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Festival Stage Concert Series

We’ll be bringing you country, rock, R&B and some musical surprises from national recording artists and some artists of regional renown.


Friday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.

Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and longtime friend Josh McSwain grew up hearing their families play music. Their debut single, Musta Had A Good Time, became a Top 40 hit on country radio. Parmalee made history when its multi-week No. 1 smash Carolina became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart.

Alex Hilton Band

Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.

The Alex Hilton Band originated right here in Virginia and performs a mix of upbeat country rock and soft country ballads.

The Original Drifters

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This long-lasting doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group set musical trends and had 13 chart hits, including On Broadway, Under the Boardwalk and Up on the Roof.

Bria Kelly

Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.

A Hampton Roads favorite! Bria Kelly is a Smithfield native who was a semifinalist on America’s Got Talent and a finalist on The Voice.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

This blues rock band is best known for their Grammy-nominated album Tuff Enuff, which featured a single of the same name and Wrap It Up.

Josh Thompson

Friday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

Josh Thompson’s singles Beer on the Table, Way Out Here and Won’t Be Lonely Long have been Top 40 hits on the country charts.

Eric Paslay

Friday, Oct. 3, 8:15 p.m.

Country artist Eric Paslay has toured with Little Big Town, The Eli Young Band, Jack Owen and others and written album cuts for Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. In 2013, he appeared on Amy Grant’s album How Mercy Looks from Here, sharing lead vocals with Grant and Sheryl Crow.

33rd Annual Country Showdown

Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Come see some serious rising talent! The Country Showdown is the largest country music talent search in America, and this Showdown will be one of five regional semifinal rounds before the National Final.

Brett Eldredge

Sunday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge has a soulful, distinctive baritone that propelled his single Don’t Ya to No. 1 on the Country Airplay Chart. His influences include “big voices” like those of Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn and Frank Sinatra.