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The Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax

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The Blue Ridge Music Center is a music venue, museum, and visitor center located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia. The center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains through concerts, exhibits, and programs that highlight living musical heritage of the Blue Ridge region and interpret its significance within the larger landscape of American music and culture. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.
The Music Center operates May through October. Free Midday Mountain Music acoustic sessions featuring local musicians are offered from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Concerts are offered most Saturdays during the season and include old-time, bluegrass, folk, Americana, gospel, and country blues performances. The Roots of American Music Museum on site showcases the region's rich musical heritage. Admission to the museum is free.

The center was planned when the town of Galax gave 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) for its development. The center has a state-of-the-art amphitheater and a 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) museum. It was officially established by Congress in 1985.
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  • This place is in a nice setting right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The museum gives you the background for how bluegrass music was born. You have an opportunity to sit on the porch and listen to... 
    This place is in a nice setting right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The museum gives you the background for how bluegrass music was born. You have an opportunity to sit on the porch and listen to...  more »
  • Stopped to catch the free 12-4 free Bluegrass music. Loved it. Ranger told us about couple picnic tables close by so we had a picnic lunch while we listened to the music and enjoyed looking at the.....  more
    Stopped to catch the free 12-4 free Bluegrass music. Loved it. Ranger told us about couple picnic tables close by so we had a picnic lunch while we listened to the music and enjoyed looking at the.....  more »
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  • Under renovations. We will go back.
  • We saw the Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet and they were amazing, as usual. The venue was wonderful. Plenty of space for our chairs, blanket and snacks. Such a lovely summer night! Very well done space!

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