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8th ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST TO TAKE CENTER STAGE
ON AUGUST 17 AT WINTERGREEN RESORT
 

 

WINTERGREEN, Va. (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.  

Guests will 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.   

For more 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.  

Blue Highway(performances 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.  

 The 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.  

Wintergreen 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.  

For additional information about the Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest and tickets, visit www.wintergreenperformingarts.org or call (434) 325-8292.  

For Wintergreen Resort lodging and dining opportunities, please call 855-491-1486.  For general Wintergreen Resort information, visit www.wintergreenresort.com. 

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 About 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. 

About Wintergreen 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.