Saturday Night Street Party

Sunspots Stage at the Staunton Wharf. Photo © Staunton News Leader.

Sunspots Pavilion at the Staunton Wharf. Photo © Staunton News Leader.

We're once again featuring a free Saturday Night Street Party! After a day of riding, come down to the “Staunton Wharf" area to the Sunspots Pavilion (across from Sunspots Glassblowing Studios at the corner of Lewis and Byers St.). We'll kickoff a free public concert at 5:30 p.m. with Melissa and the Growlers, featuring the 8-point Horns (finishing around or before 8:30 p.m.)! Situated around the Wharf and within easy walking distance are a number of fine restaurants, including Byers Street Bistro, The Depot Grill (DPO), and Mill Street Grill; two micro-breweries: Redbeard Brewing Co. and Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co., and the tasting room of Ox Eye Vineyards. And just two blocks away are the fine establishments of Staunton's Beverley Street: including Taste of India, Baja Bean Co., Shenandoah Pizza, Zynodoa, The Pampered Palate, Aioli, Cranberry's, and Split Banana Gelato. PARKING: Abundant free parking available in the Wharf parking lot or across the street in the Staunton Municipal Parking Garage at 101 W Johnson St. (see map below). 

Relax and unwind after a day on your bike.

Melissa & the Growlers

Melissa & The Growlers

Melissa & the Growlers is proud to sport some of the most talented and versatile working musicians in Virginia. Covering experience in almost every musical genre, the eight members of Melissa & the Growlers are seasoned professionals who more than know how to play — they know how to perform. Formed in 2014 from the core of Funk45 — a Staunton-based super group that featured bluesy guitars, soulful vocals and smoking' hot horn section —Melissa & the Growlers has built a solid reputation as one of the premier blues and funk bands of the Shenandoah Valley. Anchored by the talented husband and wife team of Brian and Melissa Mesko, the M&TG rhythm section has become a consistent feature of the club scene from Roanoke to Harrisonburg and beyond. Whenever possible, Melissa & the Growlers adds the talents of “The 8-point Horns” — Bobby Read (sax), Robert Mott (trombone) and Ashley Spice (trumpet) — rounding out the already full sound with jaw-dropping fire power. 

The Growlers’ song list is a blend of classic blues, booty-shakin' funk, and sweet and sassy soul and features songs made popular by Bill Withers, Candi Staton, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, The Meters, Average White Band, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, The Crusaders, Buddy Guy, The Isley Brothers, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Tedeschi Trucks, Down to the Bone, Albert King, and Aretha Franklin . . . to name just a few.

Enjoy the ride and get ready to hit the dance floor!

Find the Staunton Wharf

The Sunspots Pavilion is located across the street from Sunspots Glassblowing Studio and Black Dog Bike Shop, and right next door to Shenandoah Hops (specialty beer and wine merchant). For GPS parking directions, type in “101 W Johnson Street, Staunton, VA 24401”. (If that fails, type in the name of any of the three businesses listed above.) PLEASE NOTE: We have asked the City of Staunton to close Byers St. directly in front of the Sunspots Stage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so please enter for parking off West Johnson Street.