Ira Gitlin

Schedule

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Saturday, November 18

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Country)

The Blue Side Tavern
6 South Bentz St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-0200

9:00 PM-12:00 AM

Our first time at this Frederick night spot. Come help us make a good showing!

Sunday, November 26

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Country)

Azalea City Recordings Holiday Show
AllyWorld
7014-C Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

5:00-7:00 PM

A few days after Thanksgiving, so break out Christmas songs! We’re looking forward to joining some of our Azalea City label mates for a couple of hours of folk, rock, country, swing, klezmer—and who knows what else? Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, yada yada…

Friday, December 1

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

VFW Post 350 (“Hells Bottom”)
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:00-11:00 PM

With special guests Terri & The Back Alley Rhythm Cats.

Saturday, December 2

The Blue Moon Cowgirls (Acoustic Country)

Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Road
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703)771-5281

7:00 PM

Pleased and honored to get to play in this concert series. We’ll be opening for Ralph Stanley II (“Two”) and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Sunday, December 3

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Downtown Holiday Market
8th and F St. NW (In front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery)
Washington, DC 20004

2:30-4:00 PM

Dozens of craft vendors (mostly local) and live music, right in the heart of DC.

Saturday, December 9

Private event

Why not have bluegrass, country, or swing music for your special event? Just drop me a line here.

Saturday, December 9

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Road
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703)771-5281

7:00 PM

This’ll be the first time for Big Howdy (me, Dede Wyland, Randy Barrett, and Tom McLaughlin) at this legendary northern Virginia bluegrass venue! And we’ll be sharing the bill with our friends the Patuxent Partners.

Sunday, December 10

Ira Gitlin and Friends (Bluegrass)

Port City Brewing Company
3950 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703)797-2739

3:30-5:30 PM

I’m really looking forward to playing banjo again alongside of Neel Brown (guitar), John Seebach (mandolin), and Mary Burdette (bass) at this fine Alexandria brewery. There’ll be a great assortment of locally produced beers, a barbecue truck parked right outside, and some no-nonsense (?) bluegrass music. Come on out and join in on the fun!

Sunday, December 31

The Blue Moon Cowgirls (Acoustic Country)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
228 South Pitt Street
Alexandria,VA 22314

7:30-10:30 PM

After an absence of a few years we’re looking forward to being back on the bill for First Night Alexandria, Old Town’s big New Year’s Eve celebration. We’ll be alternating half-hour sets at with singer-songwriter Nicole Belanus.

Friday, January 12

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Creative Cauldron
410 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(571)239-5288

Time TBA.

Saturday, January 13

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

New Deal Café
113 Centerway
Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-5642

8:30-11:30 PM

Always a pleasure to play at this cozy neighborhood hangout in historic Greenbelt. There’s beer and wine, of course, and the last time I was there I had what just might be the tastiest hamburger I ever ate!

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Saturday, February 3

Hank Dietle’s Tavern
11010 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301)881-8711

9:00 PM-12:00 midnight

Friday, March 16

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

VFW Post 350 (“Hells Bottom”)
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:00-11:00 PM

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