Western North Carolina and southwest Virginia are known internationally for their traditional old-time stringband music, ballad singing and bluegrass. Traditional music can be heard throughout the region–from hometown oprys and informal jam sessions to concert stages. Festivals and old-time music conventions, some dating back almost a century, provide opportunities for enjoying traditional music and dance in family-friendly settings.
Where to hear this music along the Parkway:
Special events and concerts take place at Humpback Rocks (Milepost 5.8), Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area (Milepost 120.4), and Mabry Mill (Milepost 176). Schedules are posted on the calendar of events.
The Blue Ridge Music Center at Milepost 213 celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. The Music Center includes an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor interpretive center/theater, and The Roots of American Music, a free interactive exhibition highlighting the historical significance of the region's music. Go to the Blue Ridge Music Center concert schedule to find out who is playing.
The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center. Experience regional traditional music each day of the week with free, local Mid-Day Mountain Musicians playing on the breezeway of the visitors center from noon - 4:00 PM.