New festival brings music and arts to Purcellville
Event organizer Chris Bledsoe, who chairs the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, said the event will highlight an impressive line-up of performers, as well as 30 local artists and 20 craft vendors.
“We are excited about it,” Bledsoe said. “We are expecting a large crowd.”
The inaugural music and arts festival came about when organizers realized the annual Rock the Field event was lightly attended.
They began looking at other events in town, such as the Wine and Food Festival and the Loudoun Grown Expo, to find common elements which made them a success.
Bledsoe said he also worked with Mary Thornton, who wanted to build and promote opportunities for artists and the availability for people to see art exhibits.
“Mary is doing a phenomenal job and has received a fantastic response from the arts community,” Bledsoe said.
They decided to combine their efforts and produce an event with music, arts and wine. “It would be something bigger than Rock the Field, and we can build on other events,” Bledsoe said.
The free festival will take place May 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave.
Attendees can purchase food from Monk’s BBQ, J&M Concessions, TropQ Creamery, Vocelli Pizza and Butterfly Gourmet. Local wine and beer will be offered as well.
“We have amazing local talent in this area, it is going to be a great event,” Bledsoe said.
Satellite parking and free shuttle service will be available from Emerick Elementary School, the Loudoun Valley Community Center and the Blue Ridge Bible Church. For more information, visit purcellvilleva.gov.
The Purcellville Music and Arts Festival 2014 Performance Schedule
-- The Immortals, 11 a.m. main stage
-- Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, 11 a.m., community stage
-- Andrew McKnight Workshop, 11:45 a.m., community stage
-- Matty Quish, noon, side stage
-- The Red, White and Blues, 12:30 p.m., main stage
-- Valley Jazz Band, 1:30 p.m., community stage
-- The House Trio, 1:30 p.m., side stage
-- Andrew McKnight Performance, 2 p.m., main stage
-- Willie White, 2:45 p.m., side stage
-- St. Francis Choir 3 p.m. community stage
-- The Darby Brothers, 3:15 p.m., main stage
-- Chorus of the Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m., community stage
-- The Songbirds, 4:15 p.m., community stage
-- Jake and Burtones, 4:45 p.m., side stage
-- Ryan Phillips, magician, 5 p.m., community stage
-- Julia Kasdorf & The Ready Boys, 5:30 p.m., main stage
-- The I, IV, V’s, 6:15 p.m., side stage
Performance schedule is subject to change.