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A Show for Joe: Band of Ruhks, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and More

Band Of RuhksGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center invites music lovers to enjoy a day of bluegrass, blues, and gospel on Friday, September 1, in honor of the late Joe Wilson, a champion of traditional music from the mountains and around the globe. The Band of Ruhks, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Linda Lay & Springfield Exit, Whitetop Mountain Band, and special guests Sherman Holmes and The Ingramettes will take the stage to celebrate the life and legacy Wilson.

Blue Ridge Music Center Hosts Mountain Music Dance Party

 Slate Mountain RamblersGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center will kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a Mountain Music Dance Party featuring two of the region's most popular old-time string bands, the Slate Mountain Ramblers and The Zephyr Lightning Bolts on July 1. The performance is part of the Roots of American Music summer concert series presented at the Music Center's beautiful, outdoor amphitheater, located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This evening features a free flatfoot dance workshop led by Marianne Kovatch of The Chestnut School of the Arts prior to the show. The workshop will be held from 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. A concert ticket must be purchased to attend the workshop.

Ricky Skaggs and Sammy Shelor Join Lineup for A Show for Joe

Sammy ShelorGalax, VA -- Some of the biggest names in folk, bluegrass, and Americana, including the finest dobro player in contemporary acoustic music and the most highly decorated female musician of all time, will come together to honor the late Joe Wilson on Friday, September 2, 2016, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lonesome River Band plays Blue Ridge Music Center August 27

Lonesome River BandGalax, VA -- Renowned, award-winning bluegrass group, Lonesome River Band, takes the stage on Saturday, August 27, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Carson Peters & Iron Mountain will kick off the evening of fine bluegrass at 7 p.m.

The Church Sisters Play Blue Ridge Music Center August 20

The Church SistersGalax, VA -- The sounds of the mountains will ring true as The Church Sisters take the stage on Saturday, August 20, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer will kick off this evening of authentic mountain music at 7 p.m.

Bill and the Belles at Blue Ridge Music Center July 30

Bill and the BellesGalax, VA -- Two stellar groups that do their regions proud take the stage on Saturday, July 30, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The South Carolina Broadcasters open the performance at 7 p.m., followed by Bill and the Belles.

Crooked Road Ramblers at Blue Ridge Music Center June 25

Crooked Road RamblersGalax, VA -- Concertgoers are in for an old-time dance party when regional favorites the Crooked Road Ramblers and Mountain Park Old Time Band perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 25, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Steep Canyon Rangers, Dori Freeman Perform June 17

Steep Canyon RangersThe Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to welcome back the Steep Canyon Rangers to the outdoor amphitheater on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Rising local artist Dori Freeman opens the show. The concert is a featured presentation of The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming.

Blue Ridge Music Center Announces 2016 Summer Concert Series

Steep Canyon RangersGalax, VA -- Beginning May 28, the Blue Ridge Music Center will welcome a stellar lineup of musicians to the venue at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the 2016 Roots of American Music Concert Series. The season continues most Saturdays through September, and includes two fall heritage performances in October.

Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Attendance Increased in 2015

Blue Ridge Music Center AmphitheaterGalax, VA -- With the help of the National Park Service, donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Blue Ridge Music Center experienced another fantastic season in 2015. More than 35,000 patrons visited the Blue Ridge Music Center to explore the Roots of American Music exhibit, listen to Midday Mountain Music, and plan their Parkway journey at the Visitor Center during the May through October season.

National Endowment for the Arts Award Helps Blue Ridge Music Center

Blue Ridge Music CenterWinston-Salem, NC -- The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is honored to be named a grant recipient by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to support summer music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Steep Canyon Rangers play the Blue Ridge Music Center August 29

Steep Canyon RangersGalax, VA – The Steep Canyon Rangers bring their original bluegrass sound to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, August 29, at 7 p.m., as the North Carolina band’s ninth studio album, Radio, makes its debut. The same day, the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking ahead to its yearlong celebration of the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial anniversary with kick-off festivities at the Music Center.

Jeanette and Johnny Williams at Blue Ridge Music Center July 18

Jeanette and Johnny WilliamsGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to welcome award-winners Jeanette and Johnny Williams and Strictly Strings to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Jeanette and Johnny Williams from Danville, Virginia, bring together their individual talents as singers, songwriters, and musicians to create a dynamic bluegrass duo.

Banjo Backstory: Bob Thornburg to Talk Banjo History July 11

Banjos - From Africa to the New WorldGalax, VA -- California-based instrument maker Bob Thornburg will give a FREE lecture and presentation about the construction of replica banjos and the intriguing history of the instrument on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The talk coincides with Thornburg’s exhibit, Banjos: From Africa to the New World, which features two dozen reproduction/replica banjos representing the instrument’s roots in Africa, the New World and its evolution in the pre-Civil War, Minstrel, and pre-factory eras. The exhibit closes Monday, July 13, so this is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about Thornburg’s work and a beloved instrument in Appalachian music.

Jeff Little Trio & New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters at Blue Ridge Music Center July 4

New Ballards Branch BogtrottersGalax, VA -- To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, the Blue Ridge Music Center is welcoming The Jeff Little Trio and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m., for a Holiday Dance Party. A special banjo exhibit will be featured daily. During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and desserts.

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