Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Bad Ridge and The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters on Saturday, February 15, 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.
Bad Ridge is a highly energetic, hard-driving bluegrass band deeply rooted in tradition from Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. They will be performing at 7 p.m. with Jamie Stacy on bass and lead vocals, Michael Mullins on banjo, Matt Stacy on mandolin and Josh Raines on guitar. Bad Ridge shows what it means to love and enjoy playing and performing bluegrass music with full intentions of keeping the tradition alive while paving their own road.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters took their name, in part, from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930s and because bandleader Dennis Hall lives on Ballards Branch. Dennis' home is very close to the home of Uncle Eck Dunford who played fiddle in the original band. The other members of the original Bogtrotters were Uncle Wade Ward, his brother, Davy Crockett Ward, and nephew Fields Ward, and Doctor Davis.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters play in the traditional Appalachian string-band style, often playing around the region and internationally. The Bogtrotters include Eddie Bond, NEA National Heritage Fellow, on fiddle, Uncle Dennis Hall on guitar, Josh Ellis on clawhammer banjo, Bonnie Bond on bass, and Caroline Noel Beverley on mandolin.
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.