A Celebration of Craft & Music
Saturday • Sept. 17, 2016 • 10a-4:30p
Sparta, North Carolina
2016 Entertainment Schedule (subject to change):
10 am – Opening Ceremonies
National Anthem Performed by 11 year old Karis Howell Colors Presented by Bruce Wayne Osborne VFW Post.
10:30 am – JAM Youth Showcase
11 am – Jubilee Dancers - Traditional line dancing performed by Alleghany Jubilee’s regulars.
11:30 am – Shadowgrass
12:30 pm – Rhythmic Expressions
1 pm – Changing Lanes
2 pm – WestWend - WestWend is an American/country duo comprised of Jonathan Maness (guitar, vocals) and Wendy Crowe (vocals) from Knoxville, TN
3:30p – Rise and Shine Band - The Rise and Shine Band is the house band at the Alleghany Jubilee, located in the former Spartan Theater on Sparta’s Main Street, and is a regular on the Mountain Heritage Stage
4p – Possum Queen Contest, Hillbilly Wes to Emcee - Come out to see who will take home the crown.
Changing Lanes is a hard driving bluegrass/gospel band made up of youthful members Jesse Allen on lead guitar, Ethan Edward on mandolin/banjo, and Alan Young on banjo/mandolin. All three are also vocalists. They hail from Laurel Fork, VA.
Shadowgrass is a young bluegrass band based out of the Southwest Virginia. The band includes 16 year old Luke Morris (Mandolin and Vocals), 15 year old Clay Russell (Bango), 13 year old Kitty Amaral (Fiddle and Vocals), 11 year old Presley Barker (Guitar and Vocals), and 11 year old Kyser George (Bass and Vocals).
WestWend is an Americana/country duo comprised of Jonathan Maness (guitar, vocals) and Wendy Crowe (vocals). Established in 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee, they perform and record new traditional country music. With Jonathan’s roots in bluegrass and Wendy’s roots stemming from the Delta blues, classic country, and Motown, they have come together to create a sound all their own. WestWend’s latest CD, “Linger For A While” (2014), takes bluegrass standards and makes them new again, while their originals capture their audience with a traditional flavor. Wendy’s voice has been best compared to Alison Krauss, while Jonathan’s rich baritone and agile flatpicking are well known to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. WestWend has performed at some of the biggest festivals in the United States and Europe including: the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the National Cornbread Festival, the St. Augustine Seafood festival, the Pensacola Great Gulf Festival and more. They also performed a 14 day tour in 5 European countries, including the Spring Bluegrass Festival in Switzerland. They have also opened for Rhonda Vincent, Guy Clark, and Tyler Hilton. WestWend:
The Rise and Shine Band is the house band at the Alleghany Jubilee, located in the former Spartan Theater on Sparta’s Main Street, and is a regular on the Mountain Heritage Stage. They accompany the contestants on the famous Possum Queen Contest that closes out the festival. One of the area’s premier bluegrass bands, it draws talent from Sparta and the surrounding mountain communities. The band includes band members Billy Dancy, banjo; Wade Petty, fiddle; Kermit Pruitt, bass; Charlie Edwards, vocals and guitar; and Charlie Kinzer, guitar.
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Vendors are always welcome.
The Mountain Heritage Festival is always looking for vendors of handmade craft and art. If you are an artisan who would like to be a part of our festival, please download an application and consider participating. We value our vendors. We provide a hospitality room for vendors stocked with snacks and easy access to public rest rooms (not portajohns), and we have volunteers who will watch your booth while you take a break. We can always extend the festival down the street and take extra craft vendors. However, booth space is limited in the food court. Don't hesitate if you are a food vender.