The stage is set for the Crooked Road’s fifth annual Mountains of Music Homecoming scheduled to kick off Friday.
The nine-day celebration highlights Southwest Virginia’s culture, history, arts and crafts, cuisine, outdoor activities and, of course, music. With the theme “Let the Music Move You,” many of the scheduled events explore the deep-rooted connections between traditional dance and music.
“The goal of the Homecoming is to provide attendees with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the fascinating history and culture of Southwest Virginia,” said Crooked Road Executive Director Jack Hinshelwood.
Cedar Bluff is among 40 communities across the region to join in on the celebrations.
On Monday, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a reunion concert at the King Center at Southwest Virginia Community College. The concert will feature Lawson’s current lineup, as well as several former band members including, Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent, banjo master Terry Baucom of Dukes of Drive, and fiddler Jim Van Cleve of Mountain Heart.
The artists will share stories about the impact Lawson has had on bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music, and the experience of being part of one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands in history.
Each day of the Homecoming celebration will also bring a display of handmade quilts crafted by community and local quilting guild members at the Appalachian Art Center. All quilts are made to reflect a “Log Cabin Theme.”
Other Homecoming concerts throughout the region include those by Sons of Bluegrass, the All Star Stanley Brothers band led by Ralph Stanley II, the Whitetop Mountain Band, Little Stony Nighthawks, Wolfe Brothers, Stone Mountain Serenaders and the Empty Bottle String Band among others.
Music festivals include HoustonFest in Galax, the Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention in Newport, the Wayne Henderson Music Festival at Grayson Highlands State Park, the Damascus Old Mill Music Fest and the Crooked Road Music Festival.
Three culinary-based Feastivals are on tap for those who want a taste of Southwest Virginia cuisine. Centered in Big Stone Gap, Marion and Christiansburg, the Feastivals combine great chefs, local food and master musicians for a unique Southwest Virginia dinner experience.
Other events include flatfooting and other dance workshops, instrument making demos, bird hikes, bike rides and more.
For a full event schedule and ticket pricing visit the Mountains of Music Homecoming website at www.mtnsofmusic.com.