There’s music in the air!
Relax on garden blankets and lawn chairs, beer or wine in hand, and discover all the live tunes in Loudoun this summer. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sounds of summer.
The annual Tarara Summer Concert Series is the perfect family event. Taking place Saturday evenings through September – delicious food, local beer and Tarara wine on hand to keep you refreshed – it features a rolling slate of cover bands and original acts. Highlights to come for the rest of 2022 include Last Child – Aerosmith Experience on August 13; Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet, August 20; party band Gonzo’s Nose on August 27 and Heart tribute band Bad Animals on September 3.
Bring a picnic blanket and your dancing shoes to the Open Late Concert Series at the National Sporting Library & Museum on the last Friday of the month though August. Closing out the series August 26 will be Martin & Kelly, the country music duo from Nashville. The event is free, pets are welcome if kept on a leash and entertainment gets under way at 4 p.m. with a Scavenger Hunt through town to support local businesses.
The music does not stop at the end of summer. 868 Estate Vineyard’s annual LoCo Musicians Festival takes place September 4, a major highlight of Loudoun in the fall. Produced by musician Todd Brooks, some 25 artists are set to appear including Mark Cullinane, Jim Steele, Delta Spur and Brooks himself. Tickets cost $20 and proceeds go to help talented musicians in Loudoun purchase equipment that will allow them to further their careers
Love acoustic tunes? The Town of Leesburg’s free, award-winning concert series, Acoustic on the Green, held every Saturday through August on the Town Hall Green is for you. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy upcoming acts such as singer-songwriter Dave Mininberg (July 30), Americana songstress Melissa Quinn Fox (August 6) and rising indie-pop artist David Thong Trio (August 20.)
Party every Friday and Saturday evening until September 24 at the Plaza Party at the Village at Leesburg. Upcoming artists include the Scott Kurt Band, Todd Brooks and Pour Decisions and Sela Campbell. While there, enjoy numerous dining options and outdoor games for kids.
Glitz it up at Tracy Hamlin’s Sweet Jazz Concert at Belmont Country Club on August 6. The evening will feature guitarist Eric Essix and The Quentin Walston Trio as well as internationally known songstress and Loudoun resident Hamlin who will perform her soulful sweet jazz. Partial proceeds support music scholarships and local charities.
Kick your weekends off on Thursdays this summer at Cascades Overlook Plaza in Sterling with the Live Music in the Plaza series that runs until September 29. Featured artists include Just a Groove, Gary Jay & FIREBALL, Accidental Red and the Bruce Ewan Band. There’s great food and drinks at the Overlook restaurants to keep you refreshed
Listen to classical music inspired by Bluegrass, Appalachia and Slavic traditions at the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival, August 20 at Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. The chamber will perform works by Ravel, Brahms, Ukrainian composer Valentin Sylvestrov and others, merging world-class instrumentalism with rich and inspiring history. Tickets are $20 or $8 for a virtual experience.
Performers will be taking the stage at multiple outdoor venues in downtown Leesburg on September 17 for the 2022 BENEFIT Crossroads Music Festival. More than 25 musicians and bands will come together to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations serving children in Loudoun. For more information click here.
Many Loudoun wineries and breweries offer live performances throughout the summer too. If you are looking to take in the tunes with a glass in hand, check out these LoCo Ale Trail Breweries and DC’s Wine Country Wineries.
For listings of these and other live music performance, visit our Events calendar.