Marion, Virginia

MARION ANNOUNCES “SUMMER OF TUNES” MUSIC SCHEDULE

Marion, Virginia is definitely the coolest place to be this summer! The Town of Marion, Marion Downtown, and The Lincoln Theatre have collaborated to provide you with the very best entertainment, all year long! Memorial Day through November, is jam-packed full of exciting events, so mark your calendars and start making plans to attend all the concerts coming up in downtown Marion!

Friday, May 25th- Broad Street Cruise In: Music Featuring HB Beverly, 6 PM
Calling all care enthusiasts! This year, the folks of Marion Downtown are hosting cruise-ins on Broad Street in downtown Marion throughout the summer! The lineup starts at 6 PM, with raffles and prizes, it’s sure to be a fun night. Welcoming all classics, customs, rods, muscle cars, and motorcycles, there is something for everyone and every interest. This year, each cruise in will feature live music! Admission is free! On Friday, May 25th, join HB Beverly, as he performs live. What better way to kick off summer, than with a beach inspired melody?


Sunday, May 27th- VFW Presents “Letters From Home”, 3 PM at The Lincoln Theatre
In Marion, Memorial Day Weekend is really the kick-off to an abundance of summer entertainment in our community, and this year is no exception. On the Monday before Memorial Day, over 1,000 flags will begin being displayed on the Court House lawn. On Thursday, Rolling Thunder will host a ceremony at 12 PM on the Court House steps in honor of lost loved ones. Then, on Sunday, May 27th, “Letters from Home,” an annual event sponsored by the VFW Post 4667 will be hosting a free concert at 3 pm at The Lincoln Theatre.

America's Bombshell Patriot is back in Marion, Virginia! Honoring veterans, active military heroes and their families through singing, tap dancing, audience interaction and the spirit of the 1940's and beyond, Erinn Diaz and friends will transport you on a trip down memory lane!

On Monday, May 28th at 10 AM, join us for our annual Memorial Day Grand Parade on Main Street in downtown Marion, with a patriotic program and community cookout following the parade at the VFW on Goolsby Street.

For tickets or more information, visit www.thelincoln.org.

 

Friday, June 22nd- 4th Fridays Concert Series: Southern Drawl Band, 8 PM at The Lincoln Theatre
This year, the Town of Marion and The Lincoln Theatre have partnered together and the Town is sponsoring concerts on the 4th Fridays of the month inside The Lincoln.

Kicking off the 4th Fridays Concert Series is Southern Drawl Band. Much like their derivative name, Southern Drawl Band is a melting pot of sound, styles, attitude, and entertainment. Defined in categories like County, Southern Rock, Tropical Rock, and even Bluegrass, Southern Drawl Band attracts a range of listeners from a broad spectrum of music genres and audiences. Their unique trait of extraordinary music and song writing, along with impressive entertainment style and unforgettable live performance is what sets this band apart from others in their class.

Southern Drawl Band has been touring the United States, coast to coast, since 2012. During their rise, they have had the honor of performing on the stages of many major artists including legendary Lynyrd Skynard, Charlie Daniels Band, Jimmy Buffett, Brantley Gilbert, and more.

Tickets are $20, and available for pickup at The Lincoln Theatre or online by visiting www.thelincoln.org/now-playing.

 

Friday, June 29th- Broad Street Cruise In: Music Featuring Acoustifried, 6 PM
On Friday, June 29th, make your way to Broad Street for a cruise in, and listen to local favorites, Acoustifried.

Acoustifried is a country rock band, based out of the Tri-Cities area. A five piece band, members J.R. Moore, Jeffery Wright, David James, Matt Blevins, and Greg Godsey were a part of Marion’s Summer Concert Series last year, and we just couldn’t wait to have them back!

Admission is free, and with raffles and prizes, it’s sure to be a great night! The lineup starts at 6 PM.

