Music festival at CFHS May 18 and 19

There will be a petting zoo at the festival.

As part of its mission to bring family-friendly events to its spring event schedule, the Chadds Ford Historical Society introduces a brand-new music festival this year – Valley Jamboree.

This two-day event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held rain or shine, on the society’s open fields behind the Barn Visitors Center with free parking adjacent to the festival grounds.

Don't miss out on joining us for this relaxed, community music fest right in the heart of Chadds Ford and the Brandywine Valley. There will be food, kids’ activities, shopping vendors, and even well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend too (as long as they are kept on a leash at all times).

While you enjoy a day and evening of nearly continuous music, younger members of the audience are free to explore a range of kid-centric activities. They include a giant 60-foot bounce house, a petting zoo, a make-your-own crafts tent, as well as lawn games and scavenger hunts.

The entire family can also enjoy perusing the shopping area with local crafters, artisans and specialty gift merchants. Of course, the event is not complete without a diverse offering of food, wine, and beer, all served by several different vendors. You may also want to explore the exhibits at the Barn Visitor Center. The historic c. 1725 John Chads House and the c. 1720 Springhouse will be open during certain hours as well.

Schedule of bands

Saturday’s music lineup includes bands known for their improvisation and enthusiastic stage presence. They include the playful funk-jazz-and rock band, Green Eggs and Jam, and the award-winning Indie rock trio, WaveRadio, described by critics as “Doors-y” with their “wandering psychedelia” style, and the music of Special Delivery, known for their high-energy mix of soul, funk, and rock.

Sunday’s lineup is equally diverse and includes Sin Brothers, classic rockers who play everything from Billy Joel to Led Zeppelin, Steve Liberace, an acoustic rock artist, and AfroBear, a four-piece band that describes itself as “soul-ternative rock” that creates original music blending reggae, hip hop, and blues.

Valley Jamboree is held on the grounds of Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford.

Bring a blanket and camp chairs and plan to spend the day celebrating spring with good music and food.

Tickets are available for $15 for adults, $5 for young people 7  to 17 years old and children 6 years under are admitted free. CFHS members are free with membership card. Visit our website at www.chaddsfordhistory.org to purchase tickets and for additional information.

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