“That is such a cool spot…it’s smaller, pretty intimate, an awesome wooded stage in this awesome natural amphitheater. They’ve done such a good job booking the lineups and upgrading it just enough, but keeping it rustic and natural. If you’re looking for an event that’s just an awesome, unique outdoor concert, that’s the place to go. The people who are running it are really excited and they’re young, and they’re into the music scene…just a perfect size to see your favorite band in a beautiful outdoor setting in Virginia.” – Andy Hall of the Infamous Stringdusters chatting with The Poke Around about Lime Kiln Theater
Lime Kiln Theater had a season to remember this summer, inviting one awesome act after another to the wooded amphitheater in Lexington, Virginia. Lime Kiln gets its name from its location in a turn-of-the-century lime quarry and kiln that was restored for theatrical and musical performances in 1983, and then revived again in 2014. The venue almost gives the feeling of dropping into a different era when seeing a concert there, amplified by the canopy of old growth trees and the surrounding ring of soft, grassy hills.
The staff at Lime Kiln does a great job taking care of the tight community of patrons that regularly attend shows here, with season passes being a popular way for people to ensure access to concerts throughout the summer. This past year, artists such as The Wood Brothers, Turnpike Troubadours, Larry Keel Experience and Steep Canyon Rangers graced the picturesque stage, among many others.
The Poke Around had the chance to attend none other than the Infamous Stringdusters on July 21, and it was an absolutely unique, intimate concert experience set in the perfect summer scenery. The evening was presented by The Festy Experience and drew many of Dusters’ faithful from all over the region for a sold-out show.
The scene was one of camaraderie and reunion, with the parking lots filled long before the concert started. The band seemed to know this was a big date for many of their fans and started out hot with a first set that included “Light and Love,” “High Country Funk > 2001,” and ended with a mighty version of “Machines.” Usually a seated venue, the organizers granted standing space in front of the stage, which was packed by the time the second set started. The second set was peppered with covers, from U2’s “In God’s Country,” to the Grateful Dead’s “He’s Gone,” to the late Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” the band showed their impeccable range and willingness to go all over the spectrum with their acoustic instrumentation. The encore was a track off of their latest album Laws of Gravity, the rich tale of “1901: A Canyon Odyssey.”
Keep this venue on the radar: limekilntheater.org