Fredericksburg.com: Concert series planned for Eagle Village, starting in August

Concert series in the works for Eagle Village

BY BILL FREEHLING

A Wednesday evening summer concert series patterned after an event in Richmond is planned outside the new area of Eagle Village in Fredericksburg.

Garland Taylor, managing partner of Home Team Grill, has been working with officials from the city and University of Mary Washington Foundation as well as fellow business owners at the mixed-use development to launch the Eagle Village Concert Series.

He’s hoping to start the event as soon as Aug. 17 or Aug. 24 and then run it for four Wednesday nights. If successful, it could be a recurring weekly event next summer.

Home Team Grill is an anchor tenant at Eagle Village, which is across U.S. 1 from UMW. Taylor thinks the concert series could raise awareness about the development and help Home Team Grill and fellow businesses market themselves. It would also be a fun social event for the community and would raise money for the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic.

“We’re excited to get this going,” said Taylor, cautioning that the event is still in its infancy and much work remains to be done.

Plans call for the stage to be set up near the UMW pedestrian bridge. The performers’ backs would be to the bridge, and concert attendees would gather in the parking area between U.S. 1 and the four restaurants at the front of Eagle Village’s new retail and office building. There are also grassy areas where people can sit.

Taylor thinks as many as 1,000 people could comfortably fit in that space. People would likely make $5 donations to enter. Beer, soda, water and T-shirts would be sold, and the restaurants would provide food.

Money raised would first cover costs, with additional proceeds going to the Fredericksburg-based Moss Free Clinic, which provides health care to qualifying local residents. Moss Free Clinic Executive Director Karen Dulaney said the support is timely for her nonprofit, which faces growing demand for services but dwindling financial donations amid the struggling economy.

Taylor described the music that would be played as eclectic and said it wouldn’t be the type of big mainstream acts that go to Celebrate Virginia Live. The events would likely be held between 6 and 9 p.m.

Home Team Grill has two Richmond-area locations, so Taylor is familiar with the longtime Jumpin’ in July concert series, which raised money for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Fredericksburg series could occur in future years during the slow summer months before UMW students return to campus.

If the concert series is successful, it would be the second time in the recent past that a Richmond-area businessman has created a popular outdoor event in Fredericksburg. Matt Simmons is now organizing Capital Ale House’s third annual downtown Oktoberfest event for Sept. 17.

Taylor said he’d like to see more events held at Eagle Village to help put it on the map. One of his ideas is for a running event from there that would use the connector road to be built soon between Eagle Village and the Mary Washington Hospital complex.