Music on the Lawn
May 3 - Mark Bumgardner
May 10 - Harris Brothers
May 17 - Possum Jenkins
May 24 - Harris Brothers
May 31 - Nautical Wheelers
June 7 - Harris Brothers
June 14 - Soul Benefactor
June 21 - Harris Brothers
June 28 - Smokey Breeze
July 5 - Harris Brothers
July 12 - Worthless Son in Laws
July 19 - Harris Brothers
July 26 - Soul Benefactor
Aug.–Oct. - TBD
Music is again growing in the gardens — the Ragged Gardens, to
Outdoor music, accentuated with warm summer nights and good friends, returns to Blowing Rock this summer, with the Music on the Lawn concert series at The Inn at Ragged Gardens.
Concerts are held every Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on the inn’s front lawn, said Inn at Ragged Gardens co-owner Rob Dyer said. The series will run throughout the summer, before wrapping up sometime in October.
Now in its fourth year, Dyer said the concert series was created as a way for locals to unwind after a long week of work.
“My partner, Lisa Stripling, and I were sitting around one afternoon just looking at the property and how much more it really is than just an inn, including the one acre of garden, and we wanted to utilize the lawn and do something fun,” Dyer said. “We thought it would be great to do outdoor music.”
Aside from bluegrass and rhythm-and-blues styles of music, the series also offers an outdoor bar and small menu items, including pimento cheese, hummus, nachos and other finger foods.
So far, the community has welcomed the series with open arms, as some nights see an attendance of more than 400 people.
“We have a lot of regulars, locals and a lot of visitors, because we have so many inns around us that are in walking distance,” Dyer said. “The town has been nothing but supportive of it. We’ve had people come up to us and say, ‘It’s so nice to have something like this on a Friday night.’”
Dyer emphasized the event’s casual feel and noted how the inn was, to his knowledge, the only establishment in the downtown that promoted regular outdoor music at that time. “It’s a good way to unwind at the end of the week,” he said.
The music will be diverse, but welcoming.
“We’ll have a lot of cover (bands),” Dyer said. “The music will be approachable for anybody from 9 to 90. We will have a jazz group that comes in and another that does island music.
Needless to say, quality music will not be in short supply this summer in Blowing Rock.
“We are already booked up through September,” Dyer said.
The concerts are free of charge, but Dyer said outside food or drinks are prohibited.
Due to insurance reasons, pets are also prohibited from the concerts.
For more information, visit http://www.ragged-gardens.com.