Performing Artists

See this year’s exciting lineup below!

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2019 Performers (Alphabetical)

Billy Joe Trio
10/5/2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chesapeake Bay Bearcats
Traditional Dixieland
10/5/2019 - 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm @ Courtyard

Christoff and Pedigo
Mix of covers and originals on drums, resonator guitar, musical saw and sackbut.
10/6/2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am @ Courtyard

Clan MacCool
Celtic band with a fun-loving style. Traditional Irish and Scottish songs and clever original numbers
10/6/2019 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm @ Courtyard

Crazy X
Rocking Country
10/6/2019 - 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm @ Courtyard

CW Fifes and Drums
They are the music ambassadors of Colonial Williamsburg and are celebrating their 60th year.
10/6/2019 - 10:00 am - 10:30 am @ Courtyard

Daniel Scruggs
Multicultural Drumming
10/5/2019 - 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm @ Prince George, 10/6/2019 - 11:15 am - 11:45 am @ Prince George

Doug Alan Wilcox
Acoustic blues and soul
10/5/2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 noon, @ Courtyard

Felicia Hoyas
Solo Singer/Songwriter
10/7/2018 - 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm @ Prince George

Fiddler's Green
Authentic Irish-style music
10/6/2018, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm, @ Courtyard

Flute Frenzy
Premier youth flute choir
10/6/2019 - 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm @ Prince George

Higher Ground Jazz Band
18 piece big band, with vocalist, playing contemporary and classic jazz
10/5/2019, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, @ Courtyard

Joe's Day Off
Great harmony in a variety of genres. Something for everyone - oldies, bluegrass, country
10/6/2018, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm @ Courtyard

John Tracy
Guitar and folk music
10/6/2018 - 1:45 pm - 2:20 pm @ Prince George

John Turner
10 time Scottish fiddling champion
10/5/2019 - 10:30 am - 11:00 am @ Courtyard

LCV Project
10/6/2019, 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Lightstreet
Classic rock
10/5/2019 - 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm @ Prince George

Meadow Street Band
Coffee shop country
10/5/2019 - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm @ Prince George

Pittman Magic
A magical variety act, a combo of magic, juggling, and balancing
10/5/2019, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm, @ Prince George

Poisoned Dwarf
Traditional Celtic music
10/6/2019 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Courtyard

Rainbow Puppets
10/5/2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am, @ Prince George

Runaway String Band
Four long-time Williamsburg musicians with a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and swing music
10/6/2019 - 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm @ Courtyard

Sammy Lee
Acoustic Blues
10/5/2019 - 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm @ Courtyard

Scrapper Tuesday
Folk style with a nod to rock n roll
10/5/2019 - 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm @ Courtyard

Skip Friel and the Resonators
Eclectic versions of popular cover songs. Upbeat Americana and acoustic blues
10/7/2018 - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm @ Prince George

SoLach
Acoustic Duo
10/5/2019 - 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm @ Prince George

Timeline Jazz
Jazz
10/5/2019 - 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm @ Courtyard

Va Regional Ballet
Family oriented dance program
10/7/2018 - 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm @ Prince George

William the Conjurer
Performs period magic and is very family oriented
10/6/2019 - 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm @ Prince George

Williamsburg Youth Harp Society
Youth harpists
10/6/2019, 10:30 am - 11:00 am, @ Prince George

2019 Performance Schedule

StageTimeGroupDescription
Saturday, October 5
Prince George10:30 am -11:15 amRainbow PuppetsPuppetry, original song and dance combine to celebrate diversity of creatures around the world.
January 7, 1900Pittman Magica magical variety act, a combo of magic, juggling, and balancing
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmDaniel ScruggsMulticultural Drumming
1:15 pm - 2:15 pmLightstreetClassic rock
January 16, 1900Meadow Street BandCoffee Shop Country
January 19, 1900So lachAcoustic Duo
Courtyard10:30 am - 11:00 amJohn Turner10 time Scottish fiddling champion
January 26, 1900Doug Alan WilcoxSolo singer/songwriter
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmSammy LeeSolo Acoustic Blues
1:15 pm - 2:15 pmHigher Ground Jazz Band20 piece jazz band
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmScrapper TuesdayFolk style with a nod to rock n roll
3:30 pm - 4:15 pmChesapeake Bay BearcatsTraditional Dixieland
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmTimeline JazzJazz
Rock the Occasion6:30 pm - 9:30 pmBilly Joe TrioBlues and rock
StageTimeGroupDescription
Sunday, October 6
10:00 am - 10:30 amFifes and DrumsThey are the music ambassadors of Colonial Williamsburg and are celebrating their 61st year
Prince George10:30 am - 11:00 amWilliamsburg Youth HarpLocal Youth Harpists
11:15 am - 11:45 amDaniel ScruggsMulticultural Drumming
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmFlute FrenzyPremier youth flute choir
12:45 pm - 1:15 pmWilliam the ConjurerPerforms period magic and is very family oriented
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmVirginia Regional BalletFamily oriented dance program
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmSkip Friel and the ResonatorsEclectic versions of popular cover songs. Upbeat Americana and acoustic blues
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmLCV ProjectSolo guitarist
Courtyard10:30 am - 11:15 amChristoff and Pedigo Mix of covers and originals on drums, resonator guitar, musical saw and sackbut
11:30 am - 12:30 pmJoes Day OffGreat harmony in a variety of genres. Something for everyone - oldies, bluegrass, country,
12:45 pm - 1:45 pmClan MacCoolCeltic band with a fun-loving style. Traditional Irish and Scottish songs and clever original numbers
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmPoisoned DwarfTraditional Celtic music
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmCrazy XRocking Country
4:15 pm - 5:00 pmRunaway String BandFour long-time Williamsburg musicians with a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and swing music

It is with sadness that we share the difficult decision made by the AOFTA Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 An Occasion for the Arts.

This decision was made after weeks of careful deliberation about the challenging and evolving impacts of COVID-19, and was informed by the recently published Phase 3 Guidelines of the Governor of Virginia.

The free and un-gated access to the show simply would not allow us to provide the proper environment for safe physical distancing and adherence to the Governor's Guidelines. Health experts are warning of likely outbreaks this fall because of the strength of the virus and the lack of public compliance with rules about social distancing and other safety actions. We are confident this is the best decision to ensure the safety of artists and the safety of our community.

We will postpone the event until next year and plan to celebrate the 52nd An Occasion for the Arts on October 2 and 3, 2021.

All accepted artists to this year's show will be posted to this website (aofta.org) in August 2020. We are considering holding a virtual event in the fall. More about this later.