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Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax

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About the Blue Ridge Music Center:

The Blue Ridge Music Center is open seasonally, May through October.

The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1995, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

In the summer, its beautiful outdoor amphitheater comes alive through a vibrant and diverse concert series featuring artists like Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Rickey Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Kruger Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Sherman Holmes Project and John Dee Holeman. There is an admission charge for the weekend concerts (generally held on Saturday evenings with admission $10, $15, or $20).

The Music Center's award-winning, interactive Roots of American Music Museum - open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - and the Midday Mountain Music Program, which offers informal, mountain music performances by local and regional old-time and bluegrass musicians on the Music Center's covered breezway - daily from noon until 4 p.m. - are both FREE and open to the public.

About the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation:

Since 2013, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has funded the concert programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center in keeping with the nonprofit’s mission to ensure cultural and historical preservation, along with natural resource protection, educational outreach, and visitor enjoyment now and for future generations. For more information, visit www.brpfoundation.org.
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  • Fun stop for the history of Blue Grass Music. Was able to see a live performance during our visit. Mid Day Mountain performances are daily 12-4 pm. Museum highlights the American music culture. There ...  more »
  • Beautiful and new Visitors Center with live music … visit during the season (May - October) when they host concerts.  more »
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  • I had a wonderful time with my grandchildren sitting on the back porch listening to the fiddlers playing original country music. My five year old grandson danced and the musicians took the time to explain their instruments to the older boys. And it's free. Don't forget to ask the rangers about the junior ranger program if you have young ones with you. The rangers are super nice about explaining things to see and do in the area.
  • A real asset for this area. Great exhibits with knowledgeable staff willing to jump in and give info and even help a novice with an instrument or 2. Music in the breezeway occurs daily in warmer months. I'd suggest checking the website for details. There are also a couple of hiking trails here. Not difficult and easy to follow, think doing both is just shy of 4 miles. Take a picnic lunch for the pristine Blue Ridge Parkway and make a day of it!

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