MHM hosts Banjo Jubilee May 19
On Saturday, May 19, Mountain Home Music opens its 19th season.
It’s a season that will feature two Grammy Award-winners, two members of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, a two-time National Banjo Champion and a two-time National Canadian Fiddling Champion, plus many other local and regional musicians whose music reflects the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The first concert of the summer season is Banjo Jubilee and will feature Steve Lewis, Edwin Lacy and Brandy Miller.
Lewis is a two-time National Banjo Champion, a MerleFest guitar champion and a member of Mountain Home Music’s house band, the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys.
Lacy plays old-time, clawhammer-style banjo, a style that reflects the banjo’s African heritage; it’s also a style that is most often associated with old-time barn dances. Lacy performs with a Virginia-based band, called Skeeter and the Skidmarks.
Miller has been playing since she was 6, and now, at 14, she’s collecting blue ribbons at banjo festivals throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She performs regularly with the Dollar Brothers, a Watauga County-based bluegrass band.
Also performing will be mandolin player and fiddler Scott Freeman, bass player Josh Scott and Mountain Home Music host Joe Shannon.
The concert will take place Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock.
Tickets for “Banjo Jubilee” are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets are $5.
Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Rydell Music Center 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 though 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 N.C. Arts Council.