Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Events

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Kruger Brother with Kontras Quartet at the Blue Ridge Music Center

June 27, 2020
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old. In 1995, they became a trio with the addition of bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City. Today, trio is based out of Wilkesboro, N.C., and is known for an incomparable sound, that blends bluegrass with elements of classical music.
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The Malpass Brothers at the Blue Ridge Music Center

July 11, 2020
Playing classic country standards, old-time traditional gospel songs, and new self-penned tunes, The Malpass Brothers make an impression with their pompadour hair and fancy boots. Their music is steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams Sr. With sincerity, honesty and an ease on stage that belies their years, the brothers’ smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who paved the way.
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Ley Line at the Blue Ridge Music Center

July 18, 2020
Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk, and soul and inspired by their world travels, the four women of Ley Line transcend genre and language, creating a global soundscape by blending influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. They create dynamic harmonies with stand-up bass, guitar, ukulele, and world percussion. With strong ties to world folklore traditions, Ley Line’s multilingual compositions evoke the beauty of the human experience through our connection to nature and each other.
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Bill and the Belles at the Blue Ridge Music Center

July 25, 2020
Bill and the Belles explores the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, and has arrived somewhere new. They bring to the stage an uplifting show, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. Bill and the Belles play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists as the house band for the radio program Farm and Fun Time, presented by Radio Bristol.
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High Fidelity at the Blue Ridge Music Center

August 1, 2020
High Fidelity draws much of its inspiration from bands like Don Reno & Red Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and other bluegrass groups from the same era, interpreting classic bluegrass through the fresh, young perspective of today’s generation.
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The Denim Ball - Postponed until 2021

August 7, 2020
Thank you for your interest in attending The Denim Ball, an annual benefit for the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. For years, the ball has been a wonderful event to celebrate efforts to restore and rehab this country estate listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Due to concerns about COVID-19, this year's event will be postponded until 2021. We look forward to seeing you then! Please check back for details about the new festivities we are planning. Thank you for your patience and continued support. 
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Steep Canyon Rangers at the Blue Ridge Music Center

August 15, 2020
Hailing from Asheville, N.C., the Steep Canyon Rangers and Grammy winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist Steve Martin. Recently, the band has teamed up with Philadelphia soul legends Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony to completely overhaul the Rangers’ original song, “Be Still Moses,” from their 2007 breakout album, Lovin’ Pretty Women. The group’s latest album is North Carolina Songbook, a recording of their live performance at MerleFest last year.
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Becky Buller Band at the Blue Ridge Music Center

August 22, 2020
A multi-instrumentalist and singer- songwriter from St. James, Minnesota, Becky Buller is a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter. She co-wrote “Freedom,” the lead-off track of The Infamous Stringdusters’ 2018 Grammy-winning album Laws of Gravity, and “The Shaker” on The Travelin’ McCourys’ self-titled release that garnered a Grammy for 2019 Best Bluegrass Album.
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Tuba Skinny at the Blue Ridge Music Center

August 29, 2020
Formed in in 2009, Tuba Skinny has steadily evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences—from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz—their sound evokes the rich musical heritage of The Big Easy. The band has gained a loyal following through their distinctive sound, their commitment to reviving long-lost songs, and their barnstorming live performances.
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Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei at the Blue Ridge Music Center

September 5, 2020
This musical pairing is a natural extension of Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei’s cross-cultural musical explorations. Washburn is an Illinois-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player. Fluent in Mandarin, she has a profound connection to the culture and people on the other side of the Pacific. By sharing U.S. music in China, and Chinese music in the U.S., she hopes to foster a cultural understanding and richer existence with sounds that are rooted in tradition.
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