|New packages will provide insight into the musical history of the Blue Ridge region|
The Dry Hill Draggers will perform at Ferrum College on Saturday, July 28 as part of the Floyd Fest Plus package.
Monday, July 9, 2012
New this year, Ferrum College Floyd Fest Plus "Learn & Lodge" packages will offer festival-goers more than just a comfortable night's sleep and hot shower.
These new packages include special programs at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum that will give participants insight into the history of the region's music in conjunction with Floyd Fest on July 26 - 29.
"An awareness of musical history and context adds so much to Roots and Americana music experience," said BRI Director Roddy Moore. "The Floyd Fest Plus packages at Ferrum College will sharpen the listener's ear for Floyd Fest's great folk music performances."
The Floyd Fest Plus programs include a Crooked Road Music Trail lecture at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 27 by Moore and Vaughan Webb, the BRI assistant director. Moore has appeared on PBS's Antiques Roadshow and is a nationally renowned expert on the culture, history and folk art of the Blue Ridge region.
By touring the museum's newly expanded galleries, visitors can learn even more from exhibits featuring the music and history of The Crooked Road.
Saturday at 10 a.m., the Dry Hill Draggers, past performers at FloydFest, will be featured. These local string musicians include the sons of some of the founding "old time" band members and carry on the traditions of the area's vibrant musical heritage. The band members will offer the opportunity for questions and conversation at the end of their set.
In addition to these unique Blue Ridge educational experiences, the Ferrum College Floyd Fest Plus packages include festival admission, lodging in one of the college's newest residence halls, breakfast and take-away lunches.
For festival-goers who've already purchased their Floyd Fest pass, the college also offers a "Learn & Lodge" and meals-only package.
For more information about Floyd Fest Plus or to make reservations, visit www.ferrum.edu, email email@example.com, or call toll-free 888-508-7822. For more information about Floyd Fest, visit www.floydfest.com.