Arts Council to launch 30th season of concerts

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — In 1988, local residents called for a summer showcase of local talent. The Blue Ridge Arts Council — then about a year old — answered that call.

The Warren County High School Jazz Band was featured in the first concert of what would become the Arts Councilís Gazebo Gatherings concert series.

It was held in the amphiteather at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, where many concerts were held along with the Downtown Commons. The series moved downtown exclusively in 2001.

The American Legion Community Band will get this yearís series under way at 7 p.m. Friday.

Bands will perform free concerts at the gazebo 7 p.m. every Friday from June 2 to Aug. 25. The Legion Band will return for the June 16 concert.

The goal of the concerts is to provide a variety of selections spanning many genres, Blue Ridge Arts Council Director Kym Crump said last year.

The concerts are a way to enjoy not only the music, but everything downtown has to offer, she added.

"If you just want a relaxing evening, it's the place to be," Crump said.

Admission is free, but donations to can be made to fund the Blue Ridge Arts Council at 305 E. Main Street. The BRAC is a three-decade-old nonprofit arts and education organization that hosts galleries and programs throughout the year, its website says.

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