Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.
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June 30, 2017 @ 11:00 pm - July 1, 2017 @ 1:00 am$20.00
For its 10th annual concert, RiddleFest features Grammy Award-winner David Holt and up-and-coming bluegrass star Josh Goforth.
Holt, a four-time Grammy winner, has devoted his musical career to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays 10 acoustic instruments and is a frequent guest on The Grand Ole Opry. For more than 30 years, Holt has been the host of the popular PBS series Folkways, where he spotlights mountain craftsmen and musicians.
Holt is a good match for RiddleFest, which honors the life of Yancey County native Lesley Riddle (1905-1979) and his contributions to country music through his work with A.P. Carter, of the Carter Family. In the late 20s and early 30s, Riddle, an African-American musician, traveled with Carter to collect music from the Appalachian Mountains. Riddle worked with Carter to revise the music into songs eventually recorded on the Carter Familys albums.
Josh Goforth, a Madison County native, grew up playing music. He holds the title of Master Fiddler from the Ole Time Fiddlers & Bluegrass Festival at Fiddlers Grove.
In addition to the concert, Holt and musician Roy Andrade will hold a seminar about the role of traditional musicians as historians. Andrade, a professor at East Tennessee State University, has recorded music for several documentary films, as well as the movie Cold Mountain.