International performing artist and guitar legend, Tony Rice and his four piece band of stellar musicians, (Wyatt Rice, Rickie Simpkins, Josh Williams and Bryn Davies) will put on a hot concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center Sunday evening, Aug. 8 at 7pm. Rice is the guitar player that countless bluegrass pickers have modeled their playing after. This concert will feature the real deal on stage and is guaranteed to be quite an event! Born in Danville, VA but raised on the westcoast Rice was introduced to bluegrass music at a young age by his father, an accomplished and active bluegrass musician himself. Rice entered the bluegrass arena in the late ‘60s with Bluegrass Alliance, a band that coined the term “newgrass.”
Following in the steps of Clarence White, Rice’s role as guitar picker blazed a trail that was much more than keeping time. He became a maverick of the flat-picked acoustic guitar. Today, Rice spans the range of acoustic music from straight-ahead bluegrass to jazz-influenced tunes and songwriter-oriented folk.
Opening up for Rice will be Rich in Tradition – one of the best bluegrass bands playing in the Blue Ridge today. They hail from the Virginia/North Carolina line and have been playing together since 2006. They are exceptional singers and pickers. Numerous years they have either won or placed in the top five spots for “Best Bluegrass Band” at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia. Come on out and see why they have garnered so many prize ribbons. Rich in Tradition plays good, old, traditional bluegrass, gospel and original material as well.
The concert starts at 7 pm Sunday with seating beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $20. BRMC Concert Club members get a $2 discount per ticket. This is an all ages event. Children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets and info are available online at www.blueridgemusiccenter.org or by calling the Blue Ridge Music Center at (276) 236-5309. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. No pets in the amphitheater or alcohol please. Picnic food is permitted. Concessions are available. Lawnchairs and blankets recommended.
The Blue Ridge Music Center has evening concerts every weekend through mid-September in the outdoor amphitheater at the foot of beautiful Fisher Peak (only 10 miles from Galax).
Aug 14, 2010–No Concert (Enjoy the 75th Annual Galax Fiddlers Convention)
Aug 21, 2010–Piano Concert: Daryl Davis, Gary Patton & guests $15
Aug 28, 2010–Paul Williams & The Victory Trio / Carl Jones & Beverly Smith $15
Sept 4, 2010–Family Traditions Concert: Dale Jett & Hello Stranger/ The Sheets Family Band $10
September 10,11,12–Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Free performances and activities at BRMC all weekend long including concerts featuring: Sierra Hull Band, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth, The Churchmen, The Round Peak Boys, Phil Jamison and Buck Mountain Band. Call (276) 236-5309 x112 for info.
Mid-day Mountain Music: Pack your lunch and grab a lawn chair – we have free informal music presentations every day in our covered breezeway, starting around 12 noon.
Something for the kids: Pick up Junior Ranger booklets at the Visitor Center desk. Activities are self-guided and kids can earn free badges, patches and pins by completing the worksheets.
The Blue Ridge Music Center is operated jointly by the National Park Service and the non-profit National Council for the Traditional Arts. It is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our hours of operation are 9-5 daily through October, later on concert nights.