Some of my favorite artists are part of the Brevard Music Center’s 81st season, which kicks off with an opening night performance of Beethoven 5, conducted by Brevard Music Center’s Artistic Director Keith Lockhart on Thursday, June 22.
The Ninth Annual Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is in the books but that doesn’t mean the music at its location at Pop’s Farm in Axton, Virginia, has to stop. In fact, on Friday, June 30, you can catch Rooster Walk regular the People’s Blues of Richmond performing on the Pine Grove Stage beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Kruger Brothers are headlining the annual Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition set for noon on Saturday, June 17, at Grayson Highlands State Park. Tickets are $20 plus parking fee. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. Continue reading
A precursor to the Brevard Music Center’s summer series, the Brevard Blues & BBQ Festival is a two-day event by 185 Productions on June 2 and 3 at BMC’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. The festival offers live blues music, craft vendors, food vendors and a barbecue cookoff. The festival begins at 5 p.m. June 2 and 2 p.m. June 3. Tickets are $25 for Friday-only, $35 for Saturday-only and $45 for the weekend. For more information, visit brevardbluesfestival.com.
Ever wondered where the funny, punny name Mandolin Orange — one of today’s premiere American roots bands — has its origins?
“We were driving back from our first gig opening for Kickin Grass, a band from Raleigh, and we thought what a cool name and that we needed a name,” remembers Emily Frantz (violin/guitar/vocals), who makes up half of this uber talented duo who still call Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home.
“Andrew Marlin (mandolin/guitar/vocals), who loves puns and word play, had this little round and orange mandolin at the time, said half-joking how about Mandolin Orange? And it stuck.”