WILLIAMSBURG, VA, June 13, 2017 – Bruce Hornsby, former keyboardist for The Grateful Dead, has curated three days of music fun in historic Williamsburg, June 23-25. Artists confirmed to appear include, but are not limited to:
Friday, 6/23: Sheryl Crow, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
On Friday night, a quartet of musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra , who will play music by such groundbreaking contemporary music pioneers as Gyorgy Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, and Samuel Barber.
“I love the complex genius of these composers,” said Bruce Hornsby, who is legendary for his broad-ranging musical tastes and projects, and who has composed for symphony orchestra and film. “And presenting this music in this setting is just an amazing opportunity to share that genius with our Funhouse Fest fans. I’ll bet this is the first time Sheryl Crow has had a string quartet as an opening act!”
Saturday, 6/24: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Lake Street Dive, The Staves, Kenny Garret, yMusic
Each night of the festival Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers will perform the songs of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead. Hornsby toured with the Grateful Dead for years, playing more than 100 concerts with the band:
“All these years, people have been asking me about the Grateful Dead, and I’ve always been proselytizing about the Grateful Dead as songwriters. Yeah, the scene is fantastic, and the jamming is great, but the songs are what really make this deep. For the real Deadheads, those great Grateful Dead songs are the hymns of their life—it’s spiritual for them. And I love them as well.”
Sunday, 6/25: Rhiannon Giddens, The Staves with yMusic, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Also just added to the mainstage is North Carolina-based band Hiss Golden Messenger, who are touring in the wake of their critically acclaimed album Heart Like a Levee.
Hornsby plays all three dates, performing a rare set of his greatest hits, a Grateful Dead tribute, and an acoustic jam with his favorite drummer, Sonny Emory. A new addition to the festival is a second acoustic stage designed for artists to be able to more directly interact with fans and try out new material.
No festival is complete without great food and beverages and the Funhouse Festival should not disappoint with fresh local food from gourmet food trucks and the kitchens of Colonial Williamsburg. Fans can choose from food truck menus of the Zagat Award-winning Capt’n Crabby, tender barbecue from Cast Iron Catering Company, the classic “beach grub” of The Food Dude, smokehouse bounty from Two Drummers Off Beat Eats, wood-fired pies from Bodacious Pizza, and gourmet seafood from Food-A-Tude.
The Colonial Williamsburg Taverns on the Lawn will serve up such historically-inspired treats as Brunswick stew, bangers and mash, and more.
For the thirsty, regional craft beers are on tap, including Williamsburg’s Alewerks (Chesapeake Pale Ale and Tavern Ale), Charlottesville’s Devils’ Back Bone, and Ashland’s Center of the Universe (Pochoptas and Chin Music).
TICKET ADVISORY: Some seating sections for Funhouse Fest are nearly sold out, so fans are advised to order early. Tickets, including 3-day passes, are available at the FunHouse Fest website, by phone at 757-282-2822, or in person at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office, 440 Bank Street, Norfolk VA. Tickets are also available in person at the Williamsburg Municipal Building, 401 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg VA.
Editors Note: All information on the guests, performance times, dates and food and beverage offerings for the event are provided by the Funhouse Fest and are deemed reliable. Festival goers should call ahead and confirm all appearances that are important to them.