‘Bluegrass and Brass’ ring in the Fourth
Mountain Home Music will celebrate the Fourth of July — on the
Fourth of July — with its annual presentation of “Bluegrass and Brass.”
“It’s a real celebration,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host. “Service anthems are played, and veterans are recognized; ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag’ is played, and people clap; “America the Beautiful” is played, and the audience sings along. It’s a two-hour concert of joy and reflection.”
“Bluegrass and Brass” combines a five-piece brass band and a three-piece bluegrass band. The sound, according to Shannon, is a Blue Ridge Mountain version of New Orleans Dixieland. It’s banjo and tuba, French horn and fiddle, trumpet and mandolin, guitar and trombone.
The bluegrass band — The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys — features Steve Lewis, Scott Freeman and David Johnson. The brass band — The King Street Brass — features Harold McKinney, Bill Jones, Sarah Storm, Judd Pinnix and Chris Watson.
Lewis is a two-time national banjo champion. Johnson is a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. The King Street Brass features current and former faculty and students from the Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music.
“Bluegrass and Brass” will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5.
Tickets may be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Kudzu Music in Boone and at Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.
Tickets may also be purchased online at the Mountain Home Music website, http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. For more information, visit the website or call (828) 964-3392.
The purpose of Mountain Home Music is to honor the music and the musicians of the Appalachian region.
Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.