Jul
21
Sat
The Revelers & the Mountain Park Old Time Band @ Blue Ridge Music Center Tickets
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Revelers & the Mountain Park Old Time Band @ Blue Ridge Music Center | Galax | Virginia | United States

The Revelers and the Mountain Park Old Time Band are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday July 21 at 7 p.m.!

The Revelers brings together founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, two groups unquestionably at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance. The six-member group combines Cajun, country, blues, and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music. In 2016, their release, Get Ready, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category. As individuals, Blake Miller (accordion), Chas Justus (guitar), Daniel Coolik (fiddle), Glenn Fields (drums), Eric Frey (bass) and The Chris Miller, aka TCM, (saxophone) are in high demand. They have performed and recorded with Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Walter Mouton, Mamadou Diabaté, and Cedric Watson.

The moment the Mountain Park Old Time Band takes the stage, it’s your cue to claim a spot on the dance floor. This group of talented friends got together 10 years ago to have a good time playing music, and you can tell the fun hasn’t ended. The five members are Roger Stamper on fiddle, Dr. Mark Handy on banjo, C.T. Janney on washboard (and a great flatfoot dancer), Johnny Gentry on guitar and dobro, and Nancy Gentry on bass.

Jul
28
Sat
Rhiannon Giddens @ Blue Ridge Music Center Tickets
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm
Rhiannon Giddens @ Blue Ridge Music Center | Galax | Virginia | United States

Rhiannon Giddens is coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday July 28 at 7 p.m.!

Rhiannon Giddens is an American original, culling the music and lyrics of our nation’s past to point the way to a brighter future, with a voice that is emotionally fearless, unforgettably dexterous, and “a perpetually soulful marvel,” according to The New York Times. Raised amid the rich old-time traditions of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, Giddens pivoted from opera to American roots and rhythm and blues music, first as co-founder of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and now as an acclaimed solo vocalist, banjoist, and fiddler. In 2016, she became the first woman to win the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. She was awarded a Genius Grant by the MacArthur Foundation the following year.

Giddens’ latest album, Freedom Highway, is a sonically diverse, 200-year journey through the power of African-American songcraft. The struggles and successes showcased in this mixture of original and traditional works reverberate across generations. Drawing on slave narratives from the 1800s, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and contemporary African-American experiences, Giddens captures, in her words, “voices demanding to be heard, to impart the hard-earned wisdom of a tangled, difficult, complicated history.”

Aug
3
Fri
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair @ Burnsville Town Square Tickets
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair @ Burnsville Town Square | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

More than 200 vendors gather on downtown Burnsville’s historic Town Square for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4. The 62nd annual crafts fair is a juried show, and all of the items are handmade.

Colorful quilts, intricate woodcarvings, jewelry made with local gemstones, woven baskets, metalwork crafted by blacksmiths, rustic furniture, and pottery vessels in all shapes and sizes fill the booths along Main Street.

“We have a good mix of new vendors and regulars returning,” says Ginger Johnson, executive director of the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event. “We’re excited to have more local crafters involved this year than we have in a long time.”

The Toe River Valley has long been a haven for artists and craftsmen. Artists of all media call Yancey County home, and the area is particularly known for its concentration of glassblowers. Nearby Penland School of Crafts draws people from all over to hone their skills. Many of them find inspiration in the solace and beauty of the surrounding mountains and decide to stay and set up a studio.

The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair was born out of a local tradition where artists came to town to sell their wares on Town Square before the end of the summer season. Today it is one of the largest events of its kind in the region.

In addition to arts and crafts, local musicians and dancers provide entertainment. On Friday, enjoy Hot Duck Soup, Smokey Joe & Friends, Carolina Express, the WD Cloggers, and Ron and Minnie Powell. Performers from Parkway Playhouse take the stage Saturday morning, followed by Thistle Dew, Dance & Karate Express, Line Drive and Typical Mountain Boys.

A variety of fair foods, such as funnel cakes, barbecue, hot dogs, lemonade and homemade ice cream, round out the offerings.

“It’s a great two days in Burnsville, doing some shopping, listening to music under the shade trees on Town Square,” Johnson says.

Hours for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission to the fair is free. For more information about the crafts fair, and other attractions and lodging options in Yancey County, visit www.ExploreBurnsville.com or call (828) 682-7413.

