The 20th season of the popular Tarara Concert Series is closing out in a big way on Saturday with an all-star lineup hoping to raise money for a favorite cause.
The concert series started at the Lucketts-area winery in 1999 with two guitar players on the back deck of the tasting room. Two decades later, it has grown into a 20-week series that attracts up to 50,000 people each summer.
Saturday’s event is more of a day-long festival, with gates opening at 1 p.m., that features a line-up of some of Loudoun’s favorite performers.
Coming off their popular gig at Lovettsville’s Oktoberfest last week, Ghost Pepper opens the show at 2 p.m. and the Darby Brothers, who played Tally Ho’s big stage last week, close the event with a set that begins at 8 p.m.
In between those shows, singer-songwriter Todd Wright and his friends have a little something special planned. At 4 p.m., concert-goers will witness the unveiling of Calgary, which includes Wright, 4 Out of 5 Doctors front man Cal Everett on bass and lead guitarist Gary Smallwood. The newly formed band will take a seat at the drumkit to perform a set of classic rock and putting their amazing vocal harmonies on display. At 6 p.m., Wright returns with Tommy Gann for a set of power pop and rock.
The event will act as a fundraiser for Cancer Can Rock.
“We wanted to partner with a local nonprofit that has a music tie-in to the Concert Series,” said organizer Rusty Foster. “Cancer Can Rock has a singular purpose and that’s assisting musicians that are facing aggressive cancer.”
Stilson Greene organizes two CCR fundraisers each year, usually held at Spanky’s Pub in Leesburg, to help raise money for artists suffering with cancer to get recorded and ensure their music lives on. He said he jumped at Foster’s suggestion to move to a bigger stage.
“This was an opportunity of a lifetime for CCR. We are hoping for a large crowd, not only for the chance to raise much needed funds but also raise awareness of CCR’s mission,” Greene said. “The weather looks beautiful. The site is magical. I guarantee the music will be off the charts.”
“Any opportunity we have to provide a platform for a nonprofit to grow or to tell their story to a different/larger audience, then we will try our best to make that happen,” Foster said. “Nonprofits help fill a void in many lives and we like doing our part to pay it forward.”
Foster also said the event is a great way to cap off a special concert season.
“Celebrating 20 years of the Tarara Summer Concert Series has been amazing,” he said. “Loudoun United unveiled their official wine with Tarara Winery, the Deloreans made a presence at the final Reflex concert to celebrate ‘80s night, and Sam Grow announced his tour with Brantley Gilbert beginning in November. Obviously, we had some great bands that graced the stage at Shadow Lake—The Legwarmers, Gonzo’s Nose, Sam Grow and Delta Spur, Turnstiles, White Ford Bronco, Junk Food and One Hot Mess, Bruce In The USA—but witnessing attendees having a great time dancing, smiling, singing, relaxing, laughing, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries is by far the biggest highlight. We only want this series to grow and for more people and businesses to enjoy the live music experience that has been created at Tarara.”
There will be food trucks on site and concert-goers are invited to bring a picnic or get a tent for the day.
Tickets are $10-$40 and available at tararaconcerts.com.