Friday, July 28, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Writers’ Day events will feature a grand finale showcase of readings by participants John Hardy, Jim Minick, Thorpe Moeckel, and Mark Powell. The authors will be accompanied by regional celebrities and award-winning guitar duo Wyatt Rice and Claiborne Woodall.
Rice and Woodall frequently play as a guitar duo together throughout the region. Wyatt Rice is a member of the Tony Rice Unit and a master of the new acoustic style of flat-picked guitar. He has frequently performed on the Grand Ole Opry and with numerous artists including Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and the Lonesome River Band. Claiborne Woodall has placed highly in several guitar competitions and performed with numerous acoustic groups throughout the region. He has performed at the Smithsonian Institution, NPR radio, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and acoustic venues throughout the East.
Admission is $10 at the door or free for Writers’ Day participants.Find out more »
Friday, July 28, 2017 – 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Phantom has a well-deserved reputation for really pleasing a crowd. One of the most popular groups in the area, they headline fairs and festivals of all types all over the Mountain Empire and beyond. Not bad for a bunch of country boys from Damascus, VA who just enjoy playing a little rock & roll for a few thousand of their closest friends!Find out more »
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 2:00 to 10:30pm
Celebrate your favorite music from the Emerald Isle! Enjoy an entire day with our favorite Celtic music artists, featuring The Appalachian Highlanders, Tuatha Dea, Tempest, and a reunion appearance by the band, Coyote Run! Dance a jig, come rain or shine! Don't forget to visit our Beer Garden and food vendors!
$10.00 for the day, children under 12 free
Tuatha Dea - 2:00 to 3:00pm
Tempest - 3:30 to 4:30pm
Coyote Run - 5:00 to 6:00pm
Tuatha Dea - 6:30 to 7:30pm
Tempest - 8:00 to 9:00pm
Coyote Run - 9:30 to 10:30pm
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 1:00 to 9:00pm
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail concert celebrates the traditional music that has been kept by families and communities of Southwest Virginia since colonial times. Settlers of this mountainous region since the 1700’s have brought various ingredients – a cappella gospel music from German tradition that lives in the Old Regular Baptist churches today; spirituals, emotive singing and a musical gourd we now call a banjo from African tradition; and ballads and fiddles brought by the Scots-Irish and English. Mixed together, these ingredients have produced one of the richest musical traditions on earth. The variety of it is amazing - old time string bands, a cappella gospel, blues, 300 year-old ballads, bluegrass, and more! It is a music tradition that is as vibrant today as it has ever been. We hope you enjoy a day of Music from The Crooked Road at the Virginia Highlands Festival.Find out more »
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 8:00 to 9:30pm
Twelve-year old bluegrass fiddle player Carson Peters is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues throughout the region and on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Ryman Auditorium. Carson is blessed to have a great band, Iron Mountain, to help him entertain audiences performing old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music. The band consists of Carson’s father, Jamie Peters; Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall of Mount Airy, North Carolina; and Austin Tate of Marion, Virginia.
Adults $5.00. Children 12 & Under Free.Find out more »
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:30 to 8:00pm
Hailing from the bluegrass state with a sound as unique and smooth as the region's' beloved bourbon, C2 & The Brothers Reed performs all-Kentucky music from their studio debut album, Weigh Station Tour, with songs that explores gritty rock and roll while referencing 60's and 70's-era soul music, embracing a sound that is nearly lost but deeply needed in the surge of modern sound and technology. Their songs call for revolution and change while simultaneously offering an escape from the grind.The band – singer/bassist Cameron Clark, guitarist Kelly Reed, drummer Kody Reed, and keyboardist James Weishar – hide behind nothing on the record, with a 'realness' that has been constantly attributed to their live performance.Find out more »
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Virginia Ground plays such a unique style of music, they created their own genre to describe it: Appalachiaphonic. Jamen Denton and his fountainesque songwriting combined with an ensemble of inventive musicians collaborate to create a sound at once electrically novel yet hauntingly familiar. With Justin Denton on drums, Derrick Boardwine on the five-string bass, Blake Collins on mandolin, and electric guitar, Will Outlaw on trombone, Ben Smith on harmonica, Jon McGlocklin on harmony vocals, and Jamen on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, this group marries sounds from blues and funk to country, rock, and reggae, tempering their forceful and fluid sounds with elements of Dixieland and swing to craft the Appalachiaphonic.
Admission is $5 at the door. Admission is free for children under 12.Find out more »
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 7:00pm Thomas Taylor
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 8:00pm Vegas McGraw
Whether it's date night or ladies' night, you'll want to head down to the Market Pavilion for the hottest country show in town! Adam Tucker returns with his Tim McGraw tribute show, straight from Las Vegas to Abingdon. Opening for him will be local favorite, Thomas Taylor, so you know it's gonna be a huge party to close out this year's Festival!
Tickets are $5 cash only at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.Find out more »