The first weekend in October, the air will be filled with the sounds of bluegrass and traditional music in Abingdon as The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail and the Town of Abingdon team up to host this first ever Crooked Road Music Festival that will feature musical performances, workshops, and competitions.
On Friday, October 5, at Latture Field, The Crooked Road will spotlight their Youth Music from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be performances by three amazing regional youth groups: The Iron Mountain Ridgerunners, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, and The Wright Kids. The Wright Kids, a young sibling band from Rocky Mount, Va., won national acclaim as Top 10 finalists on season three of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder was formed in 2009 and this dynamic group has performed at venues, festivals, and competitions throughout the East Coast.
The Iron Mountain Ridgerunners, formed in the mountains of Grayson County, Va., play a wide variety of traditional old time dance tunes. Tickets to the Youth Music Showcase are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the show; admission for children 8 and under is free.
On Saturday, October 6, the event continues in downtown Abingdon at Latture Field with an evening full of music, traditional dance and song workshops, great local food, regional crafts, and a tent devoted to the Abingdon Farmers Market Country Roads Cook-Off. The music will be presented on two stages, one main stage and a workshop stage from 3 to 10 p.m., where audiences can hear performances and presentations that provide context for the music. The workshop stage will feature a dance and singing styles workshop and the Bluegrass and Old-Time Band Competitions. Bands competing in this competition are first or second place finishers from the various music festival competitions in Virginia. The headliner for the main stage is Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, who is nominated for the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Album and Song of the Year; they will perform at 8:30 p.m. Other performers on the main stage are Les Moore (blues artist), Whitetop Mountain Band (old-time music), Séamus Connolly (Irish fiddler), Good Shepherd Quartet (gospel) and the winners of the Bluegrass and Old Time Band Competitions. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show; admission for children 8 and under is free.
The final event will be Sunday, October 7, at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway with its weekly Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch beginning at 10 a.m. The feature group will be The Jackson Family. Tickets to the Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch are FREE but must be ordered online in advance to reserve a seat. The brunch is not included in the ticket and can be purchased at an additional cost.
For more information on the performers, the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com/ or call the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-435-3440.
Tenille Montgomery | Town of Abingdon
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