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Loudoun’s got live music, but no more Summer Musicfest

Singer Michael Sheppard (r) and his band Milkshake perform at last year's Acoustic on the Green in Leesburg, and will be back again this year. (Town of Leesburg)

But it looks like it’s all over for the late great Loudoun Summer Musicfest at the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, which for years staged a host of comfortable outdoor rock, country and reggae shows in a big pasture just off Route 7. They cancelled last summer with the hopes of returning in 2012, but a spokeswoman for the country club said they’ve heard nothing, and my detective work has been unable to find anyone or anything that indicates they’re coming back.

The lineup at the ninth annual Acoustic on the Green series includes Jon Carroll, who won Musician of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Rock Instrumentalist of the Year last year from the Washington Area Music Association; Ted Garber, last year’s Artist in Residence at Strathmore; Cal Everett, lead singer of NoVa’s beloved ’80s hit-makers Four Out of Five Doctors; and two-time Wammie male vocalist of the year Michael Sheppard, whose kid-friendly band Milkshake was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. Carroll kicks it off June 9.

In Purcellville, the music-loving couple of Bill and Cheryl Bunce are promoting several shows at Franklin Park, including the Alternate Routes and Tim Snider, after hosting concerts in their backyard in Round Hill for a couple of years. The Loudoun Times-Mirror’s Crystal Owens profiled the Bunces, who modestly billed their shows as “the Austin City Limits of Northern Virginia, or at least Purcellville.” Hey, Austin had to start somewhere too, y’know. Kudos to the Bunces for kicking it in P’town. Or ville. And here’s a video explaining a little more about what they call “the greatest local concert series you’ll ever see in Northern Virginia.”

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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