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Williamsburg’s Funhouse Fest sets full lineup

Funhouse Fest packed Colonial Williamsburg last year. (File/WYDaily)
Funhouse Fest packed Colonial Williamsburg last year. (File/WYDaily)

The full lineup for this year’s Funhouse Fest, including the intimate second stage, has been set.

Grammy Award-winning musician and Williamsburg native Bruce Hornsby has hand-picked Gibb Droll, Chris Forsythe, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and Angela on the Arts to perform on the second stage at this year’s Funhouse Fest, the Virginia Arts Festival said.

The two-day festival will be held on the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg on June 22 and 23.

Hornsby, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Allison Krauss had previously been announced as the concert’s headliners.

The Wood Brothers, Deva Mehal and Amos Lee have also been announced for the main stage.

Virginia composer, songwriter and guitarist Gibb Droll has previously worked with Hornsby as a member of The Noisemakers, according to the release. He has also worked on projects with Wilco’s Ken Coomer, Bryn Davies, Brandi Carlile, Keller Williams and Larry Keel.

Droll will be previewing “his new collection of Americana influenced material” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Funhouse Fest, according to the release.

The full lineup for Funhouse Fest. (Courtesy photo/ Virginia Arts Festival)
The full lineup for Funhouse Fest. (Courtesy photo/ Virginia Arts Festival)

Guitarist and rock artist Chris Forsythe will take the second stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

According to the release, “Pitchfork called [Forsythe’s] music ‘a near-perfect balance between 70s rock tradition and present day experimentation,’ NPR Music named Forsyth ‘one of rock’s most lyrical guitar improvisers,’ and the New York Times calls him ‘a scrappy and mystical historian.’”

Angela of the Arts is a trio of musicians that features trumpet, flugelhorn, bass clarinet and a viola.

“Their jazz-and-chamber-music-inflected sound reflects a cacophony of influences,” the release stated, including jazz, rock and even medieval music. They’ll take the stage at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

Four members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra — assistant principal violinist Elizabeth Vonderheide, violinist Jonathan Richards, violist Matthew Umlauf and cellist Elizabeth Richards — comprise the VSO’s String Quartet. They will take to the second stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Funhouse Fest Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 757-282-2822 or at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office, 440 Bank Street, Norfolk.

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