Herndon Rocks in May

Herndon Rocks in May

Art, music events in downtown Herndon.

The month of May has several upcoming art and music related events in Herndon. These include the annual Friday Night Live hosted on the Town Green in downtown Herndon, as well as music events at ArtSpace Herndon. Friday Night Live is held outdoors in downtown Herndon, on Friday nights from May 6-Aug 26. Weather conditions can cancel events, as was the condition on Friday, May 6. For more information about Friday Night Live or the scheduled entertainment, check out Herndonrocks.com.

As mentioned on the webpage, FNL! is a free event that features popular local and regional acts from up and down the east coast. Most of the performing bands play rock and roll covers from classic to modern rock. They also offer some variety with a little reggae, funk and original music thrown in. The 22nd season of Friday Night Live! begins on Friday evenings around 6:30 p.m. and ends around 10:30 p.m.

Scheduled to play on May 13 is The Rockets; and on May 20 is Split Decision + Darcy Dawn & Company. The final Friday Night Live show is scheduled for Aug. 26.

"Once Upon a Time" will be the final Herndon High School Cabaret show for the Class of 2016 Seniors. Two shows will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door, $5 students, seniors and faculty. The annual Broadway Cabaret, directed by Dana and Jim Van Slyke is one of Herndon High’s favorite events. This year's show features performances from: Phantom of the Opera, Footloose, Aida, Wicked, Aladdin, Seussical, Dream Girls, Newsies, Big Fish and many more.

Virtuoso guitarist Jimmy Robinson is returning to ArtSpace Herndon on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15. Considered one of the best guitarists in New Orleans, this iconic artist will be making an appearance in Herndon during his 2016 world tour. Based in New Orleans, Jimmy Robinson has been recording and touring for over 40 years. Robinson has received critical praise for his unique virtuoso approach to the guitar, and his rich compositional skill.

From April through June the Herndon community is celebrating “Bless Me, Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya, with a full calendar of events held at various venues in Herndon. A kick-off party was held at Herndon Fortnightly Library. The program will include book discussions for children, teens, and adults, a performance event by NextStop Theatre, storytelling, and more. Arts Herndon’s The Big Read program is presented in partnership with the Fairfax County Public Schools, Herndon Fortnightly Library, NextStop Theatre Company, the Herndon Senior Center, MEDA, and Dominion Virginia Power.

Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. there will be a reading event at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 651 Dranesville Road, Herndon. “How Night Came From the Sea, An Interactive Latin American Musical and Storytelling Presentation” will be free and open to the public. The event will be appropriate for pre-k through fifth graders and their families. The audience will take part in the stories by using call and response, creating sound effects, singing and playing some instruments.