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Reston Town Center announces lineup for summer concert series

Reston Town Center (staff photo by James Jarvis)

Reston Concerts on the Town will kick off this Saturday (May 18) in conjunction with the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual arts festival.

The Reston Town Center Association (RTCA) and property owner Boston Properties unveiled a performance lineup last week for the free summer concert series, which is now entering its 31st season.

Old Skool, a Cleveland-based group that covers ’80s and ’90s hip hop, R&B and pop hits, will open the season on Saturday at 8 p.m., taking the stage at the Reston Town Center Pavilion (1825 Discovery Street) to close out the first day of the 33rd annual Tephra ICA Arts Festival.

Subsequent concerts will all take place at the pavilion from 7:30-10 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 24. Free garage parking will be available at the town center for all shows, and patrons will have a designated “Sip and Stroll” area where they can imbibe alcohol from five participating restaurants: Ted’s Bulletin, North Italia, Sixty Vines, Capital Burger and True Food Kitchen.

Assembled by a new entertainment director, Party DC, this year’s concert lineup features a variety of acts and genres, from choral music, courtesy of the local Reston Chorale, and a Beatles tribute band to salsa, funk and ’80s hair metal.

“This is the most ambitious lineup we have ever offered, and that’s saying a lot,” RTCA Executive Director Robert Goudie said in a press release. “Given the quality of what we are delivering, all free, there is no greater value in the region, and there is something for everyone of all ages and interests.”

The full Reston Concerts on the Town schedule is below.