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 25 the Music Center will be open Thursday through Monday. 10 am - 5 pm.

From May 26 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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Other Spring Concerts:

Thursday, April 6th
The Gibson Brothers
& Changing Lanes
Rex Theater Galax, VA
-More info-

Sunday, May 7th
Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Trio
& Kelly and the Cowboys
Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC
-More info-

Saturday, May 20th
Crossroads #18
David Holt & Amythyst Kiah Winston-Salem, NC
-More info-

Presented in paternership with
Prism Coffeehouse
The Front Porch

A Tribute to Joe Wilson:
Reading and Concert

Thursday, March 23rd @ 7 pm- Free

C'Ville Coffee
1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA Map➚
A program of the Virginia Festival of the Book

Jim Lauderdale

A program of the
Virginia Festival of Books

Fred Bartenstein, editor of Lucky Joe’s Namesake and Roots Music in America, shares the writing of National Heritage Fellow Joe Wilson, an instrumental figure in the world of traditional music. Musicians Phil Wiggins, Sammy Shelor, Frank Newsome, and Linda and David Lay will perform in honor of Wilson’s life and legacy.

Fred Bartenstein, editor of Lucky Joe’s Namesake: The Extraordinary Life and Observations of Joe Wilson, is a native of Virginia and graduate of Harvard College. He has performed many roles in bluegrass and country music, including magazine editor, broadcaster, musician, festival emcee, and scholar.

Virginia state folklorist Jon Lohman describes Joe Wilson’s impact on artists and the music world:

“It would not be an overstatement to say that Joe Wilson was one of the most productive and influential cultural figures of his generation. His tireless work on behalf of artists and the community-based folk traditions that they mastered transformed not only the lives of these artists but of countless communities and audiences he exposed to them. His work touched the lives of so many, and will resonate for years to come.

“Joe was one of the best friends that traditional music has ever known—he headed and transformed the National Council for the Traditional Arts for twenty-eight years, produced countless music festivals, recordings, and publications, and was instrumental in the creation of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and other critically important cultural institutions and legislation. He prowled the halls of Capitol Hill in support of the traditional arts, and rubbed elbows with many people of influence and power, yet his greatest love and devotion was to the regular folks across the country and the world.

“He was the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center and Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, the Crooked Road. He was instrumental in the careers of countless Virginia artists, including Wayne Henderson, John Cephas, John Jackson, Eddie Bond, and those performing at this event.”