Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring The Crooked Road Ramblers on Saturday, Sept. 21, 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 Crooked Road Ramblers are an old-time band from Southwest Virginia, steeped in the traditional music of the Blue Ridge. They have played at the Carter Family Fold, the Wayne Henderson Festival, Houstonfest, and many other venues across Virginia and North Carolina. They have won first place in the old-time band category at the Ashe County, Alleghany County, Laurel Bloomery, Fries, and Union Grove fiddler’s conventions in addition to a second place finish at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention. They were also named the Old Time Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2014 Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising. The band was founded by fiddler Kilby Spencer, originally from Whitetop. The band includes John Perry on guitar, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Karen Carr on bass and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin and vocals, and Debbie Yates on banjo.
Doors to the Snyder Auditorium will open 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; however, donations will be accepted to help defray the travel expenses of the bands.