WCC Music Jamboree Set for Oct. 21
Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Bluestone and the Mountain Park Old Time Band on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
The Jamboree will be held in the William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus, located at 1000 East Main Street in Wytheville.
The conventional bluegrass categories of traditional and progressive are of little help in describing the music of Bluestone. Made up of top musicians who have devoted themselves to cultivating a unique group sound rather than displaying their individual talents, the band performs classic bluegrass numbers and contemporary songs. They have been especially noted for their close-harmony singing. The members of the band are: Tom Foley, bass and vocalist; Matt Stacy, mandolin and vocalist; Craig Smith, guitar and vocalist; and Ebby Jewell, banjo. The band started in 2002 in Southwest Virginia, and has performed all around the area. Bluestone has opened for bands like III Time Out, Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and many others. Their showmanship is out of this world. Sit back and get ready to listen to some of the best bluegrass music Southwest Virginia can offer.
The Mountain Park Old Time Band was formed seven years ago, as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old-time music got together to have a good time. Nancy and Johnny Gentry had played for many years with the White Top Mountain Band. Nancy is the designated leader of the band. Johnny can play every instrument and also is a well-known and respected luthier of banjos. The Gentry’s are from Mountain Park, NC. C.T. Janney drives the band’s rhythm and beat with his washboard playing, as well as his dancing. He is from Floyd and travels all over the area dancing. Roger Stamper is a virtuoso fiddle player who is from Independence. He plays any style of fiddle from bluegrass, Irish, country, to old-time. He also can play guitar and bass. Mark Handy, M.D., is from Ennice, NC. He plays the banjo and performs some of the vocals.
Doors to the Snyder Auditorium will be open beginning at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 7 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.