Archives for February 2018

Female Music Retreat!

A new event will focus on female participation in old-time music and their contributions to the genre. “Women! Mount Airy Old-Time Retreat” will include female-led classes, jams, dances, concerts, workshops and lectures, March 1-3. The retreat coincides with the annual Tommy Jarrell Festival, which honors the musical legacy of the old-time fiddle virtuoso and native of Surry County’s Round Peak community. “Our efforts are ongoing to preserve and pass on the old-time music tradition,” says Tanya Jones, executive director of the Surry Arts Council. “Hopefully attendees will be inspired by the females who are instructing, and it will encourage them to get more involved in old-time music and help promote the genre to both women and men across the generations.” Tuition is $350, which includes classes, meals, event tickets and a T-shirt. Youth scholarships are available. The retreat is funded in part by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Although the conference is geared toward women, it is open to both genders. Meanwhile, a non-gender-specific Mount Airy Old-Time Retreat is planned for May 27-June 2, which is the week prior to the annual Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention.
For more information or to register: or 336-786-7998.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Needs You!

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will hold its next volunteer training session on Tuesday, February 27 from 3 to 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to assist in the galleries on a daily basis, help in archives and collections, provide curatorial research and exhibit assistance, support special events, assist in The Museum Store, and help with guided adult and school tours. Training is provided at one 3-hour session that provides a detailed introduction to the museum and the volunteer program, including a chance for you to pinpoint your area of interest at the museum and learn more about the ins-and-outs of being a museum volunteer.
As a volunteer, you will also have many opportunities for continuing learning and training at the museum. Most of all, you will have fun as part of the volunteer team! For more information on becoming a museum volunteer and to register your interest in these training sessions, contact BCMM at 423-573-1927.

The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story will take to the stage at the Northeast State Theatre in Blountville, April 12th through the 15th. Based upon the novel by Michael Ende, this production is told with all the thrills of a classic adventure. The story is about a boy who reads a magical book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a mystical world. Ticket details are online at

Aesop’s Fables

Bring the kids to see Aesop’s Fables starting April 10th at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon. With lyrics by Catherine Bush and music by Ben Mackel, the production tells the story of Aesop, who is in trouble and his only hope lies in his ability to weave fantastic stories with timeless lessons of truth. Fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Hare and the Tortoise, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are brought to life in this exciting, musical adventure. Details are online at

Phil Vassar

Big Spring Entertainment Presents Phil Vassar, Saturday, April 7th at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Bristol. Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter and as an artist. He’s penned hits for Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Jodee Messina, to name just a few. His 9th album is American Soul. Find out more at

In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night will take to the stage at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon April 7th through May 12th. Based on the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series, the story is set in small-town Alabama in 1962 when the arrest of a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs is turned upside down when it is learned he is a homicide detective from California and likely the only one that can solve a local murder. Get ticket information at

Merlefest on the Road

Merlefest on the Road makes a stop at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol Friday, February 23rd at 7:30 p.m. The intimate 1927 Society Concert experience will feature live music from The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement, and Andy May. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages included. You can get all the details at

Song of the Mountains

Come to the Saturday, March 3rd taping of the Song of the Mountains® at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion. Produced by the Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation, Song of the Mountains® showcases the best talents in Bluegrass, Americana, and Old-time music. Featured artists include Adam Steffey, Highland Travelers and HB Beverly. Find out more at

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Cabin Creek Boys

The Carter Family Memorial Music Center in Hiltons will present a concert of old time music by the Cabin Creek Boys this Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Cabin Creek Boys play old time hillbilly music from the mountains of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina, performing at area festivals, fiddlers’ conventions, square dances, and other community events. Go online to for details