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Virginia Arts Festival To Again Partner With Bruce Hornsby For 2017 Funhouse Festival

Grammy®-winning singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby and Virginia Arts Festival are bringing back Funhouse Fest, the 3-day music festival that gathers award-winning artists for three days of music-making. Funhouse Fest returns to the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, June 23-25, 2017.

Named after Hornsby’s 1998 song “Funhouse,” the festival is curated by Hornsby, who will be performing in three unique projects over the course of the weekend, and unites musicians known for their broad-ranging, genre-defying styles.

Headliners for Funhouse Fest 2017 are nine-time Grammy® Award winner Sheryl Crow, two sets from festival host Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, the blues-jazz-roots ensemble Lake Street Dive, and genre-bending singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens.

Acclaimed British female trio The Staves and the adventurous ensemble yMusic will offer individual sets while also collaborating on a one-of-a-kind performance, and acclaimed jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett will be among the artists performing. Additional artists will be announced soon.

“I only want to do the Funhouse Fest every year if we can put together a special, unique and stylistically varied array of artists.” said Hornsby. “This year’s lineup fits that description and builds on last year’s in every way. From Sheryl Crow to Rhiannon Giddens, from jazz great Kenny Garrett to British vocal trio The Staves, the totally original chamber group yMusic and Lake Street Dive, this year’s group is truly exciting. Can’t wait!”

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Bruce again,” said Festival Director Robert W. Cross. “Last year’s Funhouse Fest was an enormous success and this year promises to bring even more people out to see these great artists.”

New this year, the addition of a second stage will keep the nonstop musical energy going and give 2017 Funhouse Fest audiences the opportunity to discover emerging artists and some sonic surprises. To enhance the experience, food trucks, craft beer breweries and wineries will be on site all weekend.

Tickets for Funhouse Fest go on sale March 17 at 10am. Patrons may purchase 3-day packages or single day tickets online at, by phone at 757-282-2822, or in person at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office at 440 Bank St., Norfolk, VA.

Hotel packages are available through Colonial Williamsburg by calling (855) 308-1259 or visiting

Festival Williamsburg and Funhouse Fest are co-presented with the City of Williamsburg and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Support is provided by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance and funded in part by the
Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, the City of Williamsburg, James City County and Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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