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Blue Ridge Music Center

700 Foothills Rd., Galax, VA

Phone:
1-(276)-236-5309

Website:
blueridgemusiccenter.org

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Featured Event

Chatham County Line + Kate Rhudy

Bluegrass, Folk

Chatham County Line has never been shy about crossing musical borders. The Raleigh-based quartet refers to its sound as new traditional. The band consists of Dave Wilson on guitar, vocals, and harp; John Teer on mandolin and fiddle; Chandler Holt on banjo; and Greg Readling on bass, pedal steel, and piano. Playing traditional string band instrumentation around a single microphone while clad in string bow ties and cowboy hats, the band visually projects a sepia-toned timelessness. Raleigh-based Kate Rhudy describes her music as “sad river folk” with an uptempo grassroots drive. Rhudy grew up playing classical violin and attending fiddlers conventions, but her album Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me finds her years later as a writer. She channels her remarkable talent through frank, plaintive lyrics and bittersweet reflections delivered with a gorgeous voice, conveying universal feelings of nostalgia, love and human connection.

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• Sat 8/3/19 at - 7:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

The Steel Wheels + Hoot & Holler

Folk, Bluegrass

The Steel Wheels’ style weaves through Americana and bluegrass music, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the band is familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound while simultaneously evoking a sense of forward motion. Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey make up the duo Hoot and Holler. Whether playing two guitars, or fiddle and banjo, instrument swapping is common during a performance, all the while seamlessly blending their vocals. They sing original and traditional songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes which they have explored.

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• Sat 7/20/19 at - 7:00 PM

Kruger Brothers + Chatham Rabbits

Bluegrass

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a young age and were exposed to diverse musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and in just a few years they began busking throughout Europe. Several years later, the brothers teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City with an extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music, to form a trio that has been playing professionally since 1995. Together, they have established an incomparable sound, intertwining bluegrass, classical and folk music. Today the trio is based in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Sarah and Austin McCombie make up the musical duo, the Chatham Rabbits. With banjo, guitar, and tight harmonies the pair sings a combination of originals and old-time songs learned from the mountains.

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• Mon 7/22/19 at - 7:00 PM

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper + Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express

Bluegrass, Folk

Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leave the audience in awe. An 11-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Cleveland and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Cleveland’s dry wit and the band's sense of fun. Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express hail from the hills of Western North Carolina. Brothers Jonah Riddle, age 18, and Grayson, age 14, grew up playing gospel bluegrass in their church services. From the very beginning the brothers clung to the roots of the music, something that many young pickers tend to overlook. The love for the music pushed Jonah to start his own band, Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express.

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• Sat 7/27/19 at - 7:00 PM

The Hot Seats + Gap Civil

Bluegrass, Folk

The Hot Seats play string band music with simple intentions: to keep the role of traditional musician as entertainer and commentator alive and kicking. They combine the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll. Add some eastern melodies, a few modernist ideals, and an uncanny feel for comic timing, and you begin to understand their sound.

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• Sat 8/17/19 at - 7:00 PM

Fireside Collective + The Trailblazers

Bluegrass, Folk

Fireside Collective from Asheville, North Carolina, delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. While roots music lies at the core of the band’s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental to their sound. Fireside Collective’s energetic live performances show off their instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies and innovative musical arrangements. The Trailblazers make original music and put their own twist on endless classics. Their repertoire includes elements of bluegrass, Americana, folk and jazz music. With a solid foundation in bluegrass, the band is constantly looking for new ways to make their mark in progressive acoustic music. The Trailblazers are the 2018 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year, and have won many prestigious contests, including the MerleFest Band Competition (2017), and the SPBGMA International Band Championship (2018).

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• Sat 8/24/19 at - 7:00 PM

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (J2B2) + Cane Mill Road

Bluegrass, Folk

J2B2, a.k.a. John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, is an all-star bluegrass group featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians: John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals. The band’s undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals (a fresh twist combining bluegrass with elements of West Coast folk rock) and seasoned showmanship. This is the “high lonesome sound” of American roots music at its finest. With band members range in age from 15 to 20 years of age, Cane Mill Road rocks the traditional bluegrass standards they grew up on, and tackles progressive-grass interpretations of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, and more. Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy going rapport both on and off stage, and the eclectic mix of originals and standards in the show. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and progressive music that walks the lines between bluegrass, old-time, Americana, and folk.

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• Sat 8/31/19 at - 7:00 PM

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Bluegrass, Folk

Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight audiences of traditional American music around the globe. The duo joined forces in 2015 when they released their first album, the Grammy-nominated Before The Sun Goes Down. Since that time they’ve performed in places as close to home as Nashville’s world-famous Station Inn, as far away as Denmark’s Tonder Festival, and at many prestigious music festivals, including Rockygrass, Wintergrass, Bluegrass Underground, and the Freshgrass Festival.

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• Sat 10/19/19 at - 5:00 PM