Whatever your choice in music, taking in some bluegrass, jazz, opera, traditional country and more is a pretty easy thing to do in our area. Many local bands hop from one place to another as July, August and September come around, and national and worldwide artists grace northern Virginia with their talents, too. Here are a few better known music venues in Loudoun and beyond, as well as details on how to get tickets to schedule a great evening or weekend for yourself.
Franklin Park Arts Center: Franklin Park has something for everyone – music, plays, art classes, coffee house art & music, arts shows … everything you could want for both children and adults. Perched high atop a hill with a beautiful view of Loudoun Valley, consult their Season 8 summer music schedule for more information. A sampling of upcoming performances includes a Band Jam Workshop, Ralph Curtis & The Nashville Importers – 50 years of country music, Main Street Productions’ “Anything Goes” – the music of Cole Porter, and The Immortals.
Watermelon Park: This place has it all. Located right on the Potomac River off Route 7 on the way to Berryville, this popular camping, music and water sports venue has been around since 1942. Famous artists playing Watermelon Park have included Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe. The long running River and Roots Festival blasted out the bluegrass last month and the Watermelon Park Fest, featuring The David Grisman Sextet, The Sam Bush Band, The O’Connor Band, The Revelers and more comes to town in September.
The Barns of Rose Hill: This unique, absolutely beautiful country music and theater venue is so close and such a fun place to go. Located in Berryville, it’s composed of two, fully restored 20th Century barns. The Barns of Rose Hill offers art classes, music lessons, and all manner of great musical artists, including weekly, old-time bluegrass and Celtic jams. Coming up this summer: Locust Honey, Mile 12, guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto and more.
The Bristow Amphitheater: This large music venue with a super-cozy, personal feel is in Bristow, Virginia, about 35 miles or so from Purcellville. This summer features hot national and world wide artists including Gwen Stefani, Def Leppard, Counting Crows, Kool and the Gang and more. Worth the drive.
The Bright Box Theater: Located in the heart of Winchester on that city’s pedestrian mall, Bright Box has been rated one of the 50 best places in the country to see live music. Described as a smaller version of the old Birchmere (in Arlington/Vienna), upcoming concerts will feature Ragtime Annie, Bumper Jackson’s Plank Stompers, The Reflex Ultimate 80s Tribute Band and more. Bright Box is also a very popular comedy venue.
Harris Pavilion at the City of Manassas: This often overlooked music and events venue offers great acoustics, comfortable seating – even family night movies! Coming up this summer: Adult Night Dance with The Silvertones Swing Band, military concerts with The US Army 257th Band, the US Navy Seachanters and The US Army Blue Band, and more.
Go Out & About – and Enjoy!
More Music Venues/Contact Information:
Acoustic on the Green
Barns of Rose Hill
Bright Box Theater
Harris Pavilion at the City of
Horseshoe Curve Restaurant
Phone Number: 540 554-8291
Phone Number: 540 751-9425
Opera House Live
Tally Ho Theatre