Curtis Matthews Tribute : A Sold Out Event!

Photos By Victoria Mininger : ©2011 : Curtis Matthews (2nd from left) plays with his son David Matthews and others on stage at Nelson County High School this past Saturday - March 19, 2011.

Nelson County, Virginia

Sold Out! “No more room. It was a great concert event with so many exceptional bluegrass and musical artist under one roof,” said Victoria Mininger, NCL’s East Nelson County Photographer. We first told you about the upcoming tribute to Curtis in our March 2011 issue of Nelson County Life Magazine. The concert benefits The Nelson Music Project which is joint project between Nelson County’s Museum of Rural History and Rapunzel’s Further Ado Foundation.

Above, our March 2011 story on page 28 about the tribute to Curtis Matthews.

A packed house Saturday at NCHS, just before the concert began.
Nelson native, Jimmy Fortune (left) and Dennis Fortune (DD Fortune) opened with Jimmy's song Virginia Dreams to a resounding applause.
Curtis Matthews picking and singing this past Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Nelson County High in Lovingston.
The Allen Family Band on stage this past Saturday at a tribute to Curtis Matthews.
Curtis Matthews and his granddaughters enjoy a moment together during intermission.
David Houchens of Bryce Instruments - observing as a young man tries out the upright bass.
The crowd waits for the show to start - visiting with one another, catching up on old times.

“There was a real hometown air about the event tonight, even from the musicians as they conversed back and forth with the crowd while they picked, played and sang. You could tell they were right at home – almost like a back porch jam session,” NCL’s Victoria Mininger noted while taking the shots.

Little Mountain Boys - Scott Massie on the Steel Guitar and Jeff Herring on guitar.
Little Mountain Boys on stage this past Saturday at Nelson County High School during the Curtis Matthews Tribute.


  1. A wonderful tribute show for a great musician and a worthy cause. So many great stories. No wonder it was sold out….Jimmy Fortune at his best. The finale with the Orange Blossom Special was awesome…that train roared right thru NCHS!


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