The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents Valley Grass and Addie and Dad in concert on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. This concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood.
Valley Grass is a bluegrass gospel and bluegrass band that originated at Rich Valley Presbyterian Church in 2006 as a result of individuals who were eager to learn how to play a musical instrument.
Valley Grass has performed widely at venues such as Big Walker Lookout, Pickin’ Porch, Crooked Road General Store, Smyth County Jam, churches, and community events. Several members of the group mentor area youth who are interested in learning to play traditional music.
The duo of Addie and Dad have been singing and playing together since Addie was three years old. They play and sing at churches and other local events around the New River Valley and have performed the past two summers at Dollywood and in Gatlinburg, Tenn., with Tunes and Tales.
Addie Levy, now 14 years old, is currently the mandolin player and a lead singer for Gravel Road Bluegrass Band — a youth bluegrass band hailing from the New River Valley.
The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at Heartwood. The series features youth artists each second Thursday and showcases venues of The Crooked Road region each fourth Thursday. These events, along with open jams on the first, third, (and fifth) Thursdays showcase Southwest Virginia performers.
The Crooked Road Music Series is sponsored by Heartwood, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).
More information can be found at The Crooked Road website, www.thecrookedroad.org, and at www.heartwoodvirginia.org. For additional information, please call (276) 492-2409 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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