Country, folk, bluegrass artists to hit stage this summer

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival announced its first performers to take the stage at the festival this summer, including big names in country, folk and bluegrass.

Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris will perform on Sept. 2. The 13-time Grammy Award winner is well-known for he r country, folk and Americana music. She came into the limelight in the 1970s and has sold over 15 million records and sold over 25 albums. Harris has also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Arlo Guthrie will appear at the festival July 21. He is best known for his folk hits of the 1960s and 1970s. He will perform as part of the Wayback Weekend, a special two-night event at the festival. The weekend will culminate with “Celebrate 1967: The Summer of Love and the Beatles.” The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra will return to the stage with its rock band to celebrate that time in American music history.

Dennis Lynch, president of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, said Guthrie has been to the area before, back in 2007.

The symphony will also perform on July 29 to perform popular movie themes and show tunes.

The festival’s Bluegrass Minifest will return with headliner Balsam Range, a 10-time International Bluegrass Music Awards winner on Sept. 3. The minifest will also include performances by Band of Ruhks, composed of former members of the Lonesome River Band, and After Jack, a female trio that blends pop, bluegrass, gospel and folk into their music.

Lynch added that these artists are all very well known and talented and is glad to have them be a part of the summer’s festivities.

“We’ve already received a great deal of positive feedback about them,” he added.

All concerts will be held at the Shenandoah Music Festival’s outdoor venue at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs. He said there is room for about 600 people under cover at the Shrine Mont, as well as a large lawn behind the pavilion.

“We’ve sold out the pavilion many times before, but there’s always room on the lawn,” he added.

Online ticket sales begin at noon April 3 and can be purchased at http://musicfest.org/. Ticket and accommodation packages are available through Shrine Mont at https://shrinemont.com/.

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