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Blue Ridge Music Center Hosts Joe Wilson Memorial Celebration June 25

Joe WilsonGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center will host a Memorial Celebration and tribute to the life, work, and legacy of Joe Wilson, one of the visionaries behind the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thursday, June 25. From his brainstorming sessions with former Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt on the Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA),Wilson’s passion for the music of Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable.

Marty Raybon Plays Blue Ridge Music Center Saturday, June 27

Marty RaybonGalax, VA -- Award-winning country music artist Marty Raybon brings his signature voice and talented band, Full Circle, to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m. For 12 years, Raybon was the lead singer of popular country band Shenandoah and also has multiple solo albums. Gary LeVox, lead vocalist of Rascal Flatts, has called Raybon "the greatest singer on the planet to this day."

Della Mae to Perform at Blue Ridge Music Center June 13

Della MaeDella Mae, an all-female contemporary Bluegrass-Americana group, takes the stage at the Blue Ridge Music Center amphitheater on Saturday, June 13, as part of a cross-country tour promoting the band’s new self-titled record. Two-time Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will open the show.

Blue Ridge Music Center 2015 Summer Concert Season

Della MaeGalax, VA -- Music will ring out from the foot of Fisher Peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway beginning May 23 as the 2015 Concert Season begins at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The Music Center will showcase the talents of great performers, including Della Mae, The Sherman Holmes Project with Phil Wiggins, Marty Raybon, The Jeff Little Trio, Alice Gerrard, Steep Canyon Rangers, Wayne Henderson with Helen White and Herb Key, De Temps Antan, Rebecca Frazier, The Steel Wheels, and many more.

Blue Ridge Music Center Welcomes Director

Richard EmmettAsheville, NC -- The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announces the appointment of Richard Emmett as Director of Music Programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a major attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Music Center works with both the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail - The Crooked Road as it sits on the states’ boundary line and shares a mission with both organizations to boost travel tourism around traditional music. Open late May through October, the Music Center welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year to traditional music concerts, The Roots of American Music Museum, and lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the non-profit partner of the National Park Service that oversees programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a former role of the National Council for Traditional Arts.

The Crooked Road Holding Meetings on National Heritage Area Designation

The Crooked RoadSince its incorporation in 2005 The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail has worked with musicians, music venues, tourism agencies, Main Street programs, museums and others to promote economic development in Southwest Virginia. With the continuing support of local governments, The Crooked Road has been able to market and promote the unique musical and cultural heritage of the region - including the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum of Ferrum College - statewide, nationally, and internationally. As a result of these efforts, the nineteen counties, over 50 towns, and four cities of Southwest Virginia (as defined by the Commonwealth of Virginia) have become a major destination for visitors from throughout the nation and overseas.

Crooked Road National Heritage Area Proposal Explained

The Crooked RoadThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (TCR) has been working for over two years with federal officials on a proposal to designate The Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia (19 counties, four cities and over 50 towns) as a National Heritage Area.

Blue Ridge Music Center Delivers Hot Bluegrass Music June 9

Big Country BluegrassBlazing Blue Ridge Bands Concert features Whitetop Mountain Band & Big Country Bluegrass with Don Rigsby at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Center June 9 Two of the most popular bluegrass and old-time bands in the Blue Ridge will deliver one of the hottest shows of the season on Saturday, June 9th at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Youth TradFest Features Bluegrass, Mountain and Regional Music

TradFest Carson PetersGalax, VA -- Youth TradFest! at the Blue Ridge Music Center kicks off the 2012 Summer Concert Series Memorial Weekend in Galax, Virginia! Down through the centuries, families in Blue Ridge have passed down musical traditions from one generation to the next. When renowned collector, Alan Lomax visited Galax in the 1940's he said this area was "the richest breeding ground for traditional music." It remains so today.http://www.cybergrass.com/Images/TradFestImg.jpg

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