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Roots of American Music Exhibition Kicks Off with Concert in Galax


Travis Frye & Blue Mountain

After more than 20 years of planning, a new permanent interactive exhibition will open with a free, 3-day celebration on Memorial Day weekend in Galax.  A public ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 27th will be followed by two days of free concerts, jam sessions and other festivities.

Planned by historians and Appalachian music specialists, The Roots of American Music exhibition celebrates the living musical heritage of the Blue Ridge region and tells how in the early days of our nation, the mixing of European and African musical ideas in the Valley of Virginia and Appalachia created new sounds that profoundly influenced the development of American popular music.

This exhibition is dedicated to the musicians of the Blue Ridge, both present and past. It honors their joyful keeping of a portion of America’s musical tradition.

Schedule of Opening Weekend Events:

May 27th:  (FRI) Grand opening, ribbon cutting & dedication of the exhibition,

The Roots of American Music 1-4 p.m. Free.

*May 28th Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass/The Stonemans. 7 p.m. (mainstage) Free

Bluegrass in the Family:  Dan Paisley & Southern Grass. Talk. 5 p.m. (theater)

Country Music Beginnings: The Stonemans. 3pm (theater) Free

(Small theater events have limited seating. Call to reserve.)

*May 29th (SUN) Travis Frye & Blue Mountain 1 p.m. (mainstage) Free

Blue Ridge Hits the Big Time: Kilby Spencer & The Crooked Road Ramblers. Talk.     2 p.m. (theater) Free (Call to reserve)

Roots of American Music Road Show. 3 p.m. Free (mainstage) Free

*Concerts made possible with the support of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

For more information and a complete event listing please visit  Email: [email protected]  Phone: (276) 236-5309


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