Singer-songwriter Judy Collins will perform at this year’s Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.

The Grammy-winning artist’s career has spanned five decades that has included several Top10 hits and gold and platinum-selling albums. Music festival President Dennis Lynch said the festival has been working on getting Collins to perform for several years.

“We’re glad to have her,” he said. “She has a gorgeous voice and an amazing career. “She’s an icon in the American music industry.”

Collins will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Admission for the concert is $45 for lawn seating, $55 for regular pavilion seating, and $59 for preferred pavilion seating.

The festival will kick-off at 8 p.m. July 19 with a concert performed by The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters. The Beach Boys will perform on July 26 and the Oak Ridge Boys on Aug. 9.

A Capella county music group Home Free will perform at the festival on Aug. 10.

Lynch said the group, which competed and won the singing competition “The Sing-Off” in 2013, is returning by popular demand.

“It’s not usually our policy to bring musical acts for back-to-back years,” Lynch said. “The crowd’s feedback was great, so we decided to make an exception.”

He said the crowd “felt a real connection” with the band.

“They’re great performers,” Lynch said.

Admission for the Home Free concert is $44 for lawn seating, $50 for regular pavilion seating, and $54 for preferred pavilion seating.

Concert tickets can be purchased at https://musicfest.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S1Y00000K7WMVUA3.

Tickets will be available to purchase over the phone or in-person in mid-May.

Lynch said that information on the the festival’s remaining event, the Hot Strings and Cool Breezes Minifest on Sept. 1, will be available soon.

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com