After you’ve strolled the streets and admired the fabulous landscape displays, relax for a bit at the festival Main Stage, located on the steps of the historic Loudoun County Court House.
This stage features a variety of music from Jazz to Reggae throughout the weekend. Previous performers have included locals such as Andy Hawk and the Train Wreck Endings and Gary Smallwood as well as regional artists such as the Rob Byer Band and the Crawdaddies.
Our 2014 line-up includes many returning favorites as well some new faces to the festival- check out the line up and their bios here:
10a-11:45a Andy Hawk and the Trainwreck Endings
12p-1:45p The Orphans of Twang
2p-2:15pm Award Presentation
4:30p-6p 7th Son of WV
11:45a-1:15p Bryan Elijah Smith
1:30p-3:00p Josh Burgess Band
3:15p-5:00p Gold Top County Ramblers
Andy Hawk & The Train Wreck Endings just released their 5th CD – Shhh!!! (Live in the Library). It was recorded live in the library of Potomac Falls High School in Sterling in November 2013. Copies will be available at the Flower & Garden Festival. Their style has been compared to acts ranging from R.E.M. to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Tom Petty to Bob Dylan to the Beatles, so they cover a lot of turf while keeping their own sound. The band plays all original music and features Andy Hawk on vocals and acoustic guitar, Chuck Bordelon on bass, Paul Bordelon on electric guitar, Pascal Nasta on drums, and Nancy Griffith-Cochran on vocals. For more information, check www.andyhawk.com.
Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts are an Alternative-Americana band based out of Dayton, Virginia tucked away in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Their sound is defined by Smith’s unabashedly genuine songwriting and voice. His compositions and aesthetic as a producer create a unique amalgam of Americana that is peppered with mainstream sensibilities & a wide range of influences resulting in a truly eclectic sound. With over 500 original songs, 8 independent releases, a solid East Coast touring schedule, notable festival plays (Bristol Rhythm & Roots, FloydFest 10 & 11, The Festy Experience, Jam Cruise 9, 11 & 12, Red Wing Roots Music Festival), a Fall 2013 Australia Tour and upcoming headlining shows at the prestigious State Theatre in Culpeper, VA; Smith has proven himself to be a studio journeyman and road tested workhorse that is ready for a national debut with the pending release of his next full length studio effort, ‘These American Hearts’, due out in late August 2014.
7th Son of WV is a blues and rock group that performs in the Panhandle of West Virginia and throughout Northern Virginia. The band features Dave Mininberg, Tom and Kelly Briner, and Phil Truiett. Their songs range from blues, country and rock with a little bit of a lot of other things thrown in. The band performs originals and covers equally well and has been described as having “music that makes you want to move”! For the past ten years they have been developing and refining their sound so they can have something for everyone. Check them out at www.7thsonwv.com and follow the links to their facebook page and youtube videos. They can also be found on itunes.
For over a decade, The Orphans of Twang have played their lively electric/acoustic mix of folk, blues and Americana in bars and festivals across the region. Featuring veteran performers Rob Remington, Kara Hansbarger, Tim Rumfelt, David Saunders, MIke Breen and Clark Hansbarger, this band is the real deal — swamp-laced, smoke-tinged, guitar and harmonica-driven Americana at its best.
A band founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work.” The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots, Rock and Reggae into an incomparable, groove-laden sound that is unquestionably its own. The Crawdaddies are, Kraig Greff, accordion, piano; Chris Huntington, vocals, guitar; Javier Rivera, vocals, washboard, acoustic guitar; Rod Gross, drums, and Dan Hones, bass, vocals. Each road-seasoned member hosts an impressive and diverse musical / performance resume, most notably, 2008 Emmy award recipient Greff who toured with Della Reese, Barry White, Joe Williams and Diana Ross.
Gold Top County Ramblers hail from down the road in Sperryville, Virginia. They rock an acoustic, bluegrass form of music with a unique blend all their own. They are the real-deal next generation of bluegrass alternative.
Gary Smallwood plays a mixture of Indie Classic Rock, Alt-Country, Americana, etc. or what he likes to call, “flat out guitar driven music”. He has been voted Loudoun’s favorite musician 4 years running. Gary is a veteran of the Leesburg Flower & Garden Show. He will perform Sunday April 27th from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. along with Tom Smallwood.
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