Williamsburg Live features Award-Winning Singers

Williamsburg Live features award-winning singersVirginia Arts Festival is presenting Williamsburg Live, a three-day event, on the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Virginia in Williamsburg, June 18-20.

The event opens Friday with Chris Thile, a MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter. He has been described “as an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical.” Thile also hosted public radio favorite “Live from Here” (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion).

Saturday’s featured artist is Leyla McCalla, whose Grammy Award winning music, finds inspiration from her past and present. Her Haitian heritage, along with living in New Orleans and growing up on the streets of Brooklyn, gives this bilingual multi-instrumentalist and singer a distinctive sound that reflects the union of her roots and experience.

The Lone Bellow winds up the three-day event on Sunday. This Nashville-style, Americana Music Award-winning group released their latest album Half Moon Light in 2020 to rave reviews, singing songs meant to “comfort and bring light.”

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the performances will be sold in socially distanced pods.

The event is being co-presented by the City of Williamsburg and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Call the festival box office (757-282-2822), or email ( for more information.