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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

2018 Hours of Operation:
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday- Monday, May 4-21, and daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 24.

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

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Other Concerts

A celebration of Irish/Gaelic Music in honor of St. Patrick's Day weekend

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts- Galax, VA
Thursday, March 15th
-More info-


Billy Strings and
None of the Above
Free Concert

Triad, Park
Kernersville, NC
Sunday, May 13th
-More info-


Presented by the
Blue Ridge Music Center
in partnership with
Triad Accoustic Stage
Arts Greensboro

Merlefest on the Road:
Concert & Festival Preview

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 8 pm

General Seating $23.04 (including ticket fees & NC Sales Tax)
Reserved Seating $34.07 (including ticket fees & NC Sales Tax)
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Day of show GA: $25, Reserved: $35

The Van Dyke Performance Space in downtown Greensboro
Greensboro Cultural Center
200 N. Davie St, Greensboro, NC 27401

MerleFest on the Road is an ensemble show with a rotating cast of past and present MerleFest artists selected to represent the festival's mission of celebrating "traditional plus music." The show tours the South in late winter every year to highlight the artists and to promote the popular Americana music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson.

The Way Down Wanderers

John Cowan

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show.

"The Way Down Wanderers is a 5-piece modern-folk Americana freight train of strings, spoons, and soul." —Kevin Alan Lamb, Sound & Silence


The Barefoot Movement

John Cowan

Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and enjoy the heartfelt, energetic, and down home sounds of Barefoot Movement. With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, big things are expected of this young bluegrass quartet. They received a 2014 Momentum Award, naming them up-and-coming bluegrass "Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Heartfelt, energetic, and down home.

"The Barefoot Movement is a group that embodies all the things that I love about what is referred to as "traditional" music...They are both great players, singers AND arrangers of ORIGINAL songs...." —Adam Steffey (of the Boxcars)


Andy May

John Cowan
Veteran singer/songwriter and champion guitarist Andy May has been described as "a troubadour of life" (Walnut Valley Festival). May infuses his songwriting and shows with his trademark creativity, humor, and consummate musicianship. His music embraces styles from blues to Bluegrass, classic country to contemporary folk, rock-a-billy to roots. May also started and runs the IBMA award-winning record label and production company, Swift River Music.

"You can feel the salt of life in his songs. Really, few active songwriters can grab a listener with small-town stories and sharply cut images like Andy May" JamSphere.com