|Abingdon event will open with youth showcase on Oct. 5|
Photo by Michael Vest:
The Wright Kids will perform during the first Abingdon Crooked Road Festival on Friday, Oct. 5. The Rocky Mount group consists of siblings, from left, Baruch, Levi, Selah and Sage.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Franklin County musicians The Wright Kids and Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice with headline the first Abingdon Crooked Road Festival.
The Wright Kids will the main attraction at the Youth Music Showcase to open the festival. They will perform on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at Latture Field in downtown Abingdon.
The siblings won national acclaim as Top 10 finalists on season three of NBC's "America's Got Talent." Sixteen-year-old Sage plays the mandolin and fiddle, while 13-year-old Baruch plays banjo and guitar. Levi is 10 and plays the acoustic bass. Seven-year-old Selah is the youngest and newest band member.
The band has won numerous awards, including First Place Youth Band at the 2006 Galax Old Fiddler's Convention. Three-part harmonies and driving rhythms punctuate this band's brand of acoustic string music. Their eclectic mix of rock, pop, folk and bluegrass have delighted crowds in arenas and coliseums throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
"This concert provides an opportunity to highlight some of the incredible musical talent of the region's youth," said Jonathan Romeo, program manager for The Crooked Road's Traditional Music Education Program. "We are delighted to open the festival with a Youth Music Showcase!"
Tickets to the Youth Music Showcase are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Children 8 and under are free.
The headliner for the main stage on Saturday, Oct. 6 is Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice.
Sisk recently was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame. His group is nominated for the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association's Album and Song of the Year.
That concert will also be at Latture Field as part of a day full of music, traditional dance and song workshops, local food, regional crafts and a tent devoted to the Abingdon Farmers' Market Country Roads cook-off.
The music will be presented on two stages, one main stage and a workshop stage where audiences can hear performances and presentations that provide context for the music.
On Saturday, the festival starts at 3 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.
For more information on the performers, the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com or call the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 435-3440.