Archive for June, 2013

Brenda’s Kountry Kitchen

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13 Bones

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Blackmon Amphitheatre

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The Blackmon Amphitheatre is a state-of-the-art outdoor theater located in downtown Mount Airy that features a summer-long music series, events and outdoor dramas. Hot dogs and Yadkin Valley wines are sold at select events.

WPAQ’s Saturday Morning Merry-Go-Round

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Known as the nation’s second longest-running live radio show (The Grand Ole Opry is the oldest), WPAQ 740 AM produces a two-hour live concert in the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. Beginning in 1948 by Ralph Epperson, the live broadcast has hosted music giants such as Tommy Jarrell, Benton Flippen, the Carter family, and more. Concessions are available and admission is $5.

Voice of the Blue Ridge at the Earle Theatre

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This Saturday night tradition is held every third Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. The Voice of the Blue Ridge is a celebration of the twangy sound of bluegrass, old-time and gospel music that is rich in Surry County. The concert is a live broadcast featuring local and regional bands. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Tommy Jarrell Festival

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This music festival commemorates Tommy Jarrell, one of the most influential old-time musicians. Jarrell was born in Surry County in 1901 and was known for his Round Peak style of picking. The Round Peak region of Surry County is well-known for its rich history of old-time music. Dances, music, concerts, and workshops are held during the last weekend of February each year – just before Tommy’s March 1st birthday.

Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Earle Theatre

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Self-guided audio tours of the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall are available where artifacts and portraits of Surry County’s old-time music icons reside. Additionally, the theater movie screen continuously plays the UNC-TV Folkways documentary. The old-time exhibits are open daily, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

Old-time Dance at the Earle Theatre

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Put on your dancing shoes for a night of old-time dance tunes by The Slate Mountain Ramblers. Held the first Saturday of the month, beginners and experienced flat footers fill the dance floor while musicians feel the air with popular bluegrass, country and old-time music tunes. Concessions are available before and during the event. The old-time dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5.

Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention

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Held the first full weekend in June each year, the Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention is attended by thousands of bluegrass and old-time fans. The two-day event includes camping, food, and all-night jamming at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Mount Airy. Free workshops and demonstrations are held each year to enable guests to interact with local traditional music and dance masters.

Jams at the Earle Theatre

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If you are a fan of live bluegrass and old-time music, plan on visiting the bluegrass and old-time jams hosted at the Earle every Thursday and Saturday by the Surry Arts Council. Local bands and individual bands play throughout the Earle Theatre. The Saturday jam session occurs from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., just before the live radio broadcast of WPAQ’s Merry-Go-Round. Admission is $5 on Saturdays.