Attendance spikes expected at Bluemont concerts

Winchester is expected to see a growth in concert attendees throughout August at the Bluemont Concert Series.

Lily Rose Dunning, executive director for the concert series, said they estimated approximately 1,200 people attended the July concerts, with more expected for August performances.

“Our attendance generally builds throughout the summer as the excitement around concerts grows,” she said. “We expect to have an additional 1,200 to 1,500 attendees at concerts in August.”

Performances, of various musical genres, have been scheduled for each Friday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Frederick County Courthouse on the Loudoun Street walking mall in Winchester.

“We’ve got quite a mix of genres in August,” she said.

On Aug. 5, Flaming Shillelaghs, will play traditional Celtic music.

The band is “an extremely talented group that performs traditional Irish music,” Dunning said. “They are accompanied by a step dancer.”

On Aug. 12, Bluemont will present Hard Swimmin’ Fish playing funk-infused blues for the crowd.

She added that they are a “high-energy blues quartet.”

“The band plays a range of styles covering the country blue of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago and funk-infused varieties with roots in New Orleans’ second line,” she said. “Their music is a lot of fun and great for dancing.”

Aug. 19 will bring Matuto to Winchester “for a night of Appalachian-Brazilian fusion” which is also great dance music, she added.

“With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound,” she said.

Their performances include all audience members in a unique way, she added.

Aug. 26 will bring the popular Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra to finish off the concert series.

“This 18-piece big band ensemble will present a great night of jazz and swing,” she said. “Usually the band attracts a handful of swing dancers.”

• 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
• Old Frederick County Courthouse on the Loudoun Street walking mall

Admission: $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, and $2 for children younger than 12.

Other information: No pets, alcohol or smoking permitted. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held indoors at the Winchester First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St. For a complete summer schedule, performer descriptions and directions, contact the Bluemont office at 540-955-8186 or visit www.bluemont.org.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com