Music Programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center
For several years, the Foundation has provided support for the music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center at MP 213. In 2013, the Foundation will take on a much larger role, funding, scheduling and running the concert series 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 www.blueridgemusiccenter.com.
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.
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