With almost a dozen community-based concert series planned across Loudoun County this summer, you’ll have no trouble satisfying any musical craving that might arise. Genres from roots/Americana to jazz, classic rock, pop and so many others are represented by dozens of talented performers who will fan out to populate stages and neighborhood greens west to east. Here we’ve rounded up the major players—unless otherwise mentioned, all these fantastic fests are free and open to the public. Visit series-specific websites for details on pet policies, BYOB (where applicable), picnics, smoking, etc., and don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!
Acoustic on the Green
Now in its 13th year, this Leesburg staple is one of the most popular concert series anywhere in the county. Acoustic on the Green features an elite roster of artists, many of whom are repeat performers who have been with the series since its inception. This year, however, organizer Stilson Greene is shaking things up with new performers and opening acts never before seen on the Town Green. Another notable development is the newly constructed Town Stage, a permanent platform that gets its first workout during the 2017 AOTG season. “It’s a pretty big deal—the stage is beautiful,” Greene said, adding, “Taylor Carson, Tommy Gann and Mike Meadows make their AOTG debut. [I’m] really excited for these acts. … Also, Cal Everett is doing a Beatles show with Tom Lofgren and Todd Wright. I am a total Beatle snob when it comes to live tribute bands, but these guys do the Fab Four better than anyone I’ve ever heard.” Singer/songwriter/star-maker Todd Wright, accompanied by the very talented Kim Pittinger, begin the series at 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 10, on Leesburg’s Town Green. Go to acousticonthegreen.com for information on upcoming shows, taking place Saturday evenings through August.
Bluemont Concert Series
One of the most chill concert scenes around, Bluemont offers shows in seven separate locales through the summer. For those of us in Loudoun, Leesburg and Middleburg play host—Leesburg-based shows begin June 25 with the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra, while Middleburg waits until Aug. 5 to get its grove on. It’ll be a brief groove, too—Middleburg is scheduled for only two shows this season; MJO to open, if you miss them in Leesburg, followed by The Flaming Shillelaghs Sept. 9. Outside the county, you can catch Bluemont artists in Ashland, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Warrenton and Winchester. Go to bluemont.org for details.
Ashburn Restaurant Plaza Summer Music Series
This occasional-but-fun series takes place within the cluster of restaurants at 44650 Waxpool Road in Ashburn, where you can grab a crispy samosa at Bawarchi Biryanis or a cold craft beer at The V, among other culinary delights. Up next for the series, which kicked off in May, is Hot Swing Jazz starting at 5:30 p.m. June 17. More shows are planned for July 8, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2—go to ashburneats.com for artist information as it’s released.
One of the longest-running concert series in Ashburn, Broadlands Live has three more shows scheduled in its summer season: this Friday, June 9, followed by July 14 and Aug. 11. Setting it apart from many of its brethren, Broadlands Live is BYOB, so long as you prove you’re 21 or older at the gate. It is not, however, BYOD (bring your own dog)—patrons are asked to leave canine companions at home. For additional concert details and directions, go to broadlandslive.com.
Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series
In nearby Brambleton, appropriately aged guests are also welcome to bring their own beverages, picnics and cozy outdoor seating for any or all of five scheduled summer shows. Roots/country rockers Delta Spur kick things off at 6 p.m. June 22—subsequent shows are set for July 6 and 20, and Aug. 3 and 17. Go to brambletonhoa.com/concertseries for all the particulars.
Live at Lansdowne
On select Friday evenings through Aug. 4, Lansdowne Town Center’s summer entertainment series alternates between family friendly movies and live music. Those most interested in the melodies should set aside June 23 for original country music by Shane Gamble, and July 21 for the blues/rock stylings of singer/songwriter Ted Garber. Movie details and series updates can be found at shoplansdownetowncenter.com/events.
Lovettsville Summer on the Green
Also toggling back and forth from films to live music is Lovettsville’s summer entertainment series, held Saturday evenings through the end of August. This weekend happens to fall on the musical side of the switch-plate—Jumptown will rock the town’s Walker Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m. Go to lovettsvilleva.gov to check out what subsequent Saturdays have in store.
The Village at Leesburg boasts one of the most robust schedules this summer, with multiple events going on every Friday and Saturday evening through the first weekend in September. Aside from an impressive variety of singers and bands, the town center also hopes to entice visitors with outdoor games, children’s activities, surprise pop-up events and several outdoor dining options. The fun continues this weekend, June 9 and 10, with performances from Randy Thompson and Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, respectively. For details on all upcoming shows, go to villageatleesburg.com/event/plaza-party.
Back west in Middleburg, the National Sporting Library and Museum is celebrating the third year of its Open Late summer series, featuring live music and free museum admission from 6-8 p.m. on the last Friday of each month through August. This is a lovely opportunity to enjoy the NSLM in a different light, not to mention tasty barbecue treats from Hammerdown BBQ alongside a cash bar featuring local wine and beer. The next show in the series is coming up June 30 and showcases original tunes from The Bryan Shepherd Country Band—information on upcoming shows, directions and other essentials can be found at nationalsporting.org/events.
Groovin’ on the Greens
Down in South Riding residents and visitors are invited to kick back on the community green or nearby the SRC Stage most Friday evenings through the end of August. Here, too, of-age patrons can bring a boozy picnic and comfortable seating to first take in the sounds of Mystic Vibrations, launching the series June 23, as well as those of The Jangling Reinharts, Cedar Creek, Dance Candy and others. Location details and a complete performance roster is available at southriding.net/event/summer-concert-series.
Music Under the Stars in The Gap
Head to Hillsboro for this exciting series, kicking off this Friday, June 9 with a performance from the always smooth Joey and the Waitress. Most Friday evenings through August, The Gap Stage will play host to a variety of local and regional acts, as well as the Independence Day the Hillsboro Way Music Fest, set for July 1. Local beer, wine and food will be available for purchase—follow @oldstoneschoolevents on Facebook or visit getoutloudoun.com for a complete performance roster.
… And What of the Breweries and Wineries?
Dear readers, we’d need to dedicate an entire issue of Loudoun Now to give equal ink to all the excellent concert series hosted by local breweries and wineries. Chances are, if they’re serving beer or wine, on any given night they’re also making room for someone to serenade the masses.
Go to getoutloudoun.com, click on “all events” at the top of the page, and use location filter function to dive deeply into your favorite watering hole’s live music line-up. Here’s a quick taster to whet your appetite:
Barnhouse Brewery’s 2017 Music Series
Every Saturday through October, beginning at 3 p.m., Barnhouse Brewery rocks the rafters with all manner of musician, from the jazz/soul/blues stylings of Chris Timbers to Annie Stokes’ brand of indie-folk and beyond. Admission is free and, of course, Barnhouse’s tasty brews will be flowing—for details, go to barnhousebrewery.com.
Tarara Winery 2017 Summer Concert Series
Saturday evenings through September, picturesque Tarara Winery plays host to several regional and national acts, including the wildly popular ’80s tribute band The Reflex, among others. Admission here is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, with discounts available for designated drivers and free admission to children ages 7 and younger. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.—this is a lovely chance to snap up a prime spot near the lake, pop a bottle of your favorite Tarara wine and prepare to dance the night away. A complete performance roster, ticketing options and other details can be found at tarara.com/2017concertschedule.