The talents of some of the county’s most promising young musicians were on display Saturday at the 11th annual Loudoun YouthFest.
Despite the weekend drizzle, the outdoor concert’s line up of 12 bands drew a decent crowd to The Barn at One Loudoun. To win their spot on the YouthFest stage, bands had to compete in four Battles of the Bands; held from January through April. The winners of the final battle performed before the YouthFest headliners.
Midia took first place, Deep Creek second and Never Born to Follow third. Headliners Bronze Radio Return and Slow Magic closed out the show.
Some of the musicians on stage Saturday grew up with YouthFest. It was Jessica Endara’s fourth year to win a spot at the concert. Now 17 and a few days away from graduating from Potomac Falls High School, Jessica is headed to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Her mother, Cecilia Strain, said YouthFest helped shape Jessica and her musical talent. “This is a little sad because it’s her last year here,” Strain said.
YouthFest is put on by nonprofit organization Loudoun Youth Inc. and the Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.