Music Programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center

Open late May thru October.

The sounds of the fiddle, banjo and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic to weekend concerts and enjoy some of the region's finest traditional music in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Any afternoon at the Blue Ridge Music Center offers free admission to Mid-Day Mountain Music and The Roots of American Music Museum, an entertaining and interactive walk through the history of the region's music. Trails accessible from the parking lot include a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail, which offers a special hiking experience for children of all ages.

In addition to providing funding for programming for several years, the Foundation assumed a larger role in the Music Center in 2013, when it assumed responsibility for funding and programming of all music programs at the Center.

The Blue Ridge Music Center's mission is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1985, 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. You can find out more information about the Blue Ridge Music Center and the schedule of concerts at

In 2012, the Foundation supplied additional funding to supplement the programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, which was administered by the National Council of Traditional Arts. In 2011, the Foundation partnered with the National Council for Traditional Arts and the Blue Ridge
Parkway to provide funding for a series of 6 free concerts. The series kicked-off in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the long-awaited, permanent exhibition “The Roots of American Music” and continued throughout the summer featuring a variety of bluegrass and traditional music artists including Doc Watson & David Holt, Wayne Henderson,the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, the Whitetop Mountain Band, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Sonrise Bluegrass, the Snyder Family, Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder, Loose Strings and JAM.