MPAartfest 2019

by Rebecca Webb
October 2, 2019

Mark your calendars! MPAartfest 2019 returns for its 13th year to McLean Central Park on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

During MPAartfest, McLean Central Park is transformed into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of juried artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This FREE event features contemporary art, live music throughout the day from some of the DC-area’s best musical talents, a Children’s Art Walk, hands-on art studio, STEAM experiences, food vendors, and much more.

MPA is an independent non-profit 501(C)3 organization. Funds raised at MPAartfest via sponsorships and individual donations support MPA exhibitions and programs throughout the year. Click here to learn how you can support MPA.

MPAartfest 2019 is made possible with the help of the McLean Community Center, and our partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority.

MPAartfest 2019 featured musicians include:

  • 10:00 am—Djangolaya: Djangolaya  presents a wide range of musical configurations from an intimate trio to a six-piece ensemble that really swings. Djangolaya often draws on their large network of gypsy jazz enthusiasts to augment our group to suit any occasion.
  • 11:00 am—Jake Blount: Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjoist, singer and scholar. He’s currently a 2019-20 Artist in Residence at Strathmore and tours nationally. Earlier this year he took first place at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV–the first black musician to do so. Jake will be performing with multi-instrumentalist and composer Clara Delfina at MPAartfest. See a video.
  • 12:00 noon—Great Guitars: Three generations of virtuoso jazz guitar! Featuring guitarists Jan KnutsonSteve Herberman, and Steve Abshire, this trio showcases some of the finest talents in the DC area. See their video.
  • 1:00 pm—Bumper Jackson’s Duo: Bumper Jacksons’ co-founders Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley lead with their signature sun-dappled vocal harmonies, and the multi-instrumentalists trade off on strings and horns, playing fresh originals and dusted-off tunes from their great-grandparent’s coat closet. See their video.
  • 2:00 pm—Black Masala: You want to have a good time? You need brass. Black Masala puts on an amazing, high-energy live show. With rock drive and a willingness to be as weird and wonderful as the party demands, Black Masala woos fans and new listeners. See their video.

    Caz Gardiner & Djangolaya

  • 3:00 pm—Caz Gardiner: Often compared to Tina Turner, Caz is a high energy performer who writes songs of overcoming struggles and celebrating life with a 60’s infused soul pop sound that is as diverse and driving as she is. See her video.
  • 4:00 pm—Blues Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra: The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra is comprised of accomplished student musicians ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old, and their mission is to preserve and promote the big band jazz art form. See their video.

For more information about this wonderful event please McLean Project for the Arts at

Rebecca Webb is a long time friend and colleague of Lizzy Conroy. Rebecca works in the capacity of marketing and business development, writing and social media. Before working with Lizzy in the real estate field, Rebecca worked on Lizzy's Leukemia and Lymphoma Man and Woman of the Year Campaign Team, helping the hard working team win both the local and national championship. Additionally in their past partnerships, Rebecca worked with Lizzy in business development of US partnerships on behalf of The English Manner, a British Etiquette and Luxury Travel company under the leadership of UK-Partner Alexandra Messervy and US-partner Genie Ford.
A busy mother of six children, Rebecca enjoys the brain-break of marketing and writing. At University, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Spanish from George Mason University. Her Spanish minor took her degree studies to Seville and Madrid, with a heritage nod to her ancestors from Valencia. Rebecca's love of travel extends to her Australian husband and their multicultural family life and extended family abroad.
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