Aug
4
Sat
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair @ Burnsville Town Square Tickets
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair @ Burnsville Town Square | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

More than 200 vendors gather on downtown Burnsville’s historic Town Square for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4. The 62nd annual crafts fair is a juried show, and all of the items are handmade.

Colorful quilts, intricate woodcarvings, jewelry made with local gemstones, woven baskets, metalwork crafted by blacksmiths, rustic furniture, and pottery vessels in all shapes and sizes fill the booths along Main Street.

“We have a good mix of new vendors and regulars returning,” says Ginger Johnson, executive director of the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event. “We’re excited to have more local crafters involved this year than we have in a long time.”

The Toe River Valley has long been a haven for artists and craftsmen. Artists of all media call Yancey County home, and the area is particularly known for its concentration of glassblowers. Nearby Penland School of Crafts draws people from all over to hone their skills. Many of them find inspiration in the solace and beauty of the surrounding mountains and decide to stay and set up a studio.

The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair was born out of a local tradition where artists came to town to sell their wares on Town Square before the end of the summer season. Today it is one of the largest events of its kind in the region.

In addition to arts and crafts, local musicians and dancers provide entertainment. On Friday, enjoy Hot Duck Soup, Smokey Joe & Friends, Carolina Express, the WD Cloggers, and Ron and Minnie Powell. Performers from Parkway Playhouse take the stage Saturday morning, followed by Thistle Dew, Dance & Karate Express, Line Drive and Typical Mountain Boys.

A variety of fair foods, such as funnel cakes, barbecue, hot dogs, lemonade and homemade ice cream, round out the offerings.

“It’s a great two days in Burnsville, doing some shopping, listening to music under the shade trees on Town Square,” Johnson says.

Hours for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission to the fair is free. For more information about the crafts fair, and other attractions and lodging options in Yancey County, visit www.ExploreBurnsville.com or call (828) 682-7413.

Che Apalache & the Cabin Creek Boys @ Blue Ridge Music Center Tickets
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm
Che Apalache & the Cabin Creek Boys @ Blue Ridge Music Center | Galax | Virginia | United States

Che Apalache and the Cabin Creek Boys are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday August 4 at 7 p.m.!

Che Apalache is an international bluegrass and old-time music quartet based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The group is led by native North Carolina fiddler and frequent Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention participant, Joe Troop. The group formed when Troop moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, he taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), who went from his most dedicated students to bandmates.

The Cabin Creek Boys play old-time hillbilly music from the mountains of Southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina at area fiddler’s conventions, festivals, and square dances. The group entertains audiences with old-time hoedown instrumentals, bluegrass songs, two-step numbers, and waltzes. The group is led by multi-instrumentalist husband and wife duo, Chris and Erika Testerman, with Jackson Cunningham on guitar, Trish Kilby Fore on banjo, and Jerry Steinberg on bass.

Aug
5
Sun
Old Time Music on the Mountain @ Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Old Time Music on the Mountain @ Humpback Rocks Visitor Center | Lyndhurst | Virginia | United States

The Old Time Music on the Mountain summer concert series at Humpback Rocks Visitors Center takes place this summer and into early fall. The Visitors Center and Historic Farm are located at Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Old Time Music on the Mountain Concerts:
July 15 – Bill Wellington String Band
August 5 – Sunny Side
August 19 – Grassy Ridge
September 2 – The McKenzies
September 16 – Blue Mountain Sunrise
September 30 – Uncle Henry’s Favorites

All concerts begin at 2 p.m. and run until about 4 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, to picnic at the Visitor’s Center or at the nearby Humpback Rocks Picnic Area (MP 8.5), to hike before or after the concert, and to carpool with friends. If it’s raining, or if there’s been recent rain, the concert may be postponed due to wet fields. Have questions? Call the Visitors Center at 540-943-4716.

Aug
18
Sat
The Legendary Ingramettes & Linda and David Lay @ Blue Ridge Music Center Tickets
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Legendary Ingramettes & Linda and David Lay @ Blue Ridge Music Center | Galax | Virginia | United States

The Legendary Ingramettes, along with Linda and David Lay, are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday August 18 at 7 p.m.!

