Wytheville Community College is pleased to announce its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Jamboree at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. The jamboree will be held in the William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus in Wytheville located at 1000 East Main Street.
Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder will perform first at 7 p.m. Adam McPeak is a next-generation bluegrass mandolin player, who has previously performed with the well-known McPeak Brothers. Adam’s father, Mike McPeak, now returns the favor by performing with his son’s band, Mountain Thunder. Other band members include Lindsey Jackson on vocals, Steve Chrisley on the banjo, and David Chrisley on the bass. The band plays hard driving, sweet sounding, earth pounding, bluegrass and gospel music.
Mountain Park Old Time Band performs at 8 p.m. The Mountain Park Old Time Band formed seven years ago as a group of friends who enjoy old-time music. Nancy and Johnny Gentry played for many years with the White Top Mountain Band. Nancy is the designated leader of the band. Johnny can play every instrument and is a well-known and respected banjo luthier. The Gentrys are from Mountain Park, N.C. Roger Stamper is a virtuoso fiddle player who is from Independence, Va. He plays many music styles on the fiddle, including: bluegrass, Irish, country and old-time. He also can play guitar and bass. C.T. Janney drives the band’s rhythm and beats with his washboard playing and his dancing. He is from Floyd, Va. and travels all over the area dancing. Mark Handy, M.D., is from Ennice, N.C. He plays the banjo and performs some of the vocals.
Doors to the Snyder Auditorium will be open at 6 p.m., and the first performance will begin 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.