For the 6th summer in a row, Abingdon hosts free outdoor concerts at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. The popular Thursday Jams series brings a wide range of nationally recognized artists to Abingdon, each Thursday night for 10 weeks. The series kicks off Thursday May 17th, with the soulful modern country sound of Sam Lewis, and continues through July 19th.
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 each week.
Highlights this year include the joyful blues of Reverend Shawn Amos, the beloved bluegrass band Acoustic Syndicate, and Sweet Crude, a South Louisiana indie-pop band that sings in in an enchanting mix of English and French. For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit abingdonmusicexperience.com.
The series, which draws thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Abingdon each year, is sponsored in part by the Bank of Marion, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Express AV, Food City, and JJ’s Restaurant and Sport Bar, with media sponsorship from WNCW 88.7 and The Loafer.
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.
May 17, 2018
For Fans Of: Parker Millsap, Anderson East, Townes van Zandt
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics
May 31, 2018
For Fans of: Amy Winehouse, The Broadcast, Charles Bradley
Reverend Shawn Amos
May 24, 2018
For fans of: Keb Mo, Gary Clark, Jr., Jonny Lang “modern blues with a nod to the past”
with Special Guest
Sinners & Saints
June 7, 2018
w/ Special Guests
June 14, 2018
For fans of: Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Ray LaMontagne
Heather Gillis Band
June 21, 2018
For fans of: Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers, Samantha Fish
June 28, 2018
If you like: Keller Williams, Mountain Heart, Town Mountain
July 5, 2018
For fans of: Charles Bradley, Antibalas, The Beatles
July 12, 2018
For fans of: Tift Merritt, Gillian Welch, The Be Good Tanyas
July 19, 2018
For fans of: Tank & the Bangas, The Revivalists, Rebirth Brass Band