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Music and Concerts on Your Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Appalachian folk music has long been a way of life in this area, and thrives as much today as it did in our distant past. The area's traditional music includes jug bands, honky tonk, and bluegrass - the roots for modern country music today. Historians believe the genre developed from the melding of traditional Scottish, English, and Irish music first introduced by immigrants settling the area.

Blue Ridge Music Center

Blue Ridge Music Center The Blue Ridge Music Center, located at milepost 213, celebrates music indigenous to Virginia and North Carolina by featuring various artists everyday of the week. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1985, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight this important strand of American musical culture. By featuring local artists, the center's staff can best show the longstanding traditions of this genre.

For a complete listing of upcoming music events and concerts along the Parkway, please visit our News and Events Calendar

The Blue Ridge Music Center web site also offers more information.

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