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Gathering in the Gap celebrates region's musical heritage

May 16th, 2014 10:01 pm by Staff Report

Gathering in the Gap celebrates region's musical heritage

BIG STONE GAP — Performances, workshops, competitions, crafts and much more will crowd the grounds and immediate surroundings of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap Saturday with the 17th annual Gathering in the Gap Music Festival.

The annual festival celebrates the region's rich tradition of old-time, Americana and bluegrass music.

Gathering in the Gap features music performances, workshops, competitions, crafts, a children's inflatables romp area, an annual quilt show and much more.

This year's main stage lineup features internationally known artists beginning with Dave Eggar & Deoro at 5:30 p.m., Americana band The Black Lillies at 6:45 p.m. and Grammy winner Rodney Crowell at 8 p.m.

In addition to the main stage performances, Gathering in the Gap offers top quality live music by regional performing artists from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday on the Acoustic Arbor Stage, including Empty Bottle String Band, Rich & The Poor Folk, Poplar Hill Reunion, Fire in the Kitchen, Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers, Thistle Dew, and the WiseJAMS Music Program.

Gathering in the Gap also offers an opportunity for area musicians to test their skills in a variety of musical contests by competing in old-time and bluegrass divisions and on multiple instruments.

Competition categories will include banjo, fiddle, bluegrass guitar, bluegrass mandolin, bluegrass band and old-time band. Two age groups will compete in all categories except bluegrass band and old-time band. Cash prizes and certificates will be presented to winners in each category, with a top prize of $500 for first place in the old-time band and bluegrass band categories.

The annual songwriting contest and workshops throughout the day are also a traditional part of Gathering in the Gap, as is the 17th annual A Stitch in Time Quilt Show, with more than 100 quilts on display through May 31 in the museum. Museum admission is included with a ticket to the music fest on Saturday.

The children's inflatables area will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 12 and under are admitted free to the festival with a paying adult.

Antiques, crafts and food vendors will be on hand as well. Tickets at the gate are $20 for adults. Children 12 and under admitted free.

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