The Virginia Arts Festival has announced Parker Millsap will open for Norah Jones at the Williamsburg Live music festival in June.
According to his website, Millsap picked up a guitar when he was nine and never stopped playing. He has released six albums and performed at venues such a the Apple Music Festival in London in a performance with Elton John.
“One of the consistent features of the Virginia Arts Festival history has been the presentation of emerging creative artists. This helps build the careers of emerging performers, build audiences and program diversity,” Robert Cross, executive director for Virginia Arts Festival, said. “We liked Parker’s obvious talent, originality, style and masterful technique – thought he’d be an attractive opener for Norah Jones.”
Cross said the organization has put on a music festival in Williamsburg for 22 years. The most recent variation was Funhouse Fest, organized by Bruce Hornsby.
Williamsburg Live will run June 21 and 22 on the lawn at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
Millsap will perform Friday night with Norah Jones headlining. The North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange will perform Saturday night with Emmylou Harris headlining.
“The fact that we were able to get major artists for each night — I think people recognize Williamsburg the city is starting to become a more vibrant place, not just for history, but also for entertainment and fine dining and breweries. (The Virginia Arts Festival is) thrilled to be a part of that growth in Williamsburg and making north Eastern Virginia a destination for the arts.”
Want to go?
Williamsburg Live runs from June 21-22. Tickets can be purchased at 282-2822, vafest.org/williamsburg-live and the Virginia Arts Festival box office at 410 Bank St., Norfolk. Tickets range from $45-$237.
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