At Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Wild Wednesdays encourage performers and audiences alike to kick back, have a glass of...something!, and hear some of Virginia's finest artists from a variety of genres. Some call it "pops" - some call it "casual" - some call it "different." We call it wild!
Here at WSMF, we are proud to welcome artists from around the world to our special place on the mountain, but we are equally proud to present the fine caliber of artists who call the Commonwealth home. From a Richmond artist whose song is considered the unofficial state anthem (and will hopefully be official soon!) to a Roanoke band that specializes in historic Americana music, Wednesday nights offer a Virginia-inspired wild night for everyone.
2015 WILD WEDNESDAY CONCERTS
Inspired by the 20th anniversary of Wintergreen Performing Arts, each of our Wild Wednesday concerts will dive into another anniversary equally worthy of toasting. Come raise a glass with us! **
Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 7:30pm - OPENING NIGHT!
Featuring the artists that comprise the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, this 'Surprise Birthday Party' concert will celebrate the 20 years of music that WPA has brought to the heart of Virginia. Music performed during the past 20 years will be presented in an unexpected new format. We would tell you more, but that would ruin the surprise! Don't worry - we'll throw you some teasers as the day approaches!
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 7:30pm - John Winn and Desiree Roots, AKA Ol' Blue Eyes and Lady Day
Richmond favorites John Winn and Desiree Roots, joined by their favorite jazz trio, will delve into the music and world of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday - two musical icons whose 100th birthday we celebrate in 2015. Come hear favorites by these two classic artists - plus additional songs that will sure to keep your toes tapping and your soul singing!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:30pm - Susan Greenbaum relives 1975 in a Birthday Tribute to the Wintergreen Resort
Perhaps you never want to see those bell bottoms, leisure suits, and sideburns again, but you can't deny that the music of the 1970's is worthy of reliving! And besides, our beloved Wintergreen Resort was founded in 1975, so a few flower-power vests might be forgiven. Join Virginia favorite Singer-Songwriter Susan Greenbaum as she blends her naturally beautiful voice with the music of James Taylor, the Carpenters, Joe Cocker, and Elton John - just to name a few. She'll also share some of her own songs with us - including her tribute to the Commonwealth: "Virginia, The Home of My Heart".
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:30pm - Rootstone Jug Band - Time traveling through Americana, all the way back to 1865.
Not many musicians play so many instruments that "etc" has to be used in their bio, but that's what makes Rootstone - Roanoke's old-school, primitive revival band - unique. Actually, that's one of the many one-of-a-kind characteristics of this Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist. Versatile, fearless, and creative, Rootstone will present Americana music with an eye towards how audiences "in the day" might have heard it. They will perform they're usual fare of traditional music from Memphis, Mississippi, and the Carolina Piedmont. And, just for WPA's celebration of anniversaries, they'll present music from 1865 - the year a divided nation began to heal.
**Repertoire and artists subject to change.