Festival offers debut performance

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Pops conductor Luke Frazier leads a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Valley Campaign with "A Civil War Portrait" at the 2014 Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Peggy Easterly/Image Grafix

July 24th, 2015

The Rat Pack legacy lives long past the group’s heyday in the well-known songs of performers like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., but the ladies will get their own tribute at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival today.

Banjo legends perform at Orkney Springs

July 17th, 2015

Folk, bluegrass and lots of banjo plucking will resonate at Orkney Springs for the Hot Strings and Cool Breezes Roots MiniFest Saturday evening as part of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.

Rosanne Cash returns to the valley

July 18th, 2014

It’s been 11 years since Rosanne Cash last performed at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, and she’s returning to Orkney Springs tonight with three more albums and a collection of memoirs and essays.

Winchester Barn Dance to support Blue Ridge Hospice

May 28th, 2014

WINCHESTER — Picture it, a barn two miles south of Winchester, white lights shining above a dancing crowd, music by a Johnny Cash tribute band singing out into a night iced with stars, and all the proceeds for Blue Ridge Hospice.

Bluegrass trio enjoys a passion for music

May 14th, 2014

Members of the Shenandoah Spirits bluegrass band have plastered their faces to whiskey barrels. Only thing is, they don’t drink whiskey. The beverage might share a past with bluegrass music, but the three-man band from Warren County said the only time they lift barrels is in their marketing materials.

Spring Show at LFCC a community effort

March 12th, 2014

During downtime from performing with the Blue Man Group’s yearlong North American tour, Russell Rinker of Strasburg has been humming love songs. It didn’t take long before he had everyone else singing them too.

Country star Merle Haggard to headline Patsy Cline Classic

September 18th, 2013

The Winchester Education Foundation announced Wednesday that country music star Merle Haggard will be the headliner of the fifth Patsy Cline Classic at 7 p.m. Nov. 6, in the Patsy Cline Theater at John Handley High School.

Winchester’s Sweetwater String Band reunites

September 18th, 2013

When mandolin player Sam Glynn moved to Texas in 2006, Sweetwater String Band of Winchester broke up. Then this summer Glynn emailed that he and his wife were returning, and just like that, the four musicians reunited.

Band to infuse Celtic tradition into festival weekend

August 22nd, 2013

Next weekend the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs will close its 50th anniversary season with performances by Celtic fiddle player Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul on Saturday night, and The Beatles tribute band “1964” on Sunday.

Leigh, Oates to play in Strasburg

August 8th, 2013

Musician Danni Leigh was working at Record Town at Winchester’s Apple Blossom Mall in high school when she met Terry Oates. He used to come in an buy LPs, she said. This Saturday the two will share the stage at Strasburg Home Theater’s first concert performance since its reopening in June.