Entertainment slots already filling up for 2017 event

Three of the musical groups that performed at the 2016 Taste of Annandale have already signed on to the 2017 event.

The Blue Book Value band features a mix of blues, swing, and rock – with songs from the likes of Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Sara Bareilles, Delbert McClinton, Van Morrison, and the B52s.

“It’s music people can dance to. We play what we like and what the crowd likes,” says Karen Book, who founded the band 11 years ago with Kim Wooten, the keyboardist. Other band members are Bill Winslow on guitar, Brad Dietz on bass, and Henry Weisiger on drums.

They’ve played all over the D.C. area, including popular Northern Virginia night spots like JV’s Restaurant, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, and the Ice House Café.

The “7” Step Hand Dance Academy will perform a special type of swing dancing that originated in Washington D.C.

It’s called “hand dancing” because the lead uses various hand movements to communicate the dance moves to his partner, says Ray Morton, senior instructor at “7” Step. The “7” is part of the academy’s name because it uses the seven-count method to teach dancing.

The academy offers hand-dancing lessons at locations throughout the region, including the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. “It you can walk and count to seven you can do this,” Morton says.

The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary Chinese music on the gu-zheng, a zither-like stringed instrument with a 2,500-year-old history.

The ensemble, a non-profit organization based in Tysons Corner, was founded in 2002 by Alice and her husband, Kent, who are the instructors. Their goal is to introduce classical Chinese music to the public through performances and lessons.

The group has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, Smithsonian Museum, Library of Congress, federal agencies, universities, shopping centers, and festivals.

Do you have musical or dance group interested in participating in the Taste of Annandale? Contact Brittany Burns, Brittany.Burns@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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