September 1, 2017

WCC Monthly Bluegrass and Old Time Music Jamboree Set for Sept. 16  

Wytheville Community College (WCC) is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring The Bluegrass Kinsmen and The Slate Mountain Ramblers, on Sat., Sept. 16, from 7-9 p.m.

The WCC Jamboree will be held in the William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC’s Wytheville campus located at 1000 E. Main Street.

Ebby, The Bluegrass Kinsmen band leader, sings harmony and plays banjo and is very accomplished on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle as well. Band members also include his wife, Teresa, who sings lead and harmony. Ervin Compton plays guitar and sings lead and harmony, Ricky Kennedy plays bass and sings harmony, Ryan Lester plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony, and Dean Jackson plays lead guitar and sings lead and harmony. Having such versatile singing allows the band to perform a variety of bluegrass songs, mostly traditional, but also some folk and gospel music.

The Slate Mountain Ramblers is a family old-time band from Mt. Airy, N.C. For many years, Richard Bowman, his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Marsha, have spent weekends playing music. Richard plays fiddle, Barbara plays bass, and Marsha plays claw-hammer banjo. Randy “Frosty” Hiatt rounds out the band on guitar and vocals. The band has a winning tradition by placing at fiddler’s conventions they have attended throughout the years. The Slate Mountain Ramblers play for dances, shows, family and community gatherings, and benefits, and they compete at fiddler’s conventions throughout the year.

The Bluegrass Kinsmen will perform from 7-8 p.m. and The Slate Mountain Ramblers will perform from 8-9 p.m. The doors will be open to the Snyder Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help defray the travel expenses of the bands.