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
Emory, VA 24327 United States + Google Map
Event Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM Patrons' Reception Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 7:30 PM Performance When you become a Festival Patron, you are eligible to receive benefits throughout the Festival, including admission to our exclusive Patrons' Event.
Event Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 6:30 to 7:30pm Gotta dance? Wanna learn? Join the Mountain Empire Shag Society and channel your inner Ann-Margret on the Pavilion Stage. Admission is free.
Event Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:30 to 9:30pm Celebrate the first concert of our 70th annual festival with the Beach Nite Band! Tickets and seating open at 6 PM. Warm up your smooth moves with dance lessons at 6:30 PM. Beverages available for purchase at 7 PM, and the music cranks up at 7:30 PM. Enjoy your favorite beach party hits! Limited seating available. Bring a beach chair or use one of ours and camp out with us for a wonderful time! Admission is $5 cash only. Beer garden and food vendors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
Event Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 6:30 to 10:15pm An evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music with three of the most fantastic bands to be found! The Appalachian Highlanders Pipe and Drum group will begin a "call to the Ceilidh" at 5:30 PM at the fountain across from Barter Theatre. Gates open at the pavilion at 6 PM. Music begins at 6:30 PM with Fire in the Kitchen followed by the Tartan Terrors from Canada making their debut appearance. Bringing our Ceilidh to a fun and rowdy dance party close will be contemporary band, Soulsha.
Event Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 2:00 to 7:00pm The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail concert celebrates the traditional music that has been kept by families and communities of Southwest Virginia since colonial times. Since the 1700s, settlers of this mountainous region brought together various musical traditions and styles, producing one of the richest musical traditions on earth. Admission is $1-3. Children under 12 free.
Songs that Tell a Story: Tracing the Passage of the Ballad Tradition from the British Isles to AppalachiaFreeJuly 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States + Google Map
Event Date: Monday, July 30, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm Award-winning and Grammy-nominated music historian Ted Olson discusses the origins of Appalachian balladry on Monday, July 30, from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the auditorium at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Discover how Old World ballads—originating in the British Isles—were revived in Appalachia and how entirely new ballads emerged in the New World. Olson performs and interprets select recordings of ballads from the album he produced entitled Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition, featuring ballad performances by leading roots musicians from Appalachia and elsewhere in the English-speaking world.
Event Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 2:00 to 3:00PM Take a break from the craft show and pop into Barter Theatre’s Stage 2. Tyler Hughes brings the music of the mines to life with songs and stories of southwest Virginia coal mining heritage.
Event Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:30 - 9:30pm The Farmer’s Market will be jumping on Thursday, August 2, with a family-friendly night of Bluegrass music. The fun begins on stage at 6:30PM with The Lonesome Pine Bluegrass Band, a local band out of East Tennessee.
Event Date: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 7:30 to 10:30pm Come on out for a rockin’ evening of live music. Shake Yo MoneyMaker Band opens and closes the evening with blues-infused rock and soul. During their break, acoustic rock duo Lindsey & Michael take the stage with roof-raising vocals. Bring your own chair or use one of ours, though you won’t be sitting in it for long. Food vendors and beer garden open at 6 PM. Tickets are $5 at the gate, children under 12 free.
Event Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 7:00 to 11:00pm Lift your voice and celebrate with friends and family during an evening of karaoke on Saturday, August 4, from 7-11PM at the Community Center of Abingdon.
Event Date: Saturday, August 4 2018 - 7:30 to 10:30pm It’s the biggest birthday bash in SWVA! Come celebrate our 70th at this all-ages dance party. Local favorites, From the Edge, kick us off with their party rock and twisted taste of country. Headlining the night, our friends from Kingsport take the stage with non-stop hits from the 50s to the 90s. This show happens rain or shine under the protection of the pavilion. Ticket sales are cash only and open at 6 PM, along with our food vendors and beer garden. Bring your own chair or use one of ours, though you probably won’t be sitting still for long! Late Night - $5 cash only at the door
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States + Google Map
Event Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:30PM to 12AM Come experience an evening of unique acoustic renditions of your favorite songs from Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, The Allman Brothers, Adele, and more!
Abingdon , VA 24210 United States + Google Map
Event Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 3:00 to 5:00pm Join us in the beautiful, historic Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church for an afternoon of air-conditioned classical music. Eugene Jones (clarinet) leads a chamber ensemble which includes Cherylonda Fitzgerald (cello) and Wayne Johnson (piano). The program will feature music of Bill Douglas, Ludwig van Beethoven, and others.