Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Bad Ridge and The Slate Mountain Ramblers on Saturday, February 16, 2019, 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. Over the last four years, this band has won multiple bluegrass band competitions along with many individual competitions all over Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. 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 Slate Mountain Ramblers will perform at 8 p.m. and is a family old-time band from Mt. Airy, N.C. For many years, Richard Bowman, his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Marsha, have spent weekends playing music. Richard plays fiddle, Barbara plays bass, and Marsha plays claw-hammer banjo. Randy “Frosty” Hiatt rounds out the band on guitar and vocals. The band has a winning tradition by placing at fiddler’s conventions they have attended throughout the years. The Slate Mountain Ramblers play for dances, shows, family and community gatherings, benefits, and compete at fiddler’s conventions throughout the year.
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.