BLUE RIDGE & BEYOND

This season's Blue Ridge & Beyond concerts includes numerous winners of IBMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and multiple instrumentalists of the year.

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  • TOMMY JARRELL CELABRATION

    March 1-2, 2024

    Full Schedule of events

  • WAYNE ERBSEN BEGINNING BANJO WORKSHOP & CONCERT

    Workshop on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Concert on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
    Arts Center

    Workshop and Concert $35
    Banjo Rental $10

    The workshops will take place in the Betty Wright Room at the Arts Center (across the street from the Andy Griffith Playhouse) and will include bluegrass banjo. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn from our bluegrass and old-time master Wayne Erbsen. . The bluegrass banjo workshop is for total beginners with zero experience with the banjo. We'll learn such songs as "I'll Fly Away" and "Jed Clampett." Banjos will be available for a rental fee of $10 per banjo.

    As a musician, Wayne is a master of old-time, bluegrass, folk, Appalachian, cowboy, pioneer, railroad, and gospel music and music of the Civil War. He plays clawhammer and bluegrass banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Wayne has performed at across America and in western Europe. He has recorded many solo CDs and written dozens of music instruction books and songbooks. Wayne has won numerous prizes at fiddler’s conventions, including 1st place in clawhammer banjo (Galax, Virginia, 1973) and 1st place in senior old-time fiddler (Fiddler’s Grove, North Carolina, 2004).

    Concert $12

  • TOMMY JARRELL BIRTHDAY CONCERT
    featuring THE ROUND PEAK BOYS

    Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm
    Historic Earle Theatre

    Tickets $12

    The Tommy Jarrell Birthday Celebration features Surry County Old-Time music by The Round Peak Boys.

  • BALSAM RANGE

    Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm
    Historic Earle Theatre

    Tickets:
    Preferred $65
    Orchestra $55
    Balcony $45

    Balsam Range is Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals); Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo); Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone and lead vocals); and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead & baritone vocals). The four original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from western North Carolina. They thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, the Great Balsam Range.

    The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 13 critically acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. The band collaborated with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble to record 2 albums, the second of which, Mountain Overture, debuted on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart at #5 and the Classical Crossover Chart at #6. Their album Mountain Voodoo debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and remained on that chart for 45 weeks. Three singles from that album reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, including “Blue Collar Dreams,” which spent three consecutive months at the top. The follow-up album, Aeonic debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and spent 46 total weeks on the chart. The album featured hit songs like "The Girl Who Invented The Wheel," "Get Me Gone" and "Angel Too Soon."

    The band most recently claimed the #1 radio chart spots with their singles, "Richest Man," "Grit and Grace," "Rivers, Rains and Runaway Trains," "Santa Barbara" and "Highway Side" all from their latest album (#13 for the band,) 2021’s Moxie and Mettle.

    In addition to winning Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range vocalist Buddy Melton won IBMA's Male Vocalist of the Year and bass player Tim Surrett won IBMA's Bass Player of the Year in 2018.

  • THE MORRIS FAMILY BAND

    Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 7:30 pm
    Historic Earle Theatre

    Tickets $15

    The Morris Family Band is comprised of five members of the Morris family from Davidson County, North Carolina; Aaron Morris, Debbie Morris, Jessica Morris, Joshua Morris, and Jacob Morris. For the past 15 years, the Morris Family Band has delighted area residents with its Irish-American sounds during St. Patrick's Day festivals, at local cafés, and in shows at regional amphitheaters. All Morris family members are trained with most string instruments, which comes in handy for the family's distinct, Celtic style. Guitars, violins, flutes, whistles, cello, mandolin... they've got it all!

    The Morris children grew up learning the Suzuki method of playing stringed instruments in professional classes and from their parents at home. Eventually, the family started jamming at home, then at live shows in the area. The family continued playing shows on a consistent basis, up until the children started going off to school. With most of the children scattered about the East Coast, the full family band now plays most of its shows over the holidays, especially on St. Patrick's Day.

    To date, the family has released two albums, “Farewell to Summer” and a self-titled release from 2000.

  • RHONDA VINCENT and THE RAGE

    Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:30 pm
    Historic Earle Theatre

    Preferred $75
    Orchestra $65
    Balcony $45

    World Class Musicians, and an Award Winning Voice seamlessly set the stage for a breath-taking, one-of-a-kind, must-see performance; that reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music!

  • BELLAMY BROTHERS

    Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 3:00 pm
    Andy Griffith Playhouse

    Preferred Seats $80
    Orchestra Preferred $75
    Orchestra $65

    The Bellamy Brothers return to Mount Airy with a Sunday matinee show. If you missed their sold out concert in 2023, here is your chance to hear them live in concert!

    From "Let Your Love Flow", to "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)?" to their latest double cd, "40 Years", this duo continues to connect with audiences all over the world- and especially the Mayberry audience with their song "The Andy Griffith Show". So, don't miss your chance for a fantastic afternoon at the Andy Griffith Playhouse with the Bellamy Brothers.

     

  • RODNEY DILLARD and THE DILLARDS

    Friday, September 27, 2024 at 2:00 pm
    Andy Griffith Playhouse

    Preferred Seats $50 / Orchestra Seats $45

    Rodney Dillard, one of the original Darling Boys from The Andy Griffith Show, returns with his band to Mayberry Days for another great bluegrass concert, filled with songs performed on the show and original Dillards hits. Rodney is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and two time Grammy Nominee. Dillardgrass - often imitated, never duplicated!

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  • CRAIG SOUTHERN AND PHOENIXX

    Saturday, October 12, 2024
    Blackmon Amphitheatre

    Free concert during Autumn Leaves Festival

  • CHRISTMAS WITH THE EMBERS featuring CRAIG WOOLARD

    Thursday, December 19, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
    Andy Griffith Playhouse

    Reserved Seat Tickets $30

    The world-famous Embers Band with Craig Woolard presents their Christmas show featuring holiday favorites and a few visitors, like Frosty, Rudolph, and friends. The stage is magically transformed into a holiday showplace, setting the mood for holiday cheer and maybe, just maybe a little snow.

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