Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Bluestone and the Twin Creeks String Band on Saturday, April 16, 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; Ryan Mullins, mandolin and vocalist; Craig Smith, guitar and vocalist; and Kris Rasnake, banjo. Bluestone has opened for bands like III Time Out, Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and many others. If you have not had the chance to hear them, you are in for a treat. Sit back and get ready to listen to some of the best bluegrass music Southwest Virginia can offer.
The Twin Creeks String Band hails from the southern stretch of the Virginia Blue Ridge, their sound is one that is locally rooted and yet unique. Their compelling combination of spirited string band dance numbers with classic song repertoire is well-suited for entertaining crowds throughout the region. The band is consists of Chris Prillaman on the fiddle, Jason Hambrick on vocal and guitar, Jared Boyd on banjo, and Stacy Boyd on bass. Twin Creeks String Band embodies the convergence of Southwest Virginia’s musical traditions.
Bluestone will perform from 7-8 p.m. and the Twin Creeks String Band will perform from 8-9 p.m. The doors will be open at the William F. 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.