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5th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest 2010 : 8.22.10

[ 1 ] August 22, 2010 |
Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Trent Wagler & The Steel Wheels on stage at the 5th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Festival this past Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Wintergreen Resort.

Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Trent Wagler & The Steel Wheels on stage at the 5th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Festival this past Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Wintergreen Resort.

Wintergreen Resort
Nelson County, Virginia

For five years running the Blue Ridge Mountain Music Festival has been packing people into the Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort where they get to hear some of the finest mountain and bluegrass music around. The 2010 event didn’t leave anyone disappointed. It’s put on annually by Wintergreen Performing Arts. Our Paul Purpura was there to grab some of the shots from the 2010 festival. Click on any of the photos to enlarge. Tommy Stafford, publisher, of Nelson County Life Magazine was the emcee again for the 3rd year at the 2010 festival.

Martha Spencer of The Whitetop Mountain Band cloggs on stage at the 2010 BRMMF this past Saturday.

Martha Spencer of The Whitetop Mountain Band cloggs on stage at the 2010 BRMMF this past Saturday.

The Whitetop Mountain Band's start dates back to the 1940's when Albert Hash was playing bluegrass. In the 70's Albert's brother-in-law Thorton Spencer and his wife Emily joined The Whitetop Mountain Band. Today the tradition lives on.

The Whitetop Mountain Band's start dates back to the 1940's when Albert Hash was playing bluegrass. In the 70's Albert's brother-in-law Thorton Spencer and his wife Emily joined The Whitetop Mountain Band. Today the tradition lives on.

The weather was perfect for the event. The Evans Center tent was full by mid-afternoon as light mountain breezes and the sound of bluegrass filled the open air tent 3500 feet up at Wintergreen.

The weather was perfect for the event. The Evans Center tent was full by mid-afternoon as light mountain breezes and the sound of bluegrass filled the open air tent 3500 feet up at Wintergreen.

Kim & Jimbo Cary along with Pete & Ellen Vigor on stage at the Mountain Music Fest. All of the group have played at many dignitary events including performances at The Kennedy Center and the White House.

Kim & Jimbo Cary along with Pete & Ellen Vigor on stage at the Mountain Music Fest. All of the group have played at many dignitary events including performances at The Kennedy Center and the White House.

In addition to performances on stage an informal jamming session was sponsored by Mountain Area Realty just outside the Evans Center.

In addition to performances on stage an informal jamming session was sponsored by Mountain Area Realty just outside the Evans Center.

One of the favorites on hand Saturday was Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. You may remember Jason Tomlin (center on left in blue shirt) from his days with The Deer Creek Boys. He joined JS&RC once they disbanded.

One of the favorites on hand Saturday was Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. You may remember Jason Tomlin (center on left in blue shirt) from his days with The Deer Creek Boys. He joined JS&RC once they disbanded.

The Carys and Vigors dedicate themselves to performing and teaching traditional music of Virginia.

The Carys and Vigors dedicate themselves to performing and teaching traditional music of Virginia.

The annual event is put on each August by Wintergreen Performing Arts. Visit them on the web: http://www.wintergreenperformingarts.org/

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  1. Homer Barnswallow says:

    Wonderful event. Kudos to Jimbo Cary for pulling off another successful show. While all of the acts were packed with talent, it was a special pleasure and honor to witness Thornton Spencer and the Whitetop Mountain Band ……a band that carries history back to the days before TV and even radio ..back to when ALL entertainment was home made.
    A couple corrections, though. The music is actually “Old time Appalachian string band music”, (or just “Old Time” for short) the kind of music played for barn dances and house parties before the introduction of electricity to rural homes. Old Time music is, in the words of the late great musicologist Mike Seeger, “the grandma of bluegrass music”. Bluegrass came into the scene in the late 40’s and early 50’s with Bill and Charlie Monroe. It is slicker music than old time, and unlike Old Time, bluegrass often features the various instruments/musicians with solos during the songs. Old time music harkens back to when egos were not so prominent, and there was a common desire for good clean entertainment…..and music that got your toes to tapping.
    Thornton Spencer, probably closer to 80 than 70 years old by now, is one of those musicians that will be written about in years to come as one of the last of the Old Time music legends. Hopefullly his family will keep the tradition going for many years to come. Saturday was a rare chance to witness a little bit of musical history. Thanks, Jimbo and Wintergreen, for making it possible.
    Homer Barnswallow
    Nelson County

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