Christmas in the Smokies will begin with jams and workshops led by Josh Goforth and special guests during the day on Wednesday, December 12. Workshops will be offered for guitar, fiddle, bass, mandolin, banjo, and dobro and the cost is $25 per workshop (pre-registration is required). The evening will feature a square dance accompanied by the music of the Jesse Alexander Band. “Everyone who purchases a ticket to the festival will receive a free ticket for the Wednesday night square dance and concert,” said Jordan. “It’s a really fun way to kick off the festival!”
Scheduled to perform throughout the festival are: Mountain Faith, The Hart Brothers, Carolina Road, Goldwing Express, Gentlemen of Bluegrass, The Jesse Alexander Band, Ralph Stanley II, Reno Tradition, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, The Gary Waldrep Band, Jerry Butler & The Blu-Js, The Larkins, Remington Ryde, Bluegrass Mountaineers, Marty Raybon and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
“This is an entertaining lineup, including Doyle Lawson featuring some of the songs from his new Christmas project, Marty Raybon and Bobby Osborne showing off some of the greatest vocals in bluegrass, surprise special guest James King performing with Carolina Road,” said Jordan. She added, “Saturday night will be one of the most talked about shows ever, featuring Goldwing Express, Little Roy Lewis, and Hobo Santa. There really is something for everyone!”
Advanced ticket prices range from $23 for one day general admission to $90 for three day priority seating. For more information about the festival, to sign up for workshops, and to purchase tickets, visit www.BluegrassChristmasInSmokies.com or call 919-779-5672.