Founded by the late, great matriarch Maggie Ingram, The Legendary Ingramettes have endured more than five decades. Now led by Maggie’s daughter the Rev. Almeta Ingram-Miller, the group carries on the commanding, spirit-filled performances that demonstrate the extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel music. The Ingramettes are gospel icons in Virginia and have received numerous awards, including the prestigious Virginia Heritage Award in 2009. The Virginia Folklife Program’s production of Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes: Live in Richmond received the Independent Music Awards fan’s choice award for Gospel Album of the Year in 2012.

Vocalist Linda Lay spent her early childhood playing music with her father in a family band and many a Saturday night at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia. After 15 years with the group Appalachian Trail, Linda formed Springfield Exit with her husband, David. She is recognized as a Master Artist in traditional singing by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and has performed with singers across several genres of music, from country’s Vern Gosdin and Carl Jackson to Piedmont blues singer John Cephas. Raised in the tradition of Southern gospel, David nimbly switched from bass to guitar for the group, becoming a versatile rhythm player at ease with a wide range of musical styles.

Aug
19
Sun
Old Time Music on the Mountain @ Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Old Time Music on the Mountain @ Humpback Rocks Visitor Center | Lyndhurst | Virginia | United States

The Old Time Music on the Mountain summer concert series at Humpback Rocks Visitors Center takes place this summer and into early fall. The Visitors Center and Historic Farm are located at Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Old Time Music on the Mountain Concerts:
July 15 – Bill Wellington String Band
August 5 – Sunny Side
August 19 – Grassy Ridge
September 2 – The McKenzies
September 16 – Blue Mountain Sunrise
September 30 – Uncle Henry’s Favorites

All concerts begin at 2 p.m. and run until about 4 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, to picnic at the Visitor’s Center or at the nearby Humpback Rocks Picnic Area (MP 8.5), to hike before or after the concert, and to carpool with friends. If it’s raining, or if there’s been recent rain, the concert may be postponed due to wet fields. Have questions? Call the Visitors Center at 540-943-4716.

Aug
25
Sat
Front Country and the Martha Bassett Band @ Blue Ridge Music Center Tickets
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm
Front Country and the Martha Bassett Band @ Blue Ridge Music Center | Galax | Virginia | United States

Front Country and the Martha Bassett Band are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday August 25 at 7 p.m.!

In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound bent on merging the musical past with the future. They fashioned their own take on roots music and indie folk, with a menagerie of musicians: a mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar, a guitarist trained in rock and world music, a bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass, a violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky-tonk and electropop, and a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter with grit and soul. The result lies somewhere between indie folk and Americana, in a nether region they’ve come to embrace as their own.

Martha Bassett has been making music in North Carolina and beyond for over twenty years. With nine albums under her belt, she transcends genre in her artistry and spirit. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them. Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows. Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease. Her band is rounded out with Sarah Howell (piano, percussion & vocals), Fiona Burdette (mandolin, cello & vocals), Alex Mckinney (dobro), Russell Kelly (electric guitar), and Pat Lawrence (bass).

Sep
1
Sat
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers and Zoe & Cloyd @ Blue Ridge Music Center Tickets
Sep 1 all-day
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers and Zoe & Cloyd @ Blue Ridge Music Center | Galax | Virginia | United States

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers, along with Zoe & Cloyd, are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday September 9 at 7 p.m.!

An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music, Phoebe Hunt puts a global spin on American folk music. The Texas-born Brooklynite recorded her new album, Shanti’s Shadow, on the heels of a meditation-filled musical retreat in India. The album title hints at the otherworldly music within, with Hunt merging her Appalachian-style fiddle chops with Texas twang, Indian ragas, gypsy jazz, unfamiliar time signatures, and the free-spirited fun of a jam band leader. Hunt certainly doesn’t neglect her roots, but she doesn’t wallow in the dirt of her influences, either.

Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June, and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller released their second full-length album, Eyes Brand New, in spring of 2017. Highlighting their emotive songwriting and signature harmonies, this new recording finds the duo returning to a full band sound with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, and special appearances from Will Straughan of Red June on dobro and Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers on banjo. Eyes Brand New showcases the breadth of their collective musical spirit, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. Zoe & Cloyd’s debut recording, Equinox (2015), met with high acclaim and the pair have continued to gain momentum with a 1st place win at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival Duo Contest along with performances at MerleFest, Music City Roots and more.