Music Park: Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary w/ Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Marty Stuart @ Jefferson Center (Roanoke, VA) — 10/10/18

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Roger McGuinn and Marty Stuart perform at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photos by Chester Simpson; Words by David Edwards)

There were two overriding themes to the Sweetheart of the Rodeo concert at Roanoke’s Jefferson Performance Center recently — a theme of Americana music and a theme of Tom Petty.

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Music Park: Sleepy Creek HarFest @ Sleepy Creek [Berkeley Springs, WV] — 10/5-10/7/18

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(Empire Strikes Brass and Danny Moore in a red mask lead a parade at Sleepy Creek HarFest 2018 on Oct. 5, 2018. Photos by Chester Simpson; Words by Michael Tucker)

When I look back at every festival I attend, there is a definitive moment where everything clicks, and I have an epiphany of sorts wherein I come to understand what that festival means to me.

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Snapshots: Watermelon Park Festival @ Clarke County Fairgrounds (Berryville, VA) — 9/20-9/23/18

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Marty Stuart and Watermelon Park owner John Miller Jr. at the Watermelon Park Festival in September 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Watermelon Park, located in Berryville, Virginia, on the banks of the Shenandoah River, is a local haven for camping, tubing and kayaking all summer long. It hosted the 15th annual Watermelon Park Festival recently, and we’ve got pictures of the performing bands to prove it!

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Music Park: Appaloosa Festival @ Skyline Ranch Resort — 8/31-9/2/18

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Scythian performs at the Appaloosa Festival over Labor Day Weekend. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

“The Appaloosa Festival is like building a giant tree fort as a kid, and it keeps growing!” said Dan Fedoryka of Scythian.

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Music Park: Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely @ City Winery — 8/21/18

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Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo perform at City Winery in DC on Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

I had a personal reason for attending and photographing the show of Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely recently at the City Winery in Washington, DC, I knew them in the ole days of the ’70s.

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Music Park: The Fixx @ The Birchmere — 8/15/18

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Cy Curnin fronts The Fixx at The Birchmere on Aug. 15, 2018. (All photos by Chester Simpson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

The Fixx showcased Reach to the Beach, their remarkable second album, to mark its 35th anniversary in a sold-out show at The Birchmere on Wednesday. In doing so, the band’s classic lineup demonstrated the talents that gave them cross-genre success over the course of 10 studio albums.

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Snapshots: Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA) — 7/13-7/15/18

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels perform at Red Wing Roots Festival in Natural Chimneys Park on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Year after year, The Red Wing Roots Music Festival just keeps getting better and better! And the latest edition, on July 13-15, in Mount Solon, Virginia, was the best yet.

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