Signs of spring mean the Music Center will soon reopen for visitors to experience the heritage of mountain music. Beginning Saturday, May 7, the visitor center and Roots of American Music exhibit will be open and Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also catch the Midday Mountain Music performances from noon to 4 p.m.
The Music Center will be open daily starting Thursday, May 26, through October.
The season kicks off with Junior Appalachian Musicians for JAM & Family Day on Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 7 p.m. Budding musicians in the JAM program will take the stage and there will be lots of fun activities for kids, including Junior Ranger presentations, workshops in fiddle, guitar, and banjo, an instrument petting zoo, and guided hikes.
The first official concert welcomes Mipso and Shadowgrass on Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. Formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mipso's musical style blends classic four-part harmonies and traditional Appalachian country and folk sounds with jazz and pop to expand upon traditional old time and bluegrass music. Shadowgrass is a talented bluegrass group out of Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina featuring a stellar lineup of young musicians, including fiddle player Kitty Amaral.