Valdese, NC – Bluegrass at the Rock prepares to welcome a familiar, yet highly requested group to the Old Rock School stage. Appalachian Roadshow will perform Saturday, December 2nd for the third performance of the 2023-2024 Bluegrass at the Rock lineup. This season runs from October through February 2024 and features an impressive lineup of popular Bluegrass groups. Tickets may be purchased at the presale online at concertsattherock.com or by calling the Valdese Tourism office at 828-874-6774. Tickets will also be available the night of the show for $30. The doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the show will begin at 7:30 P.M.
“Appalachian Road Show is a visionary acoustic ensemble, bringing new-generation interpretations of traditional Americana, bluegrass and folk songs, as well as offering innovative original music, all presented with a common thread tied directly to the heart of the Appalachian regions of the United States. GRAMMY-nominated banjoist Barry Abernathy, joins forces with GRAMMY-winning fiddler Jim VanCleve, fresh off of his recent stint touring with multi-platinum country artist Josh Turner, as well as esteemed vocalist and mandolinist Darrell Webb, who has recorded and toured with Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent, among many others. The group also includes 26-year-old “old soul” guitarist Zeb Snyder, whose fierce and versatile playing recalls Doc Watson and Norman Blake as readily as it does Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughn. With a full schedule of tour dates lined up and new music already in the works, Appalachian Road Show has big plans for the future. Abernathy, VanCleve, and Webb intend for Appalachian Road Show to become much more than just a concert, but to eventually grow into a full-on production and immersive experience, offering interpretations of culturally appropriate tunes, telling the stories behind the songs, offering visuals which support the emotional content of the songs, as well as offering new original songs which are born out of the emotion and spirit of traditional Appalachian music. For now, Appalachian Road Show invites us into the music and stories of Appalachia’s culturally-rich heritage. As they say, “It’s part of who we are. It’s natural for us. It is authentic. This music is so vibrant, and it has its own vitality and its own life, and we mean to carry that forward.” (From theappalachianroadshow.com)
Concert attendees are encouraged to arrive to Valdese early to explore downtown and enjoy a dinner at one of several locally owned restaurants, from farm to table options to Authentic Mexican cuisine. Get an early start on your holiday shopping as you discover the wide variety of downtown shops and boutique. Concessions will be available for purchase the night of the show, kindly provided by Faith Community Church. For more information on Valdese events, including a full holiday event calendar please go to visitvaldese.com or call Valdese Tourism at 828-879-2129.