Beach Music Festival in Rural Retreat, VA

What a lineup the folks at Davis Valley Winery have for the beach music fans on July 25th and 26th. Plan to be in Rural Retreat for this beach music festival featuring Jim Quick & Coastline, The Tams, The Fantastic Shakers, The Kings, Embers, Catalinas, Entertainers, Sammy O’Banion and Mardi Gras.

The event will provide a unique experience: A great lineup of eight Beach Music and oldies bands in a magical setting in Davis Valley’s beautiful outdoor amphitheatre.

The low ticket prices in comparison with other such events will be an added perk in these times of high prices. The winery’s expansive grounds provide a comfortable setting for families to stretch out and enjoy the concert.

Full Press Release

Beach music, award-winning winery and mountains offer perfect weekend getaway.

Winery to host one of the largest beach music events in the Southeast.

Groseclose, VA – For Immediate Release – Set for July 25-26, BeachFest ’08 will present eight bands, most of them considered to be Beach Music icons, in a state-of-the-art amphitheatre surrounded by acres of vineyards, meadows and mountain views. The talent lineup includes the Tams, the Catalinas, The Embers, and the Fantastic Shakers, all of whom have songs on most top 100 beach songs lists.

Beach Music fans who attend this event can shag to such classics as I Love Beach Music by the Embers, Be Young – Be Foolish – Be Happy and What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am by the Tams, Summertime is Calling Me by the Catalinas, Myrtle Beach Days and Shakin’ the Shack by the Fantastic Shakers, and scores of other beach music and oldies hits.

The Carolina Beach Music Academy’s 2007 Group of the Year, Jim Quick and Coastline will perform, along with Sammy O’Banion and Mardi Gras, the Entertainers, and the Kings.

In a summer where thousands of travelers are turning away from air travel and long-distance road trips, BeachFest ’08 at the beautiful Davis Valley Winery in Smyth County, Virginia, offers the perfect getaway for the entire family. Top-notch beach and oldies music. Stunning Mountain vistas. Award-winning wines. Rough camping and convenient nearby lodging.

A weekend pass to the festival is a mere $25, but daily tickets may also be purchased in advance or at the gate. The music begins Friday evening, July 25th at 6 p.m. and continues on Saturday, July 26th from noon “until it’s over.”

A variety of food, Davis Valley’s award-winning wines, and other beverages will be available at the festival. Among the food selections is Davis Valley Buffalo burgers, a crowd favorite. Buffalo are raised on winery-owned farm property not far from the winery itself.

The historic General Francis Marion Hotel – listed as one of National Geographic Travelers’ North American Stay List locations – is offering packages deals which include tickets to the festival. Nearby attractions include Virginia’s two highest peaks, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park and Hungry Mother State Park, which has beach swimming in addition to walking trails, rental boats, great fishing as well as cabins and rough camping.

The festival is located in Groseclose, just 1.5 miles from I-81 Exit 54 between Wytheville and Marion, Va. Visit or call 276-686-8855 for details and to purchase advance tickets.

For Calendar Entries:
BeachFest ’08. Award winning wines, eight bands, rough camping and nearby lodging in the Southwest Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands. July 25-26 at Davis Valley Winery off I-81 Exit 54 between Wytheville and Marion, Va. 1.5 miles from exit. Weekend pass: $25. Daily tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the gate for Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight. $20 in advance; $25 at the gate for Saturday, noon until it’s over. Great wines and foods available. No other alcoholic beverages allowed. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Outdoor, clamshell amphitheater with plenty of room to shag. Visit or call 276-686-8855 for details and to purchase advance tickets.

Email: The event will be held rain or shine.
Nearby attractions include Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Hungry Mother State Park.

For Leisure and Travel Editors:
BeachFest ’08 holds many feature possibilities including mountain getaway, award-winning winery and famous beach music band articles. Additional winery, regional attractions and event photography is available. Contact Don Simmons Jr. at 540-651-4404 for more information. Davis Valley Winery can be contacted directly at 276-686-8855 or via email at

Performance Schedule:
Friday, July 25th
6:00 pm The Kings
7:45 pm Catalinas
9:30 pm The Tams
Saturday, July 26th
12:00 noon Jim Quick & Coastline
1:45 pm Sammy O’Banion & Mardi Gras
3:30 pm The Shakers
5:15 pm The Entertainers
7:30 pm The Embers
Davis Valley Winery
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3 thoughts on “Beach Music Festival in Rural Retreat, VA”

  1. Is this same Rusty Cox who went to Gardner Webb College 1971? I’m sure it is. Glad we finally grew up & made some things of ourselves. Good Luck,
    Bo Catron

  2. What Kind of dance space do you have? You also mentioned rough camping are there any facilities available?

    Thank You
    Herb Hopkins


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