[email protected] Blackburn has announced the lineup for its Summer Series of Friday Night Concerts on the Terrace Lawn of the historic Blackburn Inn and Conference Center in Staunton.
“Our first summer of 2021 was a resounding success,” says Robin Miller, developer and owner of Blackburn. “In 2022, we will build on that experience to bring audiences an unbeatable combination of great music performed by nationally acclaimed artists, great food from The Blackburn’s Second Draft Bistro kitchen and great friends from near and far. , all in one place under the Shenandoah plays out in the beautiful historic setting of The Blackburn.
The season opens with a new Staunton tradition, Memorial Day Weekend SummerStage+Heifitz Hootenanny. 2021’s Hoot memorably featured the stars of Heifetz alongside local legends Robin and Linda Williams. 2022 promises more of the same exuberant musical frolic when great fiddlers join great strummers and pluckers for a frenzied musical ride. After the Hoot, SummerStage welcomes banjo master John McEuen on June 3. Founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band known for the iconic album “Let the Circle Be Unbroken”, McEuen brings 60 years of musical brilliance and legendary jam sessions to SummerStage.
June 10, SummerStage welcomes Washington D.C.’s favorite “funk with soul” band Everyday Everybody (formerly Aztec Sun) back from their memorable family dance party in 2021. June 24 sees the Chatham Rabbits’ SummerStage debut. from North Carolina, a husband and wife duo quickly climbing the charts with their inspired mix of country, folk and bluegrass.
After a short hiatus, on July 1, Charlottesville’s David Wax Museum returns to SummerStage with its unique blend of “Mezo-Americana,” artful lyrics, and vibrant melodies. They are followed on July 8 by Nashville superstar singer-songwriter Chris Pierce, on the heels of his No. 1 Billboard Blues Chart song “We Can Always Come Back to This” (featured on the beloved “ This Is Us” by NBC).
On July 15, progressive pioneers of “new grass” The Arcadian Wild bring their tight harmonies and incredible pickin’ to SummerStage, followed by Grammy-nominated belt and bassist and 2021 Blues Music Award winner Danielle Nicole on July 22. .
Staunton’s signature musical group, The Judy Chops, return August 26 for a special evening with their friends in a mini-festival of the valley’s top talent. Wrapping up Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 2, SummerStage features the return of inimitable Augusta County native, singer-songwriter and cow rancher Scott Miller.
“It all makes for an incredible musical summer,” says Nancy Anderson, Creative Director of SummerStage, “and that’s before we added our opening backing bands, which last year paired amazing local artists with our headliners for some of the most moving and exciting. times of our season.
Speaking of deals, in 2022 SummerStage is partnering with the Beerwerks Trail to offer local craft beer, as well as Barren Ridge Vineyards to offer wine tastings at select concerts. All together, it makes for a memorable summer of music, food and friends under the stars of the Shenandoah Valley.
New in 2022, there will be three tiers of tickets, priced from $15 to $35. Family-friendly, the $15 per ticket yellow front section is for blankets and low-to-the-floor “beach” chairs. The $25 blue section offers seating for traditional full-size camp chairs, and the $35 red premium section offers special reserved boxes for two people each. All places are allocated in order of arrival. The bar and grill opens at 6 p.m., the music for the first part begins at 7 p.m. and the headliners take the stage at 8 p.m.
“The artists loved the intimate but outdoor environment of the Blackburn’s terrace,” says managing partner Ethan McSweeny, “and they were begging to come back. We’ve put together an eclectic season spanning different genres of music that returns some of our 2021 favorites while introducing our audience to some very exciting talent.
Tickets will go on sale May 2. More information at summerstageva.eventbrite.com.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move inside the Blackburn’s over 4,000 square foot Great Hall.