This year marks the 17th annual "Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music" at the Graves’ Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia. I can proudly say I only missed the first one and I’m sorry I missed that one. There's a lot to tell you so I better get with it.
On Thursday the bands performing are: Heather Berry & Tony, The Wells Family, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time and Cherryholmes.
If that wasn’t a top line up Friday just keeps getting better with: Next Best Thing (Rhonda Vincent’s daughters and the 5th generation of Vincent family Bluegrass), U. S. Navy band Country Current, Mark Templeton & Pocket Change, The James King Band, The Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and a very special event, The Heights of Grass reunion featuring Don Grubb, Billy Lux, Vernon Hughes, Richard Ward and more.
Jimmy Graves didn’t want Thursday and Friday to be beat out, so the line up for Saturday will be: The Bluegrass Brothers, The Mark Newton Band, Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, The Steeldrivers, The Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage followed by a special Graves’ Mountain Jam hosted by Carl Jackson and Mark Newton with many special guests.
Specially priced 3-day advance tickets are only $70 if purchased before May 1st. This is a $20 savings per ticket if bought at the gate, so, I urge you to order these advance tickets now. Camping in the rough is free with 3-day tickets.
There’s no need to bring food with you as there is an abundance of the Graves’ Mountain Famous Foods available. The specialty for Thursday is BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (available throughout the weekend), for Friday is Fried Rainbow Trout and on Saturday is Rib-Eye Steak. Also available are burgers, fries, ice cream and soft drinks.
The Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music is Virginia’s largest Bluegrass festival which means there are lots of people wanting to sit at the stage. Chair tickets are available beginning on Wednesday morning May 27th, with the placing of chairs based upon your ticket number at 1PM that day (2 chairs per ticket!) So, if you want to be close to the stage arrive early! Join me at Grave’s Mountain as we enjoy the beautiful scenery while enjoying the best of Bluegrass music.