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Bluegrass, folk, country, easy listening, traditional local dance and more - when the sun goes down in Shenandoah National Park, live music and engaging entertainment take center stage.
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Brianna is a local teenage singer/ songwriter/ musician with the Potomac Records label. She performs mostly country music with some rock, pop and original songs mixed in for fun. Brianna has been playing the Central Virginia music scene since age 13 and is adored by audiences of all ages. This year Brianna will be traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee and other states to entertain her fans. She has performed at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill, the Taste of Nashville Tour where she opened for LoCash & Trailer Choir; as well as Celebrate Virginia Live where she played prior to the country music superstar Joe Nichols concert. Brianna can also be found at the famed Commodore Grille in Nashville where she performs regularly in the songwriters rounds. A talent you won’t want to miss!
Dan & Friends
Dan Lewis has been playing music at Big Meadows and Skyland as well as other park events for the past 10 years. He played in three different groups doing vocals and rhythm guitar. Dan plays songs from the 1950's through the 2000's covering Folk, Folk Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Country, Country Rock, Bluegrass, & Pop tunes. He plays with musician friends and solo.
Davis Bradley Bluegrass
Kathy Davis and Bradley A. Bishop are a Bluegrass duo that offer smooth harmonies with an acoustic blend created by a musical chemistry that they share. They have teamed up to present a one of a kind musical experience that is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone!
Debbie plays acoustic guitar and performs easy listening, contemporary, bluegrass, country, classic rock, and sing-a-long songs.
Dwight Martin is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from Harrisonburg, VA. His performances are energetic, fun, and full of audience favorites. Dwight covers hits from various decades including classic rock, pop, blues, and a few country tunes. After playing with bands in the east and mid-west, Dwight now entertains full time as a one-man-band show.
James Tamelcoff III, born October 19th, 1998, has been around music his entire life. His Father James Jr. Played guitar and sang. James 3 has always been a huge fan of the older music of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s,and the 1980s. James 3's dad Introduced him to Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats at age 7 and that's where it all started. He looked at Mr. Setzer's Big orange guitar and said that's the guitar I want. James started taking lessons at age 8 and continued those lessons for 2 years. He has fronted his own bands since the age of ten and has played on some of the biggest stages in Virginia and has opened for Billboard recording artists. James currently plays in 6 different groups, all different genres of music.
Jeremiah Prophett is a singer/songwriter who has played professionally from coast to coast in the United States. His songs are a blend of rock/folk/bluegrass/soul that is best defined as "blues with a cure". Jeremiah Prophett's signature rhythm guitar, vocals and harmonica lead you through one man's journey through life in the context of powerful lyrics and melody. He covers artists' such as Neil Young, John Prine, The Carpenters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, The Beatles and many more - with a style all his own.
A seasoned veteran to the stage, Larry offers acoustic entertainment for audiences of all ages and a fun evening filled with old favorites as well as current tunes.
Lee started performing while aboard the USS Nassau in the mid 1980s. He moved to the Shenandoah Valley and played Bluegrass for years before returning to solo performing. Now starting the 16th year performing at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge, he provides a genre of music considered to be Americana Folk or Folk Roots. Songs range from late 1800s folk ballads and 1930s Blues with covers of Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Dylan in the mix.
Mark started playing guitar at the age of 8 years old. He attended Rutgers University where he studied music theory and classical guitar. Joining the Just for Play Country Dance Band in 1978, he had the honor to perform with artists such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, Marty Haggard, Melba Montgomery and Jon Anderson. Mark has been part of studio projects, commercials and various bands and music projects throughout his career. His unique style includes an eclectic mix of acoustic music ranging from classical and finger-style instrumentals and originals to his unique spin on hits of the 70s, 80s 90s and more.
After years of playing various styles of music in several different bands, Mike decided to go solo with his own type of music. For lack of a better term, it can be called contemporary folk, but with influences ranging from traditional American to swing, and from bluegrass to rock, his is not your normal coffee-house folk. An educator, historian, writer and farmer, Mike uses the songs he has collected and composed to tell stories that make you think, laugh, remember and learn. He's been playing in Shenandoah National Park for 15 years now.
Mollee McWhorter is a singer/songwriter and cover song artist born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. Mollee is a vocalist who accompanies herself with digital piano and has been professionally performing in public for 16 years. She has a wide array of musical selections in her repertoire. Mollee performs for venues such as regional assisted living and memory care facilities along with other area restaurants and cafés. In 2008, she released her cover song debut album titled, “Captivating,” upon winning a local singing competition.
Resi is a singer/songwriter that plays the piano and keyboards, and was born and raised in Virginia. She has performed in local bands as well as Praise Teams over the years. Her music ranges from classic country to southern rock to southern and contemporary Christian. She has also received several awards for female vocals in the state of Virginia. She currently performs solo with backing tracks of songs ranging from the 1920s to present. She has been singing since she could talk! In 2002 Resi released a CD, "A New Leaf", in which she wrote six songs.
Rich performs easy-on-the-ears acoustic folk music. His song list includes familiar tunes from the 1920s to the present as well as his original compositions, which offer insightful lyrics and inviting melodies you will want to hear over and over again. Rich is a public school teacher whose program is punctuated with interesting anecdotes and true stories from his classroom experiences. One of Rich’s CDs received the following review from Amazon.com: “Rich Follett's melodies are not only soothing to listen to, his lyrics speak right to your heart with feelings only he seems to be able to put to words. His voice is like velvet, and people just want to stop and hear it.
Shenandoah Valley Cloggers
The Shenandoah Valley Cloggers Inc., formed in 1984, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Appalachian clogging, a distinctive form of American folk dance, which encompasses many different traditions of step dances with Scottish, English, Dutch and German roots. To entertain a variety of ages, the troupe’s music includes everything from bluegrass, to country, to pop, to old time rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1984, the troupe has been performing Tuesday evenings from April through October at Skyland in Shenandoah National Park. The troupe is made up of 14 dancers, ranging in age from mid-20s to late 60s, all focused on their love of clogging and the enjoyment of entertaining.
Tommy has been performing in the DC area for many years, with various songs featured on Mary Cliff's Traditions show on PBS and on Dick Cerri's Music Americana Showcase. He has opened for national acts such as Odetta at the Cellar Door, Grover Margaret and ZaZuZaz at Desperados, Tim Eyerman and the East Coast Offering at Eskimo Nells, and more recently for the Street Back Sisters at Jammin’ Java in Vienna. He has released two albums/CDs, “The Journey” and “Beneath a Tree” with songs co-written by his sister Carla. The heart of his music is the golden age of pop/folk from the 70s, but he ventures into newer music upon request. Other than Big Meadows and Skyland - his favorite places to play - Tommy performs every Saturday night at Boccato Gelato and Espresso in Arlington, VA. If you live in the DC area he would love for you to stop by and bring some Shenandoah spirit with you!
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