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Bluegrass Festival Kicks Off Summer Season at Chantilly Farm

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutChantilly Farm invites the public to come out for the one of the region's largest bluegrass and mountain music events to kick off the venue’s summer season. In its fourth year, the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival will feature performances from some of the most notable acts in Bluegrass music. The one day event takes place at Floyd County’s Chantilly Farm (2697 Franklin Pike SE) on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 11am until 10pm.

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, one of the most awarded bands in Bluegrass music history, will headline the growing outdoor festival. Since forming in 1991, the band has become one of the world's top bluegrass groups with seven straight International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards for Vocal Group of the Year, and five more awards honoring Moore as IBMA's Male Vocalist of the Year.

Current reigning IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year and Franklin County native, Junior Sisk, is slated to make his third appearance at the annual event. Sisk’s career has been on a roll in recent years as his haunting vocals and stellar songwriting have earned him praise from countless traditional bluegrass fans all over the world.

Balsam Range burst onto the music scene in recent years garnering multiple awards and seven #1 Bluegrass hits. With a creative blend of traditional Bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz, the band has quickly become a fan favorite at Bluegrass festivals across the country.

Also featured on the festival’s main stage will be Grammy nominated Bluegrass super-group, The Boxcars. Band members Adam Steffey and John Bowman, both former members of Alison Krauss and Union Station, have joined forces with Ron Stewart, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon to form one of the most talented and experienced bands on the road. In fact, the band’s much anticipated third album will be released a few weeks prior to their Floyd performance.

“Balsam Range and The Boxcars are two of the hottest and most widely acclaimed Bluegrass bands on the road today. We have an exciting surprise in store for festival attendees this year as we plan to have both of these bands on stage at the same time for a very special set. In addition to all the other talent on this year’s lineup, it makes for a show that Bluegrass fans will not want to miss,” noted Jason Gallimore, the festival’s lead promoter.

Fresh off the heels of a successful debut album, newcomers Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome will round out the headliners on the main stage at Chantilly Farm. Brown has played with Bluegrass icons such as Larry Sparks, Ralph Stanley, Blue Highway and the Charlie Sizemore band. And now Brown has teamed up with Josh Underwood, Josh Blankenship, Meredith Goins, and Austin Brown to form a group that Bluegrass fans will likely talk about for years to come. Underwood and Blankenship are both Floyd County natives.

Additional musical performances by The Blackberries, Gravel Road, The Mary Jo and Charlie Show, Bernie Coveney, Tommy Morse, Ron Pendleton, and the Back Porch Cloggers will mean an enjoyable day for young and old alike.

The 4th annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival will feature a variety of BBQ and other food vendors, arts and crafts vendors as well as kite flying, children’s activities, face painting, antique tractors, hiking trails, opportunities to jam, sites for primitive camping and more!

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Pets will not be allowed at this event. Parking is $3 and will benefit the Floyd County chapter of Future Farmers of America. Shuttles will be available from the parking area to the main gate for those who have a need.

Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.chantillyfarm.com or by visiting the Blue Ridge Restaurant or Wildwood Farms General Store in Floyd. Admission the day of the event will be $25. Kids 12 and under will be admitted for free with a paying adult.
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