Summer is beginning to wind down, and this weekend we’ll say farewell to two of our favorite seasonal concert series. Yes, folks—this is the last weekend to enjoy Acoustic on the Green and Music Under the Stars in The Gap until next summer rolls around, so this writer’s advice is to Get Out (!) while you still have a chance!
Play Us Off, Jennifer
As is customary, talented singer/songwriter Jennifer Daniels will close out the 2017 Acoustic on the Green season. If your Entertainment Emissary is not mistaken, Daniels has featured as the last performer of the season almost every single year since AOTG’s inception way back in 2004. Daniels is backed, as always, by her husband Jeff Daniels on mandolin and guitar, and the pair always make a charming tableau as they pick through Jennifer’s extensive folk/rock songbook. Opening for this duo is yet another fine musical pair, Caroline Powers and Johnny Kasun, to get everyone’s acoustic juices flowing. Make this last AOTG a good one, folks—grab your blankets, camp chairs and alcohol-free picnics and head on down to Leesburg’s Town Green at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, in Hillsboro…
Music Under the Stars in The Gap, Hillsboro’s newest summer concert series, also comes to a close Saturday with performances from Ken Wenzel and Cross Kentucky. This promises to be a rollicking good time and a fantastic way to close out the season. The group—comprised of multi-instrumentalist Wenzel on vocals, guitar, sax and practically anything else he picks up; Mark Williams on lead guitar; pedal steelist Bobby Birdsong; Dave Mallen on keys; bassist Patrick Thornton; and drummer Ben Tufts—trades in roots/rock/Americana and boasts some of the most talented musicians in the area. You may have caught a set or two of solo Wenzel this summer—he’s a staple on the winery/brewery circuit—but this is a rare, fun chance to see him backed by a big ol’ band of awesomeness. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and admission is free to all. Treats from various local wineries, breweries and restaurants will be available for purchase on-site.