Love Canon, The Wildmans Featured at Chantilly

Love Canon

In its eighth year, the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival has made huge strides in appealing to an ever-widening audience by showcasing the very best in traditional bluegrass along with artists who blur the lines of the bluegrass genre.

Love Canon is one such band.

These Charlottesville-based grassers have developed a loyal following of fans who have fallen in love with their high energy stage shows and stellar musicianship. The band takes some of the biggest pop and rock hits of the 1980s and takes them on a bluegrass-tinged joyride that gets audiences on their feet no matter where they play.

Love Canon is made up of Old School Freight Train’s Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University’s guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, mandolin virtuoso Andy Thacker and dobro master Jay Starling.

Style Weekly recently said, “They romp on throwaway classics such as ZZ Top’s ‘Legs’ and ‘She Blinded Me With Science’. On their excellent version of ‘The Boys of Summer’, the folk instrumentation adds a traditional context to the time-capsule lyrics. After blazing through other up-tempo material, they shift to a slow burn on the closing ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’…

The Wildmans
The Wildmans

Homegrown Floyd County artists, The Wildmans, will follow the Love Canon set that evening with a very special on-stage jam featuring the multi-award winning talents of Junior Sisk and other special guests. We visualize the crowd having the opportunity to truly let their hair down and experience the nostaligia of a fun and vibrant decade like the 1980s.

“Much of our Friday and Sunday lineup is straight up traditional grass, so we like to mix it up a bit on Saturday nights and we think the fans appreciate that,” said Jason Gallimore, the festival’s lead promoter.

Love Canon will take to the festival stage at 9:30pm Saturday evening, followed by The Wildmans on-stage jam at 11pm.

“Bands like Love Canon are great for showcasing how versatile bluegrass can really be and often times it’s bands like this that bring new fans to the genre,” Gallimore added. “And following that up with a band like The Wildmans, who we’ve worked with since year one, will be icing on the cake.”

Tickets and more information on the full lineup of this year’s festival can be found at Both weekend and single day passes are available online and can be purchased locally at The Floyd Country Store and Wildwood Farms General Store.