School is back in session which means summer has unofficially come to an end across Hampton Roads. It’s time to look ahead to fall. What better way to spend these cooler nights than at a live concert by the York River?
Yorktown’s annual Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert series kicks off this Friday and runs through October 5. This year’s lineup is one of the most exciting yet, featuring favorites in the country, jazz, and big band formats. Each show starts at 6:30 and runs past sunset.
Snag your spot on the lawn, set out your chairs or blanket, and enjoy a relaxing night with friends and family as the breeze blows in off the water. Pack a picnic (including wine and beer!), or let Carrot Tree do the cooking for you. They’ll have a delicious selection of gourmet hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ, brisket, and a rotating menu of the bakery’s signature desserts.
Check out this year’s bands and see why everyone’s talking about this must-see line-up.
September 7: Nashville Nights
This dynamic group has assembled some of the best talent Hampton Roads has to offer. Individually, the members of Nashville Nights have sung the national anthem at the NYC Half Marathon, played at a Presidential Inauguration, recorded an album in Nashville, and released a single played on radio stations around the world. Together, in one show, they give their audience the experience of a big production concert, a show at the Grand Ole Opry, and a night at one of the hottest spots in Music City.
September 14: Little Country
Drawing from lessons learned through formal training and years spent in the studio, this group of diverse musicians takes the country/rock format and turns it up to 11 with a high-energy stage show, plenty of hits you can’t help but sing along to, and truly solid musicianship. Despite being largely “musician’s musicians,” Little Country never forgets their most important job is to bring the fun.
September 21: TailGate Down
They’ve been described as country music with an edge. This band has been performing up and down the East coast in various forms for over 18 years. The term country rock was created for this band because of their unique ability to blend the two genres. TailGate Down has opened for Nashville recording artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Luke Bryan, Lonestar, Miranda Lambert, and Eric Paslay.
September 28: Williamsburg Classing Swing Orchestra
This 16-piece authentic band plays all the best swing music from the height of that era in the 1930’s and 1940’s to more contemporary hits from big band composers and arrangers. WCSO plays many of the original arrangements from the bands that played and recorded some of your favorite songs. Their focus is to keep the music of the swing era alive and kickin’!
October 5: Good Shot Judy
This talented group plays some of the best songs written in the last hundred years—in a way that’s all their own. These guys always put on a stellar performance, filled with a little jazz, a little swing, and even some big band favorites! GSJ has opened for national acts like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. They’re so popular with the locals, York County’s very own Virginia Beer Company is releasing a brew for the band called Bourbon Barrel Parade in September.
Another perk to Yorktown’s concerts? Free parking!
Spots in the two-level parking terrace fill up quickly, but there are several public lots throughout town that are just a short walk down to the waterfront. So make sure those dancing shoes are also good for walking!
Keep an eye out for the Yorktown Trolley too! It will run on select nights so you can hop on and hitch a ride to the fun.
Sponsored content brought to you by