The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department begins its 25th annual town festival this evening with a concert by Louisiana Cajun legends BeauSoleil. The Grammy-winning band, now in its 30th year, is touring in support of a new album, "Gitane Cajun," the group's first studio release in six years.
Featuring the talents of fiddler and songwriter Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil performs a mix of traditional Cajun music, original Cajun Gypsy music, Cajun swing, zydeco classics and genre-bending sorts of music that the band describes as "modern medieval" and "early swamp pop."
The Herndon Festival, which starts at 6 tonight and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday, could draw more than 90,000 people to the town center, officials said, to enjoy carnival attractions, arts and crafts, fireworks, a 2-kilometer community dog walk, business and fitness expos, 10K and 5K races, a children's art area and plenty of live music.
Tomorrow's headline entertainment focuses on rock, with Vienna's acclaimed Brindley Brothers (yep, the same guys who run the Jammin' Java concert venue in Vienna) hitting the stage at 6 p.m. and Ari Hest from New York City performing at 8 p.m.
Saturday's rocking on the Municipal Center Stage begins with local faves Getaway Car at 2 p.m. and Kenin at 3:30 p.m.. Hailing from Vienna by way of Nashville and New York City, the band Cecelia, which consists of Ken and Jeannie Veltz and their three adult children, Drew, Laura and Allison, plus bassist Kevin Jacoby, gets its family groove on at 5 p.m.
TNT -- shorthand for [the Four] Tops 'n' Temptations -- a tribute band that performs hits by the Motown legends, closes Saturday with a set at 7 p.m.
The Herndon High School jazz band will begin Sunday's main stage music at noon. Singer, songwriter and violinist Deni Bonet is next with a set of original alternative pop music at 1:30 p.m..
And the locally bred folk rock group Eddie From Ohio is scheduled to finish the festival's entertainment with a performance at 4 p.m.
In addition to the Municipal Center Stage, two other stages, the Cafe Stage and the Depot Stage, will host entertainment from local singer-songwriters to children's performers throughout the festival.
-- C. WOODROW IRVIN
The festival takes place around the town's center, at Lynn and Station streets and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. The Municipal Center is at 777 Lynn St. Free shuttles will operate from the Worldgate Centre parking garage and Herndon High School to the festival. For more information, call 703-787-7300 or visit www.town.herndon.va.us/festival.