Voice of The Blue Ridge-The Earle Theatre
VOICE OF THE BLUE RIDGE
featuring musical hosts Travis Frye and Blue Mountain
Bluegrass and Old-Time Music take center stage at the EARLE Theatre on the 3rd Saturday of every month as the Surry Arts Council presents "The Voice of the Blue Ridge." Local and regional bands present our local music heritage. Group tours are welcome.
$7 Admission or 2010-11 Season Pass
(12 and under are free)
Travis Frye and Blue Mountain
Featured Bands of the 2011-12 Season:
|January 21, 2012
||Michael Reno Harrell|
|February 18, 2012
||Hubert Lawson and Bluegrass Country Boys|
|March 17, 2012
||Morris Family Band (Celtic)|
|April 21, 2012
||Mac Snow and the Round Peak Ramblers|
|May 19, 2012
||Slate Mountain Ramblers|
|June 16, 2012
||None of the Above|
|July 21, 2012
||Farmington Bluegrass Band|
|August 18, 2012
||Paula Dellenback and Fox River|
|September 15, 2012
||Buck Mountain Band|
|October 20, 2012
||Zephyr Lightning Bolts|
Tickets sold at the EARLE Cinema Box Office on the evening of the show. Group orders or Bus Tours can make arrangements by calling SAC at 336.786.7998 during regular business hours.
142 Main Street
Mount Airy, NC
Come to Mount Airy every third weekend for a family getaway with great music and more! Each third weekend of each month you are invited to spend the weekend and enjoy some fun for the whole family and end the evening with the Voice of the Blue Ridge.
Free with ticket to the concert
Come early and learn more about this traditional dance and then enjoy dancing to the music
A Tribute to Ralph Epperson
WPAQ 740 AM
On Groundhog Day, 1948, the people of Mount Airy tuned their radios to 740 on the AM dial and heard the first radio station they could call their own. WPAQ was the brainchild of Ralph Epperson, an Ararat, Virginia native who had been fascinated by radio since his early teens. In his application to the Federal Communications Commission, Ralph pledged to reflect the cultural and musical values of the people in his station?s listening area. He promised he would provide a showcase for local talent at his station. That promise has never been broken. The weekly Merry-Go-Round, the third longest running live radio broadcast in the nation, was created as a spotlight to promote area musicians. Many of those have become traditional music icons?Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and Mac Wiseman to name a few.
Today the Merry-Go-Round continues to host the stars of tomorrow drawn from right here in the Blue Ridge. The Merry-Go-Round returned to its roots in Downtown, Mount Airy in 1998 on its 50th Anniversary. It is broadcast from the Earle Theatre (142 Main Street) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Saturday. Join them for the live broadcast and experience the Merry-Go-Round in person ($5 admission at the door or $20 Annual Pass) or tune your Radio to WPAQ AM 740 or online at www.wpaq740.com.
What's the difference between Old Time and Bluegrass Music?
- Fiddle Leads
- Dancing Beat
- Happy, Upbeat
- Open back banjo
- Banjo style is clawhammer
- Old Time is mainly upbeat instrumental dance music where the fiddle is the boss
- Tommy Jarrell
- No lead instrument; instruments play solo ?breaks? between verses
- Vocal style
- ?Celebration of Pain?
- Banjo with resonator
- Banjo played with finger picks in a three-finger style developed by Earl Scruggs
- Bluegrass is a vocal style where the instruments freely improvise and the singer takes the lead
- Bill Monroe