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Small Town Country Music Fest featuring Brothers Osborne set for Saturday, Sept. 3, in Winston-Salem

The Small Town Country Music Fest is coming to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Fair Grounds, 414 Deacon Blvd., from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, featuring the Brothers Osborne.

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On Huffington Post: Little Hill Trio to release first CD at Appaloosa Fest over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-4

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Scythian fans are most likely already aware the Celtic rock band and Merlefest fan favorite is hosting its second annual Appaloosa D.C.’s Roots Music Festival  over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-4, 2016, featuring 40-plus bands on five stages plus musical workshops by top artists.
In addition to Scythian, headliners include The Black LilliesMipso, Penny and Sparrow, Marie Miller, Humming HouseBilly Strings, The Accidentals and Lowland Hum, among others.


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Triad Music Festival 2016 set for Sept. 1-3 in downtown Winston-Salem

 

The Triad Music Festival 2016, Sept. 1-3, will include a Kick-Off Party, Songwriter Stand-Off and performances featuring Caleb Caudle and Wurlitzer Prize, among others, in various locations around downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

According to organizers, the main event will be the N.C. Regional Gear & Music Expo, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3,  at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

For more information visit the festival  HERE or call (336) 747 – 1465.

 


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On Huffington Post: Don’t miss Josh Shilling and Mountain Heart online and on the Grand Ole Opry

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If you weren’t at Pop’s Farm in Axton, Virginia, the home of Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, under the stars on Saturday, Aug. 20, you missed an incredible high-energy performance by the incomparable Southwest Virginia native Josh Shilling and his band, Mountain Heart.

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The Genuine to perform on Friday, Aug. 26, as part of Stonefield Cellars’ Friday Flavors Concert Series

I first discovered The Genuine, a Winston-Salem-based progressive, folk rock group, thanks to Phuzz Phest a few years ago.
 
And I can tell you that the band doesn’t stray far from its name. Their sound is genuinely unique and I am not alone in my thinking. In fact, The Genuine were recently voted “Best Band”in Smitty’s Notes 10th Annual Best of Winston-Salem Awards. Fans are in for a treat on Friday, Aug. 26, when they can catch the Genuine band members — Matthew Allivato, Katelyn Allivato and Devin Forkel — perform at Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale, North Carolina, as part of its Friday Flavors Concert Series.


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On Huffington Post: MerleFest fans in for a treat when Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings perform under the stars at SECCA on Thursday, Aug. 25

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The first time I heard folk, alt-country Americana singer-songwriter Gillian Welch perform live was at MerleFest in 2004 on the heels of the popularity of the Grammy-award winning movie soundtrack for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,”  on which she was an associate producer with the illustrious T-Bone Burnett and performed on two songs. It’s a performance that has stayed with me through the years.

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‘The Voice’ finalist Braiden Sunshine, Dan River Girls to perform Sept. 15 for Children’s Law Center benefit in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Braiden Sunshine, a finalist a couple of seasons ago on NBC’s hit music competition “The Voice,” is scheduled to participate in a benefit for the Children’s Law Center (CLC) of Central North Carolina’s first-annual Birthday Blast.

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On Huffington Post: Annabelle’s Curse turns series of accidents into pure, musical magic

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Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia-based alt-folk band Annabelle’s Curse isn’t so much a curse as a happy accident. A series of accidents actually.

One of the original group’s founders guitarist Zack Edwards explains that he showed up on the porch of the other co-founder Tim Kilborne (vocals, banjo, guitar) six years ago after being introduced through mutual friends at Emory and Henry College.

“We started playing music and I just never went home,” Edwards remembers. “We did that for a little while, writing songs on the front porch and playing open mic nights.”

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Fourth Annual Bluegrass Valley Music Festival set for Aug. 12-14

The fourth annual  Blue Grass Valley Music Festival will be held at the beautiful Potomac Farm in Highland County, Virginia. The farm is located on Rt 641 Ruckman Lane in Blue Grass.

This year’s lineup includes Whiskey Shivers, BIG DADDY LOVE, Will Overman Band, Chamomile and Whiskey, The Rondo Rigs, Melissa and the Growlers, Shenandoah Alley, The Good Saloon, The Coteries, Together SOUL, Sarah Lynna and Rare Gold.

The festival includes camping, local food, craft beer by Three Notch’d Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom, arts and crafts, a farmer’s market, kids area and lots of other activities, according to organizers.

Visit the website for ticket information here. Kids younger than 13 are admitted free with paid adult.

 


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The Judy Chops wrap up ‘Bad Like Me’ EP Tour with stops in Floyd, Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Aug. 12-13

Red Wing Roots Music Festival attendees know The Judy Chops, self-described as a mountain swing band, put on one heck of a live performance. I’m not sure what you call the group’s unique blend of swing, blues and rock with shades of classic country thrown in, but I call them a good time.The group is currently touring to promote its newest EP, “Bad Like Me.”

If you haven’t had the chance to catch one of the band’s shows, this weekend provides you with two opportunities if you are in or near southwest Virginia.

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