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Virginia Arts Festival Announces Three-Day Lineup for Williamsburg Live June 17-19, 2022



Mandy Moore Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Martina McBride

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Virginia Arts Festival has announced that their 2022 presentation of the outdoor music weekend, Williamsburg Live will fill three nights with music, June 17-19. Three-Day Ticket Packages are on sale this Friday, November 19, 2021, online at www.vafest.org or by phone at 757-282-2822. Single tickets will go on sale January 13, 2022.


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Headlining the Friday, June 17 evening will be Emmy-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress, singer, and songwriter Mandy Moore, whose most recent album Silver Landings has drawn critical acclaim. Moore first came to national attention with her platinum-selling 1999 debut album So Real, followed by her 2000 album I Wanna Be with You, and her self-titled third album released in 2001. She starred in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s A Walk to Remember in 2002, winning an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance. Over the next decade, Moore appeared in a dozen films and released a series of celebrated albums: 2003’s Coverage, 2007’s Wild Hope, and 2009’s Amanda Leigh. Since 2016, she’s starred on the critically acclaimed NBC series “This Is Us,” earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role as matriarch Rebecca Pearson. Moore was seen alongside Woody Harrelson in Roland Emmerich’s 2019 feature film Midway.


As previously announced, four-time Grammy Award-winning Americana music icon Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will headline Williamsburg Live on Saturday, June 18. Widely acclaimed as one of the best songwriters performing today, Isbell possesses a devoted audience who have pushed his albums to the top of the charts, and drive sell-out attendance at his appearances from Nashville’s fabled Ryman Auditorium to festivals across the U.S. His newest album, Georgia Blue features collaborations with such iconic artists as Brandi Carlile, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile and more. Isbell’s songs are rousing anthems that have stadiums singing along, lyrical standouts showcasing an artist at the height of his powers.


Headlining the Sunday evening show, June 19 will be country music legend Martina McBride. With 14 Grammy nominations, McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, including 20 Top 10 singles and six No. 1 hits. She has been awarded 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Her 15 music awards include four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist; a longtime passionate advocate for women, her top songs include such empowerment anthems as “Independence Day,” “Broken Wing,” and “This One’s For the Girls.” In addition to her music, McBride has won new fans for her cookbooks and has her own show on the Food Network, “Martina’s Table.”


“Great music under the stars, an incomparable outdoor setting that reflects centuries of history, and a multi-sensory experience that showcases not only artistry but the bounties of Williamsburg’s breweries, wineries and food scene,” said Virginia Arts Festival Executive Director Robert W. Cross. “Williamsburg Live has become a destination for fans from across the U.S.”


Quickly becoming one of the southeast United States’ most popular outdoor music weekends in an intimate festival setting, Williamsburg Live welcomes thousands of fans every summer to its unique, tree-shaded setting on the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. As the warm breezes blow and the stars come out, fans enjoy locally-sourced foodie fare via food trucks and wine and craft beers available on the concert grounds—then settle in for performances by some of today’s most compelling artists. Before the concerts, visitors can explore centuries of history and enjoy the region’s unique shopping and award-winning dining.

Three-Day Packages for Williamsburg Live are on sale beginning this Friday, November 19, 2021, online at www.vafest.org or by phone at 757-282-2822. Single tickets will go on sale January 13, 2022.


Colonial Williamsburg Hotels will offer special Williamsburg Live hotel packages. Please visit colonialwilliamsburghotels.com or call 1-877-568-8225 for more information.


Co-presented with the City of Williamsburg, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and in partnership with Virginia Tourism Corporation and Visit Williamsburg. Funded in part by the City of Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission.

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