New summer concert series underway in downtown Hot Springs


Enjoy live music all summer in downtown Hot Springs.  Music on Main is a new Friday night concert series that offers family friendly entertainment and food.

David Jurcak is the Managing Director of The Omni Homestead Resort, one of the partners in Music on Main.

“We wanted to create an experience for our guests, but really mostly for the community, something to generate activity or activate Main Street,” said Jurcak.  “Since my arrival here on the property and discussing things with local citizens, as well as to our staff, there really is a lack of traffic on Main Street.   We have some great vendors and we have a couple good restaurants, but we believe that to reactivate Main Street and to bring more of our citizens back and a lot of our guests down there if there’s more activity, there’s more energy and there’s more to do.  So if people have a great time in Bath County they’re more likely to come back to The Homestead, than if they just stay at The Homestead.  So whatever we can do to get out as well as offering something to the community as well, something fun, something festival like, and really just to try to get more involved and more activity on Main Street.”

Music on Main got started on Friday June 6th and Jurcak calls the first two weeks a success, with more than 200 people attending the first concert.  On Friday, June 20, Morelle from Covington, Virginia will perform folk and pop songs and on June 27 Harmony Creek Junction from Greenbrier County, West Virginia will perform different styles of music with a bluegrass feel.

“We’ve reached out to local bands within the area, West Virginia and mostly in this part of Virginia,” says Jurcak.  “They’re county, bluegrass, a little bit of rock and roll, a little bit of soul.  And it’s really just good local bands.”

You can also have dinner at Music on Main.   The Omni Homestead will have for sale hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, chips, soft drinks and water.  Food sales are cash only.

“So part of our partnership to create Music on Main was to bring Bath County Tourism involved in it,” says Jurcak.  “They helped us with the stage and they helped us with some of the other equipment that we needed in order to get done.  And then Natural Retreats, the property is theirs.  They donated the property for the event and all three of us are marketing the event together in order to bring something back to the community.  I also want to thank the sheriff’s department  for their assistance with traffic control and making sure that everybody gets in and out of Main Street smoothly throughout each of the nights.”

Music on Main is a free Friday night concert series held from 6 to 8 on the Bath County Farmers Market lawn, which is across from the Hot Springs Fire Department.  Bring a blanket or a chair.   Concerts are scheduled every Friday night through August 29th,  with the exception of July 4th.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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