8th ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST TO TAKE CENTER STAGE
ON AUGUST 17 AT
(July 1, 2013) – Wintergreen Resort, atop
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, will be the scene of the 8th Annual
Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest, Saturday, August 17, at the Dunlop Pavilion
(formerly the John D. Evans Center). The Virginia Piedmont region, while
well known for its beauty, its history, its crystal streams and hardwood
forests, is also famed for a rich, musical tradition spawning old time,
bluegrass and Americana music. Drawing on a Scots-Irish heritage, the
Blue Ridge settlers added voices from Africa and sang of America in a unique
medley of fiddle, banjo, bass and guitar.
experience this uniquely American sound when Wintergreen Performing Arts
presents the voices of the Blue Ridge, this year featuring the return of Robin and Linda Williams and Their
Fine Group and the Grammy-nominated marquee bluegrass group Blue Highway.
than three decades,
Robin & Linda
Williams (performances at 2 and 5 p.m.) have played the music
they love, "a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic
country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging
melodicism." Some call it "Americana," but these two
revered music masters were living and breathing this elixir 20 years before
that label was turned into a radio format. Gifted songwriters, Robin and Linda
have earned the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers.
According to The
Washington Post, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few
details with moving completeness.” The list of artists who have recorded
their original songs include country music greats Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall,
George Hamilton IV, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea
and The Seldom Scene.
at 1 and 4 p.m.) is one of the most esteemed and influential groups in
contemporary bluegrass. The band's nine exceptional albums and compelling live
performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and
numerous awards earned since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with
the same musicians that now comprise Blue Highway. With a deep bench of
virtuosic songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists, Blue Highway's hallmark
is an unwavering commitment to the ensemble, the “democracy of the band” that
makes Blue Highway a powerhouse.
Also on the
afternoon docket are the Honey
Dewdrops(performances at noon and 3 p.m.), the Virginia-based
roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, who blend new Americana and
traditional folk music to create inspired songs rooted in the experiences and
lives of real people.
Appalachian string band music of Kim
and Jimbo Cary and Pete and Ellen Vigour, a gathering of
friends dedicated to performing and teaching traditional music of Virginia will
conclude the day with a 6 p.m. performance. Pete and Ellen have
appeared with Uncle Henry’s Favorites on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. The Carys have
played the Kennedy Center and together with Pete Vigour, the White House.
The group will lead jam sessions throughout the day.
Resort proudly hosts this annual event and provides guests with a variety of
dining and lodging options that include 300 villa-style condominiums and rental
homes, from studio suites to seven-bedroom homes, each offering a fully
equipped kitchen and a comfortable living area, most with fireplaces and a
balcony or deck.
additional information about the Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest and tickets,
or call (434) 325-8292.
Wintergreen Resort lodging and dining opportunities, please call
855-491-1486. For general Wintergreen Resort information, visit www.wintergreenresort.com.
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Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four-season resort
located in the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville, Va. This
beautiful hideaway the ultimate vacation and conference spot, nearly 300
condominium-style accommodations; 45 holes of championship golf; snow skiing,
snowboarding and snow tubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service,
destination spa; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and savory
dining options. The resort is located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in
beautiful central Virginia near Charlottesville, just 90 minutes from Richmond,
Va., three hours from Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N.C., five and a half hours
from Philadelphia, and eight hours from Atlanta. For more information, guests
can call (434) 325-2200 or visit the resort’s web site at www.wintergreenresort.com.
Performing Arts, Inc: Wintergreen Performing Arts, Inc. (WPA), under the leadership of
Artistic and Executive Director Larry Alan Smith, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit
organization that produces a high-quality summer music festival, as well as
other performing arts programming throughout the year. The presentation
of symphonic and chamber music is at the core of its mission, but by attracting
first-rate artists to serve as performers and educators, it diversifies its
musical programming as well as offers educational opportunities in the
literary, culinary, creative and performing arts to the communities of Central
Virginia. Education is a major part of the organization’s mission
reflected both in the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy and in the variety of
cultural programs it presents. It strives to enrich the lives of a broad
audience of individuals, who participate as residents or visitors, in the
unique Wintergreen experience. For more information, call (434) 325-8292
or visit WPA’s web site at www.wintergreenperformingarts.org.