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Special Events

MARION ANNOUNCES "SUMMER OF TUNES"
MUSIC SCHEDULE for 2018

 

 

 

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, 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 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.

Annual Events

January - Woolly Mammoth Day

 

March - Whitetop Mtn. Maple Festival

 

April - Dec ArtWalk

 

April - Aug Taste of the Town

 

Spring - Mountain Dew Triathlon

 

May - Marion Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

 

May - Whitetop Ramp Festival

 

May - September Marion Broad Street Cruise-Ins

 

June - Bike Smyth County/Family Fish and Fun Day

 

June - July Marion Summer Concert Series

 

July - Marion 4th of July Celebration

 

July - Chilhowie’s

Christmas in July

 

July - Little Salty Birthday Celebration

 

July - Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival

 

July/Aug - Rich Valley Fair & Horse Show

 

August - War Between the States Battle Reenactment

 

September - Saltville Labor Day Celebration

 

September - Smyth County Patriot’s Day Celebration

 

September - Chilhowie Apple Festival

 

October - Civil War Troops Memorial Service

 

October - Halloween Madness

 

October - Saltville BBQ Festival

 

October - Whitetop Sorghum & Molasses Festival

 

December - Marion Kaleidoscope Christmas Parade and Marion Christmas Market

FREE VISITOR GUIDES: ron@visitvirginiamountains.com • 1-877-255-9928 • (276) 646-3306

Smyth County, Virginia Regional Visitor Center 408 Whitetop Road, Chilhowie, VA, I-81, Exit 35

FREE VISITOR GUIDES:

ron@visitvirginiamountains.com

1-877-255-9928 • (276) 646-3306

 

Smyth County

Virginia

Regional

Visitor Center

408 Whitetop Rd,

Chilhowie, VA,

I-81, Exit 35