Blue Ridge Music Center announces 2014 lineup
The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at the heart of one of the most musical places on Earth — the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Concerts are held in the outdoor amphitheater, which seats 2,000 and lies at the base of Fisher Peak along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 213) in Galax, Va., on the North Carolina and Virginia state line.
The amphitheater is celebrated as one of the most naturally beautiful concert locations in the country and is a major venue and attraction of both the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.
Bands performing during the 2014 Summer Concert Series include: Grammy Award-winners Carolina Chocolate Drops and Steep Canyon Rangers, Jens Kruger (2013 Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass Award winner) and The Kruger Brothers, bluegrass notables Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The James King Band, and Wyatt Rice, luthier and music maker Wayne Henderson, Piedmont bluesmen Dom Flemons and Boo Hanks, and guest hosts Paul Brown (NPR’s “Morning Edition”) and Kinney Rorrer (WVTF - 89.1 FM).
Audiences can also expect to see local and regional old-time, bluegrass and country blues performers, including Stevie Barr (Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax, Va.) and The Mastertones, Big Country Bluegrass, The Slate Mountain Ramblers, The Elkville String Band, The Wolfe Brothers String Band, The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters and Mountain Park String Band, plus a few younger, up and coming acts from North Carolina and Virginia, including Red June (Asheville), Chatham County Line (Raleigh) and Kripplekrunk, featuring Rex McGee (Stokes County), The Buckstankle Boys (Round Peak), The New Spring Valley Boys (Grayson County, Va.), Jus’ Cauz Bluegrass Band (Danville) Hard Cider (Grayson County, Va.), Kitty Amaral & The Stray Cats (Galax, Va.), The Black Twig Pickers (Blacksburg, Va.) and The Indian Run Stringband (Blacksburg, Va).
Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concerts will begin on Saturday, May 31, with “Bluegrass and Old-Time Mountain Music,” performed by Chatham County Line and The Buckstankle Boys, and continue through Oct. 11’s concert, featuring Steep Canyon Rangers and The New Spring Valley Boys.
Shows are generally scheduled for Saturday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m., with a few exceptions — a Friday, June 20, show the night before Wayne Henderson’s festival at Grayson Highlands State Park and a Sunday evening show on Aug. 3 that ties into the arrival of folks for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention the week of Aug. 4 to 9.
The final four fall shows of the season (Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 4 and 11) will begin at 4 p.m.
For evening concerts, patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and are welcome to bring their own picnic basket, although alcohol is prohibited. The Galax Smokehouse will be present on concert nights, as well, serving Memphis-style barbecue and sides.
For more information about the Blue Ridge Music Center and its upcoming season, and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.blueridgemusiccenter.org.
The Blue Ridge Music Center is operated by the National Park Service, and its programming is coordinated through a partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.