 

Saturday, June 30th- Love and Theft with Special Guest Hudson Moore, 7 PM at The Lincoln Theatre
Love and Theft are coming to America’s Coolest Hometown, Marion, VA! This is a must see performance at downtown’s historic Lincoln Theatre. No matter which seat you reserve, you’ll be close enough to the stage for a guaranteed amazing experience! This event is sponsored by the Town of Marion.

This event will also feature special guest, Hudson Moore as he opens the stage for Love and Theft.

Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson — launched with the No. 1 country smash “Angel Eyes” and top 10 hit “Runaway.” The longtime friends and band mates have gone on to garner more than 3 billion radio impressions, over 300 million plays on Pandora, and are nearing 3 million music video streams for the critically acclaimed “Whiskey On My Breath,” an epic ballad that “returns Love And Theft to the harmony-rich sound that first turned heads when they started out,” (Rolling Stone). The ACM/CMA/CMT nominated duo has built a loyal fan base through their high-energy shows, infectious harmonies, and signature songwriting and is poised for the next chapter in their musical journey. The pair is currently putting the final touches on their fourth studio album, produced by legendary music icon Jim Ed Norman, and will release on Curb Records later this year.

Tickets are $32, and available for pickup at The Lincoln Theatre or online by visiting www.thelincoln.org/now-playing.

This event is sponsored by The Town of Marion.


Wednesday, July 4th- Rock, White and Blues Concert Featuring Jigsaw Jane, 7 PM
The Town of Marion will be hosting a Rock, White and Blues Block Party on Broad Street to celebrate Independence Day! At 7 PM, regional favorite, Jigsaw Jane will be performing LIVE!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to set on, your favorite dancin' shoes and enjoy listening to some rock n' roll!

This event is sponsored by the Town of Marion.


MARION’S BIGGEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!

Friday, July 20th- Street Dance on Main Street: Music Featuring Phantom, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The third weekend in July is always the biggest weekend in Marion! The Arts and Crafts Festival at Hungry Mother State Park, LIVE music events downtown, a Chili Cook-Off, and so much more, you’re bound to fall in love with America’s Coolest Hometown.
On Friday night, join Marion Downtown as they host a street dance on Main Street in front of the Court House. Local favorite, Phantom, will be performing live from 7 to 10 PM. Marion Downtown Revitalization Association will be selling food and drinks as a fundraiser. The event is FREE and folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, some dancin’ shoes and come out and enjoy some old school rock n’ roll music!

This event is sponsored by the Town of Marion.

 

Saturday, July 21st- 32nd Annual Marion Downtown Chili Cook-Off, Shine n’ Show Care Show and Music Festival
Once again, Marion’s biggest event of the year is set for the third full weekend in July. For over 30 years, the Chili Cook-Off has become a homecoming event for locals, and a must-see experience for out-of-towners.
You don’t want to miss this FREE event! From kids activities, to one of the region’s best car shows, to a Chili Championship and food eating competitions, to outdoor seating and beer gardens, and LIVE music performances from some of the regions favorite bands- you’re bound to have a great time!

At 5 PM, welcome The Church Sisters to the Main Stage, as they kick off the music for the night! Originally from the coal mining District of Dickinson County, VA and then Danville, VA, The Church Sisters' mesmerizing music chronicles their childhood with a haunting sound and blue-grass twist. Their roots extend through Bluegrass and Gospel, performing alongside legendary acts from a young age. The duo is featured on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which was co-produced by Grammy® Award-winner and mentor, Carl Jackson. The Church Sisters delivered with “Where We’ll Never Grow Old,” one of the tracks on the two-disc project that also features legendary artists Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. They recently released a moving cover of Lukas Graham’s megahit “7 Years.” The song continues to see airplay at SiriusXM and comes to life in the girls’ first music video. Sarah and Savannah are currently in the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Julian Raymond working on their debut project for The Valory Music Co.

