Motown, funk, and pop favorites from the Soul Expressions band, and admission to the outdoor exhibition ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN will highlight Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, June 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase food, ice cream, beer, hard cider, and wine.

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From Richmond, Virginia, Soul Expressions will play a high-energy mix of music from 7 to 9 p.m. A Gardens at Night crowd favorite returning to the MSV for the eighth time, the band includes bass player Wilbert Anderson, drummer Ricky Gray, guitarist William Anderson, saxophonist Richard D’Abreu, and lead vocalists Tyrone Jackson and Jasmine Anderson. Each of the band’s musicians has been performing for more than 25 years, and their collective professional experiences include large festivals, 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.

According to MSV Community Programs & Events Manager Josh Huff, tickets to Gardens at Night are pre-sale only and may be purchased here, at the Guest Services Desk in the MSV galleries building, or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.

All those attending Friday’s concert must have a ticket, including ages 12 & under. A Gardens at Night tickets is $5 for MSV members, active military personnel and their families, and individual retired veterans. Tickets for ages 12 & under are $1. The ticket price for all others—which includes the concert and admission to the MSV’s seven-acre gardens and exhibitions—is $15. Gardens at Night is generously sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union and Shenandoah Country Q102.

As part of their Gardens at Night experience, event attendees may explore the Museum’s seven-acre gardens and galleries. In the gardens, hundreds of rose bushes are blooming and larger-than-life metal origami sculptures are on view in the outdoor exhibition ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN. In the galleries and in addition to the MSV’s permanent displays, powerful photographs depicting the struggle for justice and equality in 1960s America are on view in the traveling exhibition Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

Those attending Gardens at Night at the MSV also may purchase food and drinks at the event. The Roaming Bistro, Shaffer’s BBQ,  Little Bamboo, Nonni’s Eats & Sweets, and Red Fox Creamery food trucks will be at Gardens at Night. Talk of the Mountain Seafood and Chick-fil-A will also be at the event selling meals. Adult beverages available for purchase include wine (whites and reds; available by the bottle/glass), beer from Winchester Brew Works, and hard cider from Winchester Ciderworks. 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 5:30 p.m. The music will begin at 7 p.m. The concert will take place on the event lawn in front of the galleries building. All those who plan to listen to the music should bring their own chairs. The concert will take place outdoors rain/shine and attendees should dress for the weather.

Gardens at Night attendees will want to note that on concert days, the entire MSV site and parking lots will be closed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. before the gates open for the concert. The main entrance gate (closest to James Wood Middle School) will be the only entrance open to vehicles during Gardens at Night (see the event map).

Following June’s concert, Gardens at Night will take place on July 8, August 12, and September 9. In July, Bad Moon Rising will play music by Creedence Clearwater Revival. August’s concert will feature Cash Unchained, a Johnny Cash tribute band, and the Robbie Limon Band will close out the summer concert series in September with ˈ70s favorites and rock classics. Tickets for all concerts are available for purchase here.

The MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. Additional information is available here or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235. – END –

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