Bluemont features Circa Blue band

Posted: July 25, 2013

Star staff report

Circa Blue

Winchester — The Bluemont Concert Series presents Circa Blue at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the fifth of nine concerts on the lawn of the Old Court House Civil War Museum in Winchester.

Concert-goers are to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit.

Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for kids under 12.

As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In case of bad weather, the concerts are held indoors at the Winchester First Presbyterian Church.

Circa Blue is not only the band name, but also the description of what the band represents.

They are “about” bluegrass — not completely traditional, not completely newgrass.

They strive to be unique and entertaining to all audiences, so everyone will discover something they enjoy.

Circa Blue is known for its tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements. The band released its debut CD, recorded at Echoes Recording Studio, in February 2012. The self-titled album features five original tunes and five covers performed with the Circa Blue style.

The band includes Steve Harris on guitar, Dave Harris on upright bass, Matt Hickman on banjo, and Ron Webb on mandolin.

Bluemont relies on more than 1,200 volunteers each summer to ensure that performances go smoothly, and on the support of local businesses and community organizations.

To volunteer this summer, contact Virginia Winsatt at 540-955-8186 or email

Bluemont partners and major donors from the private sector include the City of Winchester, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Valley Health, Stephens City Chiropractic, Wells Fargo Advisors, Loudoun Mutual Insurance Co., The Gerald and Paula McNichols Family Foundation, Middleburg Bank, Dominion Foundation, Target and Walmart, and more than 250 local businesses and 1,200 friends and families.

This summer, Bluemont will present more than 40 concerts in seven communities in northwest and central Virginia, including Ashland, Culpeper, King George, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton and Winchester.

For complete schedules, performer descriptions, directions and more information, contact the Bluemont office at 540-955-8186 or visit