WHAT IS THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING?
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road marquee concerts in over 20 communities and many dozens of cultural events throughout the region.
WHEN WILL IT BE HELD?
The fourth annual Mountains of Music Homecoming will be held Friday, June 8 through Saturday, June 16, 2018. Annually, it always takes place during the nine days ending on the third Saturday in June.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CROOKED ROAD CONCERTS BE HELD?
Each night, visitors and residents will have from two to three Crooked Road marquee music concerts in different communities to choose from. By the end of the nine days, Crooked Road concerts will be presented in 24 different communities in outdoor and indoor venues like downtown theatres, state parks, colleges, and arts centers.
WHAT ARTISTS WILL PERFORM?
The Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia is home to one of the richest traditional music traditions in the world. The Crooked Road concerts during the Homecoming include the finest traditional artists the region has to offer including recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship Award, the highest recognition America bestows on its traditional artists. The concerts include national and international touring artists that exemplify and compliment the rich bluegrass, old time, gospel, traditional singing, traditional dance, and other music forms that The Crooked Road celebrates.
Artists performing for the 2018 Homecoming include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Highland Travelers, Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Wry Straw with John McCutcheon, Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive, Wayne Henderson, Lonesome River Band, and many more.
Each year, the Mountains of Music Homecoming presents at least one concert that features exemplary artists from another unique musical heritage such as Cape Breton, Scotland or Ireland.In 2018, the Homecoming will feature the Mississippi blues tradition, with delta bluesman Jimmy Duck Holmes of Bentonia, MS, who preserves the Bentonia style of acoustic blues. Jimmy Duck will perform twice in concerts with blues harmonica wizard Phil Wiggins.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE FULL ARTIST SCHEDULE?
The artist lineup for 2018 will be posted in 2018 online at http://mtnsofmusic.com/schedule-2018. This schedule will include all Homecoming concerts and cultural events. To see only The Crooked Road concerts, click on search by Type and click on “Crooked Road Concerts.”
WHAT ARE THE FEASTIVALEVENTS?
The Feastival series pairs master chefs with master musicians and includes three mouth-watering farm-to-table dinner events fusing Appalachian cuisine, captivating stories of the region’s rich history, and after-dinner concerts. The 2018 Festivals will be presented at some of the region’s most beloved venues, including Wytheville’s Bolling Wilson Hotel, the Draper Mercantile, and Breaks Interstate Park. The after-dinner concerts will feature master a cappella gospel singers the Glorylanders of New River Valley, the traditional yet modern sounds of the Mike Mitchell Trio, and the captivating fiddling and songs of Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CULTURAL EVENTS BE HELD?
Communities through Southwest Virginia present over 100 cultural events for visitors to enjoy such as community meals, guided hikes, museum galley exhibits, artisan demonstrations, jam sessions and many more. The cultural events allow attendees to connect with the communities in the region in an unforgettable way. Cultural events will be offered at various times every day of the Mountains of Music Homecoming. The cultural events will be posted online at http://mtnsofmusic.com/schedule-2018.
ARE THE CULTURAL EVENTS FREE OR DO THEY CHARGE ADMISSION?
Some cultural events have an admission fee or charge, but many are free of charge.
DO I NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS TO ATTEND THE CULTURAL EVENTS?
Check the event on our website for any information in that regard. Contact information is provided for each event so you can call to get more information.
WILL THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING HAVE A PRINTED PROGRAM?
Yes, and an electronic version of the 2018 printed program is available on the homepage . The printed program will also be available at all Virginia Welcome Centers, at Southwest Virginia public libraries, and at Southwest Virginia branches of Union Bank & Trust, Bank of Marion, and New Peoples Bank. They will also be available for pickup at The Crooked Road concerts during the Mountains of Music Homecoming.
HOW AND WHEN CAN I GET TICKETS TO THE CROOKED ROAD CONCERTS?
Tickets for the Crooked Road concerts will be available in 2018 on the event website at www.mtnsofmusic.com. There will also be local ticket outlets throughout the region. A list of local ticket outlets will be posted on the website.
HOW CAN I GET UPDATES ON THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING AS PLANS DEVELOP?
You can enter your email address on the Mountains of Music Homecoming website home page to automatically receive periodic updates. www.mtnsofmusic.com
HOW CAN I GET A TASTE OF CROOKED ROAD MUSIC NOW?
Thanks for asking! The Live Concert Recordings from the 2015 and 2016 Mountains of Music Homecoming are available at www.cdbaby.com “A Century of Heritage Guitar Music,” a double disc collection of 52 of the greatest guitarists along The Crooked Road is also available there. You can listen to snippets there or purchase those recordings.
WHAT IS THE CROOKED ROAD?
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is a 330 mile driving trail through the mountains of Southwest Virginia that connects nine Major Venues and over 60 Affiliated Venues and Festivals enabling people to enjoy heritage music every day of the year. The Crooked Road is also a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2004 whose mission is to support economic development in Southwest Virginia by promoting this region’s rich heritage of traditional music. www.thecrookedroad.org