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Moonshine Tasting Party

October 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Center has begun work on a new film that re-looks at moonshiners and the blockading industry in a totally new light – from the diversity of the players, the creative ways mountaineers found to survive, and some of the heroic characters involved.  Help us make this new film by joining us for a moonshine tasting party featuring locally handcrafted moonshine from Howling Moon Moonshine and South Mountain Distillery produced by a fifth generation moonshiners, great live bluegrass music performed by the Apple Country String…

Concerts at the Rock: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

November 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

With almost 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year Award. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium on September 27, 2012. Doyle…

Concerts at the Rock: Sister Sadie

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Sister Sadie is made up of world-renowned musicians Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, and Beth Lawrence, who originally formed after playing a sold-out show at the legendary Station Inn, located in Nashville. Following that hype, the ladies decided to come together as a band and record music as Sister Sadie. They have continued to turn heads within the genre, with fellow Bluegrass alum Alison Krauss saying that “Sister Sadie is an inspiring musical collaboration bringing together…

Concerts at the Rock: Merle Monroe

January 16, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Combining the musical styles of the Father of Bluegrass with the Okie from Muskogee is an exciting proposition. Feeling that “Bluegrass and Traditional Country music is America’s music, the stories of the common man and the sounds of the mountains,” Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff have formed the new band Merle Monroe. With the goal of choosing songs that relate to everyday life and go “back to the country,” they, along with bandmates Derek Deakins, Eli Johnston and Josh Doss,…

Concerts at the Rock: Mile Twelve

February 6, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant. “Original bluegrass music, written and played by young people, is very much alive,” says band member Evan Murphy. “I hope people take away that songwriting and arranging really matter. It’s about the material and…

Concerts at the Rock: The Malpass Brothers & Carolina Blue

March 26, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe. The band was formed in 2007 after the release of the album Nothing So Blue by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at RenoFest in 2011. They also received their first Vocal Group of The Year Nomination at the 2018 SPBGMA Awards Show. They have appeared on the hit TV show “Song Of The…

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