 

At 6 PM, If Birds Could Fly make their return debut to Marion and take the Chili Stage. If Birds Could Fly is an Americana duo from the Appalachian mountains, blending retro country, soul and rock-n-roll with an Appalachian accent to create a sound all of their own. This humble duo offers a refreshing take on Appalachian folk, classic Americana, and rock-n-roll. If Birds Could Fly is uniquely a bird of a different feather. This Southwest, VA, duo blends many genres to achieve their simplistic yet unmistakable sound. From Folk to Indie, there is something in their music that everyone can enjoy. From the soothing guitar melodies to vocal chills, this act promises to deliver a sound truly from their heart to those willing to listen.


At 7 PM, The Hogslop String Band takes the Main Stage. Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia and Tennessee. Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands of the Tennessee Valley area. Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals and soirees.

Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike. Despite an unkempt appearance, their undeniable charm is as certain to steal your heart as it will your daughters!


The music just keeps getting better and better! At 8 PM, The Whiskey Gentry will be performing at the Chili Stage. Paste Magazine was dead-on when they called The Whiskey Gentry a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum.” Formed in 2009 by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, The Whiskey Gentry is a group of seasoned veterans- to put things mildly, some of the finest pickers and musicians the Southeast has to offer.

A recent finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at Merlefest, Staley’s natural gifts with words and her powerful lead vocal abilities complement the band’s edgy interpretation of an otherwise traditional sound. All of this, coupled with a commanding and high-energy live performance, sets the bar for the way today’s country music ought to sound- honest, tight, daring, and void of pretension.

Headlining the Chili Cook Off is none other than The Cleverlys. Welcome them as they make their way to the Main Stage at 9 PM. Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and STD, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe, if the globe only consisted of the United States, performing at PACs, music venues, and some of the nation’s largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Fest and even the Grand Ole Opry.  

There isn’t another act like this faux family band, mixing comedy and A-list musicianship. They guarantee your audiences will enjoy it or they will NOT give your money back. There is a reason why The Cleverlys are the lowest grossing act out there, and that’s tax evasion.

Some of the most popular tunes on The Cleverlys’ set list includes tunes like Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a medley of Blackstsreet’s “No Diggity,” and Flo Rida’s “Low” that recently went viral on Facebook, with over 9.9 million views from a local TV appearance.

The New York Times wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be The Cleverlys.”

This event is sponsored by the Town of Marion, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and more!


Friday, August 24th- Broad Street Cruise-In: Music Featuring Ed Young and Friends, 6 PM
On Friday, August 24th, come by Broad Street for a Cruise In and listen to local favorite, Ed Young and Friends live. Welcoming all classics, customs, rods, muscle cars, and motorcycles, there is something for everyone and every interest! Admission is free.  The lineup starts at 6 PM.

Friday, August 24th- 4th Fridays Concert Series: ShadowGrass and Valley Grass at The Lincoln Theatre, 8 PM
ShadowGrass is a group of young musicians from Western North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia who crossed paths at local fiddller’s conventions in the summer of 2014. They began a musical journey that has led them to play and compete together.

Although they have their own style, ShadowGrass is honored to be playing in the shadow of great bluegrass legends. Holding to their bluegrass roots, fast picking, and fresh arrangements have earned the band numerous awards in youth and adult competitions across the region. In 2016 they placed 5th in the adult bluegrass band category at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention. ShadowGrass has had the privilege of playing at exciting venues, including Heartwood and The Crooked Road, The Blue Ridge Music Center, The Lincoln Theatre, The Historic Earle Theatre, and at festivals such as the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, HoustonFest, the Richmond Folk Festival, SPGBMA, and IBMA. They were honored to be chosen as a featured youth band for the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival in 2016.

Their foot-tapping music and charming personalities continue to draw a crowd and gain encouraging fans with each new place they visit. ShadowGrass is looking forward to contributing to the heritage of bluegrass music for years to come

The band includes Presley Barker, guitar; Kyser George, bass; Luke Morris, mandolin and Clay Russell, banjo. All of the members are award winning youth musicians. ShadowGrass is striving to be the next torchbearers to carry on bluegrass music to future generations.

