Soul Expressions Returns to Gardens at Night on July 12
$10 Ticket Includes Concert and Admission to MSV Exhibitions 

Winchester, VA 7/08/19…Motown, funk, and pop favorites from the Soul Expressions band, family lawn games, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, July 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase food, beer, hard cider, and wine.

According to MSV Community Programs Manager Autumn Gray, thanks to the sponsorship of Navy Federal Credit Union, admission is free to all active military personnel and their families and individual retired veterans (military id required). Admission to Gardens at Night is free to MSV Members and ages 12 and under. The ticket price for all others, which includes the concert and admission to the MSV’s seven-acre gardens and exhibitions, is $10. The summer concert series is also sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.

From Richmond, Virginia, the Soul Expressions Band will play a high-energy mix of funk, rock, Motown, and today’s pop hits from 7 to 9 p.m. A Gardens at Night favorite returning to the MSV for the sixth time, this seven-member band includes bass player Wilbert Anderson, drummer Ricky Gray, guitarist William Anderson, keyboard player, saxophonist Richard D’Abreu, and lead vocalists Tyrone Jackson and Markia Carter. Each of the musicians in the Soul Expressions Band has been performing for more than 25 years, and their collective professional experiences include large festivals to private house parties and more. For Gardens at Night the band will play songs made famous by Aretha Franklin; Stevie Wonder; The Rolling Stones; KC and The Sunshine Band; UB40; Earth, Wind & Fire; Bruno Mars; and other music greats.

Along with live music, Gardens at Night features free family activities. From 6 to 8 p.m. children may play a variety of lawn games, including hula hoops, cornhole, and a giant Jenga set.

Throughout the evening, attendees may experience the Museum’s seven-acre Gardens and explore the MSV galleries. Recently opened exhibitions include Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light and Steinlen: Cats, an exhibition of feline-themed works by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A traveling exhibition presenting lamps and windows made by the famous Tiffany Studios, Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light is organized by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Queens, New York.

Those attending Gardens at Night at the MSV also may purchase food and drinks at the event. The Skrimp Shack and Shaffer’s BBQ food trucks will be at Gardens at Night. Talk of the Mountain Seafood, 3Fires Oven (artisan pizza), Chick-fil-A, and My Buddy’s Nuts will also be at the event selling meals and gourmet nuts and snacks. Adult beverages available for purchase include wine from Berryville’s Veramar Vineyard (whites and reds; available by the bottle/glass), beer from Winchester Brew Works (Paddle Boat Pilsner and Happy Trails Session IPA; 12 oz. pour; $7), and hard cider from Winchester Cider Works (Malice, 522, and Va-Ginga). Water will also be available for purchase ($1). No outside food or drinks will be permitted in the concert area.

The gates will open for seating at 5:30 p.m. and the gardens, galleries, and food trucks/drink stations will open at 6 p.m. The music will begin at 7 p.m. The concert will take place on the lawn by the MSV. All those who plan to listen to the musical performance should bring their own chairs. The concert will take place outdoors rain/shine and attendees should dress for the weather.

Following July’s concert, Gardens at Night will take place on August 9 and September 13. In August, The Return will play the best of the Beatles and September’s concert will feature the Eagles tribute band Alter Eagles.

The MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV complex—which includes galleries and exhibitions, the Glen Burnie House (not open during Gardens at Night), and the gardens—is open Tuesday through Sunday. Additional information is available by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235, or referring to – END –

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