ChesterFest: Great tunes lined up for the day

The Chesterfield Community Band, Andy Vaughan & The Driveline, Koinonia Jazz Experience and the Cary Street Ramblers will take the stage during this year’s ChesterFest on Sept. 28.

The Fest will offer a new twist this year when the gathering will eliminate the street stage for performances by Daryl Ellison, Zach Artis, Chip Butterworth and his Bluegrass group, John Ellis and Brian Phelps in various locations around the festival loop.  

Kicking off the music of the day will be the Chesterfield Community Band. The band was formed in the Fall of 1997 in cooperation with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. Since then, They have been dedicated to providing an opportunity for residents of the greater Richmond area to perform fine concert music.

The 30 piece orchestra has a revolving group of 50-volunteer diverse members, from high school students to retirees. Many members have returned to playing in an ensemble after many years of not playing any music at all!

The 10-piece band Koinonia Jazz Experience will take the stage at 12:15.The Koinionia Jazz Experience is a collaboration of experienced professional musicians from the Richmond Metropolitan Area who have joined together to create mature and pleasing sounds for our audiences. Their smooth and danceable jazz covers a wide spectrum of jazz and is-just-right for jazz lovers.

Andy Vaughan and the Driveline holds the first chair of country; “intriguingly nuanced stone cold country and Texas border music from the heart of Richmond.” A few years ago Vaughan found a place for the country and honky-tonk music that he held nearest and dearest to his heart. In no time, a group of like-minded musicians came together in steel guitarist, and Chester resident Slim Stanton, drummer Chip Farnsworth, lead guitarist Jerry Renshaw, and bass playerErik Kutzler. The musical chemistry is undeniable.

If flat footin’ is your favorite dance or you just enjoy the notes flowing from a talented fiddle and banjo player then The Cary Street Ramblers will be just your thing. For that matter they are a crowd pleaser for any style music lover.

“It’s music you don’t hear everywhere even though lots of people in this part of Virginia hear lots of Bluegrass and Old Time,” said Kathy Whittle, the guitar player for The Cary Street Ramblers.

If you can’t find the main stage, which is highly unlikely, you can stop for a spell and listen to one of five street performers spread around the Fest. Just as Kings Dominion has a new ride each year, this is a new attraction that will make a walk through the many vendors a musical treat. Daryl Ellyson, Zach Artis, Chip Butterworth and his Bluegrass group, John Ellis and Brian Phelps will be spread throughout the Fest for your enjoyment.

Of course the dog show will return with special prizes and the cutest puppies in Chesterfield. Shampooches Spaw will sponsor the event, which is sure to be the cutest event of the day.

And the event that everyone waits for all day long – the World Champion Cherry Pie Eating Contest. The pie eating contest has been a favorite for 12 years.

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