Brevcard County, North Carolina takes halloween seriously as they are in Transylvania County after all! This is a truly family friendly festival with a costume contest, bouncy houses, and a pumpkin roll down Courthouse Hill. Last years’ event had some fun surprises including a flash mob dancing to Micheal Jackson’s Thriller. Surely, there will be some creative surprises this year as well.
The annual Old Time Music Competition just morphed into the 1st Annual Mountain Music Mash, Transylvania County’s annual old time and bluegrass competition for skilled players from throughout the region. Held this year during Halloweenfest - October 26, 2013 (9:30 a.m. – 6:00pm). For over 15 years, Mary and Lo Gordon of Celestial Mountain Music and Cedar Mountain Banjos have produced the annual Old Time Music Competition in Transylvania County. This year, the Gordons are passing on the production baton to local musician and mountain music advocate, Marion Boatwright under the competition’s new name - The Mountain Music Mash: Transylvania County's Annual Old Time and Bluegrass Competition.
"It's such an honor to build on the great tradition built by Mary and Lo Gordon," said Boatwright.
The Mountain Music Mash will be held during downtown Brevard's annual Halloweenfest on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. with sign-ups beginning at 9:30 a.m. The competition will be held at a new location: a street stage on East Main Street. The Mountain Music Mash showcases two familiar music genres: bluegrass and old time.
"Our county has a strong tradition in Old Time Music. But it's also a hotbed of Bluegrass. So we're going to bring both together in one big celebration: The Mountain Music Mash," stated Boatwright. "People always ask, 'What's the difference between bluegrass and old time?' Well everyone that comes to Halloweenfest 2013 will head home whistling the difference. You just have to hear it, and they're going to ... from some of the best players to be found," Boatwright explained.
Mountain Music Mash features a different format for registration. This year, there will not be any advance registration and registration fees have been waived. Sign-up begins at 9:30 a.m. The first half of the competition showcases individual ballads, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Individual competitions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and include the following categories: Old Time Ballads, Bluegrass Guitar, Bluegrass Mandolin, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Fiddle, and Bluegrass Fiddle.
Following individual competitions, a new element will be introduced, the Mountain Mash Street Dance. “Street dances have been an annual summer tradition here in Transylvania County…and having a mountain street dance in the middle of 'The Mash' is going to be perfect. Dances were the birthplace of this music, after all,” Boatwright explained.
Individual category awards and cash prizes will be awarded between the dances.
The Mountain Music Mash wraps up with a familiar favorite element, the Band Contest. The afternoon ends with the band awards and cash prizes. "This year's Mountain Music Mash is going to be action packed. We're designing it for the festival-goer as well as for musicians. No down time on this stage. It may be mountain music but as a production we're going to rock and roll!” said Boatwright.