Nick Dumas & Branchline at Blue Ridge Music Center


Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 5:00pm


Blue Ridge Music Center
Music Center Road
Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Galax, VA 24333

The Blue Ridge Music Center is presenting Nick Dumas & Branchline for an evening of bluegrass at 5 p.m., Saturday, October 7. The concert will be hosted at the indoor theater next to the Visitor Center.

Nick Dumas grew up in Brier, Wash., and was introduced to bluegrass music at a young age by his dobro-playing grandfather. Dumas soon began taking fiddle lessons and then joined the family band The Three Generations, formed by his grandfather, mother, and aunt. After learning to play mandolin, guitar, and banjo and to sing lead and harmony vocals, he became a cofounder of the popular Northwest-based bluegrass band Northern Departure.

In 2015, Dumas relocated to Chicago to play mandolin with Special Consensus. He made his recording debut with the group on the 2016 Compass Records release Long I Ride. The album’s tune “Fireball” received the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. Dumas also appeared on the 2018 Compass Records release Rivers and Roads.  That album earned two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

After leaving Special Consensus and relocating to Wisconsin, Dumas released his first solo recording, Story of a Beautiful Life in 2019.

For this tour, Dumas will be joined by an incredible lineup of musicians from across the United States and Canada including Carley Arrowood on fiddle, Daniel Thrailkill on guitar, Will McSeveney on banjo, Michael Kilby on dobro, and Andrew Knapp on bass. Arrowood and Thrailkill are North Carolina natives. Thrailkill plays with bluegrass band The Trailblazers. Arrowood played with Darin & Brooke Aldritch for many years before embarking on a solo career.

Tickets are $25 . Seating is limited for this concert, so advance tickets purchases are recommended.