Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, 2016Hagan-Stone Park Campground 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road Pleasant Garden NC 27313
Look for is in the far right corner of the campground in sites 31-33. We will have lots of tents and lights for the concert and jamming!
Performing Friday starting at 8 PM:
Cane Mill Road
Cane Mill Road is a bluegrass band from the Appalachian Mountains in Deep Gap, North Carolina. The band plays bluegrass, old-time Appalachia, newgrass, and progressive bluegrass music, but specializes in preserving the traditional bluegrass music of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Band members range in age from 14 to 19 years and include: 14-year-old Liam Purcell on vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo; 19-year-old Eliot Smith on guitar and bass; and 17-year-old Trajan Wellington on bluegrass banjo, bass, and guitar. They include blue ribbon winners at major festivals including one of the oldest and biggest, The Galax Old Timers Fiddlers Convention, and have performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) convention and MerleFest. They have played on stage with bluegrass legends from J.D. Crowe to Pete Wernick to the Krüger Brothers to Rhonda Vincent. The band represented the United States of America in May of 2015 at the International Music Festival, Concierto En Iguazu where they were a featured band and the first in the festival’s 6-year history to play bluegrass. They joined 500 kids from around the world for 8 days of performances in Argentina.
The band has been featured on National Public Radio’s Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour. They have played major festivals including MerleFest, IBMA, in Nashville at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America, on the main stage at The Doc Watson MusicFest at Sugar Grove, Carolina in the Fall, and HoustonFest. They play regularly at regional venues from Northwest North Carolina to Southwest Virginia to Eastern Tennessee to cities like Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh NC.
Performing Saturday starting at 8 PM:
Gravel Road is a youth bluegrass band hailing from the Floyd/ New River Valley area of Southwest Virginia. Since their formation in January of 2013, this talented group of young pickers has developed into a powerful vocal and instrumental group whose reputation and demand continues to grow throughout the region. Firmly rooted in tradition with a fresh style appealing to audiences of today, Gravel Road is proud to help represent the face and future of bluegrass, gospel, and traditional string band music. Gravel Road is made up of some very young and talented musicians from the age of 13 – 15. They have been traveling the Crooked Road ever since the band formed. Over the past three years they have garnered a large fan base as they have opened up for and played on the same billing with some of Bluegrass’s top performers such as: Rhonda Vincent, Dr. Ralph and Nathan Stanley, The Primitive Quartet, Bobby Osborne, Balsam Range, Sierra Hull, Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band and many others. Gravel Road signed with Hitching Post records in January 2015 and completed their first CD Studio Project, “First Time Around,” on the Hitching Post Records label.
When Nick Weitzenfeld was 8 years old, he saw a video of Doc Watson flatpicking a guitar and was immediately hooked. Since that day, it’s rare to see Nick, now 15, without a guitar, mandolin, or banjo in his hands. Nick is also an accomplished singer and is an original member of Gravel Road Bluegrass Band, where he plays guitar and mandolin, sings, and writes original material. Nick also enjoys sitting in with other bands, including several adult bands, when his schedule allows. He enjoys jamming, songwriting, competing in guitar and mandolin contests, and performing. When he’s not playing music, Nick enjoys sports, especially track and football. Nick grew up in Floyd, VA and currently resides in Roanoke, VA.
Addison Paige Levy, better known as Addie, is a multi-talented fourteen year old who possesses powerful head turning vocals. She has been singing and performing on stage since she was three years old. Addie is an accomplished mandolin player who also loves to play the fiddle and guitar. In 2015 she placed 3rd in youth Mandolin at Surry Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and 2nd in youth Mandolin at Galax Fiddler’s Convention. Another passion of Addie’s is clogging. She recently took home the Blue Ribbon for Youth Dance at the Appalachian State Fiddler’s Convention in Boone, NC. Though Addison specializes in Bluegrass and Gospel music, she has a great appreciation and love of Old Time Music. Currently, Addie is a lead vocalist, harmony singer, mandolin player and Emcee for live performances with the Gravel Road Bluegrass Band.
Jared Houseman plays bass with Gravel Road, He is an honor student, and is active in martial arts. He studies jiu-jitsu and has a junior black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Lydia Bowman began taking violin lessons at the age of 5 and was trained initially in Classical Violin. Naturally, the influence of Appalachian Mountain Music in S.W. Virginia drew her to Bluegrass. The regimented classical training has translated well into Bluegrass over the course of her career with Gravel Road and adds a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the bluegrass music. Occasionally, following a GR performance, audience members with an ear for classical will ask if Lydia was indeed trained in that genre. In addition to fiddle, Lydia provides vocal backup for Gravel Road. Aside from music, Lydia plays volleyball and soccer for her high school