Del Ray Rock Retrospective Jams Through the End of the Month

Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

Anyone who knows me – or, more pointedly, has worked with me or ridden in my car – knows how much I like rock ’n’ roll, to the point of getting me to turn the volume down.

It’s good to know that the folks at Del Ray Artisans feel the same way. Through May 1, they proudly wave their lighters in the air (hopefully not yelling for some “Free Bird”) in tribute to this most American of art forms.

Appropriately titled “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, But I Like It!,” this all-media, juried show celebrates all-things rock ’n’ roll, including the bands, lyrics, instruments and the sometimes-sleazy culture that surround the genre.

Many renters in Del Ray, let alone Alexandria, may be unfamiliar with Del Ray Artisans, but we’ll fill you in.

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Founded in 1992, it’s a nonprofit with a mission to promote art for the benefit of both artists themselves and the community. It’s housed in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, which looks to be a converted house at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue.

The show can be viewed during normal gallery hours: Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., Friday from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event wraps up on Sunday, May 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with an open mic lyric slam.

Sounds like fun. And the great thing about “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, But I Like It!” is it’s free. Here’s some great rock, just because I felt like it.

Rock on and search on Apartment Showcase for your next rock star appropriate apartment.


Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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