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The Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Rd
Galax, VA 24333
Milepost 213 on
The Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Center Info Call:
(276) 236-5309
Concert Info Call:
(866) 308-2773 x 213
To Purchase Concert Tickets
by phone (866)308-2773 x 212

2019 Hours of Operation:

Open Thurs.-Mon., May 4-21
Open daily, May 23 - November 3
10 a.m. - 5 p.m

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Presented by the
Blue Ridge Music Center
in paternership with
Yadkin Arts Council

Sounds of the Mountains:
A Mountain Music Concert Series
The Allen Boys + Dedicated Men of Zion

Saturday, January 25th @ 7:30 PM


The Willingham Theater in Yadkinville, NC
3 show pass $50 (Purchase➚)
2 show pass $35 (Purchase➚)

The Allen Boys

Allen Boys

Mount Airy’s The Allen Boys are sacred steel ambassadors, bringing the genre into the secular world. Sacred Steel, a blues-gospel genre that arose in Pentecostal-Holiness churches in the 1930s, brings a big sound. Using electric guitars, including a pedal steel, instead of an organ in church services originated in the early ‘30s with Willie Eason, who brought his pedal steel into the worship services of the House of God. 

Sacred steel guitar uplifts its listeners. As pedal steel guitarist DaShawn Hickman says, “The music that we play makes you forget about everything that happened in the day and just have fun… it makes you want to dance.” The Allen Boys play a lot of songs they grew up hearing in church, but they’re big fans of secular music, “anything they can get away with playing in church,” jokes Hickman.

“All of us grew up in the country in a bluegrass town, Mount Airy, N.C., so I grew up playing Dobro in a bluegrass band,” Hickman says. “So that kind of thing stayed with me; it’s something that I love. We even cover “Rocky Top, Tennessee.” Hickman says he adores bluegrass because it all fits together, everybody plays their part and it sounds like one band.

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Dedicated Men of Zion

Dedicated Men of Zion

The Dedicated Men of Zion all grew up in the church together in Eastern North Carolina and led by Anthony Daniels. “We were all each others’ fans,” Daniels says, and they jumped at the opportunity to join together. Daniels recalls that music was taken very seriously in his home. His mother taught him to sing in harmony, and by age 7 he led his church’s choir. Each member grew up deeply immersed in song and faith. Together, the Dedicated Men of Zion have recored two albums and are establishing themselves as an emerging group across the state of North Carolina. “We love what we do, we love the purpose,” Daniels says.