Thank you for supporting our region's premier arts and culture festival! We can't create the annual Virginia Highlands Festival without the generous support of our Patrons each year, and in gratitude, we invite you to attend a special reception and concert, which takes place before the Festival begins.
Each year the Virginia Highlands Festival hosts a special performance and reception for its Patron donors. As a nonprofit, VHF relies on individual contributions to present the annual Festival for our community, including tons of free and low-cost events for all ages. Most of your ticket purchase is tax-deductible (see note below for exact amount).
This year, we are excited to bring Bill and the Belles in for our Patrons' Event! With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music.
Our event opens with a reception at 5:30pm followed by the concert. The entire event takes place at Heartwood.
About Bill and the Belles: At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, Bill and the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented. With a rapidly growing reputation throughout the Southeast, Bill and the Belles have shared the stage with many national acts, including Hot Rize, the Gibson Brothers, and Larry Sparks. They continue to play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists as the resident band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music.
In just a short time, Bill and the Belles have brought their show to the audiences of television and radio broadcasts, and several major festivals around the country. Lifelong musicians Kris Truelsen, Grace Van’t Hof, Kalia Yeagle, and Karl Zerfas bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. It’s clear this group shares a rare musical connection and deep love for the music, and their excitement is contagious.
About the Virginia Highlands Festival: Founded in 1948, the Virginia Highlands Festival is an annual, 10-day event devoted to the celebration of Southwest Virginian heritage and rich Appalachian tradition. Held in historic Abingdon, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Festival attracts more than 175,000 visitors each year. The Festival was selected as the “Best Art Event” by the readers of Virginia Living magazine in 2016 (fifth year in a row), recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society and has been consistently named as one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Tourist Attractions over the past four decades. In 2016, the 68th Virginia Highlands Festival will run from July 29-August 7 (Antiques Market July 30-Aug. 7) and feature live concerts, a juried arts and crafts show, and an antique market, as well as workshops, lectures and tours. To learn more about the Virginia Highlands Festival and this year’s events, please visit http://www.vahighlandsfestival.org/
For your taxes: The fair market value of each ticket is $24. The remainder is tax deductible.