Music festivals fill Labor Day weekend

By Ryan Cornell

Wind down the summer this weekend with a choice of country, bluegrass or even Beatles music.

Whether it’s “I Fall to Pieces,” “Bobbie Sue” or “Yellow Submarine,” a slew of music festivals are scheduled for the area this weekend.

Had she been alive today, Patsy Cline would have turned 82 next month.

A block party and concert on Saturday will celebrate the music and legacy of the legendary country starlet.

The Patsy Cline Historic House, located at 608 S. Kent St. in Winchester, will host a block party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The house was where Cline lived from 1948 to 1957 while she developed as a singer and signed her first record contract.

The block party includes self-guided tours of the house, live music, crafts and refreshments.

Admission is free for the block party and $5 for tours of the home.

The festival honoring the “Crazy” songstress continues with a concert at Jim Barnett Park from 7 to 10 p.m.

Jimmy Fortune, of the Statler Brothers, will headline the show. Rivers Edge, which is reuniting for the first time in 13 years, will open.

The concert will be held at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate, and can be purchased online at http://tiny.cc/i87alx.

Proceeds from both events support the Patsy Cline Historic House.

For more information, visit http://tiny.cc/p97alx or call 540-662-5555.

Another musical act from the same era, The Oak Ridge Boys, will be performing at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Fans can oom-papa-mow-mow to “Elvira” as well as a variety of their greatest hits as the quartet promotes their latest album.

Having performed for more than 40 years together, bass singer Richard Sterban said guests can expect to enjoy an entertaining family show with good country music.

“We’re still having fun doing this and we look forward every night to getting on stage and bringing our music to our fans and all the audience,” he said.

The concert will be held at the Shrine Mont Retreat and Conference Center at 221 Shrine Mont Circle in Orkney Springs. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and $45 in advance and $44 and $49 the day of the performance.

To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.musicfest.org.

The fifth annual Mountain Jamboree at McGaheysville’s Massanutten Resort kicks off 5 p.m. Saturday with a full lineup of bluegrass bands.

The Blind Owl Band starts the show with fast-paced bluegrass and string music at 5:30 p.m.

Hot Day at the Zoo, which has performed with the likes of Levon Helm, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Railroad Earth, mixes folk, blues and ragtime with bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll.

The Larry Keel Experience will headline the festival. A flatpicking guitarist from Lexington, Keel performs high-spirited bluegrass with a deep, rumbling voice.

The Mountain Jamboree music festival will be held at 4614 Massanutten Drive in McGaheysville.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the performance.

All proceeds benefit the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://tiny.cc/vb8alx.

The Shenandoah County Fair wraps up Saturday night with two concerts featuring musical tribute acts.

The Cash Express will cover Johnny Cash fan favorites at the fairgrounds’ free music stage at 6 p.m. The concert is free with admission to the fair.

A Beatles tribute band, The Return, will perform hits of the fab four starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.shencofair.com.

Other events include:
Life Between the Lines: Civilian Experiences in Warren County, Virginia in 1864
Patrick Farris, executive director of the Warren Heritage Society, will present a lecture on the area’s civilian life and the “era of nearly total lawless chaos” that occurred during the Civil War at 7 p.m. today. The Warren Heritage Society is located at 101 Chester St. in Front Royal.