On Saturday, September 15, 2012 the Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment is pleased to present The First Annual Virginia Hops & Harvest Festival at Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA. Pocahontas State Park is just a few miles southeast of Richmond, and is easily accessible from Highway 360 or Interstate 95. Tickets are $12.50 advance, $15.00 at the gate (beer tastings not included in cost of admission). Must be at least 21 years old with a valid drivers license in order to consume alchohol. Gates open at 12:00 PM; music begins at 1:30 PM. Tickets are available at the gate.
The Virginia Hops & Harvest Festival is a day-long celebration of Virginia's bounty, featuring local artisans, craft brewers, food vendors, and outdoor adventure companies, in the beautiful setting of Virginia's largest state park. Music will be provided by Virginia's own Dallas Wesley, Sweet Justice, Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso, Paul Plumeri Blues Band, and special guests rock legends THE YARDBIRDS. Among the activities included with admission are brewing exhibits by featured craft brewers, kayaking demonstrations presented by The Appomattox River Company, and gear and camping presentations by REI.
The musical highlight of the event will be a blazing performance by British blues/rock band THE YARDBIRDS! With all of the passion, fire, and intensity that launched the careers of three of the world's greatest guitarists - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page - The Yardbirds are still creating vibrant performances that leave audiences amazed at their ferocity. The band features original members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja, along with guitar virtuoso Ben King, vocalist Andy Mitchell, and bassist Dave Smale. Expect to see a memorable set of classic hits such as "For Your Love," "Shapes of Things," and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," infused with a modern flash of brilliance in the band's fresh interpretations of these powerful songs. The Yardbirds will perform at 6:00 PM.
The Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment (VMRE) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Crewe, Virginia. The mission of The VMRE is to archive, sustain, and perpetuate roots-based American music, and to enhance public awareness of central Virginia's rich musical heritage. The VMRE partners with school systems in several counties, presenting special programs to educate students about music business. The VMRE also works closely with Virginia State Parks, Virginia's Retreat, and many other community service organizations. The VMRE concert series features a wide variety of great music at several different venues in the Richmond area, including Virginia Crossroads Live in Crewe, Innsbrook After Hours in Glen Allen, Powhatan Village in Powhatan, and Kenbridge Community Center in Kenbridge. Artists who have performed in 2012 include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Bruce Hornsby, Leftover Salmon, Dark Star Orchestra, Lee Brice, The Avett Brothers, The Band Perry, The Temptations, and many more. Visit: www.vmre.org to see a full list of venues and upcoming events.