Twenty-five musicians and bands will be performing original music for BENEFIT’s 2021 Crossroads Music Festival. The event will be held at nine different venues in the historic downtown area of Leesburg’s Arts & Cultural District starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.

Established in 2017, BENEFIT is a coalition of musicians and community leaders uniting people with music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits serving children in Loudoun County. 

Performances will take place at nine different outdoor venues allowing festival attendees to customize their own evening of music entertainment. Music styles include acoustic, Americana, rock, country, and metal. Each artist will perform a 60-minute set at their designated venue. 

“BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival is an event that showcases original music from some of the amazing artists in our region,” Ara Bagdasarian, BENEFIT co-founder, said. “It’s going to be a great evening of live music, and we hope festival attendees enjoy their time and know that they are helping support nonprofits that serve children.”

Tickets are available online and at each venue on Sept. 18. Tickets purchased in advance online will be $15 and those bought on-site will be $25. Tickets are not required for entry at any venue participating in Crossroads Music Festival. However, proceeds from ticket sales benefit nonprofit organizations that serve children in Loudoun County.

With ticket purchase, attendees will receive a wristband and a Crossroads Music Festival T-shirt at check-in. Wristbands will provide attendees access to event-day specials at participating music venues.

While they were not able to hold the Crossroads Music Festival in 2020, BENEFIT’s 2020 Hope for the Holidays online music special raised $20,000, which was granted to seven nonprofit organizations in Loudoun County.  

Funds raised at the 2021 Crossroads Music Festival will be distributed in spring 2022 to Loudoun County nonprofits through a grant application process.

“We are so excited and are really looking forward to our music festival this year,” Amy Bobchek, BENEFIT co-founder, said. “So many people are generously donating their time and talents to make our 2021 Crossroads Music Festival a success. Supporting nonprofit organizations that serve children is the mission of our organization, and events such as our music festival are great ways to shine a spotlight on the work that they do.” 

With BENEFIT’s 2021 Crossroads Music Festival taking place in the downtown area of Leesburg’s Arts & Cultural District, festival attendees will have a bonus opportunity to learn about and experience the music and art that Leesburg has to offer.

As part of the festival, the Leesburg Commission of Public Arts (COPA) will be celebrating the official launch of Leesburg’s Arts & Cultural District. A brief ceremony preceding BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival will take place at 4:45 p.m. on the lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse. 

Crossroads Music Festival attendees are invited to join COPA’s celebration to learn more about the commission, the Friends of Leesburg Public Art (FOLPA) and Leesburg’s Arts & Cultural District. 

Leesburg’s downtown area, along with part of Catoctin Circle, received designation as a Virginia Arts & Cultural District in 2011. Public art installations, including murals and sculptures, are points of interest that can be found throughout the district. 

“Music and art are great ways to bring community members together,” Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk said. “It is wonderful to see such a terrific volunteer organization like BENEFIT working to support nonprofit organizations that serve our community. The town is proud to be part of BENEFIT’s efforts, and we are excited they are holding the event in venues in the downtown area of Leesburg’s Arts & Cultural District. It is going to be a fantastic evening, and we hope festival attendees enjoy their time.”

Musicians performing at BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival include:

–       Big Bad Juju

–       Rheese Crutcher

–       Dave Goodrum Music

–       Favorite Child

–       Frayed Knots

–       Form of Expression

–       GHEEPS

–       Shye Gilad

–       Good Old Country

–       Rob Hanes

–       Julia Kasdorf

–       King St.

–       Max Redding & The Dogwood Gospel

–       Dave Mininberg

–       Melissa Quinn Fox Band

–       Notes n’ Beats

–       Purple Voyagers

–       Bill Rose and Laurie Blue

–       Rule of 3rds

–       Gary Smallwood

–       Skomucon

–       StoneCold

–       Summer & Eric Duo

–       The Train Wreck Endings

–       Willie White

Ticket, artist and venue information for Crossroads Music Festival performances can be found at www.CrossroadsMusicFest.org.