September 8, 2012
On September 8th, the Blue Ridge Music Center will host a special concert featuring the Giles County Stringband, Jake Krack’s Whoop n’ Hollar Stringband along with a square-dance, led by 83-year-old dancer/caller, Lou Maiuri, from West Virginia. There will also be a performance-talk commemorating the legacy of music from the Reed Family from Virginia and a square-dance workshop. Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the Blue Ridge Music Center’s second last concert of the season.
The Giles Mountain Stringband is from Rich Creek, Virginia and they formed in 1999. The group consists of Chris Via on banjo, Angie Via on bass, Dean Reed, youngest son of revered fiddler, Henry Reed, on guitar and Bill Blevins on fiddle. The group will be performing many tunes from the repertoire of Henry Reed and talking about music in the Reed family home at their 5pm, pre-concert performance talk in the BRMC small theater (free).
Since seating is limited, call (276) 236-5309 to reserve a seat for this free presentation. The Giles Mountain Stringband will also play music for the square-dance/concert at 7pm. Caller, Lou Maiuri, will give a beginner square-dance lesson at 6:30pm for those who’d like to try square-dancing for the first time. This workshop and dance is suitable for all ages. Come one, come all.
Fiddler, Jake Krack was born in Indiana but raised in West Virginia where his family moved to surround their son with the rich, traditional music alive there. Jake learned from many fine fiddlers including Brad Leftwich, Bobby Taylor, Melvin Wine and Lester McCumbers. Other strong influences were legendary fiddlers, Clark Kessinger and Mike Humphreys. All of this study and immersion turned out a fine, powerful musician with smooth phrasing and flawless rhythm who is tough competition at contests.
Jake has won first place at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax six times, Mt Airy 4 times, and Clifftop once. He has won numerous times in the Old-Time Band categories at festivals throughout the region and received the prestigious Best All Around Performer award at Galax five times. Flatfoot dancers will be thrilled to dance to Jake Krack and the Whoop n’ Hollar Stringband!
The Last Chance to Dance! Concert starts at 7pm on Saturday, Sept 8th. Concert seating opens at 5:30pm. Admission $10/$8 students & seniors. Children 12 and under are free. As always, there will be free Mid Day Mountain Music in the BRMC breezeway from 12-4pm and the free Roots of American Music museum will be open 9am-8pm on this concert night. Bring lawn chairs and the whole family. Picnics welcome. Smokehouse BBQ available. No pets or alcohol.
For info call (276) 236-5309 x112. Tickets are available at the Galax Visitor Center, Barr’s Fiddle Shop, online at www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org and at the gate. The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The summer-evening concert series occurs every weekend through mid-September in the outdoor amphitheater at the foot of beautiful Fisher Peak.
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