Food, farming and bluegrass picking are a staple of Surry County and from Friday August 26th the three will mingle in harmony when the Music at the Market concert series kicks off at Dobson Farmer’s Market.
People everywhere can satisfy their taste buds with on-site food trucks at 6 p.m. and whet their bluegrass appetite with the music of Steve Marshall & Highroad from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission is free and citizens must bring their garden chairs. BJ’s Fry Shack, My Kitchen and Station 1978 Firehouse Peanuts should be at the first concert.
Utilizing the Farmer’s Market location off Dobson US Hwy. Exit 601, at 903 E. Atkins St., Dobson, concert series organizers hope it will be a crowd pleaser and a lasting draw.
All concerts in the series are free and will take place at the same time of the evening from late summer through fall, which should allow for cooler weather – fingers crossed.
The concert series is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless, Surry Communications, Frontier Natural Gas and Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation.
There are six bands performing during Music at the Market.
“Combining their precise instrumental skills with their powerful harmony, Steve Marshal & Highroad produce music steeped in bluegrass tradition with feeling and soul,” according to the band’s promotional materials.
The next show will be on September 9 with Hubert Lawson and the Bluegrass Country Boys. They have been described as a traditional bluegrass and gospel bluegrass band that plays in and around North Carolina.
Hubert Lawson, who hosts the show and plays guitar, shares the stage with his wife Vera, on bass, and their two sons Lee and Eddie Lawson.
Wood Family Tradition will end the month with its show on September 30. Family values, heritage, faith and humor are just a few of the things Wood Family Tradition brings to the stage with over 150 years of combined Bluegrass and Bluegrass experience. Gospel genre.
Wood Family Tradition traces its roots to legendary banjoist and songwriter Al Wood. Mike and Bobby are his sons and Jason is his grandson. Other members include Jason’s wife Mackenzie and banjo player Brian Aldridge.
Prepare the violins for The Country Boys on October 7. The Country Boys have performed at most regional fiddlers conventions and have repeatedly won the coveted first place in the Galax Fiddlers Convention competition. The group also placed second in the former Union Grove Fiddlers Convention.
The group specialized in fiddle tunes and received much of their repertoire from Kenny Baker and Lester Flatt. More recent influences have come from the Country Gentlemen, while adding their own modern twist.
On October 28, it will be time for Gap Civil to take the state for music to market. The band is an Appalachian Mountain music group built on the motto of honor and innovation. They honor the mountain traditions that have shaped and rooted their music, but they take great pride in innovative and exciting original songs, melodies and arrangements.
Gap Civil was formed in 2017 in Sparta and features Caroline Noel Beverley on guitar and vocals, Chris Johnson on banjo and bass, Lucas Pasley on fiddle and vocals, and Kyle Dean Smith on bass and guitar.
The Slate Mountain Ramblers will end the list of performances in style on November 11. The Slate Mountain Ramblers are a family group from Mount Airy. They once lived in Ararat, Virginia. For many years, Richard Bowman, his wife Barbara and their daughter Marsha spent weekends playing music. Richard plays the fiddle, Barbara the bass and Marsha the claw banjo.
The band has a winning tradition at fiddler conventions over the years. Richard, on fiddle, and Marsha, on claw-hammer banjo, have received numerous individual awards. The Slate Mountain Ramblers play for shows, dances, family and community gatherings, benefits, and attend fiddling conventions throughout the year.
The Ramblers have performed internationally at the Austrian Alps Performing Arts Festival and in Gainsborough, England for the Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance Festival. They also lead violin, banjo, double bass and dance workshops.
No music festival would be complete without a cool drink and something to snack on. Food trucks scheduled to take part in this year’s Music at the Market concert series include:
• BJ’s Fry Shack: August 26
• My kitchen: August 26, September 9
• Shikora Express on Wheels: September 30
• 13 Bones Food Truck: October 7
• Mermaids on the move: September 30, October 28 and November 11
• Station 1978 Firehouse Peanuts LLC: August 26, September 9, September 30, October 7, October 28 and November 11.
If the tunes weren’t enough, food trucks could add a tasty extra incentive for people to hang out and enjoy dinner and music, organizers said.