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FloydFest announces additional acts for 2016

This just arrived in my inbox from the folks at FloydFest:

“We promised a month of book-ended artist announcements, and we are here to deliver on the dream, welcoming favorites old and new, and weaving some world textures into the pattern — announcing, for FloydFest 16:

Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams with More Than a Little+, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Greensky Bluegrass, Bombino, Love Canon String Band, Liz Vice, Los Colognes, Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot, Mingo Fishtrap, Polyrhythmics, Caravan of Thieves, Dead Winter Carpenters, TigermanWOAH!, These Wild Plains, Dirty Bangs, Cask Mouse, and Cactus Attack!

Plus: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Railroad Earth, Shakey Graves, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, Anders Osborne, Pimps of Joytime, Rich Robinson, Monophonics, Otis Taylor Band, The Larry Keel Experience, Con Brio, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Head for the Hills, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Congress, Banditos and Dustbowl Revival.

And there is more to come — all you midnight riders are going to love the pending Dec. 10 announcement!

Want to learn more? Visit www.floydfest.com

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Tickets still available for Donna the Buffalo with Peter Rowan at The Rives Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 21

Donna the Buffalo with Peter Rowan are coming to The Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, on Saturday, Nov. 21, in what is being billed as possibly the venue’s biggest show since it was re-opened five years ago. Continue reading


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John Prine, The Wood Brothers among initial MerleFest 2016 lineup

MerleFest fans, the wait is over! According to the following announcement from MerleFest, fans can look forward to hearing headliners John Prine, Dave Rawlings Machine and The Wood Brothers as well as MerleFest favorites Steep Canyon Rangers, Jerry Douglas, Scythian, Donna the Buffalo, The Kruger Brothers and some new acts including the Will Overman Band at MerleFest 2016 on April 28- May 1, 2016. Continue reading


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WFDD hosts ‘Across the Blue Ridge’ IndieGoGo campaign kickoff at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, Nov. 8

88.5 WFDD, Winston-Salem’s NPR affiliate, is teaming up with Paul Brown to bring back “Across The Blue Ridge,” a popular program featuring Appalachian music and cultural history of the Blue Ridge region. Beginning in the late ’80s, the program ran for more than a decade until Brown left to become an executive, editor, producer, reporter and world newscaster at NPR in Washington, D.C., according to WFDD’s website. Continue reading


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Mandolin Orange, Lizzy Ross to perform at The Rives Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 4

If you were at Red Wings in July 2015 or MerleFest in April 2014, you may have caught the melodic stylings of Mandolin Orange. This North Carolina duo just released its third album, “Such Jubliee,” in three years in May. One of the new songs, “Jump Mountain Blues,” was featured on last week’s episode of ABC’s “Nashville.”

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Bruce Hornsby, The Wood Brothers among initial lineup for FloydFest 16 set for July 27-31

FloydFest is getting a jumpstart on the summer 2016 music festival season with the announcement of its initial lineup along with a couple of surprises. Continue reading