Folk, Traditional | Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 | 4:00 PM | $18-36
BlackRock Center for the Arts is thrilled to host The Crooked Road Tour – an evening celebrating the rich tapestry of musical traditions in Southwest Virginia. Three award-winning ensembles showcase the region’s amazing variety – from toe-tapping old-time string bands, to a cappella gospel, to the plaintive strains of mountain ballads. Enjoy it all in one memorable evening as you travel along the Blue Ridge Highlands through the heart of Appalachia along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail– The Crooked Road.
Come early to see the Musical Styles Along the Crooked Road exhibit in our lobby!
Musical artists featured at this show will be:
Whitetop Mountain Band – The Whitetop Mountain Band is one of the busiest groups in the Appalachians, performing concerts and for dances in America and abroad. They have deep roots in mountain music and their members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking. They are a tour de force of playing, singing, and dance, and they are gifted entertainers as well.
Elizabeth LaPrelle (photographed above) – Elizabeth LaPrelle has been performing Appalachian ballads and old-time songs since she was eleven. Her magnificent voice, her respect for the songs, and her authentic mountain sound and style brought her to the attention of first Ginny Hawker and then Sheila Kay Adams, both renowned bearers of Appalachian ballad tradition. Raised in Rural Retreat, Virginia, Elizabeth attended old time fiddler’s conventions and sang harmonies with her family, who taught her traditional singing styles and encouraged her to sing their own favorite American folk music. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance, and now tours the US regularly both performing and teaching, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion radio program.
Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome (photographed above) – Guitarist and singer Jeff Brown is a seasoned and masterful musician from the coalfields area of Southwest Virginia. Like Ralph Stanley, Jeff’s sound has been forged by the haunting and stark strains of a music derived from hard work, Sunday hymns, and a ruggedly beautiful place. His band has the experience to appreciate and carry forward the old traditions, and the youth to keep it fresh and exciting.
This event will take place in our Main Stage theater and will have reserved seating.
This engagement of Crooked Road Tour is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Photo credit: Mike Melnyk
Whitetop Mountain Band
Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome