June 20, 2020 • 5–7 PM
Live on WERA 


CPRO is dedicated to the safety and health of our community.

As large gatherings and events are currently suspended due to the spread of the coronavirus, we have adapted our summer events. We are hopeful that our fall events will be able to continue as scheduled. We are monitoring the situation and will update our events as decisions are made.

We’re Bringing the Blues to You!

Tune in to WERA 96.7 or stream-on-demand from your own backyard!

Every summer since 1995, Columbia Pike has hosted the largest Blues Festival in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. But in the age of social distancing and in the interest of public health, we’re bringing the blues—and even the beer—to you this year! Bust out your radio or speakers and be part of a one-of-a-kind “Backyard Blues Fest.”

A signature initiative of



A High Energy Mix of the Best Blues Has to Offer

From the classics we all know and love to brand new beats, our hosts have curated the perfect playlist for your Backyard Blues Fest. Ken Avis of “The Antidote” and Ruthie Gallant of “People’s Republic of Blues,” join forces to bring you the best in national names and local up-and-comers alike to fill your backyard with the best Blues has to offer.

How to Listen

Turn your dial to 96.7 FM or find the live stream on June 20 to catch our Backyard Blues Fest. Take your speakers outside and turn them up for all your neighbors to hear. Let’s get groovin’ together… six feet apart.

Meet Your Hosts

Ken Avis

Host of WERA’s Antidote
Tuesdays, 5pm
Saturdays, 6pm

Ruthie Gallant

Host of WERA’s
People’s Republic of Blues
Sundays, 5pm

Food & Drink

Your Backyard Blues Fest wouldn’t be complete without great local grub or a refreshing adult beverage! Check out our current participating vendors below, and check back soon for the complete vendor list and special takeout and delivery offers!

Order your Backyard Brews IPA on Thursday, June 18 or Friday, June 19, by 9pm for delivery on Saturday, June 20
Order Online

Ask for the “Blue & Blue” Special – a pork sandwich, potato salad, and a Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boy for $15
Order Online

Ask for the Blues Fest Taco Platter – 25 tacos for $68
Call (571) 970-2824


Grab a bottle of Paul Direder Grüner Veltliner (white) or Paul Direder Zweigelt (red) for just $14 and your choice of a chicken or pork jerky platter for $20.
Call (703) 979-0144

Get a “Bluesfest Bluetick Hound” rum cocktail with your carryout or delivery for just $10 all day long on June 20
Order Online

Get an order of 8 natural, never frozen wings that have been slow smoked and fried to order with your choice of house rub for just $13.
Order Online

Broadcast Bonuses

We’re not just bringing you the Blues, but also some special surprises starting June 1. Be sure you follow CPRO on social media to participate in prize giveaways, trivia, polls, and more. Plus, tune in on June 20 for special guests and announcements you don’t want to miss!