As many of us know, you can’t have a festival without music. Even if you’re not directly listening to it, it’s always creating a wonderful atmosphere to surround the ongoing events. The Highlands Festival is rich with a diverse sampling of arts and it’s no different when it comes to its music thanks to the Music Committee. Held under a tent at the Farmer’s Market, every day features different musical genres ranging from Charleston to Celtic. Examples include country music on Thursday, beach music on Friday, and traditional and church music on Saturday and Sunday. And as the grand finale, the band Phantom performs, the most anticipated event of the Festival as they’ve performed at the Festival for many years. But these events aren’t just for professional performers. Volunteers from the area and outside of Virginia can sign up to play their own music in a single acoustic act. The variety of musical events allow people to enjoy many different kinds of music. Even if you end up not liking one particular style, with so many genres offered throughout the Festival, there’s a chance you’ll like at least one of them.
‘I was very active [in NACA], so I’ve participated in music and performing arts my whole life.‘ — I.B. Dent