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The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1997, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region.

The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

In this region one finds many variations of the ancient fiddle and banjo music of Virginia and North Carolina. This music can be traced to the meeting of the African banjo and the European fiddle in the Tidewater before our nation was created. Here also are found older ballads and religious music that reach deeply into the American past.

Our concert series, performance-talks and museum,
The Roots of American Music, traces the history of this music through local artists back to the creation of the music generations ago by persons from Europe and West Africa, and show how it continues to influence many forms of folk and popular music made across America today.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is now closed until Spring of 2014.

Visit us in the new year for exciting info on upcoming artists and events.



Contact the Blue Ridge Music Center at:


Mailing Address:
Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Road
Galax, VA 24333

Physical Address: Milepost 213 on The Blue Ridge Parkway
Phone: (276) 236-5309

Fax: (276) 236-5310

Email: info@blueridgemusiccenter.org

The Blue Ridge Music Center, operated jointly by the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Virginia-North Carolina state line, ten miles south of Galax, VA and 20 miles from Mt. Airy, NC.

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From the North/East (VA)

Interstate 77 South
Exit 8
LEFT off exit onto Route 148
RIGHT onto Route 52
Follow signs to Blue Ridge Parkway
RIGHT onto Blue Ridge Parkway south
Blue Ridge Music Center is on the left near Milepost 213
From the South/East (NC)
Interstate 77 North
Exit 8
RIGHT off exit onto Route 148
RIGHT onto Route 52
Follow signs to Blue Ridge Parkway
RIGHT onto Blue Ridge Parkway south
Blue Ridge Music Center is on the left near Milepost 213



From the West

Route 58 East to Galax, VA
Right onto Route 89
7 miles to Blue Ridge Parkway
Left
onto Blue Ridge Parkway North
Blue Ridge Music Center is on the right near Milepost 213
From the Blue Ridge Parkway (VA)
South to Milepost 213

From the Blue Ridge Parkway (NC)
North to Milepost 213

 

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700 Foothills Road • Galax, VA 24333 • Physical Address: Milepost 213 on The Blue Ridge Parkway
Phone: (276) 236-5309 x112 • Fax: (276) 236-5310 • Email: info@blueridgemusiccenter.org

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