January 9, 2020

Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Jerry Steinberg and His Dixie Bluegrass Boys and The New River Wranglers on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 7-9 p.m. The Jamboree will be held in the William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus in Wytheville, located at 1000 East Main Street.

Jerry Steinberg and His Dixie Bluegrass Boys are a traditional style group that has been playing for 12 years in the Virginia and North Carolina area. The group performs old-time, country and bluegrass music for dances and concerts. The band members are Jackson Cunningham on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Jeff Michael on fiddle, Ramona Church on five-string banjo, guitar and vocals, and Jerry Steinberg on bass fiddle.

The New River Wranglers is a new hard-driving Southwest Virginia old-time band with Garret Wyatt on fiddle, Stacy Boyd on bass, Ashlee Watkins on guitar, and Jared Boyd on banjo.  The group takes much influence from old-time bands and musicians of the past and present from around the Galax, Grayson County, Carroll County, and Franklin County areas in Virginia as well as the Round Peak area of Surry County, NC. The band’s primary focus is to play old-time tunes that will keep flatfoot dancers on their feet, mixed with some old country songs, waltzes, and two-step tunes.

Doors to the Snyder Auditorium will be open beginning at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 7 p.m., Seating is available 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.

The WCC Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree was first organized in 2006 by then WCC President Dr. Charlie White. The event is now hosted by WCC English faculty member, Jason Settle, whom you may find playing the fiddle along with one of the bands. The WCC Jamboree is an affiliated venue of The Crooked Road.

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