This National Historic Landmark is included in several lists of “Seven Wonders of the World.” Natural Bridge, formed when a cavern collapsed, has been traversed by Civil War troops and was surveyed by a young George Washington. Today, US Route 11 uses the bridge to cross the gorge formed by Cedar Creek. Native American Monacan tribal members consider the bridge a sacred site and had camps near this historic wonder.
On Saturday evenings in the summer, Natural Bridge, located in southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, comes alive with light, drama, and music. Each evening at dusk from mid-March through the end of October, the Illumination of the Bridge and “The Drama of Creation” are performed. On Saturdays, after the drama and light show is completed, make your way back to the Rockbridge Center for the Natural Bridge Live Music Series. The performances feature some of the best bands from miles around.
On June 25th, 2016, My Rag Top will be performing. This acoustic duo from Roanoke, VA plays classic and folk rock, new country, and American standards for your listen and dancing pleasure.
Moving into July, Trio Festivo will play on July 2nd. The brass & keyboard trio plays modern popular music and favorites. They play concerts throughout the year and hail from Lexington, VA. On July 9, 2016 the five gentlemen who make up Rocky Road Band from Greenville, VA will entertain everyone at Rockbridge. CS2 will be performing on July 16th and Sara McDonald Band will be on stage on July 23rd. July ends with Plank Road Express – a Bluegrass & Rockgrass group from Lexington, VA performing on July 30, 2016. Similar bands will be featured for the live music series on through September. Check the website for the performance on a particular date.
Any of these live music events costs only $5 per show. You can also purchase combination tickets for the evening “Drama of Creation” and the music show for just $14. That’s a great price for a whole evening’s entertainment! Natural Bridge is just a 30-minute drive from Steeles Tavern so make your plans now to visit the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.