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 212

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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Free Lunch Time Concerts
Thursdays in September

Sept. 7 - Big Ron Hunter
Sept. 14 - Molly McGinn & Dave Willis
Sept. 21 - Richard Boyd
Sept. 28 - Swingset

More Info

Presented in partnership with
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Bailey, Blues and Bluegrass
Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass, Aaron Burdett Band, and Dori Freeman

Friday, September 29th @ 6pm

Free Concerts!

Bailey Park downtown Winston-Salem

bailey blues and bluegrass

Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass

Big Ron Hunter

A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, she studied old time music and music performance, and it proved to be a pivotal moment in her life as she transformed from a long-time closet musician into a well-rounded, captivating performer.

Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).

Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival​. ​

Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.


Aaron Burdett Band

Aaron Burdette Band

Aaron Burdett is listed as one of the 10 most important musicians of western North Carolina by WNC Magazine. He has also received critical acclaim as a songwriter, winning Our StateMagazine’s Carolina Songs competition in 2012 with “Going Home to Carolina.” Aaron’s song “Magpie” won third place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2013. Over the years Aaron has been a finalist in numerous other songwriting competitions, including The Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest, The NC Songwriter’s Cooperative Songwriting Contest, and the Hank Williams Songwriting Contest.

Writing and creating songs is rooted somewhere deep in his psyche. His lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once. His musical style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock.


Dori Freeman

Richard Boyd

Dori Freeman is a singer and songwriter from Galax, Virginia. Her music blurs the finer line of Americana and shines new light on the legacy of traditional music. She brings a modern and honest perspective - both lyrically and vocally - to the genre. Her sophmore album - the follow up to her critically acclaimed eponymous debut that made many 2016 Americana and Country Top 10 lists - will be released in October 2017.