Spring is upon us. Morels are popping up, ramps are being dug and the sweet sounds of traditional music can be heard in the evening air along the scenic Mountain Music Trail. The Mountain Music Trail follows US Route 219 through Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker Counties. The MMT is an organization that promotes, presents, and sustains authentic mountain music in West Virginia. The calendar is filling up and listed below are the upcoming events, where music, mountain heritage, and adventure meet. We hope to see you on the dance floor.
Every Tuesday, the American Heritage Music Hall hosts an open Jam Session starting at 7pm. The cost to attend is just $7 and you can dance the night away on this early weekday! Saturday nights in May, the Hall welcomes Randy Goodson & Nashville Departure on the 10th and Country Proud on the 31st. Saturday shows begin at 7pm and admission is $10. Food is included with admission and you’re encouraged to bring a dish to share with familiar faces and friends to be!
The Fiddlehead in Slatyfork (below Snowshoe Mtn), is open for Spring and hosts Open Mic Night every Wednesday, starting at 7:30pm.
The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, is hosting performances 3 consecutive nights this May, starting with Drymill Road on the 8th at 8pm ($10/cover), Doc Marshalls on the 9th at 8:30pm ($10/cover), Hackensaw Boys on the 10th at 8:30pm ($20/cover), Jacks and Heroes on Thursday the 22nd at 9pm ($8/cover), and Unseen Strangers on Thursday the 29th at 8pm.
The Pretty Penny Café is also back in musical gears this Spring with Friday night jam session hosted by the Pretty Penny Pickers. You can enjoy dinner and a show as the band starts at 6:30pm!
If you’re in the mood to square dance, the MMT has you covered with square dancing at Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins on Friday, May 9th, starting at 8pm and square dancing at the Education Center in Thomas, on Friday the 23rd at 8pm. (Cover/$3-$5).
The Forager’s Fling will be held at Lewisburg’s newest restaurant and music venue, The Spring. This event is slated for Friday, May 16th. Musical guest for the evening: The Black Twig Pickers.
The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys will have a strong musical presence this May with performances at the Sweet Shoppe on Friday the 16th, Irish Pub on the 17th at 8pm, and the Dandelion Festival on the 24th at 1pm.
Aside from the Black Mtn Bluegrass Boys on the 16th, The Sweet Shoppe welcomes The Brothers on the 9th and Toast on the 10th.
On Saturday, May 24th, the Community Center in Greenville will be hosting a Memorial Day Square Dance party with musical guest, Hans Creek String Band.
If you’re interested in learning more about Appalachian music, the MMT is promoting workshops. From Thursday, May 29th till June 6th, a workshop called, “Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage” will be held at various venues in and around Elkins. To find a class, call 304-636-5444. Also, a square dance workshops called, “Dare to be Square: For Dancers, Callers, and Musicians” will be held in Helvitia from Friday, May 30 till June 1st.
Follow the trail of music this Spring and tell ‘em LBSPY sent ya! For more information on any of these above listed events, please visit mountainmusictrail.com
HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.