Each Friday, the Southwest VA Museum Historical State Park invites you to enjoy a relaxing lunch and musical performances in the Victorian Garden. Each week a different musician is featured and a variety of music highlighted.
Local musicians perform at the Southwest VA Museum's Lunch on the Lawn
Today, Friday, July 1, the month will kick off with Aaron & Lisa Davis and special guest Ron Short. Born and raised in Big Stone Gap, VA, Aaron Davis earned an M.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University and currently works as the Education Specialist at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park. He and his wife, Lisa Davis, who is a proud Appalachian transplant from Culpeper, VA and an art teacher extraordinaire in the Dickenson County Public School System, explore music from Appalachia and Americana music that strikes their fancy. For Lunch on the Lawn, they invite multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, playwright, and Southwest Virginia native Ron Short into the mix for an eclectic and lively set list. Aaron & Lisa Davis also tour with Ron Short as part of Ron Short & The Possum Playboys.
On Friday, July 15, Anthony Wayne will be the featured artist. Wayne has had over twenty years of music making experience. He takes his influence not only from music but time, place and interaction. Some of his shared bills include Soulhat, Kevin McKinney, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Col. Bruce Hampton, Edgar Winter, Daniel Cage, Alexi Murdoch, The Coalmen and Flock of Seagulls.
Richard Phillips will be the featured artist on Friday, July 22. Richard is a well known acoustic performer who plays blues, original tunes, and old time music. He has been featured in Natural Tunnel State Park’s “Candlelight Series” and “Lighting of the Tunnel,” and he has performed at Mountain Empire Community College’s “Home Craft Days” and “Duffield Days.” He has also played venues in North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, and eastern Virginia. Richard has recorded two CDs featuring his original material entitled “Alien Eyes” and “Shades of Blue.”
Lunch on the Lawn at Southwest VA Museum
July’s Lunch on the Lawn will wind up with Jordan Allen. A former host at the Museum’s First Saturday Community Coffee House, Jordan has been playing the guitar since 8th grade and singing since 9th grade. Jordan lives in London, Kentucky and is currently a junior in high school. His inspirations come from The Beatles, Kings of Leon, Oasis & Manchester Orchestra.
The program is free and begins at 12:00 p.m. A boxed lunch may be purchased for $5 by calling 276- 523-1322. Boxed lunches must be ordered by 9:30 a.m. the Friday morning of the program. Participants may also bring their own picnic lunch.
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