2017 Season Sponsors
Visit Winston-Salem
Yadkin Arts Council

The Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Rd
Galax, VA 24333
Milepost 213 on
The Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Center Info Call:
(276) 236-5309
Concert Info Call:
(866) 308-2773 x 213
To Purchase Concert Tickets
by phone (866)308-2773 x 245

2017 Hours of Operation:
From May 6 through May 24 the Music Center will be open Thursday through Monday. 10 am - 5 pm.

From May 25 through October 29 the Music Center will be open daily from 10am - 5pm.

The Roots of American Music Museum Exhibit and Mid-Day Mountain Music are FREE and open to the public.

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Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks
& Jim Lloyd

Saturday, June 24 @ 7 PM


Songsters, String Bands, and Swing Bands

Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks

Phil Wiggins

The formation of the Phil Wiggins & The Chesapeake Sheiks was inspired by hearing and playing with great songsters like Nat Reese, Howard Armstrong, The Mississippi Sheiks, The Big Three Trio and others. The Chesapeake Sheiks play Blues from the Piedmont and Delta as well as the music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Louis Jordan, Slim and Slam, and others.

DC native, champion of the Piedmont blues style, and acoustic harp player Phil Wiggins has spent much of his career playing with guitarist John Cephas.  With Cephas’ death, Wiggins has begun to stretch out the groupings and style of his performances, including playing with Corey Harris, Nat Reese, and (in Reese’s honor for reminding Wiggins how great the black string and swing bands of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s were), this current aggregation - The Chesapeake Sheiks.  [The Shieks]… swinging their way through such great songs as 'Struttin’ With Some Barbecue', 'Lulu’s Back In Town', and one that could be the group’s theme, 'Don’t Let That Music Die'. - Dave Rogers, WTJU 91.1 Charlottesville

The Chesapeake Sheiks are:
Phil Wiggins (harmonica) Steve Wolf (acoustic bass), Ian Walters (piano), Matt Kelly (acoustic guitar), Marcus Moore (violin) plus special guest Baakari Wilder, tap dancer extraordinaire


Jim Lloyd

Bill & the Belles

Raised in the coalfields of western Virginia, Jim Lloyd now makes his home in Rural Retreat, Va., where he operates Lloyd’s Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. His musical roots extend back through at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers, and singers from the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Jim is known especially for his skills on guitar and banjo. Through the influences of his extended family and fortunate upbringing in the Heart of Traditional Mountain Music, Jim has “old bones” with a knowledge and appreciation for the “old ways” well beyond his years.