Friday & Saturday Night Street Parties

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

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

We've expanded the music — adding another FREE public concert on Friday . . .  and we're keeping the Saturday night street party, too! 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.). On Friday, we'll kickoff the free public concert at 3:30 p.m. with and at 5:30 bring on Melissa and the Growlers, featuring the 8-point Horns (finishing around 8:30 p.m.)!  Saturday night we'll feature local sensation, The Judy Chops! 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., Shenandoah Hops bottle shop and growler fill, and 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

FRIDAY NIGHT: 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!

The Judy Chops

SATURDAY NIGHT: The Judy Chops

The Judy Chops are an indomitable force in the VA music scene, rocking audiences with original tunes, remixed covers, and mash ups since 2008. Averaging over 150 shows a year, the Chops are a high-energy 7 piece Americana group who delight in wowing audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Their many festival appearances and shows have included opening for acts like Lake Street Dive, The Black Lillies, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, David Mayfield Parade, J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices, and Igor & Red Elvises have proven the Chops to be consummate performers.

The band’s sound is built around strong three part harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, baritone banjo ukulele, searing electric guitar and a unique rhythm section featuring upright bass, cocktail drums, and a dynamic horn section with occasional fiddle to round out the mix. Stylistically, the band blends elements of swing, blues, rock-a-billy, classic country and western, and soul with a modern flair, for a unique, genre-defying musical experience. The Chops have previous recorded two albums, Modern Vintage Vol. 1 in 2008 and Give Her the Gun in 2010. In 2013, The Judy Chops were voted “Best Local Roots Band” at the inaugural Red Wing Roots Music festival in Mt. Solon, VA, bringing home 20 hours of studio time at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg VA, and a microphone package from Peluso Microphone Labs. These prizes enabled them to record their most ambitious album to date, Minor Sunshine in 2014. Their latest release ‘Bad Like Me’ was released in 2016.

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.