Burke Centre Festival
Entertainment and Shows
September 9 & 10, 2017
The Festival will kick off with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:30 AM on Saturday, September 9th. This special Anniversary flag-raising ceremony will be led by the Burke VFW Post 5412 and Boy Scouts from Troop 1345, and features a brass band (on the stage), a color guard, a bugler, a bagpiper, and the singing of the National Anthem from the stage. Opening remarks from local dignitaries. As a thank you to all community Boy & Girl Scouts, a limited, special 40th Anniversary Commemorative Patch will be given to all uniformed scouts who attend this ceremony from 9:30-10 AM (while supplies last).
Please note that all shows are being confirmed and showtimes finalized over the next couple of weeks. Some changes may occur to the schedule after it has been published. Please watch our "Burke Centre Festival" pages on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
AXIAL DANCERS - A children’s dance program presented by Burke Racquet & Swim Club that launched in Fall 2013. Our classes include learning ballet & jazz vocabulary, and a variation of dance moves. It is our passion to teach dance in a non-competitive atmosphere. By creating a fun environment, our students will have the freedom to express themselves through dance!
BIRDS OF PREY SHOW - This amazing display/live bird show is an all-time Festival favorite, returning this year in honor of Burke Centre’s 40th Anniversary. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presents Scales & Tales, an environmental education program of the Maryland Park Service, affording people the opportunity to see live wildlife, mostly native to Maryland, up close and personal. This informativeand entertaining program uses live non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles to promote stewardship of our wildlife and other natural resources. Through the “tales” of how these animals come into the care of the program, Scales & Tales naturalists discuss very important environmental issues, such as loss of habitat, environmental pollution, resource management and biodiversity. Ongoing show from 12-3 PM, both days.
BURKE/WEST SPRINGFIELD SENIOR CENTER WITHOUT WALLS - offers their own style of “flash mob” dances on the stage during the Festival weekend.
DELANEY HALL BAND - Guitarist Steve Delaney and bass guitarist Mark Hall have been performing classic and original rock music together throughout Northern Virginia since 2005. Drummer Steve Keister joined them in 2014. Their current lineup is rounded out by recent additions Eric Atwell on guitar, and vocalist, Kathy Mancini. They return to the Burke Centre Festival this year with their signature blend of guitars and vocal harmonies.
HAWAIIAN ALL STARS -
HEARTBEATS DANCE STUDIO -
HIDDEN POND NATURE CENTER - Acres of undisturbed woodland, quiet trails, splashing streams and a tranquil pond are just a few of the reasons to visit Hidden Pond Nature Center. Tucked away in Springfield, Hidden Pond is a neighborhood haven filled with wondrous things. Hidden Pond, at 25 acres, lies adjacent to the much larger Pohick Stream Valley Park which boasts over 700 acres. A new 2000-foot trail and bridge has connected the two parks, so that many more neighbors and guests can visit the Hidden Pond Nature Center as well as the pond, streams, wetlands, woods and other quiet places that these preserves have to offer. See them both days at this year’s Festival as well!
HYPNOTIC EXPERIENCE - Can we achieve a higher level of creativity and success through the power of our own mind? Hypnotist and comedian, Marc Hausman, believes so. Join him for a fun, entertaining and family-friendly show about the power of positive visualization.
JEAN LABELLE RETURNS TO THE WINE GARDEN STAGE as a featured show this year with another unforgettable classic rock performance planned for audiences young and old.
KIKUYUKI NO KAI JAPANESE DANCE offers the Onoe style of Japanese classical dance. Wearing a range of costumes from elaborate to simple kimonos, the faces and hands are powdered brilliant white for classical dances, or highlighted with simple make-up for traditional folk and popular selections. The dances are usually scenes or a series of sketches depicting a character in conflict or blissful harmony; and showcase movements that are highly stylized, earthbound and close to the body.
LARRY SAENZ picked up the guitar at age 16 and soon after performed original music at a local radio station. A member of the Songwriters of Washington DC, which is a great community of aspiring writers. Lead singer, rhythm guitar, bass player for the “Never Too Late” band which had a great run from 2005-2010. Lead Singer, rhythm guitar for “Delaney, Hall & Saenz” from 2012-2015. Currently performing solo with the ability to bring three part harmonies, loops and more for an enjoyable show.
NEN DAIKO TAIKO DRUMMERS - based at Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, Virginia – has been entertaining audiences throughout the DC Metropolitan area since 1994. Their kumi daiko (ensemble drumming) performance illustrates the energy and athleticism that this musical form requires. Pieces include traditional festival songs as well as more contemporary compositions. Nen Daiko has performed at events throughout the greater Washington D.C. area including the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Matsuri, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Japanese American Memorial, the National Building Museum, the Sackler Museum, the Helen Hayes Gallery at the National Theatre, and as the featured musical group on cable television. Most recently, Nen Daiko was honored to perform at the North America Taiko Conference’s Taiko Jam concert. For more information, please check out their website at http://nendaiko.org.
QUEENS OVER KINGS BAND - QOK is an alternative pop rock band from Northern Virginia. The band writes and performs original music that blends styles such as pop, rock, reggae, jazz, blues, latin, Caribbean, and soul. QOK enjoys being involved in the community and raising awareness of topics close to their hearts. In the past they have shared their music and talents with Loudoun County Public Schools to support music education. The band currently works with local organizations such as USA Cares and FishingCommunity.org who represent the military community and advocate for mental health awareness, both topics which inspired their original song “Unknown Soldier”. Their debut EP was set to release June 2017.
ROCKNOCEROS DUO - As every family with youngsters in the Washington, DC area knows, Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie. They have been making award-winning music together since 2005 and celebrated their 10th year together with a brand new album in 2015. In its first decade as a band Rocknoceros has entertained tens of thousands of fans throughout the country and gained significant national recognition with performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wolf Trap, and The Kennedy Center.
SPECTRA is a group of local musicians from the Fairfax area that plays a variety of classic and modern rock covers, along with originals by singer and guitarist Alex Rhoads. Alex has performed in the Festival since 2004, and is joined by vocalist Lauren Rudenko, bassist and vocalist Tim Saunders, and guitarists Chuck Martin and Danny Toler. Spectra is sure to please listeners of all ages as they add their own sound to hit songs from over the years.
STORMIN’ NORMAN BAND - The Stormin’ Norman Band rocked at numerous festivals in the 1990’s and also at Burke Centre’s 20th Anniversary. The band returns for Burke Centre’s 40th Anniversary, bringing a high energy rockin’ performance to the Festival stage this year! Locally known for his charity work and giving back to the community, “No Where’s My Home”, was written by Norman Voss, dedicated to the homeless in Woodbridge, Virginia.
VIRGINIA BALLET SCHOOL -
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