Abingdon, VA- The Crooked Road, in partnership with the Town of Abingdon, will present a Youth Music Showcase to kick off the first ever Abingdon Crooked Road Festival. On Friday, October 5th, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Latture Field in Abingdon, the festival will open with performances by three outstanding regional youth groups: The Wright Kids, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, and The Iron Mountain Ridgerunners.
The Wright Kids, a young sibling band from Rocky Mount, VA, won national acclaim as Top 10 finalists on season three of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. 16 year-old Sage plays the mandolin and fiddle while 13 year-old Baruch plays banjo and guitar. Levi is 10 and plays the acoustic bass. Seven year-old Selah is the youngest and newest band member. The band has won numerous awards, including First Place Youth Band at the 2006 Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention. Three part harmonies and driving rhythms punctuate this band’s brand of acoustic string music. Their eclectic mix of rock, pop, folk and bluegrass have delighted crowds in arenas and coliseums throughout New England and the Mid Atlantic.
Adam McPeak started his musical career by performing as a child with his father’s band, the highly acclaimed McPeak Brothers. Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder was formed in 2009, when Adam was 13. This dynamic group has performed at venues, festivals, and competitions throughout the East Coast including the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) National Band Championship (Nashville, TN), Merlefest (Wilkesboro, NC), and many others.
The Iron Mountain Ridgerunners, formed in the mountains of Grayson County VA, play a wide variety of traditional old time dance tunes. The Ridgerunners strive to keep the region’s rich traditions alive – both in song choice and playing style. Band members are: Levi Funk – fiddle and vocals; Daniel Boyer – clawhammer banjo; Joe Farmer – guitar and vocals; Dylan Isom – mandolin; and Danny Boyer – bass fiddle.
“This concert provides an opportunity to highlight some of the incredible musical talent of the region’s youth.” says Jonathan Romeo, Program Manager for The Crooked Road’s Traditional Music Education Program. “We are delighted to open the festival with a Youth Music Showcase!”
Tickets to the Youth Music Showcase are $5.00 in advance and $10.00 the day of the show. Children 8 and under are free.
The festival includes musical performances, competitions, and workshops at Latture Field and at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. On Saturday, October 6th, the event continues in downtown Abingdon at Latture Field with a day full of music, traditional dance and song workshops, great local food, regional crafts, and a tent devoted to the Abingdon Farmers Market Country Roads cook-off. The music will be presented on two stages, one main stage and a workshop stage where audiences can hear performances and presentations that provide context for the music. The headliner for the main stage is Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, who is nominated for the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Album and Song of the Year. On Sunday, October 7th, the final event of the Festival will take place back at Heartwood with their weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch beginning at 10:00 am.
For more information on the performers, the full schedule and to purchase tickets: visit http://www.abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com or call the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 435-3440.