Old-Time Holiday Dance Party with Five Mile Mountain Road + Earl White Stringband
Old Time Holiday Dance Party with Five Mile Mountain Road + Earl White Stringband
Saturday, July 2, 7 p.m.
Adults $20, children 12 & younger admitted free
Five Mile Mountain Road
Five Mile Mountain Road presents an authentic old-time experience reminiscent of the music once heard at dance halls and theaters in days gone by, from the old-time sounds of Charlie Poole and the fiddle music of Clark Kessinger, to first-generation bluegrass music and original arrangements of western swing, to ragtime and jazz.
The origin of Five Mile Mountain Road came from the meeting of fiddler Billy Hurt, Jr., and guitarist Brennen Ernst while in the band Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show. Hurt and Ernst immediately discovered a common love for old music, particularly old-time fiddle music, ragtime, and early jazz.
When they met banjoist Seth Boyd in 2015, the nucleus of Five Mile Mountain Road was formed. Caleb “Duke” Erickson from Rockford, Illinois, on guitar and J. C. Radford, also a Franklin County, Va., native, on doghouse bass, round out the group.
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Earl White Stringband
“Fiddlin’ Earl White,” is the leader of the Earl White Stringband and cofounder of Big Indian Farm Artisan Bakery in Floyd, Va. A prominent figure in the old-time music and dance community for more than 40 years, White is one of the few African Americans playing and perpetuating the music that was once an essential part of Black culture and communities across the country.
White is a founding member of the famed Greengrass Cloggers, and his energetic, rhythmic, and driving playing style is attributed to many years of dancing with the group. White has played with many of the finest old-time musicians in the country.
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Earl White Stringband (Facebook)
ADDITIONAL CONCERT DETAILS
Gates open to ticket holders at 5:45 p.m. Season pass holders are allowed into the amphitheater 15 minutes early, at 5:30 p.m.
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. You may bring a coolers or picnic basket, but no alcohol please.
Concerts are held rain or shine, and it can be cool in the mountains when the sun goes down, so bring a raincoat, poncho or umbrella, and a sweater or jacket.
Please note that advance ticket purchases are nonrefundable.
SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDEES
The Roots of American Music concert series is held in the Blue Ridge Music Center’s spacious outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
To make the experience as safe as possible, please stay at home if you have a fever, cough, aches and pains, loss of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, or are sneezing and coughing.
Concert attendees are asked to maintain six feet of distance between groups throughout the evening, including when standing in line and selecting seating locations in the amphitheater.