Combine string instruments and storytelling musicians with the Appalachian Mountains as the stage, and the Mountain Music Trail region comes alive! The summer festival season brings new meaning to ‘music in them mountains’ as traditional mountain music fills the entertainment line ups throughout Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker Counties. Summer is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoor venues where you can try your hand at pickin’ a banjo, learn traditional flat footin’ and join the locals for the Virginia Reel at a square dance. The region’s authentic music heritage runs deep and the Mountain Music Trail is where Appalachian tunes, mountain heritage, and adventure meet.
Carrie and Michael Kline of Talking Across the Lines introduce guests to the rich and vibrant culture found in the Allegheny Mountains during their ‘Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage’ Workshop June 1-4, 2014 in Elkins, WV.
The summer series, Augusta Pickin’ in the Park, begins in June so bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy an evening in the Elkins City Park surrounded by acoustic old-time and bluegrass jams.
If your have a hankering to swing your partner round and round, you can find square dances in Helvetia, Ronceverte, Lewisburg, and Thoms, WV!
Little Levels Heritage Festival in Hillsboro features 3 Mountain Music Trail bands on June 28th. Remember when you went to small country festivals as a kid? Well, step back as we celebrate all that’s wonderful about the Little Levels area. Enjoy a three-day event with old time music, barbecue pig roast, arts and crafts, live bluegrass music, a gospel sing and candlelight vespers.
Authentic mountain music and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are synonymous. This band is among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands and will be at the Sweet Shoppe and Irish Pub in Lewisburg this June.
Check out Open Mic Night at The Fiddlehead in Slatyfork. You’re invited to bring your banjo, fiddle and guitar and take the stage.
The Purple Fiddle Café & Pub in Thomas, presents an eclectic mix of music entertainment weekly including many authentic mountain music performers.
Listed above are just a few of many mountain music trail performances happening this month. We encourage you to grab a friend and check out a show!
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.