Virginia Rain Performs in Monterey Saturday September 10


It’s time again for the Highland County Arts Council’s Second Saturday @7 concert.  On Saturday, September 10, Virginia Rain will provide a variety of music with its first Highland County performance.

Chad Sandridge sings and plays rhythm guitar in Virginia Rain.

“Expect to hear some country, some classic rock, our version of pop music and some original stuff,” says Sandridge.  “The original stuff is more of a country, country rock feel.”

Virginia Rain has four members and three of them are family.  Chad plays with his son Luke and his nephew Doug.  Chad and Doug have been playing together for about 35 years.

“We tell everybody, we do charge a fee, but we’re not charging the fee to play the music because the music’s fun for us,” says Sandridge.  “It’s just therapeutic for us.  We love doing it.  We’re getting a fee for the travel and the set up and the tear down and the travel home.  We just love playing music.  It’s just a spiritual thing to us, I guess you would say.”

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“We try to do songs that are more popular, I guess you would say, so people know them, but we definitely put our own twist on them,” says Sandridge.  “We love audience participation.  We love hearing people sing along, as we’re singing along.  We just want everybody to have a good time.”

Virginia Rain performs Saturday, September 10, at 7pm at The Highland Center in Monterey.  Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students 16 and older.  Children are admitted free with an adult.

The Highland County Arts Council is a supporter of Allegheny Mountain Radio.

You can learn more about Virginia Rain from their Facebook page, Virginia Rain Band.

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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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