Shenandoah Valley Music Festival announces 55th summer lineup

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival announced its  star-studded 2018 summer lineup Tuesday. Tickets are now on sale online.

Dennis Lynch, festival president, said they have a little bit of everything to offer this summer, from country to blue grass, symphonic and rock, at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs.

“This is our 55th year,” Lynch said. “Each year we come up with a better program than the last. It keeps our fans on their toes and us excited.”

Founded in 1963 as a symphonic music concert hall, the festival is a nonprofit performing arts presenter.  Acts performing this year include:

July 20: “Home Free,” an all-vocal country group from Nashville, Tennessee.

July 21: Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble made up of amateur and student musician, will perform the music of Pink Floyd.

July 27:  The Temptations, performng their top hits from decades past including “Since I Lost My Baby” and “Treat Her Like a Lady.”

July 28: Piedmont Symphony Orchestra will offer a classical performance, “Oh Shenandoah! Music for Your Eyes.”

Aug. 10” Mary Chapin Carpenter, performing songs from her album “Sometimes Just the Sky.”

Sept. 1: Grammy-award-winning saxophonist Kenny G.

Sept. 2: Michael Cleveland and the “Flamekeepers” will perform during the “Bluegrass Minifest.” Other bands will be announced.

“We’re doing a little something different this year,” Lynch said. “We’re going to have a video or visual component of some sort that allows our artists to be more integrated with our guests.”

The festival was awarded a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation that allowed it to take performers and concerts to a “whole new level with visual aids,” he said.

“A lot of artists have begun incorporating visual aids into their concerts and performances,” Lynch said. “After talking to some of them, it was something we realized we needed to offer as well.”

The summer 2018 concert series will be the first time the visual guides will be used.

Lynch said he’s excited about the addition. “It’s a little something extra that we feel our music lovers will appreciate.”

If You Go

Information: www.musicfest.org/performance-schedule

Tickets: Adult admission ranges from $36 to $66. Children’s lawn tickets are $10.