WHAT IS THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING?
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of all the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road marquee concerts in approximately 20 communities and many dozens of cultural events throughout the region.
WHEN WILL IT BE HELD?
The fifth annual Mountains of Music Homecoming will be held Friday, June 7 through Saturday, June 15, 2019. 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 20 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 2019 Homecoming include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver with special guests Jamie Dailey, Russell Moore, and Jim Van Cleve; a reunion concert by alumni of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys (Butch Robins, Billy Baker, Doug Hutchens, Tom Ewing, and Mike Compton); IBMA Entertainers of the Year Balsam Range; “Remembering Doc” a concert celebrating the legacy of Doc Watson; and a concert by youth phenoms Carson Peters and Presley Barker and their band.
Each year, the Mountains of Music Homecoming presents at least one concert that features exemplary artists from another unique musical heritage with past artists including Cape Breton band Còig, Irish music masters John Doyle and Rose Conway Flanagan, Scottish artists Alasdair Fraser and Archie Fisher, and Mississippi Delta bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. The visiting artist for 2019 will be announced in February 2019.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE FULL ARTIST SCHEDULE?
The artist lineup for 2019 will be posted here. This schedule includes all Homecoming concerts and cultural events. To see only The Crooked Road concerts, click on “Search by Type” and click on “Crooked Road Concerts.” The 2019 lineup will be posted in February.
WHAT ARE THE FEASTIVALEVENTS?
The Feastival series pairs celebrated chefs with master musicians in historic communities 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 2019 Feastivals will be announced in February 2019.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CULTURAL EVENTS BE HELD?
Communities through Southwest Virginia will present over 50 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.
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. An electronic version of the printed program guide from the last Homecoming is currently available on the website homepage and the 2019 guide will be available by March of 2019. The printed program will also be available at all Virginia Welcome Centers; at Southwest Virginia public libraries; at Southwest Virginia branches of Union Bank & Trust, Bank of Marion, and New Peoples Bank; and numerous businesses and visitor centers throughout the region. 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 on the event website. There are also local ticket outlets throughout the region. A list of local ticket outlets will be available here .
HOW CAN I GET UPDATES ON THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING AS PLANS DEVELOP?
You can sign up for the MoMH eNewsletter at http://mtnsofmusic.com/newsletter/ and you will automatically receive periodic updates on MoMH happenings.
HOW CAN I GET A TASTE OF CROOKED ROAD MUSIC NOW?
Thanks for asking! The Live Concert Recordings from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 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. The Live Concert Recordings from the 2018 Homecoming will be available at the Homecoming and on www.cdbaby.com before the Homecoming.
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 50 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