Band
Made up of Logan Kraft, lead singer and guitarist, John Hazelwood on vocals and keyboard, Robbie Mellinger on guitar, and James Rider on drums, the Northern Virginia group is bringing their pop/rock sound with a twinge of blues and folk music to the Annandale Fall Festival stage. The band has played at popular local music venue Jammin’ Java in Vienna and tours occasionally as a solo or duo group when the occasion calls for it. You can listen to music from the Logan Kraft Band on their website.
12 p.m. - Fraternidad Cultural Los Quechuas Dance Dancers
This Bolivian dance group was a treat for festivalgoers at last year’s festival. See video of the dancers here on Annandale Patch.
12:30 p.m.- Melanie Reuter, FCHS Broadway Hits
Falls Church High School’s own Melanie Reuter, who has starred in FCHS productions such as Booby Trap, Working, and The Diviners will perform a medley of Broadway hits on Saturday. Reuter will also perform the National anthem at the festival.
12:45 p.m. - The Traveling Storyteller, Denise Langhorne
Travelin’ Woman Storytell Denise Langhorne, from Norfolk, VA, will perform “The Country Mouse Goes Visiting” and “The Royal Elephant” in the Reading Tent at 12 p.m. Then at 2 p.m, she will tell two more stories, “Unhappy Sombrero” and “Why the Cheetah has Tears”. Langhorne’s stories are geared toward a younger audience. At 12:45 p.m., Langhorne will don a costume and perform a dance and vocal routine on the main festival stage for all to enjoy. According to the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, Langhorne’s story on the main stage will tell the “story of an unexpected and unique journey through time beginning three centuries ago.”
1:15 p.m. - Performance by Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio
Based in Annandale, the students at Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio are back at this year’s festival. The group thrilled festivalgoers at last year’s festival with their performance of various martial arts skills. If you miss the group at the parade on Saturday morning, be sure to catch their demonstration at 1:15 p.m.
1:25 p.m. - Fraternidad Cultural Pachama Dancers
There will be not one, but two Bolivian dance groups at this year’s festival. The Fraternidad Cultural Pachama are sure to stun the crowd with their vibrant and colorful outfits and cultural dance routines.
1:45 p.m. - Annandale Saxophone Ensemble
3 p.m. - Headliner Tory Bailey
Country singer Tory Bailey has the honor of headlining this year’s festival. Bailey, who’s been in the industry for the last 20 years, has opened and performed with some big names such as Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam, and Sara Evans, according to his website. For a taste of what to expect, visit Bailey’s website and learn more about him here in his biography
4:15 p.m. - The Mango Project Band
Closing out the festival entertainment will be the Washington, D.C. based group the Mango Project Band. The five member’s music is a little bit of everything: R&B, contemporary and smooth jazz, pop, funk and more. Comprised of lead singer Linda Russell, bassist Bobby Bush, drummer and percussionist Leo Alvarez, keyboardist Colton Hammond, and guitarist Pat Mackin, the Mango Project Band sounds like the perfect end to what is sure to be a great time. You can preview the Mango Project Band’s music on their website.