We’ve got a HOT and quiet weekend ahead of fair week (it starts Monday!), offering a nice opportunity to check back in with those summer concert series with which you may have lost track during the past few busy weeks. So! Some reminders!
Hot Time, Music in the City
Being a writer I lack the depth of knowledge in the sciences to properly explain this phenomenon, but somehow, someway, no matter how sweltering hot it is on any given summer evening, live music seems to make the temperature drop a few degrees. Like I said, I can’t prove it, but, as the great Stephen Colbert once said by way of explanation of his now-famous term, “truthiness,” it just feels right. See for yourself at any of the following music jams this weekend:
7-9 p.m. Saturday, July 22, Leesburg Town Green
This weekend Tommy Gann and Hillary Ventri take the town stage. Gann is currently in cahoots with local musical mastermind Todd Wright, as the two craft Gann’s latest studio album. Audiences can expect glimpses of that work, ranging from pop to rock to R&B, presented via Gann’s striking vocal style. As always, blankets, camp chairs and alcohol-free picnics are welcome—please leave the smokes and doggos at home. More information about the remainder of the AOTG season is available here.
7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 23, Loudoun County Courthouse lawn, downtown Leesburg
Suggested donation of $5/person, $4/Bluemont Friends and seniors or $2/children ages 12 and younger
Don’t miss the penultimate show in this summer series, featuring easily one of the best live bands in the area. Hard Swimmin’ Fish trades in blues, funk, zydeco and bayou-infused rock ‘n’ roll that will have you boppin’ all around the lawn before you know it. This talented quartet has been together going on 20 years and their experience and familiarity with their music, and each other’s styles, shines throughout their act. Don’t miss this one.
Aaaand a Wee Round-Up of the Rest
As always, the fabulous Jan Mercker over at Loudoun Now puts together an amazingly comprehensive events calendar each week—here are details of several other opportunities to see live music in the area this weekend:
Brambleton Sizzlin’ Summer Concert: Crowded Streets
6 p.m., gates open, 7 p.m., music begins; Thursday, July 20, Brambleton Town Center
This Dave Matthews tribute band will help you get your midsummer groove on. Concert is free. Bring a picnic or grab something from an on-site food truck.
Friday Night Live at Lansdowne: Ted Garber
6:30-9 p.m., Friday, July 21, Lansdowne Town Center
Original blues and rock from a local favorite. Students from Bach2Rock music school open.
Music Under the Stars in the Gap: The Bordello Bandits
6:30, lawn opens, 7:30 p.m., music begins; Friday, July 21, Hillsboro Old Stone School
Rockabilly, outlaw country and roots rock from the village of Bluemont. Concert is free. Food, drinks and ice cream will be available for sale.
Bluemont Vineyard Beef & Bluegrass
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, July 22, Bluemont Vineyard
Bluemont’s second annual Beef & Bluegrass Festival features live music from The Plank Stompers, Short Hill Mountain Boys, and King Street Bluegrass along with tasty brisket for sale. Tickets are $10.
Leesburg Corner Sun-sational Summer Concert: Keeton
1-3 p.m., Saturday, July 22, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Leesburg Corner celebrates summer with a weekly concert in its courtyard near the Coach store. This week features fun 90s hits from DC-based Keeton. Event is free and open to the public.
The Reagan Years
7-9 p.m., Saturday, July 22, The Plaza at One Loudoun
The region’s popular ’80s tribute band returns for a rocking show at One Loudoun. Concert is free and open to the public.
Here’s to the Night
6-9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 22, Tarara Winery
Enjoy the best of the ’90s as Tarara’s retro summer concert series continues. Tickets are $20 in advance.
Live Music: Kid Brother
7 p.m., Friday, July 21, Tally Ho Theater
This NoVa-based indie band fuses elements of rock, folk and blues to create a sound all their own. Tickets are $15 day of show.
Live Music: The Few
9 p.m., Saturday, July 22, Smokehouse Live
This Maryland-based party band is a favorite across the Potomac for classic and contemporary rock ‘n’ roll covers.