Country star kicks off new concert series

Travis Tritt

Country music artist Travis Tritt will be hitting Winchester in January to ring in the inaugural year of a new concert series in the area.

Tritt boasts seven platinum albums and has won two Grammy awards and four County Music Association awards. He’ll be performing – with just his guitar to accompany him – at Shenandoah University’s Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre at 8 p.m. Jan. 8, with doors opening at 7.

Bonnie Blue Concerts, which puts on the Annual Patsy Cline Classic, is featuring his performance as the first in its Roadhouse Classic concert series. The Patsy Cline Classic has been held at John Handley High School’s Patsy Cline Theatre since 2009 and has  brought in artists like Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes and Vince Gill.

Christian Schweiger, producer of the series, said the Roadhouse Classic will mean an annual performance on no set month that focuses on creating a personal showcase of an artist’s life and music career, not a “prepackaged” show.

He said he hopes that the personal atmosphere between artist and fans will help attract artists and make Winchester a place to hit on tour – along with Bonne Blue Bakery’s classic star treatment from chef Brian Pellatt.

“I think they know that when they come through Winchester they’re going to have real hospitality,” Schweiger said.

He also said Tritt fit the bill for the first Roadhouse Classic feature artist perfectly.

“He’s kind of an outlaw, he does his own thing and we liked everything about him,” he said. “And he brings a lot of star power, but most of all he’s a true country musician and this is something we wanted to share.”

According to a news release, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation will benefit from the concert series through a reception before the concert and special seating options.

Schweiger said it feels only right to try and bring more Americana roots and bluegrass music back to the area it was born in.

“We’re wanting to bring some of these acts that have really influenced America, that have really touched many of us through the decades,” he said. “We deserve to have these big stars come through if we all can support it.”


• 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, 1400 University Blvd. in Winchester.

• Gold or Silver tickets, $89.50 and $79.50 respectively, are available for purchase at http://tinyurl.com/qdhhh9m.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com