The Appalachian Cultural Music Association will present the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising in Wytheville, VA at the Wytheville Meeting Center adjacent to Wytheville Community College on April 12th and 13th and musicians, fans of bluegrass, old time and Americana music are invited to attend.
This gathering titled “ACMA’s Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising” will be an event that brings together and recognizes the music and musicians who play what has been coined as “The Galax Sound”. Karl Cooler, an ACMA member, who came up with this descriptive “Galax Sound” title says, “Our region is saturated with tremendous talent who create a unique musical experience. The ‘Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising’ will be a unique convention to bring together old time, bluegrass and Americana musicians in a way that no other gathering does.”
The regions of Southwestern Virginia, East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia have been the core for the development of bluegrass, old time and many Americana forms of music. Johnny Williams of Danville, Virginia, chairman of the committee organizing this event, says, “Our event will be unique to other musical gatherings especially noting that we will be ‘formally’ recognizing ‘old time’ musicians and their music.
Other than the Galax Fiddler’s Convention held annually there is no ‘official’ recognition of the talents and accomplishments of old time musicians past and present. The ACMA through the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising will recognize and promote old time music and musicians as well as bluegrass and other acoustic forms of Americana Music.”
At the event April 12 & 13, 2013 there will be jam sessions, awards, workshops, children’s activities, musical vendors, and a main stage for registered bands to perform and showcase for promoters, record label executives and fans of the music. Plans also include unveilings of artifacts to be placed in the ACMA’s “Mountain Music Museum” to recognize pioneers who created and cultivated these forms of music.
The musicians being honored and recognized this year are Donna Stoneman, the “First Lady of Bluegrass Mandolin” who is originally from Galax, VA, the McPeak Brothers from Wytheville, VA and the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers from Roan Mountain, TN. There will be plenty of room for dancers too. The event will offer a 24 by 24 foot dance floor in the main concert area for flatfoot and clog dancers. Food will be available at the venue as well.
Tickets are available at the door and at the website www.acousticuprising.org Information on scheduling as well as motel accommodations available at the website also. Campers are welcome.