By Beth Luna
Popular local bands in local venues are back!
Area music fans rejoice – between warmer weather and wider vaccine distribution, it won’t be long before your favorite venue, winery, or brewery returns to running a full schedule of live music. Most of us are ready to get out this time of year generally, and with the circumstances of 2020 keeping many at home, that restlessness to get back to a typical summer of music, festivals, and events is stronger than ever. Many establishments began booking entertainment in May.
Because Fauquier County was not officially considered Northern Virginia during the shutdowns, Warrenton was able to open up by closing streets to traffic, which allowed for outdoor seating along Main Street.
“Prior to COVID we had music in our cellar bar area,” said Denim and Pearls owner Jenn Robinson. “Thanks to the Roll Out Warrenton program by the town council and staff, we were able to take our music outside. We are so appreciative that the town thought outside the box and figured out how to make it work long before the rest of the region.”
“Molly’s, Deja Brew, Black Bear and more – we are all located close together so everyone can enjoy the music.” Fountains, Elizabeth Lawrence Band, Bart Harris (from JunkFood), Bailey Hayes, and the Erick Messick Band are local faves that play the patio.
Jean Gehlsen’s Cedar Run Brewery in Nokesville had just begun to hit its stride when the virus hit. “We’ll be two this month, so when the restrictions were put in place last year it caused a slower opening for us.” Jean said “We put strict cleaning procedures in place, enclosed our patio and added heaters, giving people space and the feeling of being outside. We were able to book music throughout the year because of those moves.”
Cedar Run features live music Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Regional favorites like Low Water Bridge, Brisk, Front Porch Rockers, Trey Schneider, and Scarlette Awakening are the staples. “We have a mix of some country, bluegrass, rockers like Brisk who play ’90s music, and Front Porch Rockers who play music everyone sings to,” said Jean. “I have a lot of solo acoustic and duets on Saturday and Sunday.” While there are special events and dates that are totally family-friendly for all ages, Cedar Run welcomes only infants and kids ages 15 and up. “We have an award-winning brewer and food trucks all weekend in addition to the music – we are a great destination to kick back and enjoy!”
Former engineer and current brewer Matt Rose and his wife Ashley opened Barking Rose Brewing Company + Farm in October 2019, and while their plans were thwarted for last summer, they are gearing up for the upcoming months now.
“We want to do all the stuff we couldn’t do last year, like music on Fridays and Sundays, Wednesday trivia, corn hole tournaments, yoga every other Sunday, and beer dinners in the hops yard with pairings and music,” Matt said. “We plan to build some outside pavilions, and we feature the excellent El Jafe street tacos via their food truck.” Matt sees the regional wineries and breweries not as competitors but as a community. “We all want to succeed; we want you to come out, have a beer or glass of wine, and relax!”
Death Ridge Brewery in Jeffersonton books music most Thursdays and Fridays, with bigger bands on Saturdays and its popular “Brunch and Bluegrass” on Sundays. “Most of our growth with regards to music has been grassroots,” said the brewery’s Zack Turner. “We started by finding a few bands locally, and now promoters and musicians reach out to us daily. With COVID, we kept most of the big bands outside under a tent to spread people out.” Zack shared “Every time we have live music, we get a great crowd, and it seems to be increasing as things get back to normal. Plus, we can do more outside now that the weather is breaking and getting nicer.”
Vint Hill’s popular Old Bust Head Brewery has live music every Saturday (and a few Sundays) on their covered patio, as well as Open Mic Night on the first Thursday of each month, Trivia Night every Wednesday, and other fun events each month.
“We’re looking forward to seeing our community get out and enjoy themselves and some of the changes we’ve made in the last year, like our expanded beer garden in front, our newest offerings on tap, and all of the cool things we have planned for the summer,” said Dan Barrett.
Old Bust Head offered live music throughout the winter and early Spring months indoors with COVID precautions, and as the weather warmed they moved back outside. “We’re excited to have Form of Expression, Maddi Mae with Wine Thief, Annie Stokes, Karen Jonas, The Thistle Brothers, Randy Thompson, and many other excellent local musicians bring their music back to us this summer!”
As you head out in search of relaxation, fun, good scenery, food, and of course music, stay informed by following your favorite haunts on social media. Music and food truck schedules are usually shared that way, making it easy to make plans. Almost all regional wineries and breweries as well as local spots like Denim and Pearls and Farm Brew Live feature live music on weekends. Check the calendars, head out to support your regional businesses, and enjoy some live music this summer!
Get started in your quest for warm-weather music and beyond!
Altered Suds Beer Company
36 Main Street Warrenton
Alteredsudsbeer.com / @alteredsudsbeer
Barking Rose Brewing Company and Farm
Barkingrose.com / @barkingrose
Cedar Run Brewery
12801 Hazelwood Drive, Nokesville
Cedarrunbrewery.com / @cedarrunbrewery
Death Ridge Brewery
5393 Higher Ground Trail, Jeffersonton
Deathridgebrewery.com / @deathridgebrew
22 Main Street, Warrenton
Dejabrewcafe.us / @dejabrewcoffeehouse
Denim and Pearls Restaurant
29 Main Street, Warrenton
Denimandpearlsrestaurant.com / @denimandpearlsrestaurant
Farm Brew Live (The Yard)
9915 Discovery Blvd., Manassas
Farmbrewlive.com / @farmbrewlive
92 Main Street, Suite 104, Warrenton
Centerofwarrenton.org / @gloriasmusicvenue
9436 Center Point Ln
Heritagebrewingcompany.com / @heritagebrewing
Molly’s Irish Pub
36 Main St, Warrenton
Mollysirishpub.com / @mollysirishpub
Old Bust Head Brewing Co
7134 Farm Station Road, Vint Hill
Oldbusthead.com / @oldbusthead
Power’s Farm & Brewery
9269 Redemption Way, Midland
Powersfarmbrewery.com / @powersfarmbrewery
The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
16015 John Marshall Hwy
Thefarmbreweryatbroadrun.com / @thefarmbreweryatbroadrun
The Winery at La Grange
4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket
Wineryatlagrange.com / @wineryatlagrange
Wort Hog Brewing Company
41 Beckham St, Warrenton
Worthog.beer / @whbcllc