Boone Loves Mountains

Article Published: Jul. 21, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 19, 2011
Boone Loves Mountains

Appalachian Voices will host its second "Boone Loves Mountains" concert of 2011 on Thursday, July 28, at the Boone Saloon.

The concert will feature Asheville based rock/folk group Uncle Mountain, along with Matrimony, a Charlotte-based indie-folk band.

"As we speak, millions of tons of explosives are being detonated in the Appalachian Mountains to mine coal via mountaintop removal, a devastating practice in which coal companies literally blow the tops off mountains and dump them into nearby valleys and streams, exposing toxic heavy metals and burying headwater streams," Appalachian Voices' Anna Joyner said.

"As a result, communities near these sites suffer from devastated watersheds, poisoned drinking water, flooding, damaged buildings from blasting, and the obliteration of the Appalachian Mountains they hold dear. To date, over 500 mountains have been destroyed by this practice."

"There is much that residents of North Carolina can do join the fight to protect the mountains and headwater streams of the oldest mountains on the continent," said Kate Rooth, national field coordinator for Appalachian Voices. "We are encouraging citizens to contact Sen. (Kay) Hagan, asking her to do the right thing by cosponsoring the Appalachia Restoration Act."

Concertgoers will also have the chance to meet Sandra Diaz, Appalachian Voices' new North Carolina campaign coordinator. Diaz has been with the organization for four years but has just stepped into this new role. She will be working with individuals and groups across the state to help transition the Southeast away from coal.

"All great social movements have merged music, art and activism," Joyner said. "We're thrilled to be collaborating with these exceptional and compassionate musicians and the Boone Saloon to spread the word and inspire action."

Cover costs $5, and doors open at 9 p.m., with music starting at 10 p.m.

Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information on Appalachian Voices, visit

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