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Ricky Skaggs and Sammy Shelor join Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and The Whites at Blue Ridge Music Center for ‘A Show for Joe’ on Friday, Sept. 2, in honor of the late Joe Wilson

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From the good folks at the Blue Ridge Music Center:
“A Show for Joe is almost here and we have an exciting update! Ricky Skaggs, multiple Grammy Award winner and recipient of the 2015 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for an Instrumentalist (mandolin), and Sammy Shelor, who has earned the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass and multiple IBMA awards, have joined the musical lineup for this special one-day festival. The concert features performances by Jerry Douglas, The Whites, and special guest Alison Krauss, as well as musical tributes from Wayne Henderson & Friends, The Jeff Little Trio, Linda & David Lay, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Phil Wiggins, The Barr Family & Jimmy Edmonds, and Frank Newsome.

In 2015, the music community lost visionary Joe Wilson. From his brainstorming sessions with then Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt to create the Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Wilson’s passion for the music of the Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable. Come celebrate his commitment to the music and traditions we all love.


Schedule of events
 Banjos: From Africa to the New World exhibit
Noon to 4 p.m., Luthier Shop, FREE
An exhibit of two dozen reproduction and replica banjos crafted by expert instrument maker Bob Thornburg
Jam for Joe
Noon to 4 p.m., tent, FREE
Everyone is invited to join in during this musical tribute.
“Remembering Joe” & “Songs for Joe”
1-4 p.m., indoor theater, limited seating, FREE
Two workshop presentations led by
Virginia folklorist Jon Lohman
A Show for Joe
4-9 p.m., outdoor amphitheater
$40 adults; $20 for children 12 & younger
Jerry Douglas, The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, and special guest Alison Krauss, plus Wayne Henderson & Friends, The Jeff Little Trio, Phil Wiggins,
Linda & David Lay with Sammy Shelor, Elizabeth LaPrelle,
The Barr Family with Jimmy Edmonds, and Frank Newsome
Advance ticket purchases are recommended.
The concert is expected to sell out.
The memorial showcase is presented by the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in collaboration with the Virginia Folklife Program and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, with support from the National Folk Festival, National Council for the Traditional Arts, and WNCW 88.7 FM.

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