Cover image: Eric Nelson

New this Year….3 Bands…Premier Tents and Party Tent Grounds!

Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite or at the following CBVA businesses:
The Beach Shop, Coldwell Elite, Densons, Chamber of Commerce, Halls, Raggs, River View Inn

Colonial Beach, Virginia (CBVA), is a natural venue for Beach Music! Beach Music is a style of music that incorporates rhythm and blues (R&B), pop, soul, and maybe even a little bit of rock and disco. Originating in the Carolinas, it is also known as Carolina Beach Music, Shag Music, or Beach & Shag. It is mostly associated with the official dance of North Carolina and South Carolina, the Carolina Shag, a style of swing dance. This genre of music and dance originated around 1946, experienced a transition in the 60s and 70s, and experienced a resurgence in the 1980s. Today, new, original beach music is still produced and enjoyed, particularly in the coastal regions of Southeastern U.S.

The 2nd Annual Northern Neck Beach Music Festival will be held Saturday, September 14, from 11 am to 8 pm (Gates open at 10:30 am.) on Town Hill. The event features three musical acts, shag dance lessons, shag dance contest and silent auction to benefit Colonial Beach Community Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to economic, educational, and environmental improvements in and around CBVA, with a focus on quality of life for residents, weekenders, and visitors.

Headlining the event are legendary beach music artists, The Embers and The Rhondels. Opening act is Feature Attraction.

New this year– Party in a Party

Premier Tents, including two tickets and assigned 10′ x 10′ tent, located on the perimeter of the main festival grounds with views of stage, $300 (limited quantity.) Bring your own 10′ x 10′ tent and reserve an assigned Party Ground Tents spot for $75 or a General Spaces spot for $50.

Admission Tickets:
Early Bird – Until 9/1/2019 $25 at participating retailers and organizations* (cash or check only); $35 (plus handling fee) online (credit card) at
General Admission 9/2 – 9/13, $40. Day of Event at the Gate $50

Tickets are NO REFUNDS, Rain or Shine, NO CASH VALUE. *Tickets can be purchased at: Raggs, Coldwell Banker Elite in Colonial Beach, Densons Grocery, Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, Riverview Inn and Halls Grocery.

Food and beverages including beer and wine (ID required), water and sodas. Southern BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, desserts. Seafood provided by Denson’s Grocery. No outside coolers allowed. Unopened water bottles allowed.

No Dogs or Pets, please. Children under 12 – $10. Under 2 Free.
No Smoking on Festival Grounds.

This event is produced and hosted by the Colonial Beach Community Foundation and supported by Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and Colonial Beach Recreation Association. Goals of the Foundation are achieved through donations, grants, gifts, and fundraising events that support community based projects and organizations in the greater Colonial Beach area. 50% of the monies raised in 2019 will be used to begin the Safety and Health Fund of the CBCF and the remainder for grants.

For updated information visit or on Facebook: Northern Neck Beach Music Festival.

The Embers recorded “I Love Beach Music”, which consistently ranks at the top of Greatest Beach Music Songs of all time.

The Rhondels were one of the first big-band rock bands to emerge in the mid-late 1960s.  Their most popular song was the catchy 1969 hit “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?”