The Town of Abingdon has big plans for its summer concert series, now in its fifth year. The Thursday Jams summer concert series showcases a wide range of nationally recognized bands at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday evening, May 18 through July 20. Presented by Blue Ridge Beverages and the Abingdon Music Experience, the concerts are free and open to the public; a beer garden will be provided by Abingdon Main Street, and local food vendors will be on hand.
Beginning May 18th with the diverse jazz sound of Polyrhythmics, the series includes well-known musical acts such as Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Marcus King Band and many others. For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit www.abingdonmusicexperience.com.
This summer will mark the 5th annual Thursday Jams series, which drew thousands of locals and visitors last year. The series is sponsored in part by Virginia is for Lovers Eastman Credit Union, Universal Fibers and First Community Bank.
Music will begin 7:00 pm each Thursday at the Abingdon Market Pavilion, with a beer garden benefitting Abingdon Main Street opening at 6:30 pm. A variety of food truck and local vendors will be on hand offering concessions. The events are family-friendly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and or blankets to enjoy the shows. No outside alcohol is allowed. In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted to social media, and Wolf Hills Brewery will serve as the alternate venue, located at 350 Park Street SE in Abingdon.
The series will host a variety of musical genres including Americana, southern rock, bluegrass, indie folk, soul and roots. Bands performing during Thursday Jams have also appeared at internationally-recognized festivals like Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Floyd Fest, and Bonnaroo as well as Conan, The Late Show and Music City Roots. Local talent will open each Thursday for the headliners, who will start their sets at 8pm.
Abingdon Music Experience is now in its fifth year of presenting live music in Abingdon. Other programs include January Jams at Barter Theatre, Virginia Creeper Fest, Thursday Jams, Summer Lovin’ Concert June 10th, Independence Day Extravaganza July 1st and the 3rd Annual Main Street Busker Fest September 2nd, a one-day festival that will fill downtown Abingdon with street performers.
Thursday Jams 2017 • May 18th
For fans of: TAUK, Pimps of Joytime, The New Mastersounds
Creating vivid instrumental imagery with complex rhythms and a unique precision that redefines the term “funk” for 21st Century audiences, the 8-piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle’s finest exports. Founded from a collective desire to make classic vinyl recordings, Polyrhythmics have been a defining musical force and west coast institution for the better part of a decade. With four studio albums under their belt as well as a growing pile of limited-release 7-inch 45’s, the boys are back at it in 2017 working on a new full length that is scheduled for release later in the year. Joined by opening act: Devon Gilfillian.