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Leftover Salmon to perform at The Rives Theatre in Martinsville, Virginia

Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival and FloydFest fans, listen up: You can catch a rare acousticLeftover Salmon! set beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the historic Rives Theatre in Martinsville, Virginia. Continue reading

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The Couldn’t Be Happiers share their ‘Baggage’ with WHUPFM listeners

What happens when a tattooed Texas troubadour blends melodies and shares harmonies with a sassy blonde country crooner from North Carolina? You get the Couldn’t Be Happiers,  a Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based duo that formed in July 2017. Continue reading


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Black Lillies, Yarn, Dangermuffin headline The Shindig 2017 on Nov. 4

The Shindig festival advertises itself as “music for your beers.” The event, set for Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown Clayton, North Carolina, certainly has something for music lovers — nine bands on two stages — and for beer lovers with more than 13 beers on tap from local craft breweries.

Musical acts include The Black LilliesYarnDangermuffinAcoustic SyndicateForlorn Strangers and many more for free!

A limited number of VIP Tickets are available at theshindig.net


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Wild Ponies get back to their roots with ‘Galax’

Wild Ponies Album Release Show is Friday, Oct. 13, at the Rives Theatre. Tickets are $15/$18 (Season Passes Accepted).

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What happens when you throw a group of Nashville and Galax, Virginia, musicians who have never played together in a barn behind a farmhouse nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Musical magic.

That’s exactly what happened a year ago this month when the Wild Ponies – otherwise known as Doug and Telisha Williams – decided to get back to their musical and geographic roots.

“I had spent a lot time playing on my grandfather’s farm and it’s just a beautiful place to spend some time,” Doug said in a recent phone interview. “We wanted to play with people who played with my grandfather and then get some people from Nashville to play as well. It just felt like something we needed to do.”

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Phuzz Sounds, SECCA team up to host Pine State Holiday music festival on Saturday, Oct. 14

The good folks who put on the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, local music festival Phuzz Phest have teamed up with SECCA to host Pine State Holiday: a day of music and relaxation on the picturesque grounds of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).  Continue reading


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YEP Roc Records celebrates 20th anniversary with free show featuring Mandolin Orange, Jim Lauderdale, The Stray Birds on Saturday, Oct. 21, in Hillsborough

It’s not too late to join Yep Roc Records as it celebrates its 20th anniversary as a label with a three-day festival, Yep Roc 20.  Continue reading


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Second annual Jam In The Trees raises $2,500 for forest protection; announces third annual festival for Aug. 24-25, 2018

From the good folks at The Press House and Jam in the Trees:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The second annual Jam In The Trees, held Friday, Aug. 25-26, 2017, donated $2,500 to the non-profit Wild Forests and Fauna. The two-day Americana music festival took place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and featured 14 bands on both an outdoor and indoor stage. This is the second year that Jam In The Trees has donated a portion of proceeds to Wild Forests and Fauna (WildFF), who work with local communities in different forests around the world, striving to protect nature for future generations. The festival was also nominated this year for IBMA’s prestigious Momentum AwardJam In The Trees will return to Pisgah Brewing Company for its third year, on Aug. 24 and 25, 2018.

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