Bluemont Summer Concert Series Presents: Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie

Bill Emerson & Sweet DixieThe Bluemont Summer Concert Series continues this Friday with a performance from Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie.   The concert takes place on the steps of the 1840 Frederick County Court House at 7:30 PM.

Band Bio: Beginning in 1957, Bill Emerson established himself as a banjo virtuoso and history maker alike! A founding member of the famed bluegrass ensemble The Country Gentlemen, billed as a featured artist while with Jimmy Martin during the height of that bluegrass legend’s career, the man who introduced the classic Fox on the Run to bluegrass, founder and shaper of Country Current the world renowned bluegrass ensemble of the United States Navy Band. Called “a banjo legend” by the Washington Post, twice awarded “Banjo player of the Year” by the Muleskinner News Bluegrass Magazine, credited with giving start to the careers of both dobro legends Mike Auldridge and Jerry Douglas, and credited by Ricky Skaggs as being responsible for his post Ralph Stanley musical career. Emerson was also inducted into the Virginia Folk Music Association Hall of Fame in 1984 and June 10th was proclaimed “Bill Emerson Day” by the governor.

Admission: While there are no advance ticket sales, requested admission for the events is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends & Seniors, and $2 for kids under 12.  Bluemont is also raising money to support their year-round projects in our local schools, nursing homes, and summer evenings. To find out about donating or volunteering for the festival, visit the Bluemont website.

Inclement Weather:  Summer weather can change quickly and is sometimes hard to predict. Always go to the outdoor concert site first; if the concert has moved, proceed to the nearby indoor site at First Presbyterian Church at 116 South Loudoun Street. Decision to move indoors will be posted at site and broadcast over local radio stations.

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