A few years back, David Lee Roth and Van Halen directed us to: “Dance the night away!” Diamond Dave would be proud of the efforts made by Festival Organizers to create the perfect, springtime atmosphere in which to carry out that directive. In addition to the uniqueness of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance, the Queen’s Ball, the Square Dance and the Young at Heart Big Band Dance, the Festival has created a virtual “Murderer’s Row” of high-energy dances to end the annual nighttime festivities at the Sprint Tent. Thursday night, April 30th, will see Nigel Holland and the Right On Band returning to the perpetually sold-out Thursday Night Fever Disco Dance. Friday night, May 1st, will see New York City’s Rubix Kube returning to headline the hot-selling 80s Dance Party. And, to that line-up, Festival Organizers are proud to add the new Ram Truck Country Music Party!
This event is really picking up momentum. Interest and expectations are high; and, Festival Organizers are pleased to announce that Ram Truck Pickup Trucks have picked up the Title Sponsorship of the event. This is seen by the Festival as a perfect fit of Sponsor and Event; and, event attendees should be able to see some of the latest innovations that these popular trucks have to offer. The Media Sponsor of the event is iHeart Radio, a huge hitter in the world of radio, as represented locally by country giant, Q102. It is obvious that our local business community is showing great faith in the return of this popular country music party!
The Festival was thrilled to announce last month that the rapidly-rising Swon Brothers, Zach and Colton, have been contracted to headline the return of this iconic Festival event. Now, in further news, the Festival has been able to add the “Pride of the Panhandle,” the Christian Lopez Band, from nearby Martinsburg, as a featured opening act. The 19-year-old veteran of the “Warped Tour” and the Belk-sponsored “Modern Southern Tour” has recently been signed to a record deal in Nashville; and, we quote from his official bio: “With one foot planted in the folksy, fiery twang of modern day Americana, and the other inching toward the rootsy rock & roll of early Sun Record hits, Christian Lopez is the sort of singer/songwriter who builds a bridge between the new and the old…and places his music directly in the middle. Raised in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Lopez grew up surrounded by bluegrass groups, jam bands and Appalachian pickers. Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania were all less than a 30-minute drive from his hometown, though, giving the young musician – who began playing piano at 5 years old before picking up the guitar at 9 – a wide range of sounds to draw from. You’ve got to read to become a good writer, and you’ve got to listen to become a good songwriter,” says Lopez. “I love The Band, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.”
The new Ram Truck Country Music Party presented by iHeartRadio will be held from 8:00pm to 12midnight on Saturday night, May 2nd, at the Sprint Tent on the campus of the Winchester Medical Center at 1755 North Sector Court. Tickets at $25.00 each are currently available right here online, and at Apple Blossom Headquarters through Friday, March 20th. After that, they will be available at the Official Festival Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet located again this year at 302 North Cameron Street in Old Town and opening on Monday, March 30th. Store hours will be Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturdays: 10am to 5pm; and, closed on Sundays. Organizers want to point out that the seating is now General Admission; there is no longer numbered, reserved seating. The format will be the same as it is for the Disco Party and the 80s Party: tables and chairs will be scattered loosely around the room; but, many people will never sit down!