BENEFIT music festival 2018

Eighteen musical acts will perform at the newly named Crossroads Music Festival, presented by local nonprofit BENEFIT, in downtown Leesburg Sept. 21.

Founded in 2017, BENEFIT is a Leesburg-based collective of musicians and community leaders who aim to use music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations that serve children in need. Though this is the third annual music festival BENEFIT has organized, it is the first time the event will be hosted in downtown Leesburg.

Among the musical stylings are pop performer Ella Levri, reggae-rock outfit QOK and blues-funk quintet Frayed Knots — the guitarist of which, Ara Bagdasarian, is a BENEFIT co-founder.

“Loudoun County has so many remarkable musical artists. The musicians participating are generously donating their performances to help us raise funds for local children’s services charities. We hope to provide attendees with a unique evening of live music that is also helping their community,” Bagdasarian said in a prepared statement.

According to BENEFIT officials, the organization was able to donate $5,000 to five local nonprofits after the inaugural concert in 2017. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be combined with funds raised at the 2018 concert and distributed to Loudoun nonprofits in spring 2020 via a grant application process.

Nonprofits that have previously partnered with BENEFIT include Arc of Loudoun, American Cancer Society and Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, according to BENEFIT’s website.

Each artist’s set will be an hour and will take place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Six different venues around town are scheduled to host performances: 14 Loudoun, Delirium Café, King’s Tavern and Wine Bar, Leesburg Junction, MacDowell Brew Kitchen and SideBar.

“Crossroads Music Festival is a great way for everyone to get out, listen to some fantastic music and give back to their community at the same time,” BENEFIT co-founder Amy Bobchek, whose band Big Bad Juju will perform at the event, said in a prepared statement. “Having six different venues is going to add so much more to the experience for music lovers.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15 and will also be available on-site for $25. Attendees will receive a free Crossroads T-shirt, specials at participating venues and other event-day amenities. More information can be found at crossroadsmusicfest.org.

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