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2018 Patrons’ Event: John Berry

July 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
McGlothlin Center for the Arts, 30481 Garnand Drive
Emory, VA 24327 United States
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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.

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Shag Lessons

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

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.

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Beach Nite Band Concert

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$5

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.

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2018 Celtic Ceilidh

July 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$10

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.

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Crooked Road Music Day

July 29 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$1 - $3

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.

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Songs that Tell a Story: Tracing the Passage of the Ballad Tradition from the British Isles to Appalachia

July 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Auditorium, One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

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.

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Carson Peters & Iron Mountain with Special Guest Lonesome Pine Bluegrass Band

August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$5

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.

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Shake Yo MoneyMaker Band with guests Lindsey & Michael

August 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$5

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.

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Karaoke

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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.

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Retroville with guests From the Edge

August 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$5

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

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Des Amis Chamber Ensemble

August 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, 136 E Main St
Abingdon , VA 24210 United States
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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.

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