ShadowGrass has been called “one of the most thrilling bluegrass bands to emerge from the musically-rich Crooked Road area in recent memory” ShadowGrass has also appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker during the 2016 IBMA World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh. Presley and Kyser have also appeared on Little Big Shots on NBC.

Opening the show is none other than Valley Grass, a gospel and bluegrass band that has played at numerous venues around Southwest Virginia.

Tickets are $20, and available for pickup at The Lincoln Theatre or online by visiting www.thelincoln.org/now-playing.

This event is sponsored by The Town of Marion.


Friday, September 28th- Broad Street Cruise In: Music featuring Jason Byrd, 6 PM
Calling all care enthusiasts! This year, the folks of Marion Downtown are hosting cruise-ins on Broad Street in downtown Marion throughout the summer! The lineup starts at 6 PM, with raffles and prizes, it’s sure to be a fun night. Welcoming all classics, customs, rods, muscle cars, and motorcycles, there is something for everyone and every interest. This year, each cruise in will feature live music! Admission is free! On Friday, September 28th, join local favorite, Jason Byrd, as he performs live!

Friday, September 28th- 4th Fridays Concert Series: Wilson Fairchild at The Lincoln Theatre, 8 PM
The Town of Marion has come to love Wilson Fairchild, so we had to bring them back! Wilson Fairchild is made up of Wil and Langdon Reed from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The duo, also referred to as "the Reid Boys," have been writing, performing and playing music together their entire lives. With influences such as The Statler Brothers or Ricky Skaggs, their passion and drive for country music is inspiring. Along with their outstanding harmony, which is an inherent trademark from their fathers, Harold and Don Reid, members of the Statler Brothers, Wil and Langdon are prolific songwriters who have had over 30 songs published and recorded.

This event is sponsored by The Town of Marion.

Tickets are $20, and available for pickup at The Lincoln Theatre or online by visiting www.thelincoln.org/now-playing.

 

Friday, October 26th- 4th Fridays Concert Series: Nathan Stanley with Special Guests Bluegrass Outlaws and Ashton Shepherd at The Lincoln Theatre, 8 PM
The "Prince of Bluegrass" and Dove Award winner, Nathan Stanley will take the stage with The Bluegrass Outlaws and special guest Ashton Shepherd as part of the Town of Marion's Fourth Fridays Series. Nathan Edmond Stanley was born into a music royalty bloodline and family Legacy. As the grandson of the Bluegrass music icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan made his music debut at the young age of 2 on stage with his Grandfather at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, playing the spoons for the Clinch Mountain Boys. He later graduated to playing the mandolin, and in 2007 became the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the Clinch Mountain Boys, who are one of the most highly acclaimed bands in the music industry. To rewind his life and look back in time his history is simple, an entertainer on a mission! He’s an original.

Nathan Stanley refuses to be a carbon copy. Nathan would say “If it’s been done, I don’t think I’ll do it that way”. His musical influences include Dr. Ralph Stanley and Elvis Presley.

Special guest, Ashton Shepherd will return to her “roots” as she performs an acoustic/solo set featuring some of her favorite songs as well as her biggest hits, like “Look It Up, Sounds So Good, Takin off This Pain, Where Country Grows,” and many more! Shepherd was nominated for the New Female Country Artist in 2008, and has had 2 Top 20 Billboard Charting singles. She has recently toured with Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, and Josh Turner.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Marion. Tickets are $20, and available for pickup at The Lincoln Theatre or online by visiting www.thelincoln.org/now-playing.

Friday, November 23rd- 4th Fridays Concert Series: Dailey and Vincent, 7 PM
Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV,” Dailey & Vincent bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis.  After a decade spent performing together and with over 1,000 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert,” their concoction of fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.  Their most recent live CD, “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks.

The event is sponsored by The Lincoln Theatre. Tickets are available for pickup at The Lincoln Theatre or online by visiting www.thelincoln.org/now-playing.


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