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43rd Annual Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

Come join your friends at one of the top judged festivals in America, the 43rd Annual Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival on September 28-30th, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day, at our NEW LOCATION, Jefferson County WV Fairgrounds. We have something for everyone to see and do at our festival. Approximately 200 quality juried artists and craftsperson’s from 24 states will be demonstrating their wonderful created work at the festival. There will be activities for the children such as: a children's tent where children can make a craft, face painting and scavenger hunt. For those that enjoy bluegrass music we have several great bands performing on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the bands and to get the schedule, visit our website at www.MHACFestival.org. Wine and beer tastings from the areas foremost West Virginia wineries and WV craft beers. Patrons must be 21 years of age or older to taste/purchase beer and wine, so be prepared to show valid identification. Quality arts and crafts, finest West Virginia wines; live bluegrass music; activities for children; and outstanding food, all in the spacious indoor and outdoor beauty of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia approximately one-hour northwest of Washington, DC. There is no better way to spend a September weekend! General Admission is $7 at the gate or $6 in advance. Parking, arts/crafts demonstrations, wine tasting, live bluegrass music, and children's crafts, with face painting are included in the price of admission; so, bring the entire family! For further information, please call 304-725-2055. For advanced reduced tickets, visit our website www.MHACFestival.org. Watch for the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival signs and follow them to Jefferson County WV Fairgrounds in the heart of Jefferson County near Harpers Ferry and Charles Town/Ranson.

Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band at Tucker County Fair

Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has been named "West Virginia's Classic Bluegrass Band" by Around the Panhandle Magazine, and praised as "Mainstream Bluegrass at its Best" by Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. The music ranges from hard driving traditional bluegrass to bluegrass gospel and some slower dance numbers.

Park Concert Series-Allegheny Reign

Bring a blanket, chair and sit back and enjoy Bluegrass at the amphitheater here at the park.

Elkins First Friday- Third Street Shindig

Elkins heats up in the summer months with outdoor concerts and fun block parties for everyone. Enjoy a summer evening at this shindig in downtown Elkins. If you love bluegrass music this is for you, plus you have the benefit of dining while enjoying the businesses that are open and the music playing on the streets.

GSC Bluegrass Band

Glenville State College's Bluegrass Band will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in the historic Alpine Theatre. Seating is limited to 120.

The Bridge Jam

Bridge Jam is the perfect complement to your Bridge Day experience. Round out your weekend with this two-day music festival held on the Cascade Festival Grounds at the former Gaines Estate (225 W. Maple Ave.) just two blocks from downtown Fayetteville. The festival includes live music, a variety of craft beers, food trucks, food choices from Fayetteville’s well known restaurants and more. Live music will run throughout the day, making it the perfect location before or after a visit to the historic Bridge Day festival. Festival grounds will open Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. with music running from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, then again on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with music running from 12:30 p.m. to midnight. Tent camping and RV spots can be reserved on the grounds both Friday and Saturday nights.

Jackson’s Mill Jubilee

A celebration of Appalachian Heritage, Educational Demonstrations, featuring Indigenous and Bluegrass music concerts, Native American Style Dancing, Chainsaw Carvings, Gristmill demos, Homestead Activities, Photography, Needle Arts and Quilt Show, Antique Tractors and Engines, Carriage Rides, Civil War Encampment, Top quality Artisans, a Zip Line for the active ones, and Kid’s Land for the younger festival participants. Foods – BBQ (Chicken, Beef, & Pork), Homemade Donuts and Ice Cream, Deep Fried Pickles, and more. Fun for the entire family. Hours: Fri. Noon-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Plate Scrapers

As classic as cast iron, as space-age as a flying car — The Plate Scrapers are serving up their own flavor of bluegrass by way of a winding wormhole through folk, jazz, and heavy metal dimensions. So grab yourself a thick slice of nostalgia, slap on a side of mind-bending originality, and top it off with some piping-hit pickin’, and let this hungry bunch “take you out of this atmosphere.” Tickets are $5, kids 6 and under get in free.

Beats on the Basin: Deer Creek Boys

These Virginia natives are definitely a local favorite. Their energetic picking and hard hitting harmonies have earned them a respectable place in Bluegrass music and the festival scene, and we’re stoked to bring them back to the Mountain for your listening pleasure.

Jesse Shepherd and Friends

Join us as we celebrate our 80th year of service to the local community! Established in 1937 as a kids camp, come back to recreate past camp lessons, and exchange stories of happenings long ago. Mr. Jesse Shepherd will be wrapping up the evening with a show from 5:30-7:30p with bluegrass music, camp stories, and camp songs.

Ronceverte’s Expo at the Depot

Main Street Ronceverte is making plans to close off Edgar Avenue from traffic on Saturday, July 22, to hold a Summer Festival event featuring a sidewalk craft sale, food vendors, live music by several different bands...including The Half Bad Bluegrass Band. There will be plenty of entertainment for the kids......like bounce houses and a petting zoo.

Free Concert with Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

This free concert will be held at Krepp's Park at the upper pavilion. Hailing from the mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from Old-Time, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and Swing music to create their own brand of high energy, Appalachian Bluegrass. As an offshoot of a former project, The Weedrags, JFS was formed by Gary Antol (Songwriter/Guitar/Vocals) and Libby Eddy (Fiddle/Vocals) in 2014 with a very simple goal: write good songs, have fun, and take it to the road. In the time since, JFS has appeared at festivals from New England to Florida and played club dates from the eastern seaboard to the west coast. In 2015, the band released their debut album, The Lane Change, a collection of both original and traditional songs focusing on journeys through personal relationships as well as life in the coal mining towns of central Appalachia. The album was well received by fans and critics alike. “Mannington #9,” a searing tale of lives lost in a 1968 mining disaster in Mannington, WV, was featured in the Relix Magazine 2015 Summer CD Sampler. Written by West Virginia storyteller and old-time musician, Keith McManus, the song’s driving rhythm and haunting melody capture the loss suffered by 78 families in this tragic accident. The Lane Change also featured the powerhouse harmonies of Antol and Eddy on titles such as “No Ash Will Burn” and “Blue Diamond Mines.”The Morgantown Board of Parks and Recreation (BOPARC) is committed to providing a quality system of parks, trails, facilities and programs that enhance our community and the well-being of our residents. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on and enjoy this free concert.

Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles to create their tight, high-energy string band music. Well-crafted original songs with emotional depth, masterful picking, and resonant vocal harmonies combine to forge new territories and a fresh take on Appalachian Americana music. Tickets are $5, kids 6 and under get in free.

Johnny Staats with Stewed Mulligan

Johnny Staats is a blue grass mandolin, guitar and violin player, born and raised in West Virginia. He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, People Magazine, CBS Evening News and CNN, and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.

The 51st Annual Pioneer Days

YES! Pioneers is back with new activities and events. Great homecoming style festival celebrating 51 wonderful years as the premiere festival in the region. Featuring bluegrass music, a fireman's parade, a grand parade, food concessions, old-fashioned games, and demonstrations.

Nashville Bluegrass Band at Chuck Mathena Center

With two Grammy Award-winning albums and two Entertainer of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association and four time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the Nashville Bluegrass Band is no stranger to acclaim from critics and fans alike. The legendary band takes the stage at the Chuck Mathena Center on Friday, June 23 at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and are $25.00. Purchase tickets online at www.chuckmathenacenter.org, by calling 304 425-5128 or come on by the Box Office at 2 Stafford Commons in Princeton. Enjoy the pre-show dinner at CMC catered by the Big Whiskey BBQ Company! The dinner is at 5pm. This is going to be a Lone Star BBQ Feast including smoked turkey and beef brisket, Big Whiskey’s famous Burnt End Baked beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, potato salad, a dinner roll, iced tea and banana pudding for dessert. Tickets for dinner are $20 and will sell out fast, so get yours right away!

Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival

37th Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival June 21-June 24, 2017. This is an outdoor festival. A Pavilion is available at the rear of the concert area. Bring your own chairs - Chairs may be set out on a first come first served basis. By mail: Adams Bluegrass, LLC PO Box 98 Dahlonega, GA 30533 e-mail: info@adamsbluegrass.com By phone: 706-864-7203 Office 706-265-0655 Cell

Jewel City JAMboree

JCJAM3 is a multi-genre music festival held at David Harris Riverfront Park along the beautiful Ohio River. Music, food, friendship and a celebration of our local heritage will take place May 26-27, 2017. From Bluegrass and Old Time to Americana, the Blues, Rock and Western Cowboy Swing with a little of all in between, makes this one of the most unique festivals of the season. JCJAM3 is a 100% not for profit show staffed entirely by volunteers. For a full lineup, tickets, and more information please visit www.jcjam3.com.

10th Annual WV Chocolate Festival

Ripley will host the 10th annual WV Chocolate Festival on Saturday, April 8. The chocolate parade in downtown Ripley begins at 11 a.m. Vendors will offer everything chocolate at Ripley Elementary from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Afternoon entertainment will be provided by the bluegrass group The Cossin Brothers and the country sounds of Corey Hager.

The Bing Brothers featuring Jack Krack

For over 40 years, The Bing Brothers have played their hard-driving brand of string band music from Canada to Florida – from Spain to England, and from Australia, to Ireland and Scotland. Their sound has been formed in the West Virginia mountains, and they remain true to their roots. Yet The Bing Brothers are highly versatile, playing selections in old time and bluegrass, as well as traditional Irish songs and ragtime.

Beer, Bacon, Bourbon & Bluegrass Festival

The name says it all! There will be Beer, Bacon, Bourbon, & Bluegrass… Live Music by Poor Taters, The Kind Thieves, and Virginia Ground as well as an afterparty with Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns! All tickets holders will get access to the bacon bar, a bourbon tasting and a commemorative shot glass.

Opry Night

Come out and enjoy music by Sugar Run and Stony Bottom Bluegrass

West Virginia Open Fiddle, Old-Time Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo Contest

The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College welcomes musicians and spectators from across the region to the College’s Outdoor Amphitheatre for the West Virginia Open Fiddle, Old-Time Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo Contest on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Registration for the contest begins at noon. The contest will start at 2 p.m. and run until all contestants have competed. There is no registration fee to compete. participants from any state or region are welcome to enter. Five cash prizes will be awarded in Fiddle, Old-time Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo categories, as well as a Best Senior Musician prize for those age 60 and older, and a Best Youth Musician prize for those age 15 and younger. Awards are $400 for first place, $200 for second place, $100 for third place, $50 for fourth place and $25 for fifth place. The event is sponsored by Smakula Fretted Instruments, Valley Supply and McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner LC, Elkins-Randolph County YMCA and several anonymous donors. The contest is part of the Mountain State Forest Festival Celebrating Appalachia – Banjos, Burgers and Beer Festival. For more information, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org, email augusta@AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call the Augusta Heritage Center office at 304-637-1209.

Pickin’ Indoors

Pickin’ Indoors, a local old-time, bluegrass and country jam sessions, will take place, from 6 p.m. -10 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. The sessions are hosted weekly by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For additional information, visit augustaheritagecenter.org, call 304-637-1209 or email augusta@AugustaHeritageCenter.org.

8th Annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-off

After attending Bridge Day, come to Historic Downtown Fayetteville to taste and help judge various chili samples from around the region. Admission and parking are FREE, but there is a charge for chili tasting tickets. 2016 Bridge Day (c) Chili Cook-off - 8th Annual SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Live Music beginning at 2:30 p.m. Duffy Boyd's Bluegrass Band Chili Tasting: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Awards Ceremony: 5:15 pm Dining & Shopping: All Day! FREE ADMISSION & PARKING * Fee for Tasting Tickets. * Sold in $5.00 Packs Only. * Tickets Sales Begin at 3:00 p.m. Need More Information? Contact the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-574-1500

Bridge Jam 2016

October Apple Whiskey Fest and Cook-out

While the autumn days are still warm and the nights start to cool there will be Bluegrass and New Grass Music , a cook-out (BBQ), fresh apple cider, apple whiskey and a new batch of Apple Brandy among other spirits to taste.

Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys

Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys from Nashville, TN will be performing in the Banquet Hall at 7:30 PM. Admission: $10 per person; children age 12 & under $5; and children under the age of 5 get in FREE! Donna is a 4 time IMBA Songwriter of the year nominee. Hear Donna perform songs from her current release Hard Cry Moon. Call the Main Office to purchase tickets for the show. For more information visit http://bluegrasstoday.com/directories/events/donna-ulisses-songwriting-escape-workshop-moundsville-wv/.

BEAR HILL BLUEGRASS @ PRICKETTS FORT

Come join us for a FREE outdoor concert by Bear Hill Bluegrass who will be preforming gospel music.

Square Dance

A square dance called by Mack Samples of Nicholas County, W.Va., with music provided by Bluegrass Staff Inflictions, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, August 5. Admission is $6 general or $4 for students and AmeriCorps members.

Back Roads & BBQ @ the Hamilton Round Barn

The West Augusta Historical Society hosts a monthly concert at the Hamilton Round Barn in Mannington. The feature band is Back Roads. Dinners and snacks available for purchase.

Blue Highway Brings Bluegrass to Chuck Mathena Center

The award winning bluegrass band, Blue Highway, will take the stage at the Chuck Mathena Center on Saturday, July 23 at 7pm. There is no doubt that Blue Highway is one of the finest bluegrass bands around today. The highly esteemed group has earned 25 collective IBMA awards among its members and was voted Favorite Bluegrass Group of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today, April 2016. Blue Highway is praised by peers, fans and media alike. One of the most powerful descriptions of the 22-year strong band is shared by Country Standard Time News Magazine, “Wayne Taylor sings with the emotion of a man who escaped the coals mines and ain’t planning to go back. Tim Stafford continues to craft songs with depth…the instrumentation is perfect. From the get go, Jason Burleson opens with the unique style that defines bluegrass banjo. Shawn Lane exemplifies modern mandolin, yet nods to the Monroe legacy. Three lead singers…rich harmony…songs of forgotten homeless veterans, fallen heroes and heartbroken families. Blue Highway personifies modern acoustic music with respect to the tradition. Highly recommended, highly respected.” Tickets are on sale now at Chuck Mathena Center, 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton, WV 24739. You can purchase tickets online at www.chuckmathenacenter.org or by calling the Box Office at 304 425-5128. All tickets are $25. A ten percent discount is available to groups of ten or more. Save 25% when you buy a CMC Season Pass for four or more shows! Check out the whole season, Ballet to Bluegrass, at www.chuckmathenacenter.org.

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR – RAGTIME ANNIE

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR PRESENTS RAGTIME ANNIE Saturday, June 25, 2016, $10 at door only Ragtime Annie combines the talents of four of the DC area's finest bluegrass musicians, with the added twist of being one of the few all-female groups on the scene today. While sometimes hosting guest members, the band is comprised of core members Avril Smith, Gina Clowes, Ashley Stewart and Malia Furtado who are each individually award winning and together create a sound that remains true to bluegrass tradition at times, and at other times boldly and creatively steps out into a little country, a little swing, and a little something of their own that can't really be dubbed anything by any genre. Malia and Ashley are frequently seen performing with regional favorite, Circa Blue. Avril plays with several bands including the U Liners, The Great Unknowns, and is a founding member of Della Mae. Gina recently played in regionally popular band Bud's Collective, and currently plays for Nashville based band, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers.

Bluegrass Feast

Kick off summer with the Bluegrass Feast and The Mon River Games at Palatine Park. noon – Mon River Games 3:00 pm – Spence’s Rye 4:30 pm – Siles Powell & The Powell Family Band 6:30 pm – The Band Wagon 8:30 pm – The Jakob’s Ferry Stagglers

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR – BANANA EXPRESS

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug 27th when we once again host the popular BANANA EXPRESS band, a local Americana/bluegrass/indie/old-time band. They'll be here to perform LIVE in the store on Saturday from 4:00-6:00pm. Tickets are $7 at the door. From the moment they take the stage, the four young musicians pour out their heart and soul into the songs they sing and the instruments they play, and the love for what they're doing and the pure, captivating sound of their music is so clear that it could quiet a room holding even the rowdiest of audiences.

The Kind Thieves: Live from The 35th Star

Folk/Bluegrass. Members: Cody Perkins - Mandolin/Vocalist; Colby Elswick - Banjo/Vocalist; Drew Jobe - Bass/Vocalist; Archibald Johnson - Guitar/Vocalist; Annie Starshine - Fiddle.

BLUEGRASS FEAST

Kick off summer with the Bluegrass Feast and The Mon River Games at Palatine Park. noon – Mon River Games 3:00 pm – Spence’s Rye 4:30 pm – Siles Powell & The Powell Family Band 6:30 pm – The Band Wagon 8:30 pm – The Jakob’s Ferry